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October 2nd, 2006

(no subject) @ 12:11 pm


Well, here's the story: Mary and I are finally selling her family's building that has come to us after lo these many years. There is a lot of stuff in the building, some of which we want to move to Atlanta, and a lot of it we don't really care to ever see again. We are more or less decided on flying to Chicago, renting a truck, loading it with as much stuff as we can, and driving it back to Georgia. Has anyone ever rented a truck and done something like this? Any advice you can offer?
 
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From:supedujour
Date:October 2nd, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Are we counting when we moved all of our worldly possessions, (except for the couch that was so bad the Salvation Army wouldn't want it)from Pennsylvania to Georgia in a... whatever the yellow truck company is... largest panel truck, trailering our Blazer.

I had fun, that wasn't it.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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The yellow truck company was Ryder, and since one of their trucks was used to blow up the federal building in OKC, they don't allow one-way rentals. I'm looking at either U-Haul or Budget Truck Rental, whichever one's closer to Midway Airport in Chicago.
From:supedujour
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Our rental was one way, but that was pre-OKC bombing. Their truck was crappy anyway.

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From:lisapt
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Stuff, stuff, what kind of stuff. I need more stuff. I have a 1000 sq. ft. house packed with stuff but it is not enough. Lisa need stuff! And Chicago is fairly close to A2...
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From:john_holton
Date:October 3rd, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
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Trust me...you don't want any of this stuff.
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From:the_paulr
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
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The farthest I've moved stuff myself was from Orange County to San Diego, a trip of about 200 miles. I used a U-Haul for that. It was the smallest of the panel trucks, but I didn't have a lot of furniture so it wasn't so bad.

As for advice? Make sure, if you can, that whatever company you rent from will actually have the truck you want at the pickup location of YOUR choice. Not all trucks are available at all locations. And you definitely want to examine the truck before you take it, preferably with someone from the rental company, making sure they write down any visible damage like dents or even scuff marks. You don't want to get charged for things that aren't your fault.

In moving from CA to PA I hired a moving company. They used Allied Van Lines (I'm pretty sure it was Allied but I'd have to check my records to be positive) and I would NOT recommend them.

They had a four day window to come get my stuff - they came at the last minute of the last day. They said it would be sent on the truck it was packed into - it wasn't. It arrived on a different truck and they lost a couple of pieces in the process. They found them and got them to me within a month, but I'll never use them again.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I don't want to have to deal with a moving company again. We had Mayflower show up a day late when we moved here, after we had already had the utilities shut off, and they were three days getting here. They didn't lose or break anything, but then, there was so litle it wasn't a problem.

I will definitely take your advice and deal directly with the location I want to rent the truck from, and bring the camera along to take pictures of the truck before it leaves the lot.
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From:the_paulr
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)

One more thing

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Good luck! And try to have fun while doing it. Think of it as an adventure.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 2nd, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)

Re: One more thing

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Thanks. I'm sure that Mary and I will have a good time. We look at all of our trips as adventures.
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From:meropa
Date:October 2nd, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
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When I was looking at making the 800 or so mile move to Dallas from Atlanta, I was quoted anywhere between $700-900 for a larger-sized Uhaul.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 3rd, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
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That's the same price I'm getting from U-Haul and Budget. Chicago's just a little closer, but it's roughly the same length of trip.
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From:sharonthenurse
Date:October 3rd, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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Don't forget to get all the details... They slip all kinds of little charges in. But you know that.

Just curious, what kind of goodies are you getting rid of?
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From:john_holton
Date:October 3rd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
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I don't know if I'd call them "goodies". More like 100 years of crap that's accumulated in that building since Mary's grandmother bought it. There's furniture that's falling apart, dried up painting supplies, and junk...lots of junk...my in-laws were Depression-era packrats, and Mary's aunt and uncle would just amass tons and tons of stuff. It was like living in a house with someone who's a compulsive collector. They didn't need any of it, but they didn't want anyone else to have it. Trust me, it's crap.

Thanks for the hints on renting the truck. Sounds a lot like the kind of contract you sign for a rental car.

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