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Hi all,

Im still alive, and still have my 86 SPG, and 96 9k Aero. Been getting busier with school.

Has anyone ever used PODS to help move from one state to another? I am moving 1500 miles away, and would like to load all my junk into some type of container that sits outside my house, and then have it show up at my other house :) It doesn't have to be fancy climate controller or anything like that... Im in a bit of a time crunch...


Just to clarify, it doesn't have to be PODS. Any similar competing service would work too, at least for me to call and get multiple quotes.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

Thank you :)
 

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The rip with most of those "you pack our container" dealies is that they presume you are going to unload the container slowly and thus charge you automatically to have the pod or whatever longer than you usually will need it for. And you can't choose to be charged for less. They also aren't very precise about delivery times because they will try to put it in storage for you at your destination.

Having moved a lot and never really been able to afford fancy movers, here's what I've found to work: rent a U-haul or similar vehicle, put an ad on Craigslist looking to hire folks to help pack the truck. Offer them a set amount per hour, say $15 and then guarantee them at least 2-3 hours worth of work. That gets them moving faster and is really, really worth the small added expense incurred if they happen to pack the truck in 2 hours but get paid for 3. Also, this approach works fantastically around military bases where servicemen are always looking for extra cash.

Repeat, only in reverse, at your destination. It's pretty much the cheapest way I've found to move thus far.

And I'll likely be using it again later this fall. ;) More on that later....

Good luck!
 

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The rip with most of those "you pack our container" dealies is that they presume you are going to unload the container slowly and thus charge you automatically to have the pod or whatever longer than you usually will need it for. And you can't choose to be charged for less. They also aren't very precise about delivery times because they will try to put it in storage for you at your destination.

Having moved a lot and never really been able to afford fancy movers, here's what I've found to work: rent a U-haul or similar vehicle, put an ad on Craigslist looking to hire folks to help pack the truck. Offer them a set amount per hour, say $15 and then guarantee them at least 2-3 hours worth of work. That gets them moving faster and is really, really worth the small added expense incurred if they happen to pack the truck in 2 hours but get paid for 3. Also, this approach works fantastically around military bases where servicemen are always looking for extra cash.

Repeat, only in reverse, at your destination. It's pretty much the cheapest way I've found to move thus far.

And I'll likely be using it again later this fall. ;) More on that later....

Good luck!
Thank you for the advice.

Yea, 'you pack our containers' isn't exactly the inexpensive way to do it. U-Haul was actually what I was planning on doing, but would rather pack their container and fly to the destination... If I did rent a U-haul, I don't think id have to balls to hire other guys to help me pack :p Sounds like a girly thing to do :p

You're doing it again this fall? Taking advantage of men? or moving?
 

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First, I like ordering men around. ;)

Second, things might have changed, but, in spring 2009, the pods were usually anywhere from 50%-100% more expensive than a truck. Although, if you have to be somewhere fast but your stuff doesn't the pod might be the way to go.

As for this fall, it looks like I'm going to be reunited with my stuff that has been vacationing in Alabama without me this year.
 

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I moved from AZ back home to CT all 2800 miles for literally a grand. I rented a 16 foot penske box truck, and posted an ad in craigslist looking for someone to share it with. I was able to find a woman in NYC who needed to move belongings from AZ back there. We split the cost of the truck, gas, and tolls. She flew down and helped me pack her stuff in front of mine. I then drove the truck with my car on a trailer behind it, all the way to nyc. dropped off her things in Manhattan (nightmare) and then continued my trip up to CT. All in all, I got very lucky but seriously this could happen to anyone if you try hard enough. I saved a boatload of cash by doing it and I was able to tow my car instead of driving it. oh yea, also had enough room to throw my motorcycle in the back so i didnt have to sell it. I lucked out, but good luck with ur move. sorry it's to AZ lol
 

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I moved from AZ back home to CT all 2800 miles for literally a grand. I rented a 16 foot penske box truck, and posted an ad in craigslist looking for someone to share it with. I was able to find a woman in NYC who needed to move belongings from AZ back there. We split the cost of the truck, gas, and tolls. She flew down and helped me pack her stuff in front of mine. I then drove the truck with my car on a trailer behind it, all the way to nyc. dropped off her things in Manhattan (nightmare) and then continued my trip up to CT. All in all, I got very lucky but seriously this could happen to anyone if you try hard enough. I saved a boatload of cash by doing it and I was able to tow my car instead of driving it. oh yea, also had enough room to throw my motorcycle in the back so i didnt have to sell it. I lucked out, but good luck with ur move. sorry it's to AZ lol
thanks..

