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Old 01-31-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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Ship scamp from east coast to west coast

Hello all,

We are moving from DC to San Francisco, and just bought our new scamp last year which we want to bring with us. I am trying to avoid towing it myself. Does anyone have any experience in shipping scamp cross country ? Would love to hear any tips and how to go about finding a company that does transport a camper. Also any thoughts on how much it might cost ?

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Old 01-31-2016, 08:21 PM   #2
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Try this site

You should be able to get it across country for about $500

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Old 01-31-2016, 08:24 PM   #3
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You beat me to it, i was also gonna recommend Uship.
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Another vote for UShip. I've used them twice for travel trailers and 3 times to ship antique tractors.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:43 PM   #5
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Thank you all. Will give them a try. $500 seems very low, but I am not complaining
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Thank you all. Will give them a try. $500 seems very low, but I am not complaining
Shipped a Casita from Denver Colorado to Portland Oregon in winter and the bill was $900. Gave the trucker a $50 tip on top of that.
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:26 PM   #7
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The problem shipping a trailer is you will need a specific type of transport with a centre track for the tounge wheel. This will increase your cost considerably
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:31 PM   #8
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You just need to be concerned if your trailer is being shipped on a flat bed, or is being towed behind a motor vehicle. Whatever your comfort level is for whatever you're paying...


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Old 01-31-2016, 10:04 PM   #9
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I don't know about shipping a trailer but I want to say "Welcome to San Francisco, my hometown!". Another question you might want to ask is "Where can I store my trailer?". If you want to discuss this, send me a PM, private message.
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You just need to be concerned if your trailer is being shipped on a flat bed, or is being towed behind a motor vehicle. Whatever your comfort level is for whatever you're paying...


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The $900 for shipping my Casita was on a flatbed trailer. The trucker just winched it up backwards onto the flatbed, then when we met at a large parking lot I just backed my truck up onto the flatbed, hitched up the trailer, and drove off. Super simple.
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The $900 for shipping my Casita was on a flatbed trailer. The trucker just winched it up backwards onto the flatbed, then when we met at a large parking lot I just backed my truck up onto the flatbed, hitched up the trailer, and drove off. Super simple.
That sounds like a sweet and easy way to get it off the trailer Charlie. How did the hitch wheel work out, any damage? I think maybe having a jack stand with a ball on top locked into the coupler would stand up to the motion better than the wheel or wood cribbing under the coupler. I probably over thinking it.....
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No wood cribbing or hitch wheel. Trucker just put down the hitch jack and strapped down the Casita frame to the trailer. No problem.
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:26 AM   #13
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I often hear a rate of $1 per mile, that may just be someone's rough estimate. If you go the uShip route you have to decide if you want a licensed and insured carrier or someone providing the service without either. The license is a federal motor carrier and the insurance is usually a certificate of insurance the carrier will provide. If you have it shipped check with your insurance to see what coverage you have.

I am not favoring one carrier over the other, just showing the difference.
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It is 2,800+ miles from DC to San Francisco. The maximum legal length for a semi trailer is 53 feet. The maximum legal height for a load is 13.5 feet. A regular flatbed deck is in the area of 54 inches off the ground. I don't know how long or how tall your trailer is but it would take up that amount of room on a trailer deck. I doubt that three of them could be put on a 53 foot trailer. It would also probably result in an over height load unless the trailer was a "drop deck" trailer. Those have deck heights of 32 to 40 inches. Hiring a semi is going to cost well over $2.00 per mile. If you can find an LTL (less than truck load) carrier they could transport your partial load and find another partial load of some kind of freight going the same direction. You pay a premium for LTL freight. If you can get it done for $1.00 per mile you will be very lucky. With gas prices low and if you get 13 to 14 miles per gallon you could make the trip for around $400 fuel costs. I would tow it myself, stay at truck stops, Wal-Marts, state parks, etc, and make it a fun enjoyable trip.
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