How to measure the truck

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owenclements
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How to measure the truck

Postby owenclements » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:43 am

Does anyone know what the numbers mean on the inside of a semi truck?
We moved with United Transport Inc from Hallandale Beach Florida. They claim we used 2075 cu ft. but when we measured the truck upon arrival it was 10.5 feet high x 8.5 ft wide x 13.6 feet long. By our calculations that should be 1213.80 cu ft.

The inside of the truck showed numbers painted on the roof of the 50 ft semi. We used 2900 to 1900 on one side and 1200 to 2200 on the other side. Are these "foot" markings or something else. We are trying to find a way to prove to the company that they measured our moving space incorrectly and get our $3063 back that they over charged us-

any suggestions?

chptrkrules2
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Re: How to measure the truck

Postby chptrkrules2 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:49 pm

Sorry, but if they are like most S Florida "movers" you are probably gonna get screwed regardless.

It was probably a broker who originally booked your move. (if you paid a big deposit it's a broker) and usually only the broker/scammer moves are charged by the feet. It's easily manipulated and S Florida brokers/movers are famous for it.

They don't care to have your business again so they'll stick it to you any way they can.

NYCMover
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Re: How to measure the truck

Postby NYCMover » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:55 pm

Hi owenclements,

If the truck has not yet been off-loaded, tell them you want to back-measure the truck yourself at the delivery. That means you measure the distance occupied from the end of the last piece of your shipment to the starting point of the first piece of your shipment, then do the math again. Most companies will not deliver before receiving full payment for the shipment - so, you may not be able to get any money back after-the-fact, but it couldn't hurt to try. These days many companies are willing to do some negotiation in order to avoid negative reviews on social media, but as chptrkrules (correctly) mentioned if you made arrangements for your move through a So. Florida or similar broker, you're probably not going to have any recourse.

Good luck with your move :)
NYCMover

BigLeeCalif
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Re: How to measure the truck

Postby BigLeeCalif » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:42 am

I know this is an old post, but in my experience, I have found that the crooks that charge by the cubic foot instead of by weight habitually do not load the truck tight. They may load 80% of the goods maybe 2 tiers and then when they get to the target cube they want to charge, they will suddenly go floor to ceiling, so that the shipper cannot see where they loaded half-assed.
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt" Mark Twain


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