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Posted: 5/7/2009 4:09:19 AM EST
This blurb was in a daily email I receive from a lobbying firm:

To rent a 26 ft. truck from U-Haul one-way from San Francisco to Austin Texas, the charge is $3,236. From Austin to San Francisco the charge is only $399. Lots of demand to leave California for Texas but little interest in anyone renting the truck in Texas and heading to California. That kinda says something about Governator Ahnold's state.


I went on U-Haul's website and checked. Using 05/11/2009 as a pickup date I get $931 to rent a 26' truck from Austin to San Francisco and $2,497 to rent the same truck from San Francisco to Austin. Interesting....
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:10:52 AM EST
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:13:38 AM EST

It's all about where they need the trucks. I moved from Albuquerque to Las Vegas NV in 1990. I got a hell of a deal because they needed trucks in Las Vegas.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:13:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By peekay:
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.


It that were the case the prices would be the other way around - CA to TX would be cheaper because they want the truck out of CA where it is expensive to maintain.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:17:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By peekay:
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.




especially SF County.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:18:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By MarkNH:

Originally Posted By peekay:
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.


It that were the case the prices would be the other way around - CA to TX would be cheaper because they want the truck out of CA where it is expensive to maintain.


Supply and demand. Supply in CA is low, and demand is high - resulting in a higher rental rate. The opposite is likely true of Texas resulting in a lower rate.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:19:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By MarkNH:

Originally Posted By peekay:
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.


It that were the case the prices would be the other way around - CA to TX would be cheaper because they want the truck out of CA where it is expensive to maintain.

Yea, but you still need trucks for people to rent.


Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:35:03 AM EST
A number of years ago I had moved. It was much cheaper to make it a round trip than to go one way. So the truck was filled on my way there and empty on my way back.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:51:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/7/2009 4:53:33 AM EST by Skibane]
So, if you were an enterprising U-Haul dealer in Texas, you could advertise in California at the California-to-Texas rate, pay someone $500 to drive it to the customer's doorstep (plus another $500 for gas), and still pocket an extra $500 in profit...
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 4:51:43 AM EST
Originally Posted By peekay:

Originally Posted By MarkNH:

Originally Posted By peekay:
It might have to do with rent and maintenance costs in CA.


It that were the case the prices would be the other way around - CA to TX would be cheaper because they want the truck out of CA where it is expensive to maintain.

Yea, but you still need trucks for people to rent.




And that's why it's so cheap to take a truck to CA. They're almost paying you to bring a truck so they can rent it to one of the people willing to pay $$$$$$$ to leave that state.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:13:05 AM EST
That's mighty expensive to drive a crappy U-haul across the Desert. The last few trucks I rented from U-haul were scary enough to drive a cross town, I couldn't imagine driving one cross country.
Look into a Hertz rental truck. They are better maintained and safer to drive. It is worth the little extra money I think.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:26:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By badlnb:
That's mighty expensive to drive a crappy U-haul across the Desert. The last few trucks I rented from U-haul were scary enough to drive a cross town, I couldn't imagine driving one cross country.
Look into a Hertz rental truck. They are better maintained and safer to drive. It is worth the little extra money I think.


+1

I made the mistake of renting a U-haul once, it was a piece of crap.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:30:41 AM EST


One of the most fun days of my life was a bored Saturday when I decided to rent a Uhaul truck just for the hell of it. You haven't lived until you've been in a Uhaul with all the wheels in the air! Damn, I love Uhaul.


Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:33:32 AM EST
I wonder what type of person would move from San Fran to Austin? Do you reckon they're..........gay?

Not that there's anything WRONG with that.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:34:27 AM EST
From experience it is always cheaper to be renting from a popular location (in this case TX) and driving it one way to the unpopular area (in this case CA).

They need that Uhaul in CA because many people are renting them and moving away. Why does it cost so much to go from CA to TX? Simply put once the Uhaul gets to TX no one wants to rent it there. You have a lot of people arriving and dumping off rentals and not as many people going the other way. So the demand for it is in CA and someone has to get that Uhaul back there to be rented again which means if its driven back to CA without being rented they are losing money. That is why it costs more to go from CA to TX rather than the other way around.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:34:44 AM EST
Originally Posted By Skibane:
So, if you were an enterprising U-Haul dealer in Texas, you could advertise in California at the California-to-Texas rate, pay someone $500 to drive it to the customer's doorstep (plus another $500 for gas), and still pocket an extra $500 in profit...


Heh, if I was unemployed that actually sounds like a fun way to fill time and make a few bucks. Just rent a truck here in TX for someone in CA and go move their stuff for them. But mileage charges would kill me.

Let's say Austin to San Francisco, at 1700 miles... times 3, because I have to drive from TX to CA, back to TX, then go drop the truck off in CA. That's 5100 miles and they charge me 40cents/mile beyond 2100. So I'll have $1200 in mileage fees. Then I still have to get home from CA.

