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What the least expensive way to move across the country?

Asked by simone54 (7560 points ) March 18th, 2014

My girlfriend and I will be moving from San Diego to South Jersey. We have a two cars, my Ford Ranger pick-up and her Honda CRV. We might be able to fit all of our stuff in the cars but might need to rent a small trailer. We want to do the trip together so we’ll have to figure out a way to get my truck out their first.

I suppose I could drive my truck out first with half of our stuff, then buy a one way plane ticket back. I’d have to pay for gas, a minimal amount for lodging (I could sleep in the truck or couch surf), and the ticket back.

Or, I could have it shipped out.

Does anyone have an experience with shipping a vehicle across country? Is it worth it for the cost?

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Judi's avatar

We sold a car in California on eBay and the buyer had it shipped to New Jersey. I can’t remember how much.

Buttonstc's avatar

I have no idea how much it costs to ship a car but if you both would like to drive your vehicles, there is another affordable method you might wish to consider

I used a company called UPack to ship my stuff. The reason its affordable is because you pack your own things into a trailer (a huge full sized one) which they drop off in your driveway.

After you load it up you call them. They come and get it. A wooden divider wall is put up and you are charged only for the square footage that you actually use and no more.

They then drive it to a point close to where you are moving (not yet to your exact street number) and when you arrive, you call them and the trailer is then dropped off at the address you specify.

After unloading, you call them and they pick up their now empty trailer.

The reason its so affordable is because after your stuff is loaded into the back of the trailer and the divider put up, the rest of the trailer is filled with commercial freight before going to your destination city.

It worked out well for me since I didn’t need to rent a UHaul trailer, not have the hassle of trying to drive that attached to my car long distance nor did I have to then drive it back to UHaul for drop off.

All I had to be responsible for was packing and unpacking. UPack took care of everything else.

I really don’t remember exactly how much I paid, but I do remember that it was the least expensive of all the methods I got quotes and mileage for.

I’m glad I chose them and would do it again if I ever had to move such a long distance again.

Give them a call and price it out to see if it might work for you.

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NanoNano's avatar

Consider the value of what you are stuffing into those vehicles, and how much you are paying to take it with you.

For instance, is it worth spending $300 to move an old sofa that you’d be lucky to get $50 for on craigslist, when you could buy a new one out there for less on sale? (Furniture is always going on sale).

Eliminate everything that is not sentimental and give it away or sell it. Travel light. Buy new replacements.

Judi's avatar

Hubby thinks it cost somewhere between $500–1000 when we shipped the car.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

In the mid-nineties, we moved from Atlanta to Denver. We had two kids at the time, and two cars. We packed our stuff into a large rental truck, and towed one car on a car dolly. I drove the truck, the wife drove the other car, and had one child in the truck with me and the other in the car with Mama.

We had considered the trailer, but the truck towing the car, followed by another car, made more sense. That way we could have constant visual monitoring of the trailer (not that there was any problem) and we kept in communication via walkie-talkie. (This was before cheap affordable wireless phones.) That also gave the kids a way to alleviate some of the boredom of

Buttonstc's avatar

@Judi

That’s interesting. Its also a boatload of money just for a car :)

Although I don’t remember the exact number for how much my move cost me, I do know for drop-dead certain that it was definitely below $500.00

In fairness tho, I only moved halfway across the country (Phila. to Pontiac, MI) as opposed to the whole country :)

But I do remember that the total per mile charge for a UHaul van was staggering. And that was before the gas !

Blackberry's avatar

@Buttonstc This is why I love the internet. What a great sounding company.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Knock it the fuck off with your crazy talk. You do not want to come back to Jersey.
You comin back to the restaurant too?

rojo's avatar

Get a U-Haul truck with a car trailer. Attach one car to the trailer and drive the truck full of stuff while the other driver brings up the rear in the second car.

Smashley's avatar

Ship whatever won’t fit in the CRV
Sell your truck
Drive to Jersey together
Buy a truck

That’s got to be the cheapest way to do the things you want.

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