Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Finally! My experience(s) are 'on-point' to help out someone else. After so many questions and receiving so much help, it feels really good to be able to provide some advice.
The following advice is a summary compiled from moving 14 times in the last 18 1/2 years. (THAT's a small part of the downside of a military career. Don't get me wrong, there are still many upsides...)
#1: According to my u-haul rental agent (2 yrs ago), they're rules do NOT allow putting a vehicle ( like a Jeep) inside one of their big trucks. How are they going to find out? I don't know - that's up to you. I do not know Budget or Ryder's policies. Much easier loading into low deck of U-Haul than higher decks of the other box trucks, unless you have access to loading docks w/ vehicle ramps at both ends. If public, you have the added worry of someone turning you in to the rental company.
IF you do go the rental truck route, I suggest calling around and pitting one company against the other. U-haul will match or beat competitors pricing. I'd get the best possible deal between Budget and Ryder, then take that to U-Haul telling them they gotta beat (not match) the price. If they claim they cannot go lower in price, have them throw in some free extras like pads, dolly, boxes, etc. Again, having completed a number of self-moves, U-Hauls lower decks mean alot when you're loading a 26' van.
#2: I fried my '88 Trooper's engine and tranny towing a CJ-5 from VA to NC. At the least you will need an aux. ATF cooler. Even then, I wouldn't attempt it. You'll be cursing yourself everytime an uphill slope presents itself. Downhill situations may be too hairy (braking issue-wise) to have an oppportunity to curse yourself. IMHO, not worth the risk of frying your Rodeo drivetrain.
#3: For reasons stated in #1 & #2 above, if it were me, I'd get a tow dolly or trailer and tow behind a moving truck - even if you're not moving yourself and the moving truck is empty. However, here is something to consider: Even though the military moves us at no cost, I always do a partial self-move. Despite the royal PITA it is, I wouldn't do it any other way; I believe most saavy military movers do likewise. Moving companies' personnel have somewhat of a reputation for having 'sticky fingers'. No way have I ever had the time to properly document all the contents of a move or the condition of the material being moved. Additionally, many high cost items are easily pilferable and their insurance coverages are depreciated values. Other items of little intrinsic value have high sentimental value. Additionally, there are some items that the moving companies refuse to move at all... for various reasons. All these items, if somewhat easily moved by you should be. I ALWAYS move my own valuables, tools, firearms, photographs, money (coin collections), and the like. CD's and DVD's would be new stuff I'd add to my list next time around.
I hope the above is of some help to you. Godspeed in your relocation/move.