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So how do you do it?
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Bkeepr    Posted 02-06-2005 at 05:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, looks like the plan is to sell this farm in 12-18 months after the kids graduate from college. We'll spend the time between now and then looking for a new farm, possibly in PA but we'll be open to most places.

But my question is: how do you move all your implements (and animals)? Or do you?

I've spent the last 6+ years picking up and fixing up my tractor, baler, manure spreader, mowers, rakes, etc etc...all the tons of "stuff" you need to make a little farm go. Made some good buys (and some bad ones, too!). Hate to lose all this stuff just to rebuy it all an hour or so up the road.

KatG    Posted 02-06-2005 at 08:56:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The short time we did relocate to northeast Ark we took all our stuff with us...Rented the lagest U-Haul truck there is and had my SUV and MAt's truck packed to the gills...Also had another car carring stuff...but we were not selling this place so MAtt left alot of his woodworking tools here under lock and key...Got a friend who hates to think about selling due to all they have accumulated over the past years...Lord have mearcy if we did find another place we would have to transport all the animals...Guess you just do it alittle at a time...KAtG

deadcarp    Posted 02-06-2005 at 07:18:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
if you're retiring, the first priority is consideration for the missus: of all the cooking & cleaning, when does she get to retire? you have prepaid domestic help lined up or you're ready for the final lap of growing up? if yer like most people, outdoors has been your turf and indoors hers. so now in addition to her usual workload & having grumpy sprawling around her turf 24/7, every empty cup, bowl, ashtray or old paper gets dumped on top of her most recent efforts. expect to hear about boots and things, i'd say the big retirement adjustment is learning to share a house without killing each other. why not start by helping with the dishes? :)
the stuff outdoors? you're done with it except for the toolbox, right? that was it - nobody gets younger. like spare land, if the kids don't want it, sell it & stick it in their college fund! while they can still thank you. nursing homes allow 2 boxes in the closet, the rest is somebody else's headache. next step they don't take baggage. :)

mud    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:21:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom if you are only moving an hour or so up the road then look into renting an equipment trailer, and a truck. I've rented from Hertz in Gainesville, Va. They have yards throughout the D.C. and Baltimore area. It cost $40/day when I last used one of their trailers to move a tractor 400 miiles. The trailers are 'Roadmaster' with tilt bed decks. Nice pulling and easy loading.
You will need a 3/4 ton truck and a 1 ton would even serve you better. You can rent those too, but why not get one?
Hope this helps- mud

Salmoneye    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:04:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Either Rons' way, or you 'acquire' your own 16-20 foot trailer and tow vehicle and move it all yourself in multiple trips...

Just a thought...

Dummy Me,,    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:10:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
How could I have missed the opportunity to slide a vehicle purchase past my finance department???
I'm just gettin senile, no other excuse.
Maybe I never thought of it, cause I'm certain it would get voted down at the board meeting, the one I'm never invited to. hehehe

And...    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:16:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You MAY be able to get The Board to approve the expenditure if you lie, I mean...If you swear up and down that the buying, moving and (here is the important part) the subsequent SALE of the purchased equipement will only only 'cost' $1000 in the long run, and if you pay someone to haul the toys, er, equipment, it will be closer to $3000 for the entire move...

The key is to tell The Board that you will resell the rig after the move...

Of course, with the $2000 'saved' by doing it this way, you will have enough left over for another old tractor...

This my friends is the heart and soul of 'New Math'...


Salmoneye, who says if this works, he may need to try it at home...

dunno why...    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:21:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
but she *always* knows when I'm not telling the truth. Guess it's the result of 33 years together. On the other hand, she knows I'm not keen on moving, so perhaps I can "guilt" her into it!


Hey...    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:29:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
If guilt is what it takes...



Ron/PA    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:02:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You start looking for a new best friend that owns a truck and lowboy. Watch the hauling schedule here, and keep your eye out for locals. Often times they will do short hauls like yours on weekends and give ya a fairly decent price. Good luck, Let me know what area you might be looking at in PA. I'll keep my eyes open for you.

Bkeepr    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:18:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Ron, as dumb as it sounds I hadn't thought of that. One of my kids' high school friend's dad a few miles up the road runs a lowboy...I had given him many cords of firewood when we moved in here because they burned wood and we didn't. He's a good guy, and may be inclined to not gouge me.

I work at Ft Detrick near Frederick MD, so if possible I'd like to stay within an hour's drive of Gettysburg/Hanover or Greencastle/Chambersburg are areas we're familiar with and like. Other than that, we're going to be pretty open--or maybe I should say *I* am!! :-)

I had forgotten that...    Posted 02-06-2005 at 06:20:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
You were a Fredneck...


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