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So I booked it today, my flight to go get the 026 and the auto train ticket to bring it back. I believe the seller is going to pick me up at the airport, complete the transaction, and set me running to the Auto-train. I had a few concerns with the auto-train, but it is the cheapest enclosed carrier by far. My total cost including booking a room with two beds (only 3'6" wide!) looks like it was only $390. The room was supposed to be an additional $130 on top of the $190 ticket, but I I got a ~$80-90 discount automatically when I selected the room. Then I added the AAA discount, and the total discount went to a little over $100.

Vehicle: $169 - Regular Vehicle. The SLC is over 182", but I think that's OK because it is less than 65" in height.
Ticket: $190
Superliner Roomette: $132
But the total for the ticket an the room = $230 !?!?!?



Before AAA:
1 Adult $190.00
Discount - $92.00
1 Superliner Roomette $132.00
Subtotal $230.00

1 Regular Vehicle Subtotal $169.00

Rail Discount - $92.00

Total $399.00



Then add AAA:
1 AAA Adult $190.00
Discount - $101.80
1 Superliner Roomette $132.00
Subtotal $220.20

1 Regular Vehicle Subtotal $169.00

Rail Discount - $101.80

Total $389.20


That is some strange math, but I am very pleased to know that I will be able to lay down on the 17 hour ride... and probably save a lot of money over paying for gas too. And of course I'll be able to work along the way too.

I just wonder if they are going to stuff someone else in that room with me, or if I'll have it to myself. It does say the room is ideal for one or two people. So I am assuming I will have it to myself.



Oh... one other concern: Apparently the vehicle must have 4" of clearance, and the current owner says it is REALLY close. I guess I will be driving the whole way if they don't let the car on.

I would really prefer to only drive the car about 2-3 hours instead of ~20 hours.
 

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Oh... one other concern: Apparently the vehicle must have 4" of clearance, and the current owner says it is REALLY close. I guess I will be driving the whole way if they don't let the car on.

I would really prefer to only drive the car about 2-3 hours instead of ~20 hours.
Their liability is at 4". Anything less than that is your problem.
I doubt they will refuse you....but don't try to claim a damaged undercarriage.


And for that kind of $$ it probably is cheaper than driving.

And maybe you can go cruise the coaches looking for a 22 year old tired backbacking chick who needs a bed.

:)
 

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Hey Fonz, remember those twist in spacers that guys used to twist into the coil springs to jack up the 60's cars ? You might want to grab some of those and take with you. You twist them into the coils and it raises the car height. Pretty Mickey mouse for the long term, but it would solve the problem if you encounter one.
 

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Awesome news Fonzi. When do you pick her up? I know you must be really excited.
 

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And maybe you can go cruise the coaches looking for a 22 year old tired backbacking chick who needs a bed.
I am sure Fonzi wouldn't do anything like that, especially with his new love on same train. But it might work for a single guy or gal:

Romance on the Rails
 
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