Harp in a Uhaul?

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    glissbliss on #254383

    I’m going to be driving a Uhaul for 10 hours one day. I have a concert grand pedal harp and I’m not sure what is the best way to transport it. Is there a way to secure it inside the Uhaul truck without risking damage? There are tie-down points inside the truck and I have a futon as well as several quilts and the 3 piece cover set.

    Can you think of anything or should I just cough up the $450 (their quote) for a box shipped to me from Lyon and Healy?

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    charles-nix on #254384

    How much else is in the truck?
    Harp on the bed is different from harp on top of every thing else. And that is different from what might shift/move/fall on the harp.

    It is often surprising just how much things can shift from ten hours of pot holes, expansion joints, and swerving/braking to avoid an accident.

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    shelby-m on #255885

    Hi, I know you originally posted this question several months ago but I wanted to chime in for anyone else with a similar question. I did exactly this with my Salvi Daphne pedal harp when I moved home from college. It was a 14 hour drive. I also moved my harp this way again in a small Uhaul trailer when I bought a house and moved out of my apartment.

    I put my harp in the padded transport case. I firmly strapped my harp to my harp dolly. Then I firmly strapped my harp dolly to the tie-down points inside the front corner of the trailer (closest to the end with the trailer hitch), ratcheting the tie down straps until my harp did not shift at all when I tried shaking the dolly myself. This way, there is not really much tension on the actual harp. Yes, it’s strapped to the dolly, but the tension on the dolly is what keeps it from shifting around.

    Then I put my mattress against the harp so that if anything (boxes or items of furniture) did shift during the trip, the mattress would take most of the impact. It’s important to arrange the furniture and boxes in such a way that they don’t shift or fall over during motion. Strap down any large pieces of furniture to the tie-down points with ratchet straps (not bungee cords). If there’s space for things to move, try to use moving blankets or old pillows to fill the gaps and reduce movement.

    You’re going to hit pot holes and rough roads, but I think driving carefully (stopping and starting smoothly, taking the turns more slowly than normal, driving more slowly overall, etc) is a huge help. I opened the trailer and checked things at every rest stop to make sure nothing had fallen or shifted too badly, and to make sure the tie down straps were still tight.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #256024

    The risks one takes when young. When I had to get my harp to Chautauqua Institution to play in the festival orchestra for the summer, the only car I was able to rent was not long enough, and was a hatchback, so the base of the harp was sticking out, and, while padded underneath, I had to tie a rope around it so it wouldn’t fall out, and luckily, it did not. I had no choice, but how stupid.

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