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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:15am PT
You can get a truck and car hualer- load the truck up, put the SUV on the back and away ya go one trip.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:16am PT
UHAUL is pretty darned good. . . start your search for reservations as far in advance as possible. . . and change your pick-up location to see if there are cheaper alternatives. I saved $4K once by picking stuff up in Gardnerville over Mammoth/Bishop and it was fine, since I had to go to Reno anyway to pick up a friend at the airport. Get creative in your searching.

And. . . HAVE FUN WITH IT. . . from the very first step. . . MAKE IT A GOOD TIME. . . be organized and LAUGH A LOT!

:-)

AND. . . if you see a good price, reserve it. . . you can cancel later if you have to - at no additional cost.

AND. . . when you pick your stuff up, graciously ask the clerk to add a couple FREE DAYS and any FREE MILES they can. . . they'll do it, only if you ask.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:22am PT
I've had the opposite experience with uHaul...

uHaul typically means "U breakdown". Pay a little more and go with Penske unless they can guarantee a low mileage truck.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:28am PT
WOW. . . I haven't had any problem with UHAULs breaking down. . . and that's 4 trips from Mammoth to Montana (26 foot trucks - 12 foot trailers and transporters) and numerous trips back and forth between Montana and Shasta. . . probably 10 rentals in all.

Whoa. . . guess I was lucky, eh?

:-)

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Ya just take it easy and slow,, and NEVER wag the steering wheel harshly. When coming to a stop do so smoothly w/o a whip lash effect.. Simple really...
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Don't let the towing thing weird you out. . . just think ahead and don't get yourself into a situation that requires backing up. And spend a little time in a big parking lot - with lines - learning how big you are. . . good depth perception helps.

Like I said. . HAVE FUN!

:-)
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:49am PT
Honestly, as far as an easy drive goes, you couldn't ask for much better then Vegas to Reno. Once you're out of Hawthorne it's more or less a constant straight line with a couple light hills thrown in. You'd probably be fine towing.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:51am PT
A couple of years back, I had to drive a 26' U-Haul from Davis to LA.

I found it basically like driving a car. No problems, at all.
The Grapevine caught my attention, but not really a problem.

I'd do your plan of driving down, flying back, then towing 2nd with the truck, without hesitation.

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Just make sure the uhaul has enough clearance so the roof won't scratch up the tunnels.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:58am PT
A N D . . . buy a lot of these:

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It's this stretchy stuff for closing up boxes and wrapping stuff up. The stuff RULES! (it just sticks to itself - without tape)

You can do a lot of creative things with UHAUL pads/blankets and that green stuff. . . you can pretty much wrap stuff up and not use boxes for weird shaped stuff. . . you can tie the load down, inside, with the stuff too.

Be smart when you choose gas stations, too. . . the bigger the better. . . remember you're gonna be WIDE and LONG.

The radios in the new trucks are pretty nice. . . but I always took a BubbaBox with audio books.

YAY.

Man. . . I've got some stuff to pick up in Shasta. . . this thread has be actually looking forward to it!

:-)
WBraun

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Just floor the accelerator and make sure you drift all the turns.

Never use the brakes.

Go all out.

You're climber aren't chya?

That's what climbers do ......
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
No, man. . . strap all the heavy stuff ON TOP!

:-)

(I know, I'm not WonderBrawn, but I do play him on TV)
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
When you check prices, you may find that the larger rig costs no more. Having more space is better than finding that you are short, and need another trip! They drive the same, and get about the same mileage.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:18pm PT
Slightly traumatic,, but nothing to sweat over.. Good move -- worrying about making it SUCKS!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Word of WARNING;
If you move to Vegas,
DON'T climb with that cosmiccragsman guy.

He's slightly INSANE and if you climb with him,































































"YER GONNA DIE!!!"
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:42pm PT
Fuk Cosmic.
Climb with Dwain.
He's much more Levelheaded!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
I've never really had to tow much of anything before, not too sure how comfortable I'd be lugging my ride behind on that thing...granted, the Reno-Vegas drive is pretty much straight-ahead driving, I just don't want to F it up, ya know? Hmmm


Ah, dude, if I can do it, you can. Rental with a trailer all the way! It should be cake going to Vegas, you don't even have to stay overnight on the way.

