Should I Use a 'You Load, We Drive' Moving Trailer to Move?

Using a Moving Trailer for Long Distance Moves

As we've previously reviewed, you have three primary transportation and storage options when it comes to a do-it-yourself move: A rented moving truck, a portable storage container (POD), or a 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer. Today we are going to discuss the 'You Load, We Drive' moving trailer option, helping you understand what this transportation option entails, how it works, and when a moving trailer should be used for your move.




Still not sure what transportation and storage option


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How Big are Moving PODs, Rental Trucks and Freight Trailers?

How Big is a Moving POD and Moving Truck

If you are planning a do-it-yourself move, you are likely going to rent a moving POD container, moving truck or freight trailer to transport and store your items. But did you know that each option can have many different size variations? Size options vary from company to company; some only have one size option while others may have five or more. We've created this nifty moving guide to help you determine what size options are available from popular portable storage (POD), rental truck and


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Movex Moving is Now Closed

Movex Logo

The self moving world just got a little less competitive with the closure of a major household goods carrier, Movex. This morning we learned that Movex is no longer open for business, marking the end of nearly twenty years in business which began in 1991. We have not yet determined why Movex has closed or how existing reservations are being handled, if you have any information on this please make sure to comment on this blog post. Movex was one of our favorite freight companies and


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How to Pack & Load a Moving Truck

If you're preparing for a DIY (do-it-yourself) move and have decided not to hire moving labor then you will certainly want to study up on how to pack a moving truck. We have outlined some of the basic fundamental rules that will help you maximize your space, prevent damage and balance the moving truck.

  1. Always load the heaviest and largest items first. Place these items against the cab wall and load from left to right.
  2. You can stack items on top of each other as long as they are comparable size

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How Important Are Furniture Pads?

Furniture Pads and Blankets are Important for Moving

Although this article contains relevant information, we recommend reading a more recent blog on this topic.

Furniture pads, furniture pads, furniture pads! Far too few of our customers take our advice about the importance of furniture pads during a self service move. Let's be clear, quality furniture pads/quilts are one of the most important pieces of a successful move and should be regarded as a top priority. Ironically, most customers spend thousands of dollars to relocate their household


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Moving to the Washington D.C. Area

If you're planning a move to the Washington D.C. area you are not alone, the 2010 Census recorded a 16.4% increase in the "Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV" area. While the Washington D.C. area ranked 7th in the 2010 "Ten Most Populous Metropolitan Areas", it had previously ranked 4th in the 2000 Census. Although not as large as New York City or Chicago, the Washington D.C. area is a sprawling metropolitan area that ranks very well in nationwide polls regarding household income,


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Moving & Delivery for Small Shipments

Although self service moving and moving labor may be gaining awareness throughout the country we have found that many people still have trouble creating a small move. The most common problem we hear from customers is their inability to move and ship a single item or a small number of items outside of their local market. Full service moving companies generally will not quote such a small move and many of the self service relocation options simply are not affordable after factoring in the price


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How to Schedule Movers - Tips for Delivery Windows and Unknown Arrival Times

Many times throughout the week we are asked, "How do I schedule my movers if I don't know when my stuff will arrive?" Certainly not an uncommon problem for people who choose a self service moving method. For those of you who have chosen a "You Load, We Drive" moving company that provides freight trailers or a portable storage moving company (like PODS), this is likely a question you will ask at some point.

While it can be difficult, scheduling moving labor in conjunction with the arrival of


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Fastest Growing States and Regions in the US

We all remember the big buzz about the 2010 Census, most of us probably just filled out our information and sent it back in. But behind the scenes there were some very smart people working on compiling all of that data into economic, population and demographic trends and charts. While there are probably thousands of different reports, the most interesting to us was the population migration data. This 12 page report outlines what states the population moved to/from between 2000-2010; some of the


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Tips for Moving During the Summer

The United States Census Bureau confirms that the summertime is indeed the busiest time of the year for household moving. Data published by the Census Bureau shows that 48.4% of all moves annually take place between June and September, and another large chunk taking place in May. This means that each year around 65% of all household moves take place in these five months, leaving 35% of moves to occur in the remaining seven months. The moral of this story: Plan ahead if you are going to be


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Rising Fuel Costs and Your Self Service Move

Rising fuel costs are going to become a major factor for families planning on moving during the spring and summer of 2011. From March 4th, 2010 to March 4th, 2011 prices have risen an average of $0.77 per gallon of unleaded fuel, the majority of that price increase has been within the previous two weeks. Political issues in the middle east are driving factors behind these increases which historically will increase again during the peak driving season, summertime. What does this mean for


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Safely Moving and Securing Items in ABF U-Pack

ABF TrailerABF U-Pack is a very common choice for customers who want the affordable and flexible benefits of self service moving but don't want to deal with driving the truck. It's because ABF trailers are so common that we wanted to put together this brief blog about ways to secure your load to avoid damage and shifting. Although we like many things about ABF U-Pack, one thing we do not like is that the trucks are not air ride equipped but instead spring ride. This basically means that their trucks are


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When Moving Labor is the Right Choice

One of the most common questions we receive daily is from individuals who are unsure if moving labor is appropriate for their unique situation. While moving labor is an affordable option for many moving situations, it is not for everyone. We have taken a few moments to outline when moving labor is most effective provided some example situations.

If you need additional resources check out our informative guide describing the differences between moving labor services and traditional full service


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Using Elite Moving Labor and Movex to Create A Full Move

Moving is a challenging task, especially for individuals who are used to having their relocation paid for by their company or the government. With the recession bearing down on companies both small and large, many individuals find themselves tasked with planning and paying for their upcoming move. Anyone who hasn't moved in the past five to seven years is likely overwhelmed with the onslaught of available options today, from mobile storage to freight. One of the most practical and affordable


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