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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.

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Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?

November 6th, 2018 - 9:51 AM
Are Car Seats Allowed in Rental Trucks?

Important information about rental trucks and car seats

Did you know the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends children ride in the back seat? There are a few different reasons for this: it helps reduce the risk of accident-related injury by 33%, and it helps protect children from airbags. But if you’re riding in a rental truck that doesn't have a back seat, you may be wondering if it's OK to put a car seat up front. Keep reading to learn what the government and some rental companies recommend, and get info about alternative moving solutions. 

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Preparing for Deployment

November 2nd, 2018 - 9:10 AM
Preparing for Deployment

Getting ready for deployment 

The thought of being away from your family, friends, home and normal routine for an extended period of time can lead to multiple questions. Will your family be OK? How will bills be paid? Who will handle property maintenance? While there are quite a few things to take care of, planning ahead can help reduce stress and make the process easier. 

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U-Haul Rates

October 31st, 2018 - 9:49 AM
U-Haul Rates

How U-Haul® prices add up

As you compare moving options, you might think at first glance that truck rental is the cheapest. However, the price quoted online isn’t the entire picture. Several expenses aren’t included in that initial rate, and adding those in could put you over budget. Keep reading to learn more about what U-Haul® rates include and what those extras are, then compare sample moves to help you choose the right service. 

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Military Weight Tickets

October 29th, 2018 - 1:47 PM
Military Weight Tickets

Getting weight tickets for a military move

One of the biggest concerns when completing a Personally Procured Move (PPM), also known as a Do-It-Yourself (DITY) move, is getting reimbursed. While there’s other paperwork to complete, weight tickets are a vital component. If you’re using a rental truck, you have to figure out how to get them, and if you’re hiring a moving company, you have to make sure they take care of everything. Learn more about what weight tickets you need, how to get them and how U-Pack simplifies the PPM process. 

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DITY Move Calculator

October 26th, 2018 - 1:09 PM
DITY Move Calculator

How much will my military move cost?

One of the most important parts of completing a Personally Procured Move (PPM)/do-it-yourself (DITY) move is staying within your reimbursement budget. Since you’ll get to keep any additional money, finding ways to keep your moving costs low can make a big impact. Learn how to use a DITY move calculator to determine the government payout, then figure out the costs of your PPM to see if it’s a cost-effective option.