My wife and I are going to be moving from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Nanaimo, BC in the next three to five weeks because I got a new job. We're currently discussing the options we have available to us to ship our things back to Canada with us. It seems that we have two options available to us- use a moving service such as ABF or PODS, or rent a UHaul truck and drive it ourselves.
Using a moving service such as ABF or PODs has one major advantages over UHaul- namely in that I don't have to drive a UHaul truck through the mountains in the winter. However, it also has two major disadvantages. Neither ABF or PODS will deliver our items to Vancouver Island (which is where our new city is located). So if we use ABF or PODs, we would have all of our stuff delivered to my in-laws place- and then once it arrived, we'd have to rent a U-Haul van there (Vancouver, BC), transfer everything from the ABF/PODs container to the U-Haul, and then drive the UHaul ourselves to Nanaimo, BC. The second major disadvantage is that our stuff won't be with us, and we're likely to arrive several days before it does. So after we'd arrive in Nanaimo, we'd have to return back to Vancouver to rent the UHaul.
The two options cost about the same in terms of money, even after factoring fuel costs into the equation.
I'm not entirely keen on the idea of driving a 17" cube van through the mountains along highways I94, I90, and then I5.
What does BF think?