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U-haul rates

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by meanderson, May 2, 2004.

  1. meanderson

    meanderson Senior Member
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    I'm moving a bed and some furniture from middle georgle to augusta(about 200 miles). I guess me and my family could use small trucks and make 2 or maybe 3 round trips to do this in, but I think it would be easier to just rent a uhaul truck.

    They quote a price of $150 for a one day 200 mile one way trip from midddle georgia to augusta for the 10 foot truck. For those who have experience in this kind of stuff, would this be enough room to haul a single twin bed and matress, one dresser, one large single seat chair, one small love seat, a tiny desk, and a 27 inch tv. There would also have to be some room for some small boxes, also some of this stuff could go in my car. And I plan on getting a few extra things(like a small cheap tv table/entertainment center) once I get to augusta.


    I've never moved before and just figure the $150 would be worth tyng down matresses and dressers to open ended small trucks and making an extra trip. thanks....
     
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  3. Mistress S

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    Hey meanderson,

    I just helped my sister move, she rented a 10 ft U-haul and we were able to fit a couch, loveseat, full-size bed (matress + box spring), breakfast table + chairs, two dressers, and a few boxes inside, so I don't think you should have a space problem if you pack it right. However, a word of caution: ask to inspect the truck you'll be using BEFORE renting it-the first truck she got wouldn't reverse, and the replacement they provided her with had no brake lights and reeked of garbage (not to mention that it had no gas, even though they said it came with a quarter tank). When she complained upon returning the truck, they told her people often rent U-hauls to make dump runs and even go big game hunting-the clerk was talking about how gross it was when the trucks come back all bloody. :( They only charged her $26 for what was supposed to be a $75 rental, but I think she would have preferred to have been spared all the hassle, so do yourself a favor and make sure that everything works on the truck you're renting and that it's clean. Good luck with your move!
     
  4. exgatr

    exgatr Senior Member
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    Don't use U-Haul, there trucks are usually old and beaten up.

    Use Penske or Budget (at most Sears)
     
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    I'm moving at the end of the month. I was looking up truck rental rates, but I was curious. Does anybody know how much the insurance runs on one of the trucks and can you get it from your own company or must you purchase it through the rental agency?
     
  6. FiveForFighting

    FiveForFighting Lee Burnett's Illegit Son
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    200 miles isn't a far distance...have you considered picking up the truck in your home town and returning it there.

    And if you're worried about cost....Rent a trailer. It's much cheaper
     
  7. southbelle

    southbelle Senior Member
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    thanks for these suggestions.


    Is it cheaper to load up your belongings at your current address, drive it 200 miles away to unpack at new residence, and then return it to the original address? I just assumed at places like Uhaul everyone dropped the truck off back at the company office that they were moving to?

    As for the trailer of that size uhaul truck, how cheap could it be? Couldn't be that much cheaper than the $150 quoted by uhaul after factoring in the hitch and everything. And I'm not sure my stepdad's or truck is in good enough shape to haul a trailer or make a 200 mile drive.
     
  8. heifer

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    i second the recommendation to avoid u-haul. i've had several bad experiences with them. had good luck with penske. one nice thing about penske trucks is that the wheel wells don't go up into the bed of the truck - reducing the usuable bed surface area (u-haul wheel wells do this).
     
  9. duka

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    penske also has both an online booking discount and an AAA discount-- it worked out to be quite a bit cheeper in my case.
     
  10. FiveForFighting

    FiveForFighting Lee Burnett's Illegit Son
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    I dunno about dropping it off where you rented if it's cheaper or not. You have too look that info up yourself.

    As for the trailer..sorry since you said truck I assumed that you had a hitch on it already.
     
  11. (nicedream)

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    Budget has the best rates.
    It's cheaper, if youre travelling a fair distance (which you are), to pick it up one place and return it another. The price for a local move (pick up and drop off in same town) is low for the day but high for each mile - because local rentals are meant for people staying in town not driivng much. Bottom line: 1 way rental would be about $140, round trip (for 200 miles each way) $230.
     
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    I found the best rates with Budget, but it really depends on who has the best sale when you book. Booking online was 10% discount, if memory serves. There is very little difference in price between the larger vehicles, sometimes bigger ones are cheaper. It all depends on your logistics vs. the truck company needs. If they want more trucks in XXX state, down goes the inbound rates.

    FYI, moving all your things at once requires many more boxes and blankets. Moving across town requires less truck packing diligence then moving 200 miles. Things tend to shift and rub on each other the more miles you drive. Also, don't forget the cost of fuel and insurance when renting. These trucks get bad mileage when empty and a little worse when full. The big diesels usually get better mileage than the smaller gasoline engines.

    Best advice: use as many good, quality boxes as you can get your hands on. More boxes = less breakage. Then buy a huge roll of bubble wrap and high density 1/8" foam. You cannot afford either from the normal retail outlets like Walmart or Containers R Us. Look for large scale packaging and box suppliers. I had a friend at a large hospital receiving department that provided boxes for my last two moves at no cost. They normally crush and recycle the boxes, but he just stacked them on a pallet. In a day or two, I was set.

    Definately stay away from UHaul b/c their fleet is waaaay too old and poorly maintained.

    Good luck on your move.
     

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