Normally, I would close comments when I borrow Tom’s stuff; however, there is something to add this time. In addition to, and indeed, related to the supply-and-demand note from Eugene, there is another reason why it costs so much more money to get a U-Haul truck outbound than inbound. U-Haul sees it likely that trucks inbound to Milwaukee will return to their points of origin full and paid for by somebody using that truck, while it sees it likeky that trucks outbound from Milwaukee will need to have somebody paid by U-Haul to return that truck to Milwaukee.
I believe former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson said it best: “When the last company leaves Wisconsin, please turn off the lights.” Of course, with the Doyle/Spendocrat “energy” plan, it is likely that the lights will be off before that happens.
Revisions/extensions (12:10 pm 3/30/2009) - In the comments, HeatherRadish suggested looking up one-way rates between Milwaukee and places like Detroit, Buffalo, Philadelphia and LA. These are all for pickup of a 26′ U-Haul truck on 4/4/2009:
Milwaukee-to-Detroit – $542
Detroit-to-Milwaukee – $735
Milwaukee-to-Buffalo – $997
Buffalo-to-Milwaukee – $720
Milwaukee-to-Philadelphia – $956
Philadelphia-to-Milwaukee – $1,072
Milwaukee-to-Los Angeles – $1,788
Los Angeles-to-Milwaukee – $2,026