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Old 12-08-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Transporting a trailer cross country

Hello out there....anyone have experience with any company(s) that can/will transport travel trailers across multiple states?

My preference would be NOT to have it towed....flat decked or otherwise.

If there other options available, I would be interested in knowing.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 12-08-2018, 05:59 PM   #2
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Transport a TT

I'd suggest calling a BOAT transportation co..they seem to be able to haul even big fixed-keel (tall) sailboats w ease.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:14 PM   #3
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Do an on line search for RV transport companies. There are several. Tell them you want it hauled, not towed. Get a quote. Verify insurance.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:34 PM   #4
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its a trailer, why wouldn't you tow it or have it towed ? taking turns driving my wife and I made it from Reno, NV to Dallas TX in 26 hours including gas and meal stops.

if its under 7'6" wide at the widest point, it WILL fit in a shipping container or a semi trailer... securely strap down the wheels and the frame... I'd tape shipping blankets over the trailer sides as it likely will move on its own suspension... but trucking something that way is expensive.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:58 PM   #5
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FYI, so you have a ballpark $:


Escape uses a contractor to deliver trailers all over North America. "The cost for delivery is calculated at a rate of $3.00/mile for a single delivery. If we are able to combine deliveries two trailer will receive a discount of $0.20/mile. (Updated 19Sept2018)"
I assume that price is CAD, which would be $2.25 a mile USD.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:32 AM   #6
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towing a new TT

FWIW we picked up our new Casita at the factory in Rice TX last April and towed her home to central 10aC w our new tow vehicle we'd just bought..2017 Frontier double cab, V6, longbed truck w factory tow pkg and Csasita-installed anti-sway system installed. Camped 3 nice nights on the way back incl a real beautiful drive up the Natchez Trace Pkwy bkz it is within 2 miles of our home! No problemo and a good "shakedown" for us.

We are old "tenters" and so this was our first trailer, but we had a ball. Packed so much "gear" that we musta looked like the modern rendition of the Beverly Hillbillies! ;-)
The TV-TT combo was fine and we were glad we had the 14" longer wheel base w the "long bed"...she towed real well and w the anti-sway bar installed, we had zero trouble, as we have also had none in 6000 miles of towing all this camping season. Note: we stay at the 60 mph tow speed as the factory recommended.
IMHO I wd consider self-towing again.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:33 AM   #7
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Call Joan or her sone at Eclipse Transport and see if she can help you.

I have used her for years for my many transport needs all across the country.

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #8
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We have looked like that with several rigs we have owned over the years! Probably would now if we pulled with a pickup instead of a Tahoe.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:37 AM   #9
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I had a quote on transporting a motorcycle from Las Vegas to Dallas and it was $700 and about a two week time frame.
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:38 PM   #10
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I tried to buy a Burro, on the West Coast and have it shipped to the East Coast. Most shipping companies are brokers and this is usually outside their comfort zone so expect exorbitant fees, such as $5K. Two possibilities exist if you are patient and the dispatchers are creative. If a token tow (tug) vehicle is available at each drop off a trailer can be loaded on a car carrier attached to a momentary tug. Another possibility is construction trailers which handle odd cargo on flat beds or containers Or both. Ther doesn't seem to be any direct way. I have met a gypsy sort of tow fellow but don't have any contact information. I hope this helps.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:04 PM   #11
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Try uship.com - I've used their broker service to move antique tractors and trailers on flatbeds all over the Western USA and never had a problem. Last haul was Denver, Colorado to Portland Oregon (1300 miles) for $950; took 3 days (in the middle of a January snowstorm!)
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:32 AM   #12
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Russ,
Me and my young boys are always looking for an adventure if you opted to have it towed. Where is the trailer and where do you need it to go.
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Hello out there....anyone have experience with any company(s) that can/will transport travel trailers across multiple states?

My preference would be NOT to have it towed....flat decked or otherwise.

If there other options available, I would be interested in knowing.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 12-15-2018, 05:24 PM   #13
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Try uship.com broker. Have used them for over 10 years to move antique tractors and campers on a flatbed service with zero issues.
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:36 PM   #14
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I tried to buy a Burro, on the West Coast and have it shipped to the East Coast. Most shipping companies are brokers and this is usually outside their comfort zone so expect exorbitant fees, such as $5K.aul

Actually, $5k coast to coast is roughly $2 per mile. Does not sound ridiculous. If you drove and picked it up, figure 5,000 miles of wear and tear and gas. Ten days of your time, hotels, food, etc. now if you make it an adventure, then the cost is just part of the trip.
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:50 PM   #15
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Actually, $5k coast to coast is roughly $2 per mile. Does not sound ridiculous. If you drove and picked it up, figure 5,000 miles of wear and tear and gas. Ten days of your time, hotels, food, etc. now if you make it an adventure, then the cost is just part of the trip.
The IRS mileage rate this year is 54.5 cents per mile for the vehicle use alone. Your time and other expenses are not included.
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:34 AM   #16
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We had our Escape transported from Washington to Michigan
good service and rate. Check out Young Transport on Facebook and u-Haul.
Tell Brent that Doug in Michigan gave you the number
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:35 AM   #17
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Actually, $5k coast to coast is roughly $2 per mile. Does not sound ridiculous. If you drove and picked it up, figure 5,000 miles of wear and tear and gas. Ten days of your time, hotels, food, etc. now if you make it an adventure, then the cost is just part of the trip.
Thank you for the many replies. Fortunately we do not have to consider the option of shipping a trailer from the midwest since (unfortunatley) the deal could not be done.

You are right...the adventure of going there and bringing it back to the west coast through the southern states would have been great...especially since we are into doom and gloom of grey skies and rain in Vancouver.

But....as some have commented in other posts....the exchange rate was the ultimate killer....and the figures didn't "add up" when compared to buying new.

Thanks again everyone...hope the input from others can assist someone in the end.

Merry Xmas

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Old 06-30-2019, 06:50 PM   #18
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FYI, so you have a ballpark $:
Escape uses a contractor to deliver trailers all over North America. "The cost for delivery is calculated at a rate of $3.00/mile for a single delivery. If we are able to combine deliveries two trailer will receive a discount of $0.20/mile. (Updated 19Sept2018)" I assume that price is CAD, which would be $2.25 a mile USD.
Quick follow-up - Escape uses Embassy Logistics out of Calgary for deliveries, and their driver, Torrey (really nice guy), delivered our 21' to us in Alabama back in February 2017. I contacted ETI and Torrey directly to see if they could transport our 17 foot EggCamper from Alabama to Colorado on a back-haul. Turns out they can't because Embassy Logistic's transport license permits them to ship: 1) all over Canada, 2) from Canada to the US, and 3) from the US to Canada, but 4) NOT between locations (pick up and drop off) within the US. I guess if we were willing to have them transport our EggCamper from Alabama to Canada, then from Canada to Colorado, that might be legal in a weird, round-about and expensive way. But I think I'd rather just hitch it up and tow it there myself. That said, anyone have any good suggestions for transporting a bumper pull RV halfway across the country other than USHIP which has been thoroughly discussed in several threads?
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an eggcamper could easily be loaded on a flatbed truck rather than towed, for that matter.
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