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Old 12-14-2012, 12:14 AM
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So after my earlier thread of finding out a move from TX to CA may take upwards of 3 days, I am looking at other moving options including using an ABF U-Pack trailer. The fact I wouldn't have to drive ol moving truck outweighs an inconvenience of parking the trailer or waiting a few days for our stuff.

How well do one of these trailers fit in a typical parking space. I have the trailer cleared from both apartments but want the trailer to be here less than a day.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:57 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We used one to move from TX to NC six months ago. Horrible, horrible experience. Yes, you don't have to drive and that is the reason we chose it as well. The customer service is very, very good throughout the moving experience. However, none of that matters if your stuff all gets smashed to bits.

1) The trucks DO NOT have shocks like a regular moving truck. We moved all our stuff out to TX with a moving company. We were there for one year and then moved again. Some of the things we packed for the original move never got unpacked. For example, I had a wall mirror that was very well packed in a box designed for mirrors. I never opened the box. It was in one piece when we arrived in TX. When we arrived in NC, however, it sounded like a box of legos..literally in a million pieces. A very large percentage of our things were broken when we got here. I was devastated.

2) The trucks are filthy! Every single piece of my stuff was covered on the outside with a black film that rubbed off onto the everything it touched. Even worse, anyone who went into the truck got it all over the bottom of their shoes and it rubbed off onto the carpet in both rentals in TX an NC. There was literally no way no avoid it, except to designate one person as a truck person who wasn't allowed in the house, but we didn't have the manpower for that. Because of the filth we decided to wrap all of our furniture in plastic wrap so it wouldn't get dirty. It took HOURS.

3) We used one trailer for a storage container because we moved into temp housing while we looked for a house to purchase. They stored it in their facility for $250/month. Contrary to what they tell you, THEY ARE NOT WATERPROOF!

My husband and I have moved 8 times in the last 14 years and have never had anything broken before. 6 times we have packed and loaded everything ourselves on a U-haul. Once we used a moving company. Once we used ABF. This was the worst experience I have ever had.
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