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Old 02-23-10, 04:54 PM
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Finally car-free

I've recently moved for a job with a University. I've been visiting high schools with lab equipment and doing experiments. Every once in a while, we do demo shows for the kids. We get to work with other departments doing all sorts of outreach things.

Any way, I'm finally car free. My busted Volvo would take some money to fix. We're pegging the price of the thing over that amount, so My roomate is going to pay get it fixed and keep it. The difference will be made up in a few month's free rent!!

Now I need a new ride. The 80's specilized steel frame has seen it's better days. It's also not all that ideal in the weather.

As far as transportation, I usually ride the transit. Also, if I'm going north in the science van the next day, I can throw the bike in the back and take the van home. I can justify taking the van home if I'm going that direction the next morning.

It's still unnerving not knowing what I'll do if I need to move, but I've got friends around.
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Old 02-23-10, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
It's still unnerving not knowing what I'll do if I need to move...
I guess minimalism would be one way to solve the car free moving problem. My two hardest moving issues were always mattresses and way too many books.
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Old 02-23-10, 05:58 PM
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The issue of moving often comes up. I'd say you should do what the cagers do when they move... go to U Haul. If you don't have a lot of belongings, maybe you could use a bike trailer. But that wouldn't work for anyone, like Platy, who has a mattress.

Actually, the last couple of times I rented from U Haul, I went there by bike and stuffed the bike in the back of the truck.
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Old 02-23-10, 07:18 PM
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Welcome to carfreedom!

Auburn is a university town, isn't it? What's it like for riding? It must be hot in the summer! How's the public transit?
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Old 02-23-10, 09:17 PM
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It's always good news when you see another carfree person on this forum. Now is the best time because gas is going back up to $3.00 a gallon buy this summer according to a recent AP article. Next year, gas will be closing in that magic $4.00 dollar number so this of us who are carfree better brace for the higher prices.

I think the OP should download the bus schedules and get a good U-lock.
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Old 02-23-10, 10:17 PM
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Congratulations on becoming car free.

Monday I went to the local transit company and got a schedule. The busses stop running around 6:30 PM. That totally leaves out the people who work late. There are downsides to living in a small town.
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Old 02-24-10, 12:29 PM
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Car-free moves are no big deal. Our cross country move was covered by my partner's employment package. The university has a selection of regular movers, and covers a certain amount of expenses. Moving a half dozen apartments worth of stuff in an 18-wheeler is pretty efficient, so we didn't feel guilty about it.

For my sister's cross Portland move, we used a U-haul. Yes, technically a bike move is possible. But for an avid reader with a pet parrot who is moving in November, it maybe isn't the most realistic way to move. Particularly not when both apartments are right on the Yellow Line...

Neither household has all that much stuff, and moving is always a great chance to go over your stuff and think about how often you've used it.
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Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
It's still unnerving not knowing what I'll do if I need to move, but I've got friends around.
I've moved often enough to learn that I really don't like it. Same with having friends help. That only compounds the problem since then I have to pay back the favor--invariably when it's raining or snowing.

I hire movers now.

Yes, I had to pack the stuff, and yes I unpacked, but the move and the unpacking were all done in less than a day. I still had energy leftover for the club ride that evening.

Best of all, I can say, "No" when friends ask me to help them move.

Minimalism helps too.
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Old 02-24-10, 01:40 PM
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When I moved from California to Arkansas, I used an ABF shipping pod. I rented a truck to get my stuff from my home to the ABF terminal and then packed the pod. In Arkansas, I rented another truck to get my stuff from ABF to home. They did the heavy driving, and had it to me in about 2 1/2 days. All in all fairly inexpensive and hassle free.
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Old 02-24-10, 01:54 PM
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The friends moving you thing is for students. If you have a job, pack your own stuff and then hire movers. Your friends' responsibilities should be limited to bringing some booze to the house warming party.

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Old 02-24-10, 07:14 PM
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Newest thing I have seen for moving recently is PODS. My son used this for his last two years at college, worked great, they dropped the POD off in a parking space at the dorm, he and his 4 buddies loaded the thing up with their stuff, called PODS and they came and got it, stored it over the summer and brought it back to the new dorm in the fall. They also do moves, they bring the POD(S) to your place, you load it up, call them and meet it at the new place. Beats the crap out of Uhaul unless you thrive on pain and suffering.

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Old 02-24-10, 08:32 PM
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Hi to the posters from a newbie here. Don't forget the Large trucks that your local Home Depot rents by the hour if its a short move--neighbors used them for a recent nearby move and ot cost very little, under $50 if I remember.

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Originally Posted by miamimike View Post
Hi to the posters from a newbie here. Don't forget the Large trucks that your local Home Depot rents by the hour if its a short move--neighbors used them for a recent nearby move and ot cost very little, under $50 if I remember.
I've rented from Lowe's and I think it was cheaper than that, but you had the truck only for 90 minutes IIRC. Plus the truck wasn't anywhere near the size of a UHaul van. If you aren't moving a long distance, I think it's $19.95 + $.50 a mile + gas.
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
I've rented from Lowe's and I think it was cheaper than that, but you had the truck only for 90 minutes IIRC. Plus the truck wasn't anywhere near the size of a UHaul van. If you aren't moving a long distance, I think it's $19.95 + $.50 a mile + gas.
Yes that was the price, $19.95 + mileage. These folks had all their stuff, like 2 super full truckloads, ready to go, out on the sidewalk so when they got the truck, both loads were loaded and transported in less then 2 hours and of course, it was a local 3-4 mile move.
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