I could try a local rental instead, which is very cheap up front, BUT they charge 99cents/mile.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:38:09 AM EST
Supply and demand? May have something to do with the fact that most Texans either own a truck or know somebody who owns a truck - not as much demand.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:55:50 AM EST
Not surprising, there are always flatbeds of U-Haul trailers headed west in I-10.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 5:59:23 AM EST
Dammit, why are these Kalifornians moving to Texas, they're screwing this state up.....
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:00:20 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheMessiah:
This blurb was in a daily email I receive from a lobbying firm:

To rent a 26 ft. truck from U-Haul one-way from San Francisco to Austin Texas, the charge is $3,236. From Austin to San Francisco the charge is only $399. Lots of demand to leave California for Texas but little interest in anyone renting the truck in Texas and heading to California. That kinda says something about Governator Ahnold's state.


I went on U-Haul's website and checked. Using 05/11/2009 as a pickup date I get $931 to rent a 26' truck from Austin to San Francisco and $2,497 to rent the same truck from San Francisco to Austin. Interesting....


lol... california...
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:02:12 AM EST
It was far cheaper for me to buy a trailer for my cross country move than pay those prices. Plus I got a trailer out of it, a definite bonus.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:17:35 AM EST
The L.A. Times did a hit piece on U-Haul awhile, the maintence was horrible.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:20:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
Originally Posted By badlnb:
That's mighty expensive to drive a crappy U-haul across the Desert. The last few trucks I rented from U-haul were scary enough to drive a cross town, I couldn't imagine driving one cross country.
Look into a Hertz rental truck. They are better maintained and safer to drive. It is worth the little extra money I think.


+1

I made the mistake of renting a U-haul once, it was a piece of crap.


Last Uhaul I rented was a new ford V10. That thing would move!
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:23:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/7/2009 6:24:10 AM EST by Plumbata]
Originally Posted By 1SubSailor:
Dammit, why are these Kalifornians moving to Texas, they're screwing this state up.....


This plus the jackasses from New Jersey and Michigan are almost as big a threat as the Illegals.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 6:25:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By PossumKing:


One of the most fun days of my life was a bored Saturday when I decided to rent a Uhaul truck just for the hell of it. You haven't lived until you've been in a Uhaul with all the wheels in the air! Damn, I love Uhaul.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKPjylGk-nU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f56fY1OaFI

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:18:19 AM EST
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:23:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By distributor_of_pain:
Originally Posted By Thatdude333:
Originally Posted By badlnb:
That's mighty expensive to drive a crappy U-haul across the Desert. The last few trucks I rented from U-haul were scary enough to drive a cross town, I couldn't imagine driving one cross country.
Look into a Hertz rental truck. They are better maintained and safer to drive. It is worth the little extra money I think.


+1

I made the mistake of renting a U-haul once, it was a piece of crap.


Last Uhaul I rented was a new ford V10. That thing would move!

The one I rented (when moving out of CA BTW ) had the V10. It hauled ass up and over Donner Summit
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:26:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.

Are you sure they're not "recent" Texans....possibly "undocumented"......
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:39:58 AM EST
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.


So let me get this strait, you guys over in San Francisco are trying to "beat off" texans?

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:45:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By hkmp5s:
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.


So let me get this strait, you guys over in San Francisco are trying to "beat off" texans?



I better be careful what I post, I may Cause a mass exodus of Texans to California.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:45:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.

Good one. The last six or so guys I met here in Seattle that were wearing cowboy hats were not from Texas. One was from CA, another from HI, another from NJ, and the other three from IL. I just wanted to knocked their cowboy hats off. Damn posers. Oh, and one of them drove a smart car!z

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:48:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By hkmp5s:
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.


So let me get this strait, you guys over in San Francisco are trying to "beat off" texans?



And they call us queer
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:49:34 AM EST
Gonna rent a Uhaul huh?

Guessing you haven't Youtubed 'how to break a Uhaul'.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 8:49:46 AM EST
Uhaul will offer better rates to areas where they are low on trucks.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 9:11:42 AM EST
Find the right locations and U-haul will pay lower the rate even more if you can pull a trailer. Nothing new about this, when I moved from San Diego to phoenix, it was going to cost me about $500 to use a trailer. But If I rented it in phoenix and hauled it there and back it was only going to be $80.
Link Posted: 5/7/2009 9:30:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.


Originally Posted By zoom:
Originally Posted By EXPcustom:
There is so many Texans coming here to SF you practically got to beat them off.


I know they are from Texas because they wear leather and cowboy hats.

Good one. The last six or so guys I met here in Seattle that were wearing cowboy hats were not from Texas. One was from CA, another from HI, another from NJ, and the other three from IL. I just wanted to knocked their cowboy hats off. Damn posers. Oh, and one of them drove a smart car!z



Yep, when I was TAD in L.A., CA. had this guy in our "office" that wore the big ole boots, Wrangler jeans, BIG ass belt buckle had a gigantic jacked up 4x4 and the front plate said "Texas Redneck" with the Confederate flag on it. I couldn't stand the fuck, he was arrogant as hell too. One day I asked him, "so I'm guessing you're from Texas"? and he said "Nawww, but I've done a good bit of stomping around down there". I just laughed and walked away shaking my head. I'm a born & bred Texan and look nothing like that, just tennis shoes, jeans and T-shirts.

Link Posted: 5/7/2009 12:33:02 PM EST
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