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I'm thinking about moving from Dallas to San Antonio. How the **** am I supposed to move with just a motorcycle? Last time I rented a small U-Haul truck and towed my motorcycle behind in a trailer. I also had a scooter back there at the time. Now, I won't have that problem. It was terrifying. I did that one from Houston to Dallas.

Do you have any other suggestions? I don't have that much stuff. I was thinking about renting a SUV and putting my bike on a trailer again. I just want to hurry up and get down there, and I don't want to spend a bunch of money.

If I get an offer soon, I'll have to move quick. Hence, my question.
 

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You haven't given us a whole lot to go on here. "I don't have that much stuff" may mean that you can dump the clothes from your dresser and closet into a duffle bag lashed to the back of the bike. It might take a couple of trips. It could mean that you have just a little bit of furniture, in which case you are going to have to beg, borrow or rent something bigger than the bike.

What's the biggest thing you have and what's the smallest vehicle that item would fit in? That's going to be the limiting factor. Is that large object something you can store and come back for at a later date or possibly just dispose of it and buy another one at your destination?

Do you have a buddy or family that will help you move? Maybe they have a truck or car that will work, maybe they are more comfortable than you are with driving the U-Haul.

I believe that U-Haul does something along the lines of the POD's as well.

U-Haul and other companies will rent pickup trucks and cargo vans in addition to the box trucks and trailers. One of those would probably be easier to drive than the mini-mover. I found the smallest U-Haul truck to be a bit unsteady the last time I rented one, and that was without a trailer on behind.

Check other car and truck rental companies in your area as well. You may be able to load the motorcycle in the back of a rental pickup and pack your other belongings around it.

ABF, a less than truck load (LTL) freight carrier, has their U-Pack service. Other truck lines do as well. They drop off an empty semi-trailer and you load cargo in the nose. You lock a moveable bulkhead in behind your belongings and they haul it away. They finish loading with cargo headed your direction, take that trailer to your destination city, unload their stuff, then drop the trailer at your new location for unloading. I believe they will work door to door or terminal to terminal if your origin or destination won't let them park a trailer. I've seen advertising on other trucks that their companies do the same thing.

Can you ship some of your belongings parcel post or UPS? That also gets expensive, but depending on the quantity of stuff and the size of the largest objects may be a viable option.
 

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Assuming we are working with a tight budget.

Ride the bike to the Riverwalk area. Park it somewhere safe. Enjoy Margaritas. Call Uber.
 

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A POD is a great idea. Or just rent a small U-haul truck big enough to fit you and your bike, and load the bike in it with plenty of ratchet straps and drive really carefully.
 

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It is called a POD. They drop it off you load ithey ship to your new place when you want it there.
A POD is a great idea. Or just rent a small U-haul truck big enough to fit you and your bike, and load the bike in it with plenty of ratchet straps and drive really carefully...
U-Haul has their U-Box, which is supposed to be less expensive than a POD because it's smaller. I priced having one loaded in Dallas and moved to San Antonio. it came out to around $700. That cost may vary depending upon your specific end points and dates.
 

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sorry. idk why it's not giving me instant notifications. pod is an awesome idea. i'm just on a budget. i looked into uhaul and a trailer. it was more money than i wanted to spend.

san antonio is 5 hours away. for some reason, i thought it was only 3 like austin. big miscalculation on my part. i'm from houston, so i don't automatically know.

an extended stay hotel without a kitchenette full of stuff if that helps to answer some follow-up questions.

i'll have to check my notes. the uhaul van with the bike in there with my stuff might not be a bad idea only those small ones don't have ramps.

i looked into renting trucks. you can look at carental.com or i called enterprise. you can rent a truck, but truck rentals like pick-ups don't have trailer hitches on the back of them, which really sucked. that would've been perfect.

i'm still in limbo. i'm now kind of quietly rooting to just stay up here and revisit this later. i've hemorrhaged so much money looking for work moving is getting to be more unlikely.

a buddy with a truck has moved way out of town. i could have borrowed his truck; got my stuff down there; left my bike with him. then just come back with the truck and got my bike to go back down there. he's just way far away now.

this is to bartend on the riverwalk or in their surrounding resorts. i've gotten job fair emails, and i finally just got a direct call last night. i pull this off; i'll have that margarita on the riverwalk.
 

