Two topics. New question starts with all cap letters several
Followup on old question: A couple months ago I asked something about
moving a bedroom set from the Big D to Baltimore.
One suggestion was UPS. I appreceiate the suggestion but it turns out
UPS won't take such stuff unless it is crated, palleted, or some third
thing, all of which would be too hard to get my brother or
sister-in-law to do, but even if they hired someone, the shipping cost
was 800 dollars. Nowhere near as cheap as the poster thought.
I looked into those packing containers one sees on the street and in
parking lots, and they would hold two dressers, my size desk, and a
night table, but iirc, they were 1000 to 1200 dollars a container, and
they would pick up from only one place and deliver to only one place.
Makes sense considering how they are doing it, but I had most of the
stuff at my brother's house and a dresser at some storage location,
and I wanted to take most of the stuff to my storage locker and only
one dresser to my house. Need to rent a truck or trailer at each end.
It turned out that it seemed for me the best solution was to fly to
, rent a truck, pick up things in two places and drive back.
American Airlines doesn't give a discount for round trip tickets, so
I wouldn't be wasting any money there. No one I could find rents
cargo vans one way, so I had to get a 10 or 12 foot truck. About 630
dollars at Penske, 680 at Budget, and 730 at U-haul. Trucks
comparable, although some had vinyl seats iirc and some cloth. If I
wore shorts, even dirty cloth sounded to me more comfortable than
vinyl. U-haul had a light in the back, but Penske and U-haul had
translucent plastic ceilings. I could take a flashlight for the few
times if any I'd be looking around there in the dark.
Plus about 300 dollars gas when gas was 3 dollars a gallon, and
motels, meals, and admission to tourist things like Graceland.
I started liking the idea. I was going to go though Little Rock,
Memphis, Nashville, see Mammoth Caves in Kentucky, and drive through
coal mining company in W.Va. I've wanted to go to these places for 30
or 40 years. I'd get to use my new fancy compass, and if I slept in
the truck one or two nights, or camped, I could use my 2 inch TV which
was a gift, never used, and will be obsolete when High Def is
So I called my brother to clear October and November and was going to
make airline and reservations.
The next day he called me to say that my 6 year old nephew wanted to
use the furniture, which is great. I don't have any kids, so it
should be he.
2) BUT I DON'T THINK HE WANTS THE SECOND DRESSER AND ITSA LOT NICER
THAN the one I'm using.
So I have a new plan. Buy a 240 dollar trailer from HarborFreight,
have it shipped to my brother's house, drive to Dallas, assemble it
there, and drive home with my dresser on the trailer.
Don't have to do this for 3000 miles, but it says I have to repack the
wheel bearings every 3000 miles. DO I NEED SPECIAL WHEEL BEARING
GREASE, OR CAN I USE THE LITHIUM GREASE WHICH IS ALL THEY HAD AT HOME
DEPOT IN A TUBE THAT FIT MY GREASE GUN?????
I think my LeBaron can tow 500 pounds. The trailer weighs 220, plus
the plywood, and the dresser weighs 50 to 80?, well under 500. And
then I'll have a trailer for use around town.