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Moving to CA

 
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I'm moving from Jersey City, NJ to Davis, CA in about two weeks.
I've decided to drive there with half my possession and ship the rest. I will be driving alone. I know that is not a good idea, but it seems the most economical to me.
Does anyone have any advice for me about the moving process, the new area I will be in, or anything related to my move?
Thanks everyone in advance.
 
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I have driven from North Carolina to northern California before, coast to coast literally.
If you worry about your car, then get AAA membership and more insurance. Other than that, there is really nothing to worry about, just relax, enjoy the ride.
 
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I have AAA. My worry is that having most of my possesions in my car might make it a tempting target for thieves while I'm staying at some cheap motel. Since I'll be by my self, I will need to stop for sleep.
 
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Last year august 1st week, I drove from LA to Jacksonville. The entire length (all of approx 2600miles ) of I-10. I took a detour stopped in Dallas for a couple of days and then headed back onto I-10. I took the journey a bit leisurely. It took me 1 week end to end. (Coast to Coast.
Interestingly I-10 runs between LA and Jacksonville
At that time, i had all my electronic posessions in car, TV,DVD..etc, Both my desktop and my laptop. I stayed in a motel only one day. Never had a problem / concern.
My car was/is good. still under warranty, had AAA. had confidence that nothing could go wrong. i mean reasonable confidence. AAA will not do jack when you are struck in the middle of Arizona at afternoon.
All i really took care was this. Make sure the car had a oil change, all fluids topped. tires are good. A/C is working. Remember just one thing, If you feel drowsy, Pull over drink some water. Please DO NOT drive when you are not alert. I bet many people already told you this, and you know it anyways.
Have a Safe Happy and Pleasant Trip. Let us know after you get there how it went.
 
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I've not driven coast-to-caost, but I have done a considerable amount of north-to-south driving along I-95 (I've driven from Boston to Daytona; not necessarily all on the same trip...).
A lot of that driving was done in a 1982 Chevette, which was loaded down with college supplies/computers/electronics. I've never had a concern about theives and the what-not, but reasonable precautions are always advised. Still, I wouldn't cange my plans for fear of theives.
Make sure that you pack extra water in the car and a blanket. If you have any car toubles, a blanket is really necessary: It can warm you, or it can shade you. You can pre-soak half of it in mealted ice-cream, let it dry, and then suck on it for nutrition. You can then soak the other half in water and use it as a canteen. You can tie it around your head to avoid being devoured by the Ravenous Bug-Blatter Beast of Traal -- a creature so amazingly stupid it thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you.
(Ok, the last three examples were a bit extreme, and the Ravenous Bug-Blatter Beast of Traal is from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)
 
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Spent my days with a woman unkind,
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.
Made up my mind to make a new start,
going to California with an aching in my heart.

Haul the best of your stuff into the motel room.
Can your car pull a little trailer? Out of sight is out of mind.
Don't fall asleep driving.
Stop and smell the roses.
 
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Originally posted by Joel McNary:
You can pre-soak half of it in mealted ice-cream, let it dry, and then suck on it for nutrition. You can then soak the other half in water and use it as a canteen.


Cool!
 
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I've driven cross-country in U-Hauls four times with no worries. Lock the back door, and part the back against a fence or wall when you can. Cheap motels aren't as much of a concern as are bad pats of town. Probably a bad idea to choose a hotel near a prison facility. If you'r taking I-80 all the way across -- which you shold, that'll drop you right at Davis -- good towns to stop in include anything along he Illinois corridor, Council Bluffs, IA, Rock Springs, WY and Battle Mountain, NV. Prior to Salt Lake, make sure you have a reserve of radiator water for the haul through the salt flats and the pass into NV; that's a steep climb. Be happy about your brakes before you get past Salt Lake, too: the drops into the valleys of NV are exhilirating, but ALL your weight will be behind them and it can get squirelly if you're not cautious. Stop in Sparks for food instead of Reno, you'll save time. And enjoy the ride.
 
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Thanks for the advice all.
If anyone has any more advice I'm not leaving for another week.
 
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Dont know why you are moving to California though Isnt it the place everybody is leaving ?
Is it because of Job ? Hope someone is paying for your reloacation expences. On the other hand, it doesnt look like that if you are packing everything in your car and you are driving
 
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take a look at Travel Journal: Southwestern U.S.
Even you won't pass through southwest, the experience holds.
 
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Hi Damien,
Not sure why you want to relocate to CA, I expect you move to India for opportunities. If you like to work long hours because the day light in CA normally longer or it is a state of mind speaking.
If you are not in a hurry and single, then I suggest load everything on the train including your car. Get yourself a first class ticket and enjoy the journey. It could take 10 days more or less, check with Amtrak website. You will be amaze with the train movement rhythm do to women mind, hope you could have the best time of your life. Even have stories to tell your grandchildren one day. Beside that all the pleasures, you could save the mileages on your car. In CA you are of what you drive, take care your car.
Enjoy!
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Originally posted by vi kam:
Dont know why you are moving to California though Isnt it the place everybody is leaving ?


Moving to Davis this time of year probably means he's going to school there.
 
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Moving to Davis this time of year probably means he's going to school there.


Aaahhh. That explains it. School.. I sure miss those days.
 
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Yea Michael guessed it. I'm going to grad school. Hoping to get a PhD in Computer Engineering. I still have to get the MS though along the way.
I check for trains, but Amtrak doesn't ship cars. They only have one line that does and it is between Virginia and Florida.
To ship my car by truck is around a 1000 dollars. Tack on the plane ticket for me to fly there and the fact I would have to ship everything since my car would have to be empty and the fact that they can't guarantee pick up day and delivery day for the car, I felt driving was my best option. And since I'm leaving next wednesday, I'm running out of time to find any other option.
Thanks all for the advice.
If you have any more I'll still have my internet until the weekend.
Thanks
Damien
PS: After/if I get my degree then I will move to India since all the jobs seem to be going there.
[ August 19, 2003: Message edited by: Damien Howard ]
 
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Hi Damien,
I am sorry for Amtrak cutting down services. Train and Ship are my favorite relocation tools. They are fairly inexpensive, you able to put the majority of your personal belonging including a car on one trip.
Train is first priority next would be ship because with ship you have to buy a plane ticket because the ship sailing speed is so freaking slow. But the benefit is she has the major weight capacity than any other form of transportations.
Since you don't have much time left. Drive. Don't let the US Marine chopper pull you over at night like it was my case. I got away with the ticket because I thought they were UFO trying to abduct me. The incident happened way before the 9/11 event, just so personal to me that I know when I sleep in my cozy bed our military personnel protecting my safety probably way up in the sky from satelites.
Regards,
MCao
 
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