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Planning a Coast Guard Move

December 7th, 2018 - 8:55 AM
Planning a Coast Guard Move

Changing stations in the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard, with currently more than 38,000 active-duty members, has been proudly serving the United States since 1790. Over the years, countless “Coasties” have received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and have served on numerous shorelines throughout the nation and world. Are you a member of the Coast Guard who recently received PCS orders? The information below includes details on entitlements and housing to help you understand the specifics.

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I’m Moving. How Much Will It Cost to Tow My Car?

December 5th, 2018 - 9:35 AM
I’m Moving. How Much Will It Cost to Tow My Car?

Options for towing a car

One of the things you have to figure out during a move is how to get your vehicle to your new home. If you’re using a service where someone else drives the moving truck, it’s simple — you’re free to drive the vehicle yourself. But, if you’re considering a self-move in a rental truck, towing the vehicle may be your only option. Before taking on this challenge, be sure you’re prepared to drive an unfamiliar truck with a trailer or dolly attached and that your budget can handle the additional costs (fuel usage, liability coverage, tow gear). Explore the towing options below:

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What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul® Rental Truck?

December 3rd, 2018 - 10:56 AM
What is the gas mileage of a U-Haul® Rental Truck?

U-Haul® Truck gas mileage

One of the most common questions people have with a U-Haul rental is the fuel usage. Compared to a personal vehicle, trucks get poor gas mileage — but what MPG do they actually get? Each truck gets different gas mileage, and several factors can play a role in the actual fuel efficiency (towing, driving habits, etc.). And since fuel costs aren’t included in the rental fee, it can be a big concern. Find out the gas mileage of each truck, along with some factors that may also play a role in fuel use during a move.

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How to Save More Than Just a U-Haul Discount

November 30th, 2018 - 8:23 AM
How to Save More Than Just a U-Haul Discount

Breaking down coupons for U-Haul®

It’s always smart to search for coupon codes and discounts when buying anything online. But while coupons are great for saving money on a particular item, they don’t always guarantee you the cheapest price on the product or service you’re actually looking for. This is especially true when it comes to moving: not all savings are created equal. If you’re looking to get the lowest rate on a U-Haul truck, take a look at some current U-Haul discounts and then see how those potential savings compare to an alternative like U-Pack®.

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One-Way Van Rental

November 28th, 2018 - 8:03 AM
One-Way Van Rental

Finding a one-way cargo van

If you’re moving from a small apartment or just a few things from a larger home, you may be considering one-way cargo van rental since they’re smaller and easier to drive than a large moving truck. And you might think they would be more affordable as well. However, finding one to rent for a long-distance move may be difficult. Take a look at the offerings for one-way cargo vans, and then take a look at another simple way to move a small amount. 

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How Rental Truck Insurance Works

November 27th, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Do you need rental truck insurance?

We’re familiar with purchasing insurance to cover our homes, vehicles and families, but is it something that needs to be added to a rental truck? The answer depends on your needs, which company you choose and the insurance policies you already have in place. First, it’s important to note that most truck rental companies don’t actually offer “insurance.” Instead, they offer liability coverage and waiver options. In some cases, your auto or homeowner’s insurance policy may also provide coverage while your items are packed into the rental truck. Take a look at common options available with truck rental, and read some suggestions for what to ask your personal insurance agent.

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Tips for Crossing the Canadian Border by Car

November 26th, 2018 - 10:41 AM
Tips for Crossing the Canadian Border by Car

Driving across the U.S./Canada border

Planning a long drive can involve a lot of research and coordination — and even more so if you're driving through different countries. Since crossing borders requires certain paperwork and processes, it’s not always possible to plan a last-minute adventure. If you’re planning to drive across the U.S./Canadian border on an upcoming trip, get prepared by learning what to expect at the border and understanding what paperwork you’ll need in order to cross. 

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Marine Corps PCS

November 20th, 2018 - 9:58 AM
Marine Corps PCS

Moving in the Marines 

Making a permanent change of station (PCS) in the Marine Corps can entail many tasks. Whether it’s your first or fifth PCS, there’s quite a bit to think about and do. To help you get started, we’ve compiled some important information about moving options, government travel charge cards (GTCC), entitlements, housing availability and other details specific to the Marine Corps.

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Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

November 19th, 2018 - 8:53 AM
Moving Truck Rental Unlimited Mileage

Finding truck rentals with unlimited mileage

If you’ve ever taken a long road trip, you’ve probably noticed that the actual distance is longer than the mileage listed online for the trip. In most cases, the extra distance comes from missed exits, making stops and taking unexpected detours. But when you’re traveling for a move in a rental truck, things like picking up and returning equipment also factor into your total mileage — which makes finding a rental company that offers unlimited miles so appealing. 

Take a look at the different mileage policies from each of the big truck rental companies and learn how much extra distance can cost.  

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New Guidelines for your Military Pro-Gear Weight Allowance

November 16th, 2018 - 8:22 AM
New Guidelines for your Military Pro-Gear Weight Allowance

Military pro-gear

A permanent change of station (PCS) means filling out forms, attending meetings and following specific rules. As you navigate this process, don’t forget the updated guidelines that went into effect on May 1, 2014, for moving professional books, papers and equipment – known as “PBP&E” or “pro-gear.” Pro-gear is defined as “the goods in a military member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at the next or later destination.” Keep reading to find out the current weight limit, what’s considered pro-gear and what’s not, and how you can move without worrying about your PCS weight allowance. 

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Fun Things to Do in Hawaii

November 14th, 2018 - 10:39 AM
Fun Things to Do in Hawaii

Hawaii: the destination for any reason or season

Whether you’re moving, vacationing, honeymooning or enjoying a long layover on your way to Asia or Australia, any time spent in Hawaii can be an adventure! Hawaii is arguably the most unique and beautiful state in the union, complete with idyllic weather and tons of things to do any time of the year. 

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Complete a Navy Move

November 12th, 2018 - 2:47 PM
Complete a Navy Move

Navy PCS orders 

More than 320,000 men and women actively serve in the U.S. Navy, and thousands of service members receive PCS orders each year. While Navy moves can be exciting — offering the opportunity to live somewhere different and meet new people — they can also be overwhelming if you’re not sure what to do. As you start planning, the following information can help guide you through the process of a Navy PCS. It covers important details about official orders, moving options, weight tickets, advance payments and more.  

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How To Drive A Moving Truck

November 9th, 2018 - 1:59 PM
How To Drive A Moving Truck

What’s it like to drive a moving truck?

While it’s not all that different from operating a typical vehicle, driving a moving truck requires a few basic adjustments. It’s bigger, some buttons may be in different places, some controls may not work the same way and the blind spots may not be where you’re used to. Familiarizing yourself with the truck and how to drive it will help you and your belongings arrive safely. 

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Resources for Military Families

November 8th, 2018 - 3:56 PM
Resources for Military Families

Making a military move with your family

Whether for a new unit assignment, a promotion or to complete a tour of duty, there are a number of reasons why military families move. In fact, statistics show that the average military family moves every two to three years, which accounts to about three times more often than that of a typical civilian family.

Although moving is a way of life for military servicepeople, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders can still be emotional for everyone involved. Use this guide to find resources that can help your family make a successful transition. 

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Military Moving Discounts

November 7th, 2018 - 9:32 AM
Military Moving Discounts

Finding military moving discounts

Military members have access to deals and discounts on many services, and long-distance moves are no exception! No matter your duty status or reason for moving — PCS or just into a new home — many moving companies offer military discounts to help you keep costs low. Learn more about available options and find out how to save on your move.