Moving to Alaska – can I do it on the cheap?
Moving to the Last Frontier will be an exciting adventure. But before you can enjoy the journey, you first have to figure out how to get there. Is there such a thing as moving to Alaska cheap? Thanks to an ever-changing moving industry, getting your household goods to Alaska has never been easier or more affordable.
Isn’t truck rental the cheapest way to move to Alaska?
It’s often assumed that renting a truck is cheapest, but consider this – it’s your responsibility to fuel the truck. If rental trucks had similar gas mileage to your personal vehicle, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but they don’t. In fact, most personal vehicles average 25 MPG, while most rental trucks average 6-12 MPG. That’s a big gap. And when you’re moving to Alaska, 6-12 MPG doesn’t exactly keep your fuel costs down.
For instance, let’s say you’re moving from Denver to Anchorage, a 3,208 mile drive. According to this rental truck fuel calculator, it would cost $1,609 to fuel the truck. That’s steep, especially considering that you still have to pay for the truck itself, taxes, and damage protection.
So if not truck rental, then what are some other cheap ways to move to Alaska?
An affordable alternative to truck rental for those making the move to Alaska is U-Pack®, a nationwide “you pack, we drive” moving company. In most cases, U-Pack prices are very similar to truck rental, except you don’t have to drive a rental truck or pay out of pocket for fuel.
Here’s how it works:
- U-Pack will deliver a moving trailer, moving container or ocean container to your home for loading.
- You get up to three business days to load.
- When you’re done loading, U-Pack will transport your shipment to Tacoma, WA, where it will be put on a ship to sail to Alaska (your shipment doesn’t go through Canada!)
- Once your shipment arrives in Anchorage, U-Pack will arrange delivery to your new home for unloading.
- When you’re done unloading (you also get up to three business days), we’ll arrange to have the empty equipment picked up.
Once your trailer or moving container is put on the ship in Tacoma, it normally takes about 5-7 days to arrive in Alaska. Door-to-door delivery is available to many Alaska cities with the moving trailer and ocean container, while moving containers must be unloaded at the service center in Anchorage.
Get a free moving quote online to see how U-Pack compares to truck rental for your move to Alaska. All online Alaska quotes will be checked for accuracy, then emailed to you within 24 hours. Or, you can call a U-Pack Moving Consultant at 800-413-4799 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (CST) to get a quote instantly.
Every U-Pack Alaska quote includes the driver, ocean transportation, taxes, liability coverage, and the big one – fuel.
Trailer vs. ReloCube vs. Ocean Container – which one is best for you?
If you’re thinking U-Pack might be a better option than renting a truck for your move to Alaska, you might be wondering which equipment option is best and cheapest.
The moving trailer is ideal for larger door-to-door moves to most major Alaskan cities. The trailer is 28 ft. long and can legally haul up to 22,500 lbs. if the weight is evenly distributed. With the trailer, your price is based on how much space you use inside (down to a 5 ft. minimum). The less space you use, the less you pay.
The ReloCube is best for small moves, like a studio apartment. It’s a 6’ x 7’ x 8’ weatherproof metal moving container that can hold a maximum of 2,500 lbs. You can reserve as many as you think you may need, but only pay for the ones you actually use. Remember, ReloCubes must be unloaded at the service center in Anchorage.
- The Ocean Container is great for moving to places in Alaska not easily accessible for door delivery via moving trailer. It’s 40 ft. long (equivalent to 5-6 ReloCubes) and can hold a maximum of 44,000 lbs. With the ocean container, you pay for the entire container regardless of how much space you use inside of it.
Which one is right for you?
You can get a quote for all three to compare prices. Just call a U-Pack representative with your new Alaska ZIP Code to see which equipment types service your area.
Moving to Alaska cheap with U-Pack
Gone are the days where you need to rent a truck in order to cheaply move to Alaska.
U-Pack simply offers more – more convenience, more affordability, and more equipment options. Call U-Pack today at 800-413-4799 or go online for your free Alaska moving quote. It’s time for you to get moving “North to the future!”
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