Hey CAF friends,
I'm looking at the prospect of moving cross-country pretty soon here (about 3000 miles). I have a car and approximately a one-bedroom apartment full of stuff to move. I've moved before, but never cross-country, with furniture, so I'm debating between the options of flying and having my car and possessions shipped, or driving a rental truck with my possessions and towing my car.
I've been calling around and getting quotes, and I've been kind of shocked at the results. A 14' Uhaul truck plus tow dolly would be $2076. Budget would actually be more expensive, since the smallest truck they have that can tow a car is 16'. And Ryder doesn't do one-way rentals, so they're out.
On the other hand, I have a company saying they'll haul my possessions for a flat rate of $1450, and I've gotten quotes for car moving in the ballpark of $900. So far, that's only around $300 more the cost of doing it myself.
Now for actual travel fees, right now airfare between here and there is as low as $130 for a one-way ticket, versus the cost of 4-5 nights of motels plus all the gas, if I drive. I'd assume gas + lodging would be $150 per day, at the very least, but I'm not entirely sure what kind of mileage a 14' loaded truck with a car behind it would get.
So it's looking like having someone do the moving for me may be the same, or potentially less expensive. :confused: Does anyone have any insight into this? Any recommendations? Anything else to consider? I appreciate all thoughts and advice!