They have trailers to put your car on, but I'd just use a regular tow rig. Driving a truck is no more dangerous than driving a car, less most likely as you'll be driving slower and you're in a much bigger vehicle. The only thing you have to worry about is a bigger truck
The gates lock, and you back it up to a building where nobody can even get to the door. And not that the cost means much to you but you've got $6000 in shipping and maybe another $1000 in packing against $1000 in the U Haul and $500 in packing.
Evidently you're just against the idea so I'm not sure why you listed it as an option to begin with. But you probably considered it because it is the best option
Lol, yes I am admittedly against the idea. Main reasons: inadequate coverage, they only cover cargo up to $25k, and that coverage costs extra. Secondly, if something goes wrong, everything is at risk at the same time. If the truck starts on fire in the middle of the desert, there goes a huge part of Ibanez history, I don't even want to give that a chance to happen. Thirdly, like I mentioned I'm probably going to be storing them for a year after the move, so I'm also considering the cost and effort to store or move them a second time, which would be easier if they were already packaged.
With the cost of truck rental + coverage + gas + loading/unloading help + hotels I'm sure the final price of a UHaul would be north of $2500, not including the 40+ hours of my time which I value at least another half of that, more actually considering the high stress and pain-in-the-ass factor of driving over the Rockies. So I guess it's not really an option. The more I think about it the more I dread doing that drive in a truck.
$6k is way high for shipping, I think I could find a way to do it under $4k. 100 guitars is approximate, I don't have cases for them all, some are parts guitars and don't require delicate handling. Actually now that I think about it I could just disassemble all the cheaper Roadstars and RGs, and sell all the cases that aren't original or otherwise valuable. It would cost me a lot in strings but save way more than that in effort whether I ship or drive.
Another potential option would be renting an SUV and driving the most valuable ones there myself, and PODS-ing the rest, or something like that. If I can find a moving company that could do it fully insured for $6k I'd probably just go that route. Like I said I still have to look into my options there.