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i have to move back to the states on or just before march 1.
because i don't drive, and flying to philly from toronto costs more than a round trip to japan, it looks like i'll be using greyhound.
however, i have more crap i need to bring than what i can physically carry, or would be allowed to bring on the bus.
i am looking for suggestions on the best way to do it.
i have considered
hiring someone (somehow) to drive me to delaware. possibly craig's list if there is no better way to do it.
shipping what i can't carry by some sort of freight service, or something.

what i want to bring are
a large duffel bag with my clothes, and a smaller one.
a garbage bag with coats in it
my amp & cab (about 35lbs max)
computer and monitor
my guitar
my tools (2 boxes, about 50-60 lbs total)
a medium sized box of papers and discs which contain records, photos and other data i need to keep.
if i take the bus, i could bring the 2 duffel bags with me, but the rest i would have to ship or something.
trying to figure out the best way to make this move, looking for suggestions.
 

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I say this without any sense whatsoever of costs, but what about training it from Toronto? Or would there be enough transfers between trains en route to introduce risk of belongings not following you?
 

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i have to move back to the states on or just before march 1.
because i don't drive, and flying to philly from toronto costs more than a round trip to japan, it looks like i'll be using greyhound.
however, i have more crap i need to bring than what i can physically carry, or would be allowed to bring on the bus.
i am looking for suggestions on the best way to do it.
i have considered
hiring someone (somehow) to drive me to delaware. possibly craig's list if there is no better way to do it.
shipping what i can't carry by some sort of freight service, or something.

what i want to bring are
a large duffel bag with my clothes, and a smaller one.
a garbage bag with coats in it
my amp & cab (about 35lbs max)
computer and monitor
my guitar
my tools (2 boxes, about 50-60 lbs total)
a medium sized box of papers and discs which contain records, photos and other data i need to keep.
if i take the bus, i could bring the 2 duffel bags with me, but the rest i would have to ship or something.
trying to figure out the best way to make this move, looking for suggestions.
Cheezyridr, that is too bad! I hope this is a good move for you.

I have travelled long distance by bus a number of times and it is a comfortable way to travel. I would call Greyhound and ask how much you can bring, then decide on the rest. Then I would ship the rest.

I would also check out what it would cost to rent a van and hire someone to drive you and compare the bus suggestion to the van rental.

Just because you are going back to the USA, I hope you will still be a regular member here.
 

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Courier your stuff down. Ask if the delivery date can coincide with your arrival in Philadelphia.
Then you can ride the Greyhound, with your carry on of the stuff you absolutely do not want to courier.
 

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Courier your stuff down. Ask if the delivery date can coincide with your arrival in Philadelphia.
Then you can ride the Greyhound, with your carry on of the stuff you absolutely do not want to courier.
This. ^^^
Get someone with a cube van who transports for a living and has all the proper paperwork in place to get across the border easy. Pile all your stuff in the back and tell him to meet you wherever you're moving to. Done.
 

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Ideally I'd try and find a buddy to drive me down and make it worth their while...could be fun!

When I moved out to Edmonton from Ottawa I had most of my stuff (acoustic guitar w/HC, hockey gear and another hockey bag worth of "stuff") shipped out via Greyhound and it worked out just fine. In your case, the tools, amp and cab could be pricey to ship and I'd be worried about the amp getting dinged up. What about selling the amp and cab and buying something else when you get to Philly?
 

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Greyhound does ship stuff, as an additional revenue stream beyond passenger service alone. But I wonder whether any weight or volume (cubic feet) restrictions would make it unfeasible to ship everything in one lot, under one bus. Might be possible, might not. But worth exploring, just to see and compare any pricing.

Is there a specific destination address where things can be sent that will be able to receive the stuff without you being there?
 

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I was going to suggest shipping the stuff by bus but I used to do that when I worked for Lennox and it was quite pricey. We only did it for emergencies. It can be done but check other possibilities first regarding pricing.
 

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Cheezy...

I would take as much as I could carry of the things that are irreplaceable and ship the rest in the most secure method regardless of cost. Sometimes we just gotta eat the cost. Besides that, I got nothing but good wishes. Moving is a pain in the ass.

Seriously, I'm glad you consulted with the folks here. As a group, we're as knowledgeable and well-intensioned as you'll find anywhere.

Happy trails.
 

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I had business in Philly and we had some CNC tooling that had to come with us and back. We rented a Toyota mini van drove there and back in comfort. Perhaps a one way rental, with a interational rental Agency may be worth looking into.
Ha! They may even pick you up!
 
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