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getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby MrBill » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:13 pm

Any recommendations for a good van or truck? I am going to have some sgi computers shipped to me pretty soon, costing a small fortune because of the weight. Figured for the next time i would get a good van or truck and make the trip myself.Need to get out of florida, could take a break from it for a while, may as well make a trip out of it. Anyone gone on any trips to pick up gear, any recommendations for a good vehicle that would be up for the task? Something that would be up for a long haul that would not be prone to major problems. i would prefer more storage area over fuel economy. plan is to load it up.
I rented a uhaul 12x6 trailer in the past,when i picked up the pdp 11 and related gear, that worked pretty well, so maybe ill just get a real good truck and rent the trailer as needed.
I am open to suggestions, never really made a big trip before, but want to start getting things together so next time something good comes along i am ready to pick it up.
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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:35 pm

Do you have an SUV? I'd recommend renting a trailer and hooking it up to a truck/SUV if you have one, if you don't, then I recommend Penske personally - not Uhaul as I've had trucks they rented to me break down - and I don't mean, oh, the A/C stopped working. I mean oh, the master cylinder line split and now I have no brakes! or Oh, the magic lamp light is on - better shut it off before I spin a bearing!
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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby jan-jaap » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:17 am

When I moved everything to/from a storage unit when I constructed my computer annex, I rented a truck with a tail gate lift.

I've successfully moved tall racks over long distances using a horse trailer. They have a ramp to load the equipment, and it's possible to secure a rack inside the trailer with straps. You can stand inside and unlike most other trailers they usually have a solid roof. Just get rid of the straw and shit before you hit the road ;)
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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby kramlq » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:22 am

jan-jaap wrote:When I moved everything to/from a storage unit when I constructed my computer annex, I rented a truck with a tail gate lift.

I've successfully moved tall racks over long distances using a horse trailer. They have a ramp to load the equipment, and it's possible to secure a rack inside the trailer with straps. You can stand inside and unlike most other trailers they usually have a solid roof. Just get rid of the straw and shit before you hit the road ;)


Moving lots of supercomputer equipment into an innocuous looking suburban house from a horsebox... You must have had the neighbours talking about what you really must be doing for a living. Just erect about 5 prominent large satellite dishes pointing in various directions and start calling it your lair or the base to complete the illusion :)

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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby guardian452 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:27 am

Full size van like a promaster or sprinter. You want something you can stand up in and a low floor for loading. Or box truck with liftgate.

Oh and lots of pads and straps.

You do not want an SUV or pickup truck unless you are only using it to pull a trailer. Better off with a minivan at least.

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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby Pontus » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:52 am

I always go for a box truck with a tailgate lift if I can motivate the cost. I've tried many other forms and ruined both cars and equipment :)

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Re: getting a vehicle for moving computers

Unread postby MrBill » Thu May 18, 2017 5:19 pm

I picked up a GMC 2500 van. Pictures soon.

I figured it would be a good investment to pick up some gear in the future.
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