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Old 07-13-2018, 07:04 PM   #1
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Transporting a Bigfoot trailer

I am in the process of purchasing a 17' Bigfoot trailer. My challenge at this point is how to get the trailer from Indianapolis to Spokane, WA - approximately 1,900 miles. Taking a round trip road trip to get it home would ultimately take 10 days so my preference is to look at other options.I am able to go as far east as Billings Montana to reduce the east to west journey of a transporter so am flexible. Creative ideas anyone?
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:43 PM   #2
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Try Uship
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:33 AM   #3
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A little over a year ago Iíd offer to get it if you covered expenses...but Iíve got a more regular job now. If you move in the right circles Iím sure you know someone who knows someone who knows a person with a truck who does this type of stuff. I see pickups hauling trailers with 2 to 4 vehicles fairly often, and Iím assuming a lot, but they look to me like a pickup/delivery service for sometimes used car lots, sometimes maybe private individuals who bought at auctions or online.

In any case congratulations on the Bigfoot! I hope you got a good one. I love mine.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #4
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I've seen ads on craigslist for transport services. A friend bought a big 5th wheel camper in North Carolina and the dealer arranged shipping to upstate NY, so check with some RV dealers as they probably know people that will do it.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:29 AM   #5
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I just did a quick google search for camper trailer transport companies and several options came up. Uship was listed several times. Note that some of those I found are probably brokers and do not do the transport themselves. That is what Uship is basically.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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There’s ads on Spokane craigslist for RV transport. Also I know on some of the the fiberglass fb pages people spoke of small companies they have used to transport, one was Young transport, has a fb page and apparently on Uship to transport a new Escape and a Scamp.
How exciting for you, congratulations.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:38 AM   #7
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Big Thank You

Thank you for all of the suggestions. I am going to follow up on those this morning. I actually hadn't thought of Craigs List or the local RV dealers. I did put a bid in for UShip. Only one bid on Spokane for the tune of 2,600 and change. Several responded to Billings Montana (a 14 hour round trip for me to meet them.) No one was under 1,750. "Gas ain't cheap" which is a valid comment for the bidder to Spokane.

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Old 07-14-2018, 09:18 PM   #8
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What size is the Bigfoot?
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:19 PM   #9
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Forget my last, I see itís 17 ft.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:23 PM   #10
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I may have an interest, how soon do u want it in Spokane?
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:17 PM   #11
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Bigfoot Transport

I do not have a sense of urgency in getting it here but I would need to know quickly and a ball park price. PM me if you are interested.

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Old 07-15-2018, 05:18 PM   #12
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And if we're going this route, please get references for the person, and write a contract, signed, with a witness.
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:53 PM   #13
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Zach, I possibly missed a post but thought you said you were not readily available. Please PM me. I am happy to talk further.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:43 PM   #14
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Here are a few things to think about:



The operative word in "travel trailer" IS travel. I would just go get it myself and make it a really enjoyable trip. Since it is twice as far as Billings it would be twice as enjoyable. That being said, a really important thing to be sure of is insurance while it is being transported. No individual you find on Craigslist is going to be licensed to transport freight (which is what it would be) or have cargo insurance. Persons in that business have to have a DOT number, fuel tax stickers and keep a log book to prove they only drove 11 hours and took a 10 hour break etc. Then what is the plan if a wheel bearing goes out and a wheel comes off of the trailer while someone else is pulling it?



There are trucking companies that do LTL (less than load) shipments. It would only take up part of a 53' flatbed trailer that had ramps to allow vehicles to be loaded. That would leave room for whatever other vehicles or freight. Then there are companies that transport RVs exclusively and meet DOT requirements. Either one is going to charge over $2.00 per mile.
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