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    Transporting my bike across the country

    Hey guys,

    I'm moving from Texas to Florida at the end of the month. I have a 15ft uhaul box truck with a trailer for my truck (a 4 cyclinder very old pick up) to tow behind. The plan was to strap the bike in the back of the uhual truck. We are gonna stop at a motel one night and camp at a national forest for 3 nights along the way.

    However, we have sold or thrown out most of our furniture and basically don't need that much space. So we were looking at options to save money. The cost for the uhual and trailer is $1400.

    We could ship the pick up for $600. We could maybe rent a pick up truck that can tow, put the bike in the back of the pick up and just tow a small uhaul closed trailer. We also thought about just renting a cargo van... like a sprinter. We could easily get everything in that, including the bike and just ship my truck. The problem is securing the bike in the back of the van.

    Surely ther has to be some combination of things to rent that could make this trip easy and less expensive.

    Does anyone have any experience securing a bike in the back of a cargo rental van or anything similar to this situation? It's a ninja 500, by the way. Also, we really want to ride together in one vehicle. My truck is a little Tacoma with 350,000 mikes on it, so I'd rather not drive it across the country. Plus it doesn't have a tow hitch.

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    You can either go to Harbor Freight and pick up one of their inexpensive locking wheel chocks https://www.harborfreight.com/Motorc...ock-60392.html (I had one like this for the race bike, it worked fine). Bolt it to the floor of the Uhaul van, or to a sheet of 3/4in plywood and strap the bike to the floor or wall where there are tie down points. Or mount it in the bed of the Tacoma.

    Or you can make something out of 2x4s, https://www.google.com/search?biw=11....0.xcxVc05dnyU
    but at $40 the HF chock is a pretty good deal.

    I knew of someone who simply sandwiched his bike between two mattresses and jammed it either side with a dresser drawer and couch. Probably not the most elegant solution.

    Loading it into a box van is another matter. You have to find an elevated loading dock or long enough ramp to have a gentle enough slope to get it loaded.
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    Check with Budget rentals. My son and his girfriend rented a 20' box truck for four days and drove from Phoenix to Salt Lake City. $225. I was really surprised by the price, but when they need a truck moved to someplace that you are driving, the rates can be really reasonable.

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    Drive the taco, pull a uhaul motorcycle trailer with it. (Hey, I pull one with a 4-cyl Camry!)
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    Ship the truck. Ship all your stuff. Ride the bike.

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    Are you willing to partially tear the bike down? You might be amazed at just how little space is required for a bike lacking the wheels, handlebars, and forks stowed alongside the frame/bodywork. You can even get crafty and construct a frame mount out of scrap lumber.
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    As far as the bike goes, maybe see if someone around you might be interested in riding it to your destination? I think that dude I did that for a few years ago paid a total of 500 bucks. Basically my plane ticket, and 300 bucks for my time. I ended up staying with folks I knew along the way, so it ended up costing me very little. Cost the owner far less than shipping it.
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    You sure you can ship the truck for $600? That sounds cheap. Just shipped a motorcycle and now a car from ND to AZ and it was more than that, even the motorcycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy B View Post
    You sure you can ship the truck for $600? That sounds cheap. Just shipped a motorcycle and now a car from ND to AZ and it was more than that, even the motorcycle.
    Sometimes you can get reasonable bids on shipping from Uship.com. That's how we got 50sGrl's XT250 from the midwest for ~$300
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    Quote Originally Posted by asp125 View Post
    Sometimes you can get reasonable bids on shipping from Uship.com. That's how we got 50sGrl's XT250 from the midwest for ~$300
    Tried uship for both, also. We waited months to get the rate we did for the car delivered yesterday....and had to change delivery city to get the $1000 rate that we did.

    Just a word of warning, tis all. The shipping business can be very fluid...and crooked. A $600 bid can turn into more upon delivery, so use reputable companies, as well.

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