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Old 03-17-2021, 07:32 PM
 
Location: moved
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Not always. I would honestly just get rid of all my furniture + most of my crap and only take what I could fit in my car. ...
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If I ever do it again, I'm hiring a dumpster and moving my things to it instead of to the new home (if its far away).
For furniture, perhaps. But not for books. I had (and still have) well into the 4-digits... mostly technical books and classic literature. They have been collected over 2-3 generations, and the only way that I'd part with them, is that if they get thrown into a bonfire in the public-square, while I get placed in a locked cattle-train heading to the, ahem, resettlement area. So the books traveled in the redoubtable Penske. Books being heavy and numerous, the Penske was heavily laden. Unpacking in a studio-apartment, floor-space is limited... but I'm glad to have taken the books.
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Old 03-17-2021, 07:37 PM
 
Location: morrow,ga
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Could you describe in more detail that Uhaul vehicle that you drove and what the specific problems you experienced were?
I drove the smallest uhaul (I think it’s the 10 ft one that’s for one bedroom apartments). I was driving through a city and was too close to the curb and my side mirrors hit a pole that was on the side walk next to the road
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:08 PM
 
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U-Haul has this one really really big truck. How it doesn't require a CDL is beyond me. That one? I was nervous the whole time, and really really really careful. In retrospect? I should have gone one size smaller. Ive driven those, and its fine.

Ask them if they would let you take it for a test drive, or if they could drive him around the block so he could check and see if he felt good about driving it, and if not you would just get the next size smaller. I think they would accommodate you. But who knows. Within a couple blocks you would know.

Id feel a lot more confidant now though then I had then.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX, born + raised SF Bay
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U-Haul has this one really really big truck. How it doesn't require a CDL is beyond me. That one? I was nervous the whole time, and really really really careful. In retrospect? I should have gone one size smaller. Ive driven those, and its fine.

Ask them if they would let you take it for a test drive, or if they could drive him around the block so he could check and see if he felt good about driving it, and if not you would just get the next size smaller. I think they would accommodate you. But who knows. Within a couple blocks you would know.

Id feel a lot more confidant now though then I had then.
CDL requirements revolve around both weight limits and whether it has air brakes. Anything under that, and you’re thankful they let you drive it.
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:39 PM
 
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Not at my current age. I did learn to drive a 5 ton truck and trailer when in the military - so would be okay then. Now - no way. lol.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:31 PM
 
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I am a lot more hesitant in my 60s than when young. My eyes are worse. On-coming lights have a lot more glare at night.
Most likely cataracts. Gotta get them checked out. Getting them fixed made a huge difference for me especially at night.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:44 PM
 
Location: moved
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CDL requirements revolve around both weight limits and whether it has air brakes. Anything under that, and you’re thankful they let you drive it.
The 26' trucks, or at least Penske's, have air brakes. The sticker inside the cargo-area says, if memory serves, "Payload not to exceed 10000 lb". A google search shows that the truck's empty weight is 12,600 lb. This behemoth was the first truck that we rented (asked for a 22', got involuntarily "upgraded" to the 26'). It was abysmally difficult to drive, even in the rural Midwest. We downgraded to the 16' truck.
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Old 03-18-2021, 02:06 AM
 
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The 26' trucks, or at least Penske's, have air brakes. The sticker inside the cargo-area says, if memory serves, "Payload not to exceed 10000 lb". A google search shows that the truck's empty weight is 12,600 lb. This behemoth was the first truck that we rented (asked for a 22', got involuntarily "upgraded" to the 26'). It was abysmally difficult to drive, even in the rural Midwest. We downgraded to the 16' truck.

Penske 26' rental moving trucks available to the public do not have air brakes.

Penske does have trucks with air brakes, but they are commercially leased to companies who have drivers with Class A CDLs & endorsements.

A class A CDL requires training in use of airbrakes, plus weight amounts. If someone has a class A CDL, they are licensed to drive any kind of truck, box or tractor trailer.

A class B CDL involves weight, no driving anything with air brakes. School bus drivers are required to have a class B CDL.
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Old 03-18-2021, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Penske 26' rental moving trucks available to the public do not have air brakes.

Penske does have trucks with air brakes, but they are commercially leased to companies who have drivers with Class A CDLs & endorsements.

A class A CDL requires training in use of airbrakes, plus weight amounts. If someone has a class A CDL, they are licensed to drive any kind of truck, box or tractor trailer.

A class B CDL involves weight, no driving anything with air brakes. School bus drivers are required to have a class B CDL.
This is correct. I believe the vehicle weight limit for astandard drivers license is 26,000 lbs. That includes the vehicle itself, contents, and anything being towed.

Vehicles with air brakes are not available to the standard driver.

I have driven the 26,000 lb Penske, with car trailer and car on board, several times for moves. Longest trip was coast to coast, including starting in a big city.

As I am not a professional driver, I plotted my route carefully. I planned on driving no more than 400 miles a day, and typically drove less than that. I reserved hotel rooms in advance, and made sure the hotel was adjacent to a major interstate exit. I fueled up at truck stops. I left early in the morning every day, which had several benefits. No traffic on the roads, and it meant I could get to my next hotel early when the parking lot was still empty. This allowed me to pick my parking spots without competition, and chosen in such a way that I would be able to leave without anybody blocking me in.

The actual driving part was the least problematic. Take it slow, let others pass you, leave the same following distance between cars that you would when driving a car, then double that. Consider doubling that again.

If you cannot park close to your hotel, park farther away and walk.

The only trouble I ran into on my cross country trip was my credit card company cut me off abruptly. They saw a series of $150 diesel fuel purchases and thought that was unusual, so shut my card down as a fraud prevention measure. In the middle of Wyoming. With no cell coverage at the gas station on the loneliest stretch of highway in the country. Debit card to the rescue, but it had a cap on fuel purchases of $50 or so. That 1/3 of a tank was enough to get me to civilization, allowing me to call my bank and assure then I had not been abducted by raiders living the Mad Max lifestyle.

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Old 03-18-2021, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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So is it common for people to drive a u-haul when they move several states away instead of having stuff shipped? I mean, most of the time when people drive large vehicles they generally have to have a CDL but anybody can drive a uhaul and it is not the easiest thing to drive, IMO. I had a bad experience driving one across town one time so i can't even imagine trying to do a long distance move with one, plus it is super expensive.
That's wrong. Anyone can buy a box truck with their regular driver's license.
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