Update: Trailer idea is vetoed! I'm looking into various moving companies (ugh!) which involves a lot of review reading.
I'm moving, and getting really stressed out, and considering other options, one of which is pulling a trailer across the country instead of shipping things on the greyhound or paying an exorbitant amount of money for pod moving. But, I drive a Nissan Sentra (SE-R) and from what I can tell that only has a towing capacity of 1000lbs, which doesn't end up being very much once you add in the weight of the trailer (the lightest I've found is an open aluminum trailer at about 300lbs). So, is it a bad idea to try to haul a trailer full of stuff with my little car? Does that 1000lbs. also include what I might pack inside my car? Does anyone have any suggestions for estimating the weight of my stuff? Is it hard to adjust to pulling a trailer (I've never done it before)?
These are what I see as my four options:
Tow a trailer full of shit (if this is even possible/a good idea). So buy a trailer, then sell it after my move.
- Load up my car, then ship another 15 - 20 boxes on the Greyhound (I'm guessing at a cost of about $1000-1500).
- Use Uhaul Pod Moving System. I would have to move my stuff from my house to the PodPlace, and unload from the PodPlace too. The PodPlace at my starting point is in the same town, but at my destination it's about an hour's drive away. (Estimated cost: $1500-2000).
- Pay for the more expensive pod movers who will deliver the pod to my door (approx. $2500).
Money is somewhat of an object for me, but so is my sanity, and I'm doing this all by myself, so it's going to be a challenge no matter what. I'm just having a hard time deciding what to do, so I thought I'd check and see what other people think.
Here's a kitty for your trouble: