Sometimes Bigger is NOT Always Better and GPS is NOT Always Right!!!!!

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Sometimes Bigger is NOT Always Better and GPS is NOT Always Right!!!!!

 

At least when you're a Moving or Commercial Truck trying to navigate the hills of San Francisco.... LOL LOL

 

Divisadero St bottomed out Moving TruckI feel so sorry for this Long Haul Flatbed driver.... his GPS directed him to drive along Divisadero St., that stretches from the Castro District on the South to the Pacific Heights/Marina Districts on the North in San Francisco.  Yes, it was the most direct route for his destination, but it failed to advise him that because of the very steep grades on the hills, that his truck would bottom out.

Divisadero St bottomed out Moving TruckNot only will he be unable to deliver his load during regular business hours, whoever hired him is going to incur the very expensive cost for a heavy-duty tow truck to pull him back up the hill... then they have to figure out how to get to a street with lesser-grade hills going East and West to get him over to Van Ness Boulevard which is graded for heavy trucks - whew. Will take HOURS!!

Another reason why it is so important for inter-state and intra-state relocations to hire a moving organizer who is very familiar with the City you are moving into... they can provide critical information such as letting you know whether the route your moving truck driver is going to take really is safe for his load and length of vehicle. (Some of our San Francisco streets can only handle 17 tons - a commercial moving truck, when full, can max out at 22 tons!)

I'm curious Realtors... do you provide this type of information to your relocation clients?  If not, seems like I have some work to do!

 

 

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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team in Stockton
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Yikes ... trucks in San Francisco!  At least it wasn't Lombard ... unless of course the driver wants to wash his taillights while driving forward!

EVERYTHING is local... and you can only get so much from a GPS or Google Maps!  Thanks for the reminder!

 

May 01, 2012 07:54 PM #1
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Peggy Hughes
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You're right, Jack... fortunately, no trucks are allowed on Lombard St!!  Not even the garbage trucks - they collect garbage and recyclables the "old fashioned way"... it gets dumped onto a large piece of cloth, tied and hauled down on their backs!!!  Hmmm... an idea for a blog, thank you.

May 01, 2012 08:10 PM #2
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Kevin Sembrat
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Hi Peggy,

Some great points here made in a very creative way -- thanks!

Kevin

May 01, 2012 08:15 PM #3
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Peggy Hughes
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Hi Kevin, thanks so much for stopping by (so late at night on the East Coast!!).  And, welcome to AR + congrats on a featured post before your first 10k points... impressive!!  As a transplanted New Yorker, one needs to know how tiny in width some NY streets are!!!  To be avoided at all costs by trucks LOL LOL

May 01, 2012 08:29 PM #4
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It pays to have someone "in the know" like you Peggy..........costly mistake.  I got the visual when you said "tiny in width like some NY streets".

May 02, 2012 02:04 AM #5
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You have your work cut out for you. Would never think of this challenge!

Margaret

May 02, 2012 03:11 AM #6
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Peggy Hughes
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Hi Roger... while San Francisco has its share of narrow streets, NYC has many, many more of them. And, as you know, not only in Manhattan - certain parts of Staten Island are a nightmare!

Margaret - so many people think that moving is very simple; they just don't understand ALL the variables... LOL

May 02, 2012 07:00 AM #7
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Hi Peggy - I've seen a similar situation when I was in San Franciso - what a nightmare. While we don't have anything like those transportation logistics problems in our city, we've certainly run across a lot of relocation situations where a moving coordinator would have been an extremely useful resource.

 

May 02, 2012 08:24 AM #8
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Maybe one day our GPS' will be smart enough to ask us how large our vehicles are and be able to route us properly through city streets.  Until then, you are the relocation expert in downtown San Francisco.

May 02, 2012 08:50 AM #9
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Peggy Hughes
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thanks, Dick... BTW, I'd be very interested in learning what those situations are so I could blog about them!!

Chris Ann... thank you so much for your vote of confidence!

May 02, 2012 10:10 PM #10
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I hope the lady in the GPS device wasn't too harsh on him.  I can just hear her say "Turn left now, arriving at destination on right . . . well, we would have but you just had to select most direct route."

May 10, 2012 09:38 AM #11
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Peggy Hughes
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LOL LOL Carla.... it's actually great that I saw this truck bottom out as I just had a gig where a semi was coming up from San Diego.  I actually drove him around based on his GPS directions so we find alternate streets for his large truck to maneuver!  Thanks for stopping by.

May 12, 2012 07:47 AM #12
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James A. Browning
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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Colorado; Spring is here in the Rocky Mountains

May 16, 2012 08:24 AM #13
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Hi Peg.  haven't seen you for awhile.  hope all's well and you're just busy making money.  I know AR can take lots of time.

Jun 04, 2012 02:28 PM #14
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Peggy this was a good example to show how important a moving organizer is to a move.

Jun 06, 2012 08:28 PM #15
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Peggy Hughes
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sorry for the long delay in responding.... I've been BUSY!! But, thanks so much Jennifer for your kind words :)

Jun 23, 2012 08:42 PM #16
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Peggy Hughes
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James... my apologies to you as well.  Work has been busy but thanks so much for stopping by!!

Lloyd... yes, I've been busy, busy, busy... and gratefully so!!  The SF Bay Area moving and relocation market is booming - at least from my perspective.  I'm moving a number of people from the penninsula to Sonoma/Napa, but many in-town, Menlo Park to Menlo Park or SF to SF, or Palo Alto to Palo Alto.. and most are moving up.  I'm so lucky.... or, I work hard to get the luck I'm getting LOL LOL LOL

 

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