I did Phoenix to Reno with an overnighter in Ridgecrest, CA. Got stuck in the damn hotel parking lot because I couldn't back up. No problem. Called the rental, they put us in touch with an old timer who made duck soup of backing the rig up. Hell, he said, this is easy, I do double-wide trailer back ups where I can't even see where I'm going. I'd only managed to figure out I didn't know sh#t about backing a trailer up. The key is: Figure out a route where you don't need to back that rig up ;). Worse came to worse, you could probably de-trailer your car and get some help hand moving the trailer? Or call an old timer who knows what the f he's doing.

We pissed a lot of folks off trolling up 395 in those canyons afterward. Oh well ;).

Too bad your new job won't pay for movers though. That's the absolute best way to do it.
John M

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Why not price it? I helped a friend move using PODs. It was more expensive, but the initial charge covers one month. So you can get it for a number of days on the front end, then have it moved, then have it for a couple of weeks to unload. They delivered it to the first house on the day that they said they would and they delivered it to where my friends was moving to on the day they said they would. Thats the main thing you need to know. They don't offer a time during the day, so thats a pain, but you don't have to drive it and you have a month.

some of that gets offset if you are moving from an apartment to an apartment because its harder to find a spot to leave it. So you may as well use a moving truck. But if its home to a home and you have a place to leave it, then that makes sense to me. Plus if you need to move early and you don't yet have a place to live, but you do have a place to stay, like your parents or friends, then they will store it for you.

that said.. I have driven a 26 foot uhaul from California to Texas and it was easy. Even when I hit that road sign and knocked it down.. LOL..

Edit: just make certain that you understand the size difference.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
Keep it under 90 and don't go through Area 51 after dark.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
"locals" in Vegas,,,, now thats funny...;-)
John M

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
1900 hundred. Dang.. that is expensive. How much is the truck? And don't forget fuel.
argus

Trad climber
Vegas
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
I think $200 for gas is a little low. I towed a car behind a Uhaul and got about 5 miles per gallon.
John M

climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
Don't forget Ekats advice.

AND. . . when you pick your stuff up, graciously ask the clerk to add a couple FREE DAYS and any FREE MILES they can. . . they'll do it, only if you ask.
Beautiful_Corn

Big Wall climber
Brooklyn Park, MD
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
I spent five summers selling merchandise for a traveling music group and got to be an expert at touring the country driving a box truck with a trailer. A couple of suggestions:

If you have to stop, only stop at truck stops. There's almost no way of being forced to back up in those places. If you don't need fuel, pull into the truck parking. You can just drive straight in and out of those spots. If the truck is a diesel, check to see if it will fit a fuel nozzle for a semi truck. If not, you will need to fuel up at the auto diesel pump.

It can take a while to adjust to the extra size of the truck. If you are in the right lane and there is no shoulder or, worse yet, there is no shoulder on either side don't panic. Just keep your sight line on the highway line to your left. If you try to drive in the "center of the lane" you will drift to the right and possibly hit something.

If you get in a jam and have to back up get your girlfriend to be your spotter. Have her stand where you can see each other in your driver side mirror to stop you if you are about to jackknife or hit something.

Backing up doesn't have to be scary. Keep your hand at the 6:00 position on the wheel. That way you just move your hand in the direction you want the trailer to turn. Hover your foot over the brake while you back up so you won't accidentally panic and hit the gas. Practice in an empty parking lot first and you'll see it's not too bad. Go slowly. If some jag-off runs over and starts shouting directions at you while you are backing up give him the finger because he's a dick.

Congratulations on the new job!
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Don't run any range cattle over...You'll end up having to pay the rancher for his loss...And if you do happen to get caught in area 51 at night , stop and rent a room at the Alien Inn...RJ
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
Moving truck and tow the suv on a trailer........ Done!
Done it and it works great.
Erik
Aerili

climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Paying for someone to haul your freight vs a truck is about the same price. One just has less headaches and is simpler (that would be the freight option). I've done both.

There are other options out there than just Pods. But I'll let you look into that if you want to. It's pretty easy to find recommendations online.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Yeah, WML.
Do it yerself!

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:28am PT
WML...Don't worry about area 51...Cosmic drove thru there and look how he turned out...RJ
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:47am PT
"...Cosmic drove thru there and look how he turned out...RJ "




YEAH!!!

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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:54am PT
I've a couple of Area 51 stories but I can't tell one cause the wife might read it and the other is classified...Jess sayin'. I guess that makes both of 'em classified.
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