Auto Transport Tips: Preparing a Dually Truck for Transport
Dually pickup trucks (also known as “duly” pickups) are large, heavy-duty pickup trucks with four rear tires instead of two (as most standard automobiles have). In addition to additional tires, dually pickup trucks also come with heavy-duty shocks, brakes, suspension and more, in order to handle heavier loads.
Dually pickups are popular particularly in the construction industry, where workers will have to carry around tools, equipment and supplies quite often in their line of work. Typically dually trucks are reserved for the larger pickup models within a given line – for instance, the GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD models both support dual wheels in the back.
When it comes to transporting a dually truck, though, there are a few things you need to be aware of, as said factors will likely have a direct impact on your price, carrier availability and pickup/delivery times. Most dually trucks will be able to fit on a standard car transport carrier, though the longer and bigger ones may not.
Sometimes, dually trucks require a flatbed transport carrier in order to haul them, and those can be difficult to find if your area is not a popular auto shipping area. Shipping larger duallys is generally easier out of major metro areas, as there are usually more carriers in the area and thus a wider selection of companies that are able to do it – who’s willing to, on the other hand, is a different story, so keep that in mind as well.
Not all car transporters haul duallys, either because they can’t or they won’t. Some don’t like them for their size, other their weight, and still others more because they’re a pain to load and unload.
This doesn’t mean that shipping a dually is impossible; on the contrary, it’s just going to cost more. Auto shippers run largely on incentive – if there’s two different vehicles traveling along the same route, and one is paying $200 more than the other, then the carrier is going to want to haul the one for $200 more.
This is partly why dually shipping is so expensive; in addition to the extra size, weight and bulk, an auto shipper, if presented with a car or a dually on the same route for the same price, will always – always – ship the car. They’re less of a hassle.
So many shipping companies, when giving quotes, take this into account and add extra to the initial price, in order to compensate for the larger vehicle and its unpopularity amongst shippers. For more information about shipping a dually pickup truck, give us a call. We can also give you a free quote right over the phone and even help you place an order if you’re ready to ship. You can also fill out our online quote form to get an instant quote to ship your vehicle.