Auto Transport Tips: Some Tips on RV Transportation
Shipping an RV, or recreational vehicle, is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Recreational vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from full-size conversion vans to small travel trailers to giant motor homes that are 48′ long. No matter what type of RV you’re shipping, challenges come with the concept, and in this blog post we’ll go over some of the things that you can do to make it easier on yourself when shipping your recreational vehicle. We’ll focus on travel trailers and motor homes in this one – conversion vans are still full-size vans, which means most standard carriers can handle them with ease as they aren’t incredibly large.
The biggest difference between travel trailers and motor homes is that trailers have to be towed while motor homes have an attached cab with an engine house – it can drive itself. These are the harder of the two to ship, as their long stature, high ride height and sheer weight make them unable to fit on most carriers. Of course, travel trailers suffer from the same thing, but they can’t be driven under their own power so they need something towing them. Travel trailer shipment is usually done that way – someone will hitch it to the back of their truck and tow it. Motor homes have to be loaded onto a flatbed hauler, usually a long one. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time and a robust budget when shipping your RV – it’s an expensive and time-consuming task. Normally we recommend at least a week of lead time for your shippers between when you book and when you want it picked up; we recommend doubling or even tripling that for a motor home or travel trailer.
Note please that it takes time to find a carrier that has the capability of hauling a travel trailer or a motor home because they aren’t commonly seen on a transport rig. The expense comes from the size and weight – they take up a lot of room and cost carriers a lot more than a standard car or truck in fuel, so keep that in mind. Is it doable? Of course. But you need to be aware that it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg more like than not and that it’s going to take two to four weeks to ship. For free quotes, you can fill out our online quote request form or give us a call at our toll-free number to have questions answered and quotes given to you absolutely free.