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Old 03-26-12, 05:40 AM   #1
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The Do's and Dont's of Moving Trucks

This is exactly why I shipped my motorcycle back to WI.
No helmet? check
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He would've made it had he been wearing Crocs.

I'll be towing my car on a full size trailer (not the dolly/front-wheel style).
Got any advice for a moving truck newb?
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Old 03-26-12, 06:19 AM   #2
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Good Luck with your move.

My advice concerns the trailer. You will need to turn wider than you normally turn as the trailer will ride in closer than the truck.
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Yeah that's something I'm going to be conscious of. And staying away from low overpasses.
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Do you have any experience backing up with a trailer? This can be hard for a newbie cuz it's counter-intuitive.

The trick to remember is the top of the steering wheel is for the truck and the bottom is for the trailer.
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Nope. I'll probably practice a bit in an empty parking lot. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. The guy I booked the truck with talked me into the full size trailer for that reason. He said he can back up a trailer all day. But the dolly style trailers add another level of complexity to backing up.
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Leave LOTS of room for braking. The truck will have to stoop the weight of the truck, its contents, AND the car on the trailer.
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I looked for load-locking bars at Harbor Freight but they don't carry them anymore...not enough demand. Plan on using rope stretched across the side rails, and plastic-wrapping groups of stuff to prevent shifting. I rented 3 doz blankets to protect the few nice furniture pieces I have.
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I looked for load-locking bars at Harbor Freight but they don't carry them anymore...not enough demand. Plan on using rope stretched across the side rails, and plastic-wrapping groups of stuff to prevent shifting. I rented 3 doz blankets to protect the few nice furniture pieces I have.
You might stop by the loading docks of some places near you and see if they will sell you any "used" load locking bars. Truckers tend to leave forget them sometimes and they get stacked next to the freight doors. Or at least I know they did at our factory.
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You might stop by the loading docks of some places near you and see if they will sell you any "used" load locking bars. Truckers tend to leave forget them sometimes and they get stacked next to the freight doors. Or at least I know they did at our factory.
Thank you
I'll ask around and see if I can scrounge something up. It's hard to estimate/visualize how much of the volume I'll fill and therefore what sort of bracing I'll need.
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I saw someone else do the exact same thing on America's Funniest Videos last night. Not enough speed, not enough confidence.
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I looked for load-locking bars at Harbor Freight but they don't carry them anymore...not enough demand. Plan on using rope stretched across the side rails, and plastic-wrapping groups of stuff to prevent shifting. I rented 3 doz blankets to protect the few nice furniture pieces I have.
You can also use your own bedding as furniture wrappers if you need more. And start packing tight right from the get go. It's nice to have extra space at the end of the load than trying to find it to squeeze in the last of your stuff

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If you're using Federal to ship your bike I'd recommend making sure they get the bike on the moving van without trouble. I used them once when I shipped my first bike to the new owner, and the Federal driver that showed up didn't know what a centerstand was or how to use it. (Federal is an Allied agent that specializes in the shipping of motorcycles.) The pallets they used were well designed and we got the bike securely fastened to it after I showed them how to use a centerstand.
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If you're using Federal to ship your bike I'd recommend making sure they get the bike on the moving van without trouble. I used them once when I shipped my first bike to the new owner, and the Federal driver that showed up didn't know what a centerstand was or how to use it. (Federal is an Allied agent that specializes in the shipping of motorcycles.) The pallets they used were well designed and we got the bike securely fastened to it after I showed them how to use a centerstand.
Nope, not Federal. Went with another shipper. I helped load it onto a regional truck. From Atlanta it got transferred to a warehouse, then reloaded onto a std size semi to be en route to Chicago as of yesterday. The driver knew his schmitt. Helped load it onto a sturdy pallet and strapped everything down nicely.

I won't use Allied anything again. They screwed up my move to SC.
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Learn the blind spots.

Try to park so you cannot get blocked in.

Some communities do not allow truck to park overnight, most such have decent signs. Some do not, just one small sign when entering town for the whole town.

Driving a truck isn't that hard. Finding parking when you need to get something can be very hard. Planning ahead to minimize that kind of stop can really pay off.
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I'll be overnighting at a La Quinta so I don't foresee the parking to be an issue.

A coworker who regularly drives bigger trucks recommended using Low 1 particularly when descending in the mountains. This is a 16ft gas powered truck. The next size up (22') is diesel but I just don't have that much stuff.
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It reminds me of my experience at the see-saw in the MTB park.
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Nope, not Federal. Went with another shipper. I helped load it onto a regional truck. From Atlanta it got transferred to a warehouse, then reloaded onto a std size semi to be en route to Chicago as of yesterday. The driver knew his schmitt. Helped load it onto a sturdy pallet and strapped everything down nicely.

I won't use Allied anything again. They screwed up my move to SC.
Good. Should I wave as it passes by here? What part of the state are y'all moving too, eh?
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Good. Should I wave as it passes by here? What part of the state are y'all moving too, eh?
Eastern WI, ~1hr north of Milwaukee. A stone's throw from the lake. I haven't seen it on CL yet so that's good.
Funny you should mention the "eh" thing. I've been mistaken for a Canuck down here. NTTAWWT
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Eastern WI, ~1hr north of Milwaukee. A stone's throw from the lake. I haven't seen it on CL yet so that's good.
Funny you should mention the "eh" thing. I've been mistaken for a Canuck down here. NTTAWWT
People would give me strange looks when I'd answer the question of "where are you form" with "Chicago" in a southern accent after I moved back to Chicago from Dallas.

That's great motorcycling in that area. I rode to Door County from here many times, and the journey always started to get good as I got north of Milwaukee.
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Pack all of your crap into boxes that are exactly the same size, stack them in the front of the truck then block them in with large furniture, light crap on top of the furniture, tie things to the walls, get packing blankets to put between pieces of furniture, only stop at truck stops and park amongst the tractor trailers the spots are designed to drive in/out without backing. Remember that the truck is tall, low overhangs are expensive to fix. Allow way more braking distance, the truck is fully loaded without the additional 4500lbs of car and trailer so the brakes are marginal. I can't think of anything else right now.

FWIW moved cross country in a 16' with a car on a dolly, used to drive trucks professionally
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Eastern WI, ~1hr north of Milwaukee. A stone's throw from the lake. I haven't seen it on CL yet so that's good.
Funny you should mention the "eh" thing. I've been mistaken for a Canuck down here. NTTAWWT
Sheboygan is 1hr north of Milwaukee
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Sheboygan is 1hr north of Milwaukee
So is Manitowoc. How fast do you drive?
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