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Anise
07-28-2010, 01:09 PM
Hi all... (waves)

I really, really need specific advice about how exactly to ship a mattress and box spring cross-country (Nashville to Portland, OR.) Greyhound Freight sounded like such a great idea and it would be about $100 per piece, but it is literally not possible to get information from anybody at the actual Nashville location, and it's widely known as one of the worst Greyhound stations anywhere. I don't know if I would trust it to get on the bus. Are there ANY other options for two 60 x 79.5 packages weighing 100 lbs and 50lbs for that price??

Thank you in advance....
Anise

Omar Little
07-28-2010, 02:20 PM
Shipping a mattress and a box spring across country would likely cost as much as a buying a new set in Oregon.

Call your local UPS guy (http://yellowpages.com/nashville-tn/ups)for a quote.

Dewey Finn
07-28-2010, 02:48 PM
I'd recommend calling moving companies, but I agree that it might be cheaper just to replace the bedding in Oregon.

CookingWithGas
07-28-2010, 02:59 PM
I tried the UPS web site and got the message that "Package exceeds the maximum size total constraints of 165 inches (length + girth, where girth is 2 x width plus 2 x height)." I assume a thickness of 10".

shunpiker
07-28-2010, 03:00 PM
I just googled "Freight companies" and it seems there are companies who will put you in touch w/ various freight carriers. I didn't go far, but here's an example http://thefreightrateco.com

UPS and FedEx both have freight svcs, too. However, unless it's a fancy new mattress, it's probably logistically easier and cheaper to purchase a new one.

good luck!

MsWhich
07-28-2010, 03:01 PM
Yeah, I would definitely sell the old mattress/box springs (Craigslist?) and buy a new set at your destination.

johnpost
07-28-2010, 03:12 PM
mattresses can have sentimental value. do these?

Anise
07-28-2010, 03:21 PM
I just don't see that it would be worth it to replace these. The set cost $700.00 new and after sleeping on it for a year, I do not want to EVER go back to a lower quality mattress and box spring set. A mattress is basically the one major-purchase thing that I just flat out refuse to even try to buy used (and if y'all had worked where I did and seen what happens to used mattresses, you wouldn't do it either!) The Freight Rate Co quoted $177.50, and I left a phone message. :)

I'm getting rid of a LOT!! of stuff for this move and fitting everything into a 5 x 8 trailer, but there does come a point where it isn't worth it to get rid of certain things... it just costs even more to replace them.

SmellMyWort
07-28-2010, 03:33 PM
Unless you're restricted by your tow vehicle, why not just go for a slightly larger trailer?

Quercus
07-28-2010, 04:32 PM
Unless you're restricted by your tow vehicle, why not just go for a slightly larger trailer?That was my thought.. a slightly larger trailer would probably cost less than $177 more, and would certainly save hassle.

Bijou Drains
07-28-2010, 05:05 PM
try forward air which in spite of their name is mostly a truck company

Bag of Mostly Water
07-28-2010, 05:11 PM
Try posting on uShip (http://uship.com/). You might find someone with a partial load going that way. If so, the price should be reasonable. The more flexible you can be with dates, the better your chances of finding someone.

SanDiegoTim
07-28-2010, 05:24 PM
Being in the transportation business, and echoing earlier sentiments, the dimensions of a mattress set in relation to the value of same make shipping it impractical.

scr4
07-28-2010, 11:54 PM
The few times I've bought something that size online, it came by truck freight. Roadway seems to be the most common. But it will cost hundreds of dollars.

Have you thought about shipping your car and driving a U-haul truck yourself? (Or tow the car with the U-haul truck. ) That may turn out to be cheaper, if it lets you keep more things that you'd otherwise have to buy new at the destination.

Dewey Finn
07-29-2010, 12:11 AM
Unless you're restricted by your tow vehicle, why not just go for a slightly larger trailer?
Or forget the trailer and get one of those fill-it-yourself storage containers, where they deliver it to your house, you fill it and then they deliver it to the new house.

SD Dude
07-29-2010, 01:12 AM
Yes, UPS, Fedex, etc will do freight, and UPS will typically do it for 50% off for the first time you use them (for freight).

Check freightquote.com, and check your local shipping stores as they sometimes have resources for this.

With any freight company, get them to give you a *firm* price, and there are horror stories about freight companies quoting a weight-based rate, then charging tons more when it gets to the destination, claiming that it was a bit over the quoted rate.

Some freight companies will ask for the mattresses to be properly boxed, etc.

