When I initiated researching this move to round-out my half-baked plans, my first step was to decide how I would actually physically undertake this task. Furniture I could replace, but what about other important stuff?
I looked into PODs, I checked out U-Haul trucks, I considered setting fire to my apartment and letting State Farm sort it out.
PODs started at around $1k, truck rental started at about $12k not including gas, which is slowly creeping up in price again, and arson is never a viable option, regardless of what anyone tells you.
The ideal solution, considering the fact that my wonderful parents had decided to gift me their old ‘94 Ford Explorer, was to rent a trailer. This would work out exceptionally. In fact, it almost seemed like kismet, as another MKE to SEA transplant - my pal Thom - was also looking to move some boxes and drum kit parts from the 414 to the 206.
Road trip from MKE to SEA + old friend to take on some of the drive time and offer company + split rental/gas costs = WIN
And this would have been the reality, had U-Haul not stepped in to piss all over my moving party. You see, unbeknownst to me, U-Haul has a long and sordid history with the Ford Explorer and refuses to rent trailers to tow behind them, which you can read all about here.
My favorite remedy to this issue is as follows. If I had bigger balls, I would so try to pull this off:
Solution was simple: Went to a body shop and bought a “used” Expedition plate for the back of the vehicle for $1.00. Then removed the Explorer one and replaced it with the Expedition. A little touch-up paint was required, but that was easy.
Went back to U-all-haul and told them I had an Expedition. Pulled around and they put a 12 foot trailer on the existing hitch. No sweat.
Note: Keep the old Explorer plate to replace if case you want to sell it!
In reality, my remedy is to mail more boxes, utilize a heavy gauge nylon rooftop carrier, and hope that Thom and I have room for all of our shit, plus Mister Shitty and his endless howling and the elimination of bodily fluids out of every orifice (did I mention that my cat doesn’t travel well?)
And yes, the title of this post is absolutely a reference to this.
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