Hi all. Did those of you that used Managed Freight to facilitate your move have a hard time getting Lee Fleming to call you back? I have heard exceptional things about him and his services, however I can't seem to get him to call me back. I've tried e-mail and left voice mail.
Try reaching him by email through his website www.managedfreight.com or use the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee stays so busy he forgets sometimes, and he may call you back late - but try catching him through email and reminding him...I did 90% of our move by email.
Thanks, I'll Keep Trying his email
I e-mailed him and got a quick responds. Less than a day. I just wish there was a list I could use so I know what information he needs to really give me a quote. How is that normally done by container size or by how many rooms your current house has? Would anyone here know how big the basic car container is? We have a Saturn Station Wagon. What is the advantage of shipping the car and household item in one container? Would it be better to keep the 2 separated? Our car is all paid for and reliable. That is the reason we are bringing it with us rather than buying a new one on the STX.
I talked to lee and he did get right back to me. Later though i sent an e-mail and I am still waiting but it was for info I managed to get on line anyhow. I will still use managed freight because of all the good things I have heard. I will be moving late this year. Container size is 40' and ask for the HI Cube container it is about a foot higher and does not cost additional. If you pay a fee (150.00) I believe theuy will handle registering your cars. we will be taking two cars down and to facilitate the move we will deck over the cars with 2x4 and plywood and that will make up for the lost space from the cars. the tail end of the container can handle the sofa(s) or furniture that can not be place on the deck over the cars. This is the cheapest way to get your stuff down there. Do not forget the insurance and you must / should pack yourself. Lee will give you the paper work to accomplish this task. You might get a mover to actually pack the boxes and even load the darn thing but that will really increase the cost. Hope this helps.
Iris, it is cheaper to send your car in the container than to ship it separately - there's some sort of fee, I forget what, that you have to pay twice if you ship spearately. If you aren't shipping much at all you can get a 20 foot container - but the car has to have 18 inches around it all the way for inspection, so that really cramps what you could send. Please forgive, I forget where you are coming from - but when we moved there, we had to have the movers take the stuff to the container in a U-Haul truck and re-load it - there was no place in our little town that could handle a container, so they left it on the transport truck and we U-Hauled from our house to the container and loaded everything again. Ugh. Very few places will have room for them to bring the container to your house because it is on a flat bed - power lines and all. You can also get a 45 foot trailer if you have a lot of stuff - but Lee will coordinate with your local movers, who will probably do a survey and figure out what size you need. Everything after that will be pretty scheduled...if you aren't ready when the container man is there, you're in a world of hurt - I think it's like $85/hour for him to sit around and wait on you (hence us leaving some stuff behind at the last moment!)
Double check your insurance - Lloyd's of London insured us, but greatly discounted what they would pay out since we packed our own boxes. Sometimes it is cheaper to put insurance on the load as a whole, and sometimes it is cheaper to figure out 'most' of the load and then insure the very special items at a higher price.
Check with your auto insurer, too - they may cover your car until the car actually comes out of Customs on STX. We are with Progressive and they covered us until the car was backed out of the container and on VI land, then we had to have new island insurance. Interestingly, we are moving back to the mainland, and Progressive would NOT cover us on the return trip until the car gets to Florida.
Thanks that is good info. We are in Nj not too far from Pennsauken where it seems they ship from. We have a very large drive way which might be able to handle the container. So from the way it sounds you pack your belongings first and then you drive your car in the container. We have Allstate for our home and car insurance. I will make a call and see what they cover and if they cover our household item and car on route.
Gary you actually build a kind of loft over the car and that was ok to do? What if anything shifts wile it ships? I am trying to imagine your little set up lol. But great tip on the higher container. thanks
Most likely we will do the packing ourself. I like the diaper tip someone gave us. We still have one in diapers lol.
I am not sure so if I would ship our china on the container or if we would be better of doing it via postal service. It is discontinued and I would hate to loose it.
I talked with Lee of Managed Freight several times when planning our move in 2005. Although I thought he was very helpful, we ended up just coordinating everything on our own with Crowley and Sea Star Lines. One thing that you might want to consider is that the back of the shipping container is about 4 feet off the ground and does not come with a ramp for driving your car onto it. I was also told that your vehicle must remain accessible for inspection once in the container, so it needs to be the last thing on. In my case, the difference in price between a 20' container for HHGs only and a 45' container for HHGs and 1 vehicle was more than the cost of transporting the car to Florida and shipping it from there. In addition, i was told that if I packed everything myself that I could not get insurance since they had not been "professionally packed". We opted to pack everything ourselves anyway and ship without insurance. I have no doubt that working with Managed Freight can make things easier for a lot of people but it really is not all that difficult to do on your own either.
Driving our car to Florida would be an option. We have friends in Palm Beach. It also would make the trip for our dog easier. Do you mind telling me what the shipping of the car from Florida cost you? Where is Florida did you ship from Miami? We have a upright piano we really like and would most likely like to bring,a dinning room set and some general house hold items. The Piano and dinning room set would be the only thing I like to be able to ensure.
You can also get your car into a container, without a ramp, by hiring a flatbed tow truck.
Movers build lofts and bulkheads into containers all the time. Lofts make for extra storage space, and bulkheads prevent the HHG from falling onto the car.
I used Lee, and after seeing the whole process from door to door, I would recommend using him, vs. going it alone. Using him will save you so much time and hassle. And have him register your car.
I actually got a refund from him for his lack of communication. I think Lee is a great guy, but I wasn't happy with his services. We used him on the move back from STT to the states. If you deal with Crowley directly you can actually accomplish what you need to do by yourself. Good luck! Ask A LOT of questions and see if they have a checklist they can email you...