I've moved quite a bit and usually not found the POD-type services to be worth the price. Personally, I'd get a slightly larger trailer and take it with me. But I've learned to throw away lots of things every time I move. I think of it as a push to purge my life of unnecessary junk.

SD Dude
07-29-2010, 01:14 AM
Unless you're restricted by your tow vehicle, why not just go for a slightly larger trailer?That was my thought.. a slightly larger trailer would probably cost less than $177 more, and would certainly save hassle.

Make sure you account for additional gas, if it comes down to deciding based on dollars.

Anise
07-29-2010, 11:15 AM
The few times I've bought something that size online, it came by truck freight. Roadway seems to be the most common. But it will cost hundreds of dollars.

Have you thought about shipping your car and driving a U-haul truck yourself? (Or tow the car with the U-haul truck. ) That may turn out to be cheaper, if it lets you keep more things that you'd otherwise have to buy new at the destination.

OHhh.... no. That option is $1,400 MORE than towing a trailer, for the smallest truck that provides almost no more room than the smallest trailer. (Where's that smilie with its jaw dropping down...) Yes. Not $1400 in total; one thousand and four hundred dollars more. I think it's because we're driving so far. I am very nervous about towing a larger trailer with this van, and my mechanic agrees. I am already getting rid of 90% of my belongings. And between paying $700 for the same replacement mattress and box springs and shipping it for less than $200, shipping is going to win out. (Y'all, please don't ever get a used mattress. I've seen things you would not believe, and you just don't want to know...) That's why I'm just looking for shipping options.

The advice to get a firm quote is very good. I agree about the POD services too; the prices seem just ridiculous and a lot of places do much better. I will check everything out!:)

Duckster
07-29-2010, 11:45 AM
Unless you're restricted by your tow vehicle, why not just go for a slightly larger trailer?
Or forget the trailer and get one of those fill-it-yourself storage containers, where they deliver it to your house, you fill it and then they deliver it to the new house.

Be careful here. There is one well known fill-it-yourself storage containers company that has several accusations against it where the containers end up in a holding area for several days instead of a direct shipment. Since the container is effectively "in storage" and not "in transit," additional storage fees apply. The accusations continue that the minimum storage payment is 30 days. So while a direct in transit could be, for example, seven days, it actually takes 10 days and you are charged an additional 30-day storage fee for those three days it deliberately sits somewhere.

Sell it and buy a new set once you get to Oregon.

MsWhich
07-29-2010, 12:01 PM
Duckster, why not name the company?

Renee
07-29-2010, 12:14 PM
(Y'all, please don't ever get a used mattress. I've seen things you would not believe, and you just don't want to know...)


Where do you work that you know all about the horrors of used mattresses? I'm just curious.

TruCelt
07-29-2010, 12:52 PM
Duckster, why not name the company?

A quick google came up with this: http://complaintsboard.com/complaints/total-scam-with-tons-of-hidden-charges-c350580.html

The Surb
07-29-2010, 04:47 PM
I would suggest calling the place you bought it and asking them.

Yarster
07-29-2010, 07:22 PM
I once sold a wrought iron bed frame, mattress, and box spring set on eBay asking for local buyers only to avoid the shipping problem, but some lady in Texas really wanted the thing and won my auction (I'm in California). So I called all the shipping companies I could find operating in my area and one of them took it for $200 despite the weight and size issues. Unfortunately, I don't remember their name, though it was a smaller company. But the set did get to her very quickly and in perfect shape...

Anise
07-30-2010, 12:32 AM
Once and for all, I am NOT GOING TO SELL IT AND BUY A NEW SET. Ahem. Sorry about the capslock thing. But it cost $700.00 new. I am not sleeping on a cheapo set ever again if I can help it. I am not getting rid of it (very unlikely that I could get much of anything for a two-year-old set, which this is) and then turning around and spending $700.00 ten days later on a new replacement set.

I now have a new plan. :) It'll cost about $15 a box, up to 70 lbs. per box (including tax and the new UPS box itself, also shipping tape) to ship things by media mail through the USPS. Books, DVD's, photographs, sketchbooks, records, and anything that could possibly be considered any kind of printed/written material can be shipped this way. If enough space could be cleared out for the mattress and box spring, then voila! I really think that this could work...

Oh, oh yeah, and the question about where I work and the horrors of used mattresses! Okay, first of all, this is advice that is absolutely all over the web anyway. Even the most wild-eyed cost-cutting sites say NOT to buy used underwear, makeup... and mattresses. But my personal experiences... no details will be gone into. Let's just say that I work at a nursing home and hospice.

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