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Old 08-31-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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I'm getting a range from $750 (Penske quote) -- $1500 (prof-mover) on diesel estimates for a fully loaded, 26ft Penske across the country. CA to MD.

I won't be towing anything. but the truck may be near max weight.

Anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:36 AM
 
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I'd guess 8-10mpg for diesel, and half that for a gas engine.

If the difference between the truck and professional mover is only $750, it sounds like a steal. You'll spend that much just in fuel for the trip, and by the time you add in hotel rooms and food, you'll come out ahead by using the mover.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I've done it a number of times with a gas guzzler. If I stayed around 50, I was able to coax 8mpg out of it. If you are going East, you might catch a tail wind. It helps too. You destination makes no difference. If you figure 50 miles per hour that is about the amount of time it will take by the time yous stop for gas, eat, stretch, etc.. Ten hours will get you about 500 miles in any direction. You'll be in a motel five nights.

IF you hire a professional mover, buy the best insurance; it is expensive. The caveat is, the basic cheap insurance will get you 10 cents on the dollar IF you are lucky. Movers ruined several pieces of my mother's furniture and didn't pay a dime - didn't even give her a jar of Vicks.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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Default $750 is the range of estimated gas cost

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I'd guess 8-10mpg for diesel, and half that for a gas engine.

If the difference between the truck and professional mover is only $750, it sounds like a steal. You'll spend that much just in fuel for the trip, and by the time you add in hotel rooms and food, you'll come out ahead by using the mover.
Thanks for your note.

$750 was the range of estimated fuel cost, not the diff in the move.

The diff in the move is $4-5000, and that's tallying all costs.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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Default This was helpful.

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I've done it a number of times with a gas guzzler. If I stayed around 50, I was able to coax 8mpg out of it. If you are going East, you might catch a tail wind. It helps too. You destination makes no difference. If you figure 50 miles per hour that is about the amount of time it will take by the time yous stop for gas, eat, stretch, etc.. Ten hours will get you about 500 miles in any direction. You'll be in a motel five nights.

IF you hire a professional mover, buy the best insurance; it is expensive. The caveat is, the basic cheap insurance will get you 10 cents on the dollar IF you are lucky. Movers ruined several pieces of my mother's furniture and didn't pay a dime - didn't even give her a jar of Vicks.
Thanks, this makes a lot of sense.
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Old 09-07-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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If you go to the Penske website they have a fuel cost estimator. We're doing about the same thing - CA to ND. We've figured on 3 stops. Geeze this'll be a fun trip 4 small dogs (3 Pugs & a Pom) and a cat that screams the whole time he's in the car (must remember to check with the vet on that!
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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You're talking about a 26-foot bed, correct? And a diesel, right?

I'd guess 10 mpg at highway speeds would be pretty close. I get 12 mpg with my F250 psd pulling a 27-foot 5th wheel camper (12 feet high, 9,000 pounds) at 65 mph. The big rigs will get around 8 mpg empty. $2.75 per gallon should work for a price.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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We just did it from CO to VA...26 ft Budget truck. Great truck, smooth ride. It was about 8-10 mpg. It was so packed...man was it packed. You also get Budget trucks for a week, despite how long you really need it for.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:34 AM
 
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Have any of you used this calculator? Don't know if it'll help the OP, but it's been pretty accurate for my car.

//www.city-data.com/gas/
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: NW MT
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I pull 3000 miles from Miami to Seattle with my class 8 otr - 6.5 mpg with a light load -44,000 lbs. Much less than a 26,000 lb Penske (maxed out) which got the same mpg.

Give me your route and I'll tell you where you need to stop. If I'm not mistaken the tank is 55 gals which means you need to stop every 200 miles - you can't run diesels dry like you can a gasser. Major problems ensue and you're on the hook for any damages.

I don't see a Penske drop location for Medina, just one for Fargo.
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