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Buying That First RV Long Distance
Shipping the RV
The Auto Transport industry is highly competitive. Hiring the cheapest ride may not be the safest way to transport your RV. You will be handing off a valuable asset to a stranger.
Some big plan-changers can be the weather, mechanical difficulties, road construction delays, and illness. Be prepared to make adjustments. Staying in touch with the driver via the Internet can save hassles and stress; not all shippers have this capability.
Here are the important issues:
The website for verification is listed below.
StatewayAuto.com is a Transport Broker/Carrier highly rated by Consumer Affairs. They only transport RVs via flatbed trailer (length limit). The liability should be considerably less than being towed or driven. Stateway confirms the assignment with a carrier/driver, gives you the estimated delivery fee and requests a flat-rate deposit of $195 (broker's fee). The carrier contacts you with a contract to be signed and receives the balance of the quoted fee upon delivery (cash or money order). Insurance covers door-to-door, limited to $100,000. Customer Online Tracking available.
Stateway Auto Transport MC and DOT#'s:
AmeriFreight.net is a Transport Broker and highly rated by Consumer Affairs. They may not be the cheapest, but the reviews indicate they are reliable. On this website is a video that describes their policies. Get the carrier's DOT and MC numbers to verify their status.
The most popular shipping company for recreational vehicles in the USA is UShip.com. The cheapest bids are found here, but due diligence is required. Insurance coverage should be verified along with any reviews on the carrier. This website is really a network of carriers/drivers that bid on your project. There is no brokerage presence here, so you are on your own. Make your best deal; make the smallest deposit possible, the balance in cash on delivery. Get the carrier's DOT and MC numbers to verify their status. There is no customer online tracking.
Some information from the UShip website:
Transporting your RV with uShip is the best way to get it wherever it needs to go. Maybe you would like somebody to drive your RV to its destination, or maybe you would like to save the mileage on your RV and have it transported on a trailer. Whichever method or carrier you choose, it can be simple and affordable to have your RV transported.
RV Transport may appear to be a complicated process, but in most cases it is as easy as shipping any other kind of auto transport. By allowing a few weeks to choose a transporter, make arrangements, and prepare your RV for transport, you can be sure that the entire process goes smoothly.
When transporting an RV, consider important issues such as proper licensing, RV insurance coverage, and questions to ask. You can ask a RV transporter to tow or drive your RV, depending on what type or classification it is.
Preparing an RV for transport does not take long, but it is very important, because RVs are complex vehicles that could be damaged during transport. A categorized checklist is very useful for preparation.
Finally, before handing off your RV to a transporter, you should check that your RV is covered in case of an accident or damage. This is as simple as asking about RV transport insurance and checking RV transporter qualifications against public records. Understanding an RV shipping contract and insurance issues will protect you in case of an accident.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
For Safety Records: https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/
Verify Insurance: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/
Dealing with a Transport Broker
Along with carrier/drivers, there are also Transport Brokers involved in this industry. You may get calls from them as well as carrier/drivers.
Brokers charge an extra fee for their services. The brokerage fee can range from $50 to $400, usually tacked onto the deposit amount. After receiving the quote, ask for the broker fee amount.
Using a broker is optional; they do have the ability to reach out to drivers actually on the road and offer your contract to them that could result in lower fees. Brokers may also discount their fee to get your business.
Keep in mind that Brokers are not under any obligation to get your vehicle to its destination. Deposits are often non-refundable. Make sure they have contracted a carrier/driver before signing a contract and paying a deposit. Once a carrier contacts you, the broker is out of the picture with no liability.
Read this blog at MoveCars.com. Most of your questions are answered:
READ YOUR CONTRACT CAREFULLY!!! And, do not rely on any verbal promises from your car transport company.
After you sign your contract, your car transport company will ALWAYS refer you to the contract for any complaints you may have, including the cost to cancel your shipment.
The main thing to look for is a clause that says there is no guaranteed pickup or delivery date. Even though most cars are delivered by car transport companies within the expected time frame, most will not guarantee a delivery date.
You can ask for the following things to protect yourself against verbal promises that you would have otherwise relied upon:
To find out more about how the shipping industry works, watch these Youtube videos:
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