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While not the best option have you considered the Greyhound bus? Ride to San Antonio. Park at Riverwalk. Take bus back. One way truck rental back to San Antonio.
 

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Or rent a self store in Dallas. Pack what you can on the bike. Go back for your stuff when you can afford it
Didn't you mention having a storage locker in either the lost license plate or broken wire threads? I was thinking along similar lines to Liquiddog2. Pack the bare essentials for a few weeks on the bike and live out of that. It's a pretty meager living until you can bank a couple of paychecks and come back for more, but I've done something similar in the past.
While not the best option have you considered the Greyhound bus? Ride to San Antonio. Park at Riverwalk. Take bus back. One way truck rental back to San Antonio.
A twist on that would be to ride the bike to San Antonio and keep it there for local transportation. Take Greyhound or Amtrak back to Dallas. If you aren't quite in a position to rent a truck or car to haul the rest of your belongings, book a round trip and bring back your maximum baggage allowance to add some creature comforts to life in San Antonio.

I did a quick look at Greyhound and Amtrak fares and baggage allowances. It looks like either of these will allow you to take a fair amount of stuff, if you can get it to and from the station. You might need a cab or find a buddy to help with local logistics on either end:

Amtrak - $72-$140 round trip Texas Eagle 10hours 5 minutes Total travel time
Carry-On Baggage
Each passenger may bring two personal items, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches each, and two carry-on items, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each.
Checked Baggage
Each passenger can check up to 4 bags - 2 free of charge and 2 for $20 per bag, each not to exceed 50 lbs. (23 kg), 75 linear inches (length + width + height).
That's up to 350 pounds of luggage in up to 8 bags/boxes.

Greyhound - $34 - $128 round trip
Carry-on baggage
One bag up to 25lb (11kg) Must fit in overhead compartment or under seat in front
Checked baggage
Up to 3 bags, max 50lb each (22.5kg) Max size 62 inches (157 cm) when you add together length + width + height
That's up to 175 pounds of luggage in up to 4 suitcases or boxes. Not shabby.


U-Haul
The smallest, 10' U-Haul truck was $322, but it sounds like it would handle the whole move in one trip.


Keep in mind that all of these fares and rental rates vary over time and due to demand pricing.
 

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There’s also the option of sending some items via UPS. Combined with the other options above. I moved to Canada on a student visa in my college years. I took the max bags on the plane and sent a box UPS
 

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I'm thinking about moving from Dallas to San Antonio. How the **** am I supposed to move with just a motorcycle? Last time I rented a small U-Haul truck and towed my motorcycle behind in a trailer. I also had a scooter back there at the time. Now, I won't have that problem. It was terrifying. I did that one from Houston to Dallas.

Do you have any other suggestions? I don't have that much stuff. I was thinking about renting a SUV and putting my bike on a trailer again. I just want to hurry up and get down there, and I don't want to spend a bunch of money.

If I get an offer soon, I'll have to move quickly. Hence, my question.
Well, you can ship your bike using a motorcycle shipping service & have your other stuff shipped separately while you go there by yourself & enjoy the travel. Let me tell you this it's much better than driving your self.
 

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There was a time in my life . I transferred from one post to another , with everything I owned on the bike stuffed in an A and B bag strapped to the bike. If it did not fit is got left behind.
 

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What I'm doing is the 10' truck and trailer. I had to do this, when I came up here from Houston. They only have so many dedicated to one way. I have to again drive all the way across town to get it.

I busted my ass, and I got enough to easily move and get a truck and trailer. I still have storage, so what I may do, once I get setup is have all that brought down to me. I have all my essentials to get me started. Really, I'm wasting my money with storage, and I just want to toss all that stuff, but that's another story.

I'm getting a ratchet set. The one that I have is in my storage somewhere. The last time it was a pain, because I had my motorcycle and a scooter. Now, it's just my bike, which will be much, much, much easier.

I watched my mechanic ratchet down my bike on his stand, but for the life of me I can't remember the strong points he hooked them on. Maybe I'll call him. It looked really good and sturdy. I was doing all this crazy stuff last time with crossovers and such. His looked real straightforward and secure.

Maybe I'll google, but if you have pictures or videos that would help. I'd appreciate it.

I'm going to go to Walmart and get a set of 4. I don't have the first idea on the back side what to hook on to at the moment. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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