Cross country move in US

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Hi PF!

I am moving from Oregon to New York for grad school and am wondering the cheapest way to move my bed and mattress. Any ideas? I don't think the best route is to buy a new bed and mattress in NY.

Thanks!
 

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Have you tried calling local moving companies to see if they would take on such a small load and what they would charge? You'd probably have to wait a week or two for delivery, and use a sleeping bag and pad on the floor of your new apartment in the meantime.

I suspect it would be too big for UPS, but it wouldn't hurt to ask them, too.
 
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Thanks, I haven't yet, but that's a good option.
 
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Do you have a trailer hitch on your vehicle?
 
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I think a bed and a mattress fits in a pickup. If you dismantle it even better.
 
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Who needs a pickup truck? You can even use it for taking a nap at Rest Stops along the way... :smile:

camper17.jpg
 
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Who needs a pickup truck? You can even use it for taking a nap at Rest Stops along the way... :smile:

camper17.jpg
:oldlaugh:

This is epic.
 
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Hahahahahahah that's a hilarious picture! I don't have a hitch, but I may know of a family member who does.
 
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Stuff you mattress into a plastic bag and vacuum seal it enough so that it fits inside a backpack :biggrin:

(just kidding . . . seriously!)
 
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Large national movers are always looking for small moves to fill their trailers, your stuff will ship with someone elses, but shouldn't cost too much.

Have you checked out renting a truck from a car rental or U-hual?
 
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Large national movers; do you have any companies in mind or is this something I should google?

I haven't looked into a U-haul yet, but this may be a solution.
 
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Large national movers; do you have any companies in mind or is this something I should google?
Google "van lines" and you'll find a bunch to choose from, not sure what kind of rates you'll get, summer is always highest due to being the busiest.
 
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Thanks so much!
Good luck, I've been through many interstate moves following my now ex-husband as he got a new job about every 18 months. Some were fine some were nightmares with insane moving employees and, well, I could write a book, I guess it would be a horror story. :eek:
 
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Yikes! Every 18 months is one heck of a commitment! Moving once sounds like a lot of work, and I'm just moving me!
 
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If the bed isn't a family heirloom
don't let it own you.

Where in New York is your grad school ?
If NYC i'd say shed the car too and take Amtrak. It drops you downtown , no airport-into-town hassle
Check these two websites
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=+Foam+mattress (right in Brooklyn)
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/shopping/the-best-thrift-stores-in-new-york

Fair Anne's mom lived at Delancy and Ave A . Plenty of used furniture shops around there,,, (well, there were plenty ten years ago. )

old jim
 
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Where in New York is your grad school ?
It's in Ithaca, so about 4 hours from NYC I think?

Ikea is awesome though; that's where my bed frame is from now!
 

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