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Old 06-01-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Question about cheapest way to carry cargo.

Hey, I'm relocating due to work. When I moved where I currently am about a year ago, I was able to fit pretty much everything I had in my Jeep.

Now, a year later, I need to move back but now I have more stuff.

My question is what is the cheapest way that would enable me to have more cargo space.

I've looked into getting a hitch receiver installed (since I don't have one) and then just renting a uhaul. Peb boys quoted me $250 (excluding wiring) to install the hitch receiver, and then tow a small uhaul trailer would be $300 (since I'll be going about 600 miles away). Thats around $550 just for more cargo space... .

I've looked into other options, like buying just a cargo carrier ($69.95 on ebay), but I'd still need to get the hitch receiver installed. This would be about $319.

$319 is a little better, but I'm curious what other options I have to just get some extra cargo space?

I should mention that I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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One thing about UHaul, they may not rent to you if you have a soft top. I tried to rent a trailer 2 months ago and they wouldn't rent because I only had a soft top. They said if I had a hard top it would be no problem.

Sounds stupid, but they wouldnt let me rent a trailer...

BTW, I made my move with the back seat pulled, and a hitch cargo carrier. MAde a few trips, then got a truck for the big furniture that wouldnt fit. I only moved about 2 miles away this time so that obviously would not work fo most moves

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Old 06-01-2013, 10:18 AM   #3
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For a hitch receiver get it from quadratrec and get the one with the wiring with it. Very simple four bolts for the receiver and the wiring is all plug and play very simple save you a bunch of money
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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maybe look into some type of a cargo rack. That way you'll have something to keep, instead of pissing money away on rent. . . and if you decide down the raod you don't want it, you can sell the rack and recoup some of the dough....Just a thougth

just one other thing.. i know U-Haul KILLS you on one way rentals. I delivered a motorcyle to Colorado last fall and it was cheaper to rent a trailer and keep it a week and drag it back to Jersey then it was to rent it and drop it off in colorado in 3 days.
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Welcome to WF, I'm going to move this thread to the GB. Right now you are in the JK tech forum.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Roof rack? can find some cheap ones on eBay. And as a forum member already said,,you can sell it later on if you don't want it in the future.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:32 PM   #7
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Roof rack? can find some cheap ones on eBay. And as a forum member already said,,you can sell it later on if you don't want it in the future.
How do those work, I have a soft top; how do they attach?

Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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IMO it depends on what it is you are transporting.....I work in the shipping dept and MOST items can be boxed and shipped anywhere in the Lower 48 inside of a week for about a dollar a pound. (UPS or Fed-EX) Now this won't work if it is furniture or very heavy things....but might be able to pick and choose what you "ship"...and depending what it is may be money ahead.

Now furniture is a whole other story but again it may depend...can you sell it and replace with new, for less than it would cost to rent a trailer and buy a hitch you really don't need?

Roof racks usually attach to windshield and rear frame...and some allow you to Pivot the frame to raise and lower the top
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #9
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why not just rent a box truck? do the whole move in one go, tow the jeep behind the box truck, fill the jeep up with anything that doesnt fit in the truck

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