FINOCJ previously posted:
"If you can find out which freight company the retailer will be using, there is a good chance they will have a distribution center in the greater metro area. Our very large raft was shipped this way, and we went and picked-it up at the freight company shipping center (Many are out towards Brighton in the industrial area that is near the Suncor refinery just northeast of Denver. What might be tricky for you is a way to get it home - need something like a truck or trailer so they can put the pallet right in the back. BTW The top looks sweet."
Yes, this was recommended as an option as well. This might be the best choice, but I'll have to get a trailer or pickup truck that can fit the pallet plus some help to lift it at both ends. Maybe I can get a forum volunteer to help with that. Trailer rental is always a little bit of a problem for me, because Uhaul refuses to rent if you tow with a soft top and my Outback only can tow 2700 lbs, which ends up limiting me to some of the smallest Uhaul trailers (their trailers are very heavy). Definitely a solvable problem, and maybe better than doing freight to a shop.
Likely I could use an extra set of hands to install the thing as well, as the top will be very large and unwieldy to nudge into place. I don't think the process is particularly hard, just hard to do alone.