Are you interested in shipping an RV? We can give you great, competitive RV shipping rates that trump the competition! But there are some things that you should know and understand about shipping a recreational vehicle, starting with what exactly you’re looking to ship.

The term recreational vehicle, or RV, is a pretty broad one. RV’s include both motorized and non-motorized trailer homes, whereas the term “motor home” specifically references RV’s that can move under their own power.

Understanding how shipping an RV works – and how RV shipping rates work – is important. Luckily, we’re here to make it easy.

RV Shipping RatesRV shipping rates – factors that affect them

When you ship an RV, there are going to be several factors that will impact your prices.

Size of the RV. How big your recreational vehicle is will impact your pricing. Smaller RV’s will cost less to ship than bigger ones. Travel trailers, or other non-motorized RV’s, may cost less depending on the size. Prices will also go up if you are shipping the vehicle you haul your non-motorized RV with.

What type of RV you are shipping. Most non-motorized RV’s will be towed rather than shipped. This is a lot easier and cheaper because all that’s needed is a truck that can attach to the trailer. For motorized RV’s, or trailers that also need their tow vehicles shipped, a flatbed hauler is often used.

How far it’s traveling. RV prices tend to be about $3 per mile over 1,000 miles, and about $1 per mile for anything less than 1,000 miles. Using these as a first impression is good, but other factors such as size and the type of RV will affect your price as well.

Where you’re shipping from and to. Pickup and delivery locations close to major interstates cost less to ship to or from than those that don’t. If you’re shipping on a budget, think about moving your pickup or delivery locations to easier areas for carriers to access.

Preparing to ship your RV

Whether your RV is motorized or not, there are some things you can do to prep the vehicle for shipment.

Lock all cabinets and doors. By securing any and all cabinets and doors, you prevent damage to the interior during transport.

Disconnect power and gas lines. Doing this will reduce the chances your RV is damaged during transport.

Secure slide-outs. Unsecured slide-outs could be jarred loose during transport and cause damage to the RV.

Ensure it is running, if it is motorized. Make sure to check the battery and spark plugs. Ensure that the brakes work, as well as the parking brake and turn signals.

Remove any unsecured items. Things can and likely will shift during transport. Remove any unsecured items, even those in cabinets that are locked.

Get great RV shipping rates with American Auto Shipping

To get the most out of your RV transportation experience, make sure to start with American Auto Shipping. Using the Heavy Equipment quote request form will get you a free, no-hassle quote to ship your RV today. Our rates are built to move your RV when you need it to move.

Or, you can contact us over the phone at 800-930-7417 to speak to an agent. Remember to have the year, make and model of your RV on hand. Dimensions would likely help as well – you can get those in the owner’s manual, and some may have it near the door of the RV.

But no matter what you’re shipping, we at American Auto Shipping can help you get it done. So use our form or give us a call and find out how you can save money and get great services to ship your RV today.