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Old 05-29-2015, 11:57 PM   #15
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We just used Mark the Airstream guy to transport our near perfect '57 Bubble from CA to TN. Disastrous results; he let the door fly into the trailer during transport, creating an ugly dent in 3 panels. Now we are having a terrible time finding an expert to fix it.

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:24 PM   #16
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Airstream and TV shipping

Does anyone have experience with a company that will drive your rig across the country?

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Old 08-15-2016, 02:32 PM   #17
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Just got a quote from East Missouri to Phx for $1800. that was a little to high for us.

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Old 08-15-2017, 10:57 AM   #18
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Following this thread and will check out to the uship option. Looking to move a trailer from Birmingham Al area to SW Va off Rt 81 and being quoted a ridiculous price of roughly $4 per mile. Am guessing the price went up as soon as they asked for a description of the trailer and I mentioned it was an Airstream.
If anyone has any ideas for what is essentially Rt 81 through most of west Tenn, would certainly welcome your thoughts.
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Old 08-15-2017, 08:30 PM   #19
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I'd not use U-Ship.

See my post #5 above.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:40 AM   #20
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The entrepreneur in me says this forum could use a section where Airstreamers can post a move they want to do and members could respond to it. I've moved a half dozen cars over the past 7 years and found very mixed results. The brokers are awful for the reasons specified above. For cars, I have a