I was the one who answered the original question you referenced, so I
thought I?d do some digging for you. It does seem curious that there
would be such a price discrepancy for what seems to be a fairly
I ran the numbers again on U-haul?s site (www.uhaul.com), using a
mid-summer moving date and confirmed what you are saying. A one-way
rental of a 17-foot truck will cost $1,973 going from Garden Grove, CA
to Sullivan, MO. Using the exact same date, the same truck will cost
$570 going from Waco, TX to Providence, RI. That is quite the
Looking at U-haul?s FAQs, there is a small section on pricing toward
the bottom of the page.
?The one-way move rate for any U-Haul rental equipment is a
predetermined dollar amount based on equipment size, point of origin,
destination and the date of your move. As our customer, you receive an
allowed mileage . . . and a set number of days to complete your move,
included in the price. Rental rates can change at anytime.?
It goes on to explain further some of the apparent pricing
discrepancies, like the one you have noticed.
?Many variables go into establishing rates. There are times when more
people are moving out of a city than into it. Because we want more
equipment going back to that city we will often discount the rate.?
I wonder if there is a big need for U-haul equipment in California,
thus driving up the ?outgoing? rates. Similarly, if there were a
significant demand for equipment in Rhode Island, U-haul would likely
discount rates to encourage people to bring them there.
Good luck with your move. For the hassle it seems like a professional
mover may be the way to go for you! Just like the other question talks
about, you may want to check into ABF/U-pack. They have a hybrid type
of service where you do the packing and loading and then they drive
the truck (www.upack.com). We?ve personally used them for a
cross-country move and it?s a pretty nice service. Good luck to you!
If you have need of further clarification, please let me know how I
Focused search on U-haul.com