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Old 10-21-2010, 10:53 PM
 
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Planning on moving from Michigan to Missouri in December. Wondering if anyone has had any experiences with ABF/U-Pack. How were the prices for you? It looks like they'll be pretty close, maybe just a hair more, than Budget trucks(when gas is factored in).
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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I used the ABF trailer from Bowling Green, OH to Charlotte, NC (about 600 miles). The trailer space was cheaper than the Upack cube units, and we used about 14ft of a 28ft trailer. When using the trailer, you are charged for only the space you actually use. We crammed as much as we could into that space and filled to the ceiling as best as we could. The cost came out just a a few hundred cheaper than the total cost of Uhaul + fuel + tolls. Plus, we didn't have to worry about driving it through the mountains ourselves with a vehicle being towed behind, only had to worry about getting ourselves, animals and normal necessities to the new location.

The great part of the ABF is the time allowed for packing and unpacking. We were given a week to get it loaded and a week to get it unloaded. This helps with planning the load a little more and without having to cram in the packing, driving, cram in unpacking and then getting the unit dropped off. No matter what, though, it is a lot of work. We purchased an air mattress for that week so we could pack up the bed and all essentials, and then had the air mattress ride in the car, then got it out during our unpacking phase.

ABF was wonderful to work with, and they had the trailer dropped off/picked up at the time they said they would. The only inconvenient part is they only arrange drop off and pick up during M-F hours, but they did have some flexibility with me on it. We had the trailer dropped off in NC a few days before we had arrived, and turns out we were not moving into our intended destination. ABF did charge a fee for them to move it to a different house, but they were timely and understanding, and overall great to work with in my stressed out state of mind. Overall, it was a good experience and I will definitely use ABF again.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Not in Indiana, but bleed Hoosier blood
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I used the ABF trailer from Bowling Green, OH to Charlotte, NC (about 600 miles). The trailer space was cheaper than the Upack cube units, and we used about 14ft of a 28ft trailer. When using the trailer, you are charged for only the space you actually use. We crammed as much as we could into that space and filled to the ceiling as best as we could. The cost came out just a a few hundred cheaper than the total cost of Uhaul + fuel + tolls. Plus, we didn't have to worry about driving it through the mountains ourselves with a vehicle being towed behind, only had to worry about getting ourselves, animals and normal necessities to the new location.

The great part of the ABF is the time allowed for packing and unpacking. We were given a week to get it loaded and a week to get it unloaded. This helps with planning the load a little more and without having to cram in the packing, driving, cram in unpacking and then getting the unit dropped off. No matter what, though, it is a lot of work. We purchased an air mattress for that week so we could pack up the bed and all essentials, and then had the air mattress ride in the car, then got it out during our unpacking phase.

ABF was wonderful to work with, and they had the trailer dropped off/picked up at the time they said they would. The only inconvenient part is they only arrange drop off and pick up during M-F hours, but they did have some flexibility with me on it. We had the trailer dropped off in NC a few days before we had arrived, and turns out we were not moving into our intended destination. ABF did charge a fee for them to move it to a different house, but they were timely and understanding, and overall great to work with in my stressed out state of mind. Overall, it was a good experience and I will definitely use ABF again.
What great news, because i am using them next week for a move from California to Indiana. All in all it is cheaper to go with ABF rather then Uhaul or Budget truck, once fuel and hotel rooms and the fact of driving it yourself is added in! Thanks, i feel better about this move now...
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:43 PM
 
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What great news, because i am using them next week for a move from California to Indiana. All in all it is cheaper to go with ABF rather then Uhaul or Budget truck, once fuel and hotel rooms and the fact of driving it yourself is added in! Thanks, i feel better about this move now...
I would be surprised if you were disappointed.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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I used them a few months ago.
As it turns out---I'll be using them again in Jan 2011
PROBLEM FREE!
Take a look at this:
ABF MOVING THREAD FROM A FEW MONTHS AGO
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: niles
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we used them to move my Mom from Ga to Mi and although we didn't get a week to load and unload we were very happy with them and it was way cheaper then a rental truck
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your advice, their website quoted me something like $1150 for the amount of space I estimate I need, which is about $250 higher than renting a budget truck, car dolly and gas. I'm going to give them a call tomorrow to see if they will match, and take into account a student or military discount. I've been reading nothing but good reviews about Upack, so that is a good thing.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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They are wonderful to work with for price and customer service. We moved from Baltimore to Oregon and ABF was the smoothest part of our move. At the time they had a discount if you scheduled online and even though I called and verified everything on the phone they still gave us the discount. When packing just plan so that you can stack vertically and you will use less space and the contents will shift less. The only breakage that we experienced, was a printer that we decided at the last minute to put on the truck and it still worked for a year so I guess it wasn't really a loss.

Good Luck!
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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We used them to move from Texas to Maryland. It was cheaper than the other options and they referred us to loaders (Moving Help Center); they loaded the Upack for $100 total. We got a voucher for $50 Off our next order with ABF. Feel free to use it.

Get $50 Off Your ABF Rental

Call 1-800-355-1696 and mention Promo Code: MOVEHC

I think you can even use it when booking online,not sure.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:06 PM
 
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I used them for three, long cross-country moves. Its the only way I will ever move.
Great experience in three states. In our last move we told them we were in no hurry to get our stuff and even got a little more off the bill.
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