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Old 05-09-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: 78250
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For those who have used a 16ft truck before to move their belongings, how many items were you able to fit in there?

the larger items consist of a 3 seater sofa, 2 seater loveseat, 1 futon frame with mattress, queen size mattress, 40" flat screen TV, side by side freezer/refridgerator, and a couple of large boxes.

Just hoping we can squeeze everything in there.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I rented a 24' truck to move the contents of a 2 bedroom apartment (900 sq ft). We filled the truck totally and made one trip. Wanted to make another trip, but the truck was in such horrible repair (and Budget refused to exchange it for one that ran right) that we didn't trust it to go another 60 miles. We ended up having to rent a smaller truck from uhaul to get the rest of our belongings.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:59 PM
 
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I used a 16 or perhaps 18 foot Penske truck to move contents of 2 bedroom apt (of only about 500 sq feet) with room to spare. The rental truck companies usually have a parameter sizing 'scale' based on square foot of 'residence' to convert to approximate truck size.

Side note tips. If moving yourself ask a local furniture company if you can buy a roll of shrink wrap from them and use it to wrap the larger items for gripping / moving. Old denim scraps or towels make great protective material to drape around furniture edges / corners before you shrink wrap. Especially, if you do not have enough moving 'blankets'. Shrink wrapping drawers from dressers and chest of drawers type furniture individually (with contents inside) makes them easy to stack (the shrink wrap makes things cling together very well), lessens weight and makes moving very quick as it is easy to grip.

Also for fragile electronic like the 40" TV - If you do not have original box - I would be inclined to place in an automobile (if you have one traveling to the same new destination). Use soft items like pillows / hanging clothes from a closet as a nice 'cushion' draped around them.

Balance your heavy load items around perimeter walls, secure with straps, and fill in the rest. As you pack look for "Russian nesting doll" opportunities. It saves precious space especially on smaller items in boxes.

Good luck in your move.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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Make sure you stack UP as well. Some people don't stack well enough, usually it's good to have one person in the truck to arrange stuff in a better way, put furniture upfront and then stack on it. And that plastic wrap stuff for furniture is amazing. $30 for a huge roll will protect all your stuff
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