I would second the box truck with lift gate.
Compare fuel costs for your truck (along with wear and tear) vs rental
and mileage, plus the value of your time, especially during a stressful
I have done moves both ways, and the box truck sure makes it easier,
even when it has cost more.
The only time that moving by personal vehicle worked out better was when
I was making multiple trips to work on the property already and did not
have room for stuff yet.
Also my favorite box truck trick if you have room, make it a walk in
closet, run a bar or two across the truck to hang all your clothes on.
Just hang them up, drive and then walk them into your new closets.
On 4/16/2015 7:51 AM, Paul Parkanzky wrote:
> That tractor isn't too bad. According to TractorData.com your TC30 weighs
> 2200# for the bare tractor. Figure another ~1000# for the loader and a bit
> less for the backhoe. I suspect that you're right around 4000# for the
> setup unless you've loaded the tires or added some other ballast you
> haven't mentioned.
> For the move you're talking about, I'd get the Penske truck with the
> lift-gate and move all the equipment on pallets like you've described. It
> will be well worth your money to have easy loading and unloading and
> one-and-done on the trip. Having everything covered is a huge bonus.
> Just about any car trailer would haul your tractor, although I'd try to
> find something a bit heavier-duty (i.e. 10k# GVWR instead of 7k#). I just
> ordered a trailer in part to haul my tractor (A JD 2032R, so the same class
> as yours but a touch lighter) and ended up going with a 14k# low-profile
> tilt-deck because the cost (both empty weight and $$$) to step up to 14k#
> was minimal. If you happen to be making this move from anywhere near Grand
> Rapids, MI you can use that to haul your tractor and all the implements.
> Good luck with the move! We just moved 25 miles and it wasn't easy. I can
> only imagine the stress of pulling up stakes to head across the country!