Anyone else, experience/advice with PODS? Suggestions for similar, alternative services?
 

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You can rent space in freight trailers by the linear foot. Thing to watch out for there is that they have some sort of suspension. I know of a couple who moved from New Jersey to Florida with a freight company picking up their belongings. The trailer had no suspension and basically shattered a bunch of their glassware and other fragile items.

What are you looking to spend? Are you on a tight deadline for when you have to get there? If you fly, how are your vehicles getting down there?

More details might help.
 

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I work in the freight industry.

DO NOT use a freight company to move your personal goods. I can't stress this enough to anyone moving. The guys that work the docks at the terminals where freight gets transferred don't give a shit. I've seen forklifts driven through 60 inch TV's. Plus shit bounces all around in the back of trailers.

UHaul is your best option, IMO.

I've never used a POD but I have used sea containers for a couple of international moves. The one time I didn't(wasn't allowed, long story)load it myself my stuff arrived in Denmark in bad shape. They did so much damage that the insurance ended up paying for the container costs.
 

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moving again, to AZ. Im closer now, maybe we can attempt to meet up again :)
Definitely.

I've done the Penske truck thing with a tow dolly before, helping a friend move from NJ to CA, Honda Civic in tow. Worked out well*, and used my AAA membership to get a discount on the truck and dolly. They were SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than U-haul.

*Except for the part where I fell out of the back of the truck and landed horizontally on the trailer tongue with my full 200 pounds of body weight + gravity. Lucky I didn't break my leg -- still not sure how I didn't.
 

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I've tow-dollied from Illinois to Vermont, Vermont to D.C., Connecticut to Cleveland and Cleveland to Huntsville, Alabama. Amazingly? Of the Saabs that get towed? It's always the 9-3. It's like towing a UHaul trailer jam packed full of stuff that way.

I'd really recommend that versus the Pods. They're just too expensive and not flexible enough.
 

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Definitely.

I've done the Penske truck thing with a tow dolly before, helping a friend move from NJ to CA, Honda Civic in tow. Worked out well*, and used my AAA membership to get a discount on the truck and dolly. They were SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than U-haul.
When I say Uhaul, I mean all truck rental companies collectively. Call around.

Just an FYI, we've been renting a Penske truck a few days a week for the past three weeks. They are getting away from using Internationals or Freightliners and are using Toyota built Hinos'. Every one we've rented has been governed to 60mph even though the speed limit in KY is 70.
 

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When I say Uhaul, I mean all truck rental companies collectively. Call around.

Just an FYI, we've been renting a Penske truck a few days a week for the past three weeks. They are getting away from using Internationals or Freightliners and are using Toyota built Hinos'. Every one we've rented has been governed to 60mph even though the speed limit in KY is 70.
Yeah it just worked out that Penske was much cheaper for us. U-haul might be better now or for shorter distance moves.

We also lucked out and got a brand new truck (like 30 miles on it). I believe it was a Ford with the Econoline van-style front cab and a big box on the back. I think it had a few wall hooks for tying down furniture and/or dead hookers.
 

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Yeah it just worked out that Penske was much cheaper for us. U-haul might be better now or for shorter distance moves.

We also lucked out and got a brand new truck (like 30 miles on it). I believe it was a Ford with the Econoline van-style front cab and a big box on the back. I think it had a few wall hooks for tying down furniture and/or dead hookers.
Ah, OK. You probably had a 14 or 16 foot box van

We're renting 24ft straight trucks. I'm not sure of POD dimensions, but I guessed that he'd need something as big as a 24 footer.
 

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Ah, OK. You probably had a 14 or 16 foot box van.
Yeah I believe it was a 16', the smallest they allowed with a car in tow; a 12' would likely have been enough. We moved everything in her 1BR apt, with lots of room to spare. Everything was stacked between 3-5' high and the ceiling in there must have been around 7'? Had we packed carefully we could have moved 2x her stuff (and I probably wouldn't have fallen out of the truck like an idiot).
 

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You can rent space in freight trailers by the linear foot. Thing to watch out for there is that they have some sort of suspension. I know of a couple who moved from New Jersey to Florida with a freight company picking up their belongings. The trailer had no suspension and basically shattered a bunch of their glassware and other fragile items.

What are you looking to spend? Are you on a tight deadline for when you have to get there? If you fly, how are your vehicles getting down there?

More details might help.
uh oh, suspension. I'm not sure what kind of suspension, if any, my truck had... I am now expecting heavy casualties... Well, my important road bike, comp tower, and monitors are heavily fortified... the rest? its gonna be a blood bath...

I already flew, and will be receiving the trailer tomorrow morning...
 
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