Can't believe I missed this thread, especially since LM already posted here about the Flying J Tuna.
Upon reading it, you have helped me make up my mind, Bonni. I was going to rent me a Penske 24 or 26 footer and bring the furniture I bought in Raleigh (nice couch, bed, some other pieces, appliances etc.) up to Dillon in June. We could stand to replace some of the stuff in Dillon, and this is stuff in Raleigh I only got 2 or 3 years ago.
After reading this - screw it, if it doesn't fit in the Safari AWD with the back seat out, it's going to Goodwill in NC.
Note that I specifically planned to rent a Penske, because they're well known to be better-maintained than U-Haul. My one and only "Adventure in Moving" with U-Haul was about 8 years ago moving my son's stuff up from Boca (arrgh!) to Gainesville. My U-Haul 26-footer only made it 100 miles on the FL Turnpike before the brakes locked up, started smoking and then proceeded to flames.
Six hours later, a tow driver who brought a creepy predator with him who wanted then-14-year-old Kara to sit on his lap, and one of those "professional re-packing" jobs to the new truck the next morning (obviously the same crew) and I got a slightly less-crappy POS.
Then they called the FL state police on me a month after I returned the truck for me stealing the vehicle.
So I swore, "Next time, Penske or nothing".
Anyhow I don't want to haul much - need to get rid of stuff, not add to it. After all, 50% shot we'll end up moving to MT, OR, WA, or NorCal in a year anyway. Not like I have a job anymore...
Now if YOU get antsy for the open road and want to do a convoy, no worries. My son Greg is up for it too. Sure, he doesn't care - he wasn't in the flaming POS truck. Just his stuff...