I've been searching these forums for cross-country moving advice for a bit, and found several bits of information very helpful. I wanted to chime in my specific move and see if I can gather any specific advice.
My wife and I are planning a move in mid-March from Chicago to Portland, OR. She's a great driver, but I'm a little shaky (mostly because of heights - so bridges, overpasses, mountains, etc.). We were looking at a 16" Budget truck with our small car towed to the back, but she (again, the better driver) was apprehensive about the mountain passes along that drive. Neither of us have ever driven anything that large, let alone while towing a car.
Our next, small truck option is a 10" truck, which would be better to drive, and I think we can get most stuff in there if we but stuff in the car as well. The 10" just cannot tow the car, so I'd have to drive behind her for that whole time.
We're looking at I-90 to Seattle to avoid mountains. We would rather take our time than drive in anything to scary (again, me with the heights).
Here are the three options I can see in terms of truck/car/route combinations. I haven't driven across country since I was 19, so I would appreciate all/any suggestions and advice, or any other scenarios you think would make sense:
1) 10" Truck with the car following behind, I-90 to Seattle, then down to Portland.
2) 10" Truck with the car shipped separately (trying to find a cost-effective carrier right now), I-90 to Seattle, then down to Portland.
3) 16" Truck with the car towed behind, I-80 to San Francisco, then up to Portland. I'm from SF so I wouldn't mind stopping for a day even if it adds a day to our trip. Plus, as I recall, while Wyoming gets pretty high in elevation, you never really go through any mountains during I-80.
So what do you think? Am I missing anything? Is there another option for routes that would accomodate two people unexperienced driving a 16" truck?
Any and all suggestions are very welcome.