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moving expenses [Aug. 8th, 2006|08:00 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Love Spirals Downwards - Ardor - "Depression Glass"]

(Mostly for my own future reference, here are some numbers from my moving all my junk from San Diego, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.)

16' truck from Penske: 615$ after web and AAA discounts, then I added 72$ for the "loss/damage waiver", and tax brought it up to about 740$. Given 4 days (exactly, except that driving east meant I got only 95 hours, not 96, as I had to turn it in at noon in MDT, and I rented it at noon in PDT...) and unlimited milage.

Gas costs:
2006-08-04 22:50: Yuma, AZ: 232.4mi, 22.318gal (@2.989$/gal) = 66.71$; 10.4mpg
2006-08-05 10:30: Tucson, AZ: 229.9mi, 24.773gal (@2.879$/gal) = 71.32$; 9.3mpg
2006-08-05 19:15: Las Cruces, NM: 277.3mi, 24.153gal (@3.099$/gal) = 74.85$; [partial fill, 75$ limit]
2006-08-07 11:30: Albuquerque, NM: 226.8mi, 23.518gal (@2.999$/gal) = 70.53$; [after partial: 504.1mi / 47.671gal = 10.6mpg]
Total: 966.4mi, 94.762gal, 283.41$; 10.2mpg

Which is a bit better than I'd feared (I'd budgeted 350$ for gas).

Loading on Thursday went faster than expected, probably because 95% of my stuff was already packed into boxes; myself and one friend managed to do most of it before the rest of the gang showed up. (That's ok, everyone still helped with the beer afterwards. :)

The trip itself was uneventful, other than getting a much later start than I'd hoped to. I left SD at about 7p Friday evening, and got to Tucson about 3a; then I left for LC at about noon MST, arriving at 5p MDT; stayed two hours for dinner, then drove through some mighty rain to arrive in Albuquerque at about 11p.

Unloading went almost as fast; I spent Sunday morning clearing out some space in the garage, then just four of us (deliriumdreams, myself, and a couple we're friends with) got it all unpacked in an hour or two. shinankoku showed up right as we were locking up the truck, so he escaped having to help unload it... but he did buy us dinner afterwards, and that was much appreciated.

Returning the truck was uneventful, other than there being two buildings with the same street number. Erf.

From: jinglechelle
2006-08-10 12:00 am (UTC)
Are you all moved in now?? :)
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From: zwol
2006-08-11 01:58 am (UTC)
You live in Albuquerque now?

Amusingly enough I just drove through there on my way to Georgia (moving $SO to Atlanta - not me too, *sadface*)
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From: jew_part_two
2006-09-02 01:05 am (UTC)


You don't know me, but I'm about to move from Tulsa, Oklahoma to New Jersey on Tuesday and you don't know how much your post here has helped my husband and I. I used google-blog to search for "penske moving truck" so that I could see if anyone had used one and up came your post! Your meticulous info has really helped us -- we are pretty sure we have REALLY overbudgeted for gas, especially since gas has gone down about 50 cents a gallon since you moved. We're really excited! :) Thanks for accidentally making an Oklahoma girl happy.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2006-09-02 05:22 am (UTC)

Re: thanks!

Hey, you're welcome! :) Random people adding info is what the internet ought to be all about. (Or is that just "Web 2.0"?)

A few more tips, if you're so inclined:

* if you haven't moved before, I strongly recommend gloves and a hand truck (aka "upright dolly"). That's what let us get my books and CDs moved so quickly -- they were all sturdily packed, uniform in size, stacked nicely, and the dolly moved them with a minimum of grunt. You can rent one from the trucking company, but nice pneumatic-tire ones are only 40$ at your local hardware store, and you might find it useful even after returning the truck (I know I have!).

* Drive gently. I did the speed limit or a bit less most of the way. The limits out here are 65-75mph, and I was usually doing 70mph at the most. A little more going downhill, a little less going uphill, but never really pushing it.

* If you're towing a car, you might have to budget that gas back in -- the rental agent told me that that's a huge killer for milage. Almost makes me wonder if it's cheaper to just get another driver and take the car by itself (although it's not just gas, and towing it saves all the other costs that come with putting miles on the car.)

Anyway, best of luck on your move! Glad I could help out. :)

(And in a final fit of coincidence, I'm actually originally from New Jersey myself -- my family moved to New Mexico when I was 8, but up until then, I lived in Neptune and Colts Neck, New Jersey.)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2006-09-02 05:25 am (UTC)

Re: thanks!

Heh. And if you want to see how obsessive "meticulous" I get about milage, here's the stats from my Prius for the 16 months I've owned it:


You probably saw that I just got married as well (well, big ceremony married; did the civil ceremony last November). So congratulations to you, and best wishes on this next phase of your life!
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