Whatever you pick, make sure it satisfies CA emissions. Otherwise you will be up to a rude awakening.
I vote either some reliable SUV (Pilot, 4Runner) or a Diesel SUV or wagon.
So I might be moving to California and my GF and i would be making the x-country drive to move our stuff.
Lets hear some suggestions for what type of car/truck would make for an interesting hauler.
No matter what is picked, it will probably be towing a small u-haul trailer and maybe roof storage. And it would also need to be something we could drive around for awhile until we find a suitable car to cruise around LA in.
So far I was thinking about...
It's quirky, but I figure with the seats removed we'd have plenty of space to pack stuff into. And it'd be nice to have something we could stand up in when the thing is parked.
They're frickin' huge. But I'd think the MPG are probably crap.
Seems pretty logical and multi purpose enough for what we'd need for the move and the x-country drive. But I highly doubt I'd find one that runs well enough to make the journey and not empty the coffers.
So it's a box truck, it'd probably make the trip find. However I don't know if the cab would be comfortable enough for the 2 of us and our dog. And I don't know if I'd want to cruise around LA in on for an longer than I'd need to.
So suggestions? Insight?
I would rent U haul if you have much furniture to move and a trailer to pull you car. Its not going to be cheap, in May I rented their smallest box van with an auto transport trailer. The trip was only 400 miles (rented for two days) and it cost $400 plus $153 for gas. I only got 9.8 MPG pulling a trailer at 60 to 65 MPH. The smallest cargo van can haul the contents of a small apartment.
If you do not have to move your furniture then a cargo trailer could be an option. Are you driving a turbo brick?
Loaded U haul trucks pulling a 4,500 lb. car are pretty lethargic. Going up some of the mountains in Tennessee and Kentucky, I thought I was going to blow the engine. Nothing like driving at redline for five minutes and never getting above 60 MPH. Without the car trailer, the U haul would easily hit 80 MPH. Next time I have to use a U haul over any distance I'll bring some hearing protection.
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When I was much younger, I always wanted to get a bread truck and covert it into a space I could live in on a long road trip. They are plentiful and I believe pretty reliable. I think most have an aluminum body so they are lighter.
that dream was sadly never realized for me, but that is my suggestion.
Side note - if you type in breadvan to Google Images, the entire first page is one of these.
Not THAT would be a x country hauler.
Last edited by BigSkyGLI; 10-12-2012 at 06:53 AM.
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It wasn't the fastest thing in the world but had no trouble merging, maintaining speed up long grades or cruising at 75 MPH. I averaged 10 MPG in it driving without care for MPG, not bad when averaged out over two vehicles.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
You won't be able to sell it if it's not CA smog compliant.
I've moved X-country more times than I want to count, always used a rental truck.
They have gotten expensive though. You'll be in over $1200 if you rent a small truck and a
dolly to tow you current car.
I've considered buying something large enough to haul everything then sell it on the other side.
Try to find something cheap in your area that is hard to find in CA.
Diesel Sprinter? Didn't the brit find one for $4k recently?
Isuzu NPR diesel - I see these cheap sometimes.
Do some research on the markets in both places and confirm whatever you bring in can be
sold in CA.
i have a barn full of vanagons and a spare rebuilt engine if you are serious - i wouldn't tow too much weight on a long trip, but it makes up for that in space, and you could keep it in cali when you get there.
i also have access to an aluminum bodied chevy bread truck, as pictured above. good runner with a 350 - reliable and parts available everywhere. you could sell smoothies and crap out of it when you get there.