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What kind of vehicle do I need to buy lockers? Which type is best and why?

Offline MovieMan

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Well, it is pretty much common sense but here goes.

If you buy small 5 x 5 lockers without much furniture you might be able to do it in a small sedan.

If you buy a 10 x 10 it probably will have some furniture and a van, pickup or any vehicle with a trailer would work.

If you buay a 10 x 15 the van, pickup, trailer route again

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If you buy a 10 x 20 and up you are looking at multiple trips in whatever vehicle combination you have.
Be prepared for the gas and time costs involved.


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I have gotten away so far with a 4-dr sedan.  Last one had tow hitch, this one does not and its been problematic.    I'm limited on size of units I can bid on.

I have access to occasional use of both a pick-up and a box van but can't depend on getting them with just 24hrs notice.

What my vehicles size does is limit my buying power or I must add into price of bid the cost of renting the unit for a month or renting a truck.

With the sedan with tow package I had to add in cost of gas to make several trips instead of just one, had I had a truck.


I wouldnt recommend my system.   I'm currently on the look out for,at minimum, a small truck and preferably with a tow package.....

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When buying full time, I moved with two 26' U-Hauls every week. I would have used an 18 wheeler if I thought I could maneuver it through the storage facility.

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When buying full time, I moved with two 26' U-Hauls every week. I would have used an 18 wheeler if I thought I could maneuver it through the storage facility.


You rented or do you mean you owned u-haul style of trucks?

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I wish. No, I rented 2 of the newer GMC 26' trucks every week. We filled both of them to the ceiling. It has always been my goal to buy a 26' box truck, either a newer GMC or International, preferably with a lift gate. I was close to buying one, then Storage Wars & Auction Hunters came out and I didn't need one anymore. Once the storage auction business recovers and I can start buying more, I might invest in one.

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Yeah. New would be spendy.

With all the shipping here used trucks are pretty cheap.  Never looked into 26' but he average u-haul style....16 foot?....can be had for $3000-$4000 if you don't mind them beat up.

Lots of older ones for under $2000.

Always see them at auctions.  Mid-2000's go for under $10k


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Yeah, I thought about getting an old used one in that price range but that can be pretty scary. One little repair job could easily cost a grand or so. I think your best value are the ones that have just been retired from the rental fleets. 6-10 years old with around 250K mikes for 8-12K. Preferably one with newer tires.


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