Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Every other stage of this move has been a colossal fucking pain in the ass, so I'm not really sure why I imagined this last phase would be any different.

However, I have at least learned a few things about the trucking industry.

First off, freight brokers for the commercial trucking industry are liars.

Secondly, to quote Christina (who had the unenviable job of trying to help me), trying to get a truck to go to New Mexico with non-containerized cargo is like trying to catch a cab in New York on Friday night in the rain while waving a gun around.

We spent most of the week in LA on the phone with the aforementioned freight brokers, several of whom promised us trucks by Friday. The routine was that they'd say they would call back with details, then they wouldn't call back. When we tried to reach them on the phone, they were usually at lunch. Whenever we were finally able to get them on the phone, they'd tell us that no truckers were wanting this load. (You see, the only thing the broker does is post on some web-based message board something like : "flatbed needed for machinery from Los Angeles to Taos, NM." Then it is up to the truckers to check in on this message board, and if they feel like taking the load, they call the broker.) We were strung along like this until Friday afternoon around 2PM, when all of a sudden we learned that the brokers had all gone home for the weekend!

So, I decided to rent a 24 foot flatbed and drive it myself. On the plus side, I now didn't have to depend on these lying freight pimps, and I could get going immediately. On the minus side, however, were the following factors: Christina and I would not be able to drive in the same vehicle; She would have to tow a trailer all the way back, which was something she had little experience with; the 24 foot truck would not carry everything.... hence my "last" trip would not be my last; and worst of all, for some reason one cannot rent a flatbed truck one way, only local.... so I would have to return the truck to LA. What a pain in the ass!

So off we went. Everything was fine until Sunday morning when the rental truck wouldn't start. Absolutely nothing happened when turning the key. So I crawled under the damn rental truck and started it by jumping the starter solenoid with my Leatherman. I've been starting it that way ever since.

The current plan is to load my Dodge truck onto the flatbed for the drive back to LA. I'm not really sure how to do that. Presuming I am able to get it on there, I'll unload it in LA and drive it back here to Taos with the last few things (which includes my International Scout, which I'll have to tow.)

Maybe that will be the last trip!

And, like I said.... what a pain in the ass.


Anonymous Frances said...

You could definitely help transport heavy objects with ease if you opt for trailer rental services.

11:21 PM  

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