We're just back from one trip, and now thinking about the next one. My hubby will be flying from CA to MO in October for the Estate Sale (items from his mother's house). After the sale, he will be traveling home in a U-Haul truck that has some furniture and boxes of miscellaneous items in it. The furniture will include a bedroom set (headboard and frame, mattress and box spring MAYBE, large dresser and tall chest of drawers), a small china hutch, and two small end-tables. This isn't really a pleasure trip, just one that has to be made to bring things from MO to here.
Having no recent experience with U-Haul vehicles, we have no idea of the capabilities or differences of the 10' U-Haul truck, or the 14' truck, or their counterparts in the Penske brand. Both appear to be available from MO --> CA. If anyone here has experience, please chime in?
Second would be routing. Hubby still leans towards the I-70 to I-15 route, because it's most direct for us. We've never taken that route in mid-October. Since the route goes up to 11,000 ft elevation, is winter weather often a problem in October on I-70? I think he would drive it in FOUR days, though, because he is taking this trip solo (I have to stay home and work). The other alternative is I-70 to I-35 south (KS and OK Turnpikes), to I-40 across (either to I-17, I-10, and I-8, or straight across to I-15, depending on whether he decides to stop in Phoenix at my parents'). I told him I thought the I-40 plan would be safer and less likely to have weather issues, but I could be wrong.
Thanks for any help!