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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Escaped from CA, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. Escaped from CA

    Escaped from CA Wilsonville, OR New Member

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    Any guidance or suggestions for moving a gunsafe from out of state?

    Safe is 1100 pounds from CA to OR.
     
  2. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Empty it, strap it on a solid pallet and go. They rock and slide pretty easy on a concrete slab. Forklift rentals are fairly cheap. That's how I would do it.

    *edit* you could try a pallet jack and a ramp, but would be leery about ramp strength on a U-Haul or the like.
     
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  3. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Need more info...

    You need truck suggestions? How to get it out of your house? What part are you wondering about?
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Skateboard and duct tape!
    I had one pro (years ago at another house) move an 800lb safe solo up and over thresholds, a couple curbs and up and down the truck ramp etc.. I was impressed. He was a pro and strong. He used a regular dolly and not one of these fancy ones with telescopic (think leverage) handle and wheels perhaps on the long flat in addition to the regular wheels..



    good luck
     
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Myself and around six friends (and we were all young and strong) moved the aforementioned safe from the store to my then apartment using my little pickup (tip it and lie it on its side or back.. and of course strap it down) and a regular dolly. The pickup deal was no big deal but just getting it up one or so curbs, one threshold and the tight corners in there, we all were lucky we didn't get crushed to death and no damage to the walls etc. We kinda had a clue but things can go wrong very quickly if you're not careful.
     
  6. TOVO

    TOVO SW WA. Active Member

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    Load it first thing on the truck. Up front and centered. Tied down as good as you can. I had two 900lb safes when we moved from CA. Best thing I ever did. Good luck.

    Remember beer after everything is moved.
     
  7. Quacky88

    Quacky88 Oregon Active Member

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    Congrats on the move from Commiefornia! Me and mine did the same couldn't be happier.

    +1 on Tovo's suggestion
     
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  8. Escaped from CA

    Escaped from CA Wilsonville, OR New Member

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    thanks everybody. Yes, very happy to be out of that place.

    More info - I can get it on a pallet without issue. My problem is getting it on and off the moving truck. Can't find a U-Haul type company with a lift gate. The forklift rental is worth looking into.

    thanks,
    -todd
     
  9. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    May want to look into a trailer to rent. They have a much lower deck. That's how I moved my 4000 lb safe with just myself and a friend. We are not spring chickens but not daffers yet either.

    They are cheap from uhaul and you could throw any outside stuff on there as well.

    I believe uhaul will outfit your rental with the appropriate ball and such.
     
  10. Quacky88

    Quacky88 Oregon Active Member

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    Have you looked at Penske or Budget? They're prices were way more reasonable than U-Haul from what I remember from my move and better equipment to boot(lift gate options). If not as Joe said low trailer is also a good option.
     
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  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Many moving truck van decks are around the same height as a pickup.. I wouldn't use the ramp myself, though as I said, I saw one guy do it all by himself on a quite steep ramp. Just transport it on its back or side (but all the way to the front and nailed down).

     
  12. Escaped from CA

    Escaped from CA Wilsonville, OR New Member

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    I haven't tried Budget yet but Penske told me the don't rent their lift gate trucks one way. Had several bad experiences with U-Haul - won't use them again.
     
  13. Quacky88

    Quacky88 Oregon Active Member

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    Yeah U-Maul's service and ridiculous prices is only rivaled by their POS equipment. I ended up going with Budget because they were the cheapest. I was extremely pleased with the newer truck we got and the wider and less steep steel ramp in back for moving everything in and out. Depending on schedule Flexability also try and rent early to mid week to save some coin...prices go up late week and weekends and don't trust one Penske or Budget quote, call around for best one. They're privately owned franchises who have a lot of liberty when it comes to tweaking prices. Best of luck man ...airs fresh up here. Cheers
     
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  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There I fixed it for you Quacky!:)
     
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  15. Quacky88

    Quacky88 Oregon Active Member

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    Cheers Sarge ;). I'm pretty sure I heard they like to kick puppies too.....
     
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  16. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    1/2" electrical metal conduit cut to the width of the safe, makes for a very easy way to roll across flat hard surfaces. You only need 4 or 5 rollers to keep laying one down in front of the safe.
    A cheap Harbor Freight floor dolly for the ramp and most moving trucks have D rings in the floor, so you could use a ratchet strap to drag it up the ramp and then use the same ratchet to tie it down.
     
  17. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How about having it shipped up here? That way all you need to do is get it on a pallet, let the shipping company provide a truck with a lift gate and a pallet jack. If you're paying to rent a forklift, you're probably looking at the cost to have a shipping company transport it. It's worth looking into. I bought a safe and it's being delivered by USF Reddaway. Maybe make a few calls to shipping companies before you make your final decision.
     
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  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well, one of them almost got his bad tempered puppy kicked in a few years back. :D
     
  19. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That sounds like a good option if you can trade money for piece of mind!
    If it sounds interesting you might call the safes original manufacturer for suggestions. Good luck with your move! SRG
     
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    How did you get it where it is now? clue