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Save Money Moving to Alaska

Posted By:
Derek 10/28/2011
1:36 PM

Save Money Moving to Alaska

It's Flashback Friday!  Each week, U-Pack revisits a blog topic that has been helpful to our readers.  Today's flashback is about saving money on your move to Alaska.  Since a long-distance move like this has the potential to get very expensive, this is an important topic for a lot of customers.  Keep reading to see how you can save!  And while you're at it, make sure to check out the comments below— U-Pack customers often ask great questions and provide helpful insight!

If you're moving to Alaska, you've probably discovered that with some moving companies it can get very expensive. But, there is an easy way to get there that doesn't break the bank— moving with ABF U-Pack. The price is similar to truck rental— but ABF does the driving. 

Here's how it works:

  • A professional ABF driver drops off a moving trailer or moving container (your choice) at your location.
  • You load.
  • ABF moves the trailer to Alaska (it travels to Tacoma on an ABF trailer then we'll put the trailer on a ship in Tacoma, WA to sail to Anchorage.)
  • We deliver to your door in Alaska (ask us about direct service points).

That means you can enjoy the drive down the Alaska Highway in your own vehicle, by ferry or you can catch a plane. And you'll be hard pressed to find a better price for moving to Alaska. Especially when you consider that your U-Pack price includes fuel and the driver!

Getting a moving quote from U-Pack is easy, and it's free.  Just enter the city and state you're moving from, the city in Alaska you're moving to, an estimated move date and what size home you're moving (here's a space estimator if you need it).  Within 24 hours, we'll tell you how much it costs to move to Alaska with U-Pack.

Moving to Alaska with U-Pack Vs. Moving to Alaska in a Rental Truck
Since rental trucks are normally the cheapest route for in-town moves, you might think they're the cheapest way to move to Alaska too.  Probably not.  And for two reasons: 

1.  There's not an easy, fast way to get to Alaska in a rental truck.  Of course, you can take the Alaska Highway, and granted it's beautiful and well-maintained…but there are areas that are narrow and winding.  So in late fall, winter and early spring, road conditions aren't good.  Not ideal when you're driving a huge truck containing all of your worldly possessions.  I like adventure, but I think I'll pass on that one. And the fact that rental trucks are limited to speeds of 55 mph. doesn't help either.

2.  The price may not be right.  When you're moving 3,000 plus miles, there are a lot of moving costs involved— like hotel stays, eating out, fuel, snacks on the road, etc.  Let's just say you're moving from Denver to Anchorage— 2330 miles, or 55 hours in a passenger car— even longer in a rental truck (man, that's a long drive!)  You can expect to spend at least $400 in hotel stays and $1200 in rental truck fuel (you can check out how much it costs to fuel a rental truck here.)  So, whatever your rental truck price is, add $1600 to $2000 to it.  And remember…you have to drive it.

I don't know about you, but I like the idea of saving money moving to Alaska and letting someone else drive the moving truck so I could drive my own, familiar vehicle. If you have questions about moving to Alaska with U-Pack, give us a call or leave a comment below.  We'll be happy to help!  800-413-4799

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