Things are Not Good...


September 15, 2008, 02:33 AM
I'm nearing the end of moving.

I'm figuring that it's going to take at least two, maybe three, one-ton-payload trailer loads to move the gun room stuff...

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September 15, 2008, 02:40 AM
How is that bad? I could move my entire inventory in one trip in a VW bug.

September 15, 2008, 02:41 AM
For you it may be a thorn in your side...

For others it is a fantasy...

While I do not have your problem at the moment, I feel your pain. My neighbors would get a wee bit of a show when I decide to move because I do have just bit of an arsenal.

(Which is why I tend to cover the things I own and I prefer to move in the dark, although, I happen to move very infrequently. I have been here for over 5 years and the last place was for more than 6 years, so....)

September 15, 2008, 02:42 AM
I could carry mine on my back, but the tumbler might be a bit heavy. :rolleyes:

Good luck with moving.

September 15, 2008, 05:54 AM
Best wishes with your move. I can't remember if you are moving out of state or to another house and/or apartment.

My firearms and ammunition would not be too bad for me to move although the ammunition would be heavy. The rest of my books and 'stuff' would not be too bad.

My groom aka husband's guns and gun STUFF would be heavy. Not counting his/our food/water emergency supplies.

Try moving out of a big house/big 36x24 garage with loft/small barn and land that you built and lived in for over 30 years. Been there - done that after my late husband died. The easiest way to do that is to not let things get too bad and/or FULL of 'stuff' your entire life. The big house was easy, the big garage was organized but had a lot of tools and STUFF that we needed for ALL seasons, bad weather, etc. The small barn was a breeze. Always neat and organized - we lived that way. My GUN stuff included a cleaning tool kit box, about 10 guns from 13 or so, and ALL of the ammunition that I needed for those guns of mine. The rest was packed up in my Explorer and a Coleman pop up camper. What did not FIT in there, including some books, did NOT go with me. It made things Very Simple. I sold, donated things and gave close friends my STUFF. I did mail a few things to my brother and sister. They did not need anything from my house because they had their own homes.

I hope that you don't have to pay for those 'storage places' that I see people cram full of STUFF and never use because they do not donate, or give to friends/family.

Best wishes to you and take care - don't hurt yourself with HEAVY lifting.


PS: I got quotes from do it yourself MOVING rental places and 3 moving van companies. The FEW things that I was thinking about taking with me cost MORE to MOVE than what I thought it was worth. I did not want to pay for storage either! I have never done that and do NOT intend to do that EVER! I had some friends ask me about the Ethan Allen, PA House, misc. furniture, clocks, lamps, paintings, rugs (I had oak floors in the entire house except for the kitchen and 2 bathrooms.), etc. Most of THAT stuff did not even have to be 'sold' through my moving cross country, estate, house/garage/barn sale paper AD in the Trading Post.

September 15, 2008, 08:13 AM
Hmmm....time to get hired help? :)

Good luck with your move, Bogie.

September 15, 2008, 08:30 AM
Moving is not fun. The firearms and other valuables are a big pain. Every firearm has to be packed to some degree. It is one of the reasons that I have not focused on long guns. The "trying" part to firearms and othe valuables is the desire to keep things somewhat secret (ie. not advertising) on both ends of the move. Tis hard without a closed and covered trailer.

Hope the new home is great!

September 15, 2008, 11:00 AM
It took me 2 trips in a GMC S-15 shortbed the last time I moved my gun safes and guns.

September 15, 2008, 11:05 AM
I could fit all of my guns, ammo, accessories and supplies in the trunk of my VW Jetta. Bogie is a lucky man.

What I'd need the trucks for would be hauling all of my A/V gear, computers, parts, accessories, cables, music library and movie library.

I guess that's the result of having a home theater hobby for over 20 years and a gun hobby for less than 3.

September 15, 2008, 11:09 AM
Sometimes finding lost or forgotten treasures when moving is fun. Not so when you come across 28 bags of shot you stashed when you quit shooting trap!

AJ Dual
September 15, 2008, 11:19 AM
When I had to do it, I made "bedrolls" out of my long-guns.

I lay out a blanket or quilt, depending on the size/shape of the long-guns and the size of the blanket, I lay about 8-12 long-guns down about 12-18" apart, buttstocks and muzzles alternating directions.

Then I fold the ends of the blanket inside over the muzzles and stocks like I'm going to roll a burrito. Add balled up rags or t-shirts to pad and even out any protruding scopes or pistol-grips.

Then I roll it up, and throw a few bungie cords around the whole roll. Makes for a big padded tube about the size of a large golf-bag.

Roll it once more in a large flat piece of cut-open appliance cardboard box, (go with the "grain" of the corrugation) cut the ends into flaps and fold them in and down like petals over the ends if it's to be shipped.

September 15, 2008, 11:31 AM
My mom is preparing to sell her home and move to a condo.

She has been packing and sorting for several months now. Going through everything to decide what she wants to keep and what she does not.

We got her one of the PODS type storage containers to put stuff she wants to keep. The stuff she does not want to keep is going to family, friends, or the street. the old piano she had went out to the street and got picked up within a few hours.

Incidentally, PODS is a very expensive option. We found something similar that was about 40% the price, and included delivery, 3 months rental, moving of the container to her new place, and pickup when empty.

the container is close to full, and most of her stuff is accounted for except for some stuff she will keep until she actually moves. we will rent a truck for that stuff.

lots of painting and minor fixing going on as well. she had planned on doing it over a couple of weekends herself, but its almost 2 months now, and she and my wife are still working on it. my wife actually hired a fair amount of the work out because it would have taken forever for us kids to try and repaint everything and do all the fix ups ourselves.

sometimes I'd like to strangle my niece. she lived with my mom for a while and painted a bedroom some really strange colors. took the guy doing the painting three coats of primer to cover it up so he could paint it a normal color.

my wife got a bunch of nifty china and some silver pieces. I got a sword and a couple bayonets (I posted pictures of them in the non-firearms section a while back). there are some tools and things yet to divvy up that she does not want to move. got to get my brother there to sort through them.

September 15, 2008, 11:44 AM
Lots of ammo cans.

Lots of wood ammo cases.

Two safes.


Reloading gear.

Bench gear.

And don't even get started about AV gear and home theater stuff (sob... it won't fit... anyone wanna buy some Crown amps? They went on ebay last night...).

September 15, 2008, 11:49 AM
sounds like you got too much stuff.
I'm here for you if you need man.
Too much baggage can be a killer!

September 15, 2008, 12:17 PM
Moving gives a whole new meaning to "packing heat!"

Sorry, I couldn't resist :neener:

September 15, 2008, 12:24 PM
I don't think Jen has figured out the quantity of powder yet either...

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