The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tale of Life on the Road – Finn Murphy

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A long-haul mover’s rollicking account of life out on the Big Slab. THE LONG HAUL, IN STORES NOW. More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

Non-Allowable Items

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When you hire a professional moving company they should provide you with a Non- allowable items list”.

Non-allowable item is the term used in the industry referring to the items that professional moving companies will not transport.

It is important to know  what these items are  in case you are doing the packing. Knowing what you can’t bring will also save you valuable time !

Do not hesitate to contact your mover for more information about any item you are uncertain about.


Hazardous Items

  • Acids
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car Batteries
  • Charcoal and Charcoal lighter fluid
  • Chemistry Sets
  • Cleaning Solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fireworks
  • Gasolina
  • Batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Bleach
  • Loaded Guns
  • Matches
  • Motor Oil
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Paints and paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Poison
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks
  • Reloading Supplies
  • Scuba Tanks
  • Sterno
  • Weed killer


Perishable items

  • Food
  • Produce
  • Plants

Valuable Items

Industry tariff and Cargo Protection Plans explicitly state that jewelry, cash, stamps, and coins are not covered. Professional movers could carry these items for you once a valuables declaration is completed and signed.