I recently finished a platform bed for my son, who lives
2000 miles away. It weighs about 300 lb and has
pieces of oak that are 8 ft long, plus there is a sheet
of plywood that is 5 ft x 8 ft.
I checked with a household moving
company and they charge for a minimum of 1000 lbs.,
which comes out to about $1000, in my case.
I also checked with a freight trucking
company and their estimate was $485. Does anyone
have a better idea?
Thanks for your advice.
That sounds good actually. Is there something special about the plywood?
Can he buy a piece locally and save a bunch of money on freight costs? If
that is the case, you ma be able to ship some of the other items by UPS as a
OS3, but nothing cheap when you really get down to it.
Be sure it is crated well as things get transferred from truck to truck in
that distance and can get beat around a bit.
Not cheaper, but more fun, it to take a vacation with a pickup or van and
deliver it yourself. Round trip in a couple of weeks of motels and eating
out you can spent about two grand to save the $485
Very good. Just to put it in some perspective for the OP, the actual
operating cost of running a truck, including paying the driver, fuel, oil,
insurance, taxes, tires, etc. is right around $1 per mile.
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Saw the photos on apbw. Looks great. But a bear to ship. Seriously
look into possible savings by not shipping the plywood. Also they may
charge a premium for picking it up at a residence. If so, look into
moving it to a place of business near by. Next time consider building
big heavy stuff at your son's house. :-)
Also consider using hinges on the long oak boards. From your picture, you
could design the long boards to fold in half for shipping and the hinges
would (could) be hidden when the bed is assembled. A piano hinge could be
used for the plywood.
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