A couple weeks ago, we road tripped/moved/PCSed from Southern California to San Antonio. 1,317 miles and over 18 hours of driving spread over 2 days. Some people may not consider that fun, but for me, it’s a blast! Road trips are the ultimate adventure. You never know what fun, must see locale is at the next exit or who you will meet over lunch at a truck stop.
Preparation for our trip started the Friday before. That morning, we were at the U-Haul location bright and early. We had 2 hours to get the trailer, go get it weighted empty for our partial DITY move, get back to the house, and get it all loaded up before the management company showed up at 10 for the walk through. If you’ve got a stressful move coming up, just call us. We’ve got it down. While we were there, we started looking over all the boxes and packing supplies U-Haul sells. They sell special boxes just for flat screen TV’s. Who knew? We bought one, got the trailer hooked up, and were set. We ended up getting a 6′ x 12′ trailer. I originally told my husband we didn’t need one that big, but he insisted we did and he was right. The only things we took ourselves were 3 mattresses, 2 desks, 2 computers, and maybe a dozen boxes. It barely fit.
We set out at around 6 on Sunday morning. Our goal that day was to make it to El Paso. 4 states in 1 day. Totally easy, right? Our first stop was in the Eastern part of California. Car rides make our dog have to do his business, so we stopped for him. The next stop wasn’t until lunch in Phoenix. We filled the truck and the car up and were both amazed at the cheap gas. We were definitely no longer in California! We had walkie talkies to make it easier for the husband and I to talk, so every time I saw a sign for something that looked neat, I’d point it out. For the most part, he shot me down. He has tunnel vision when it comes to road trips, while I like to stop every time I see a sign advertising the world’s biggest something or other. Somewhere in Arizona, we did stop at The Thing. I’m not sure what The Thing actually was because you had to pay to see it, but they had a Dairy Queen, so we all got blizzards. We stopped again in Las Cruces for a potty break, where we found the huge roadrunner made of trash, then on to El Paso for the night.
The next morning was even earlier. As much as I hate getting up that early, I’m glad we did. Around 10 am, I was driving behind the husband and got on the walkie talkie to tell him his back passenger trailer tire looked low. About a minute after that, it started smoking, then it blew. We were in the middle of nowhere West Texas, but thankfully, I remembered Ernie pointing out the roadside assistance information when we rented the trailer. I called them up, told her the issue, she sent me a text so they could get my GPS coordinates and told me she’d send me a text within a half hour with an ETA on a repair truck. I got a text less than 5 minutes later saying he’d be there in an hour. Nothing like hanging out with your family on the side of the interstate! It wasn’t too hot and traffic was thin, so it really wasn’t bad. The truck showed up within a half hour. He had the tire changed and we were on our way in no time. That’s not something I had ever thought about, but I’m really glad it’s a service U-Haul has!
The rest of the day was uneventful and we pulled into Lackland AFB around 3 p.m. to get checked into lodging. The goal from there was to find a house, so that’s what we started on as soon as we got to the room. We had the U-Haul trailer for 5 days, so the husband parked his truck with all the other trucks and trailers for the time being. Wednesday morning rolled around and we weren’t anywhere close to getting a house, but we had to turn the trailer back in. When you rent a trailer, you get 30 days of free storage at a U-Haul facility, so I called to find one that had available space. They found us one and reserved a spot for us. The rest of the morning was then spent unloading the trailer into storage. As much as I’d much rather sit back and watch guys do that, I’m glad we had somewhere to put everything. We only had it in there for a week, but it was a blessing.
It wasn’t the best road trip ever, but we also weren’t on vacation so I can’t really complain.
Disclosure: I was provided a U-Haul trailer in exchange for my honest review. Hey, moving is already expensive, don’t fault me. Everything is factual and all opinions are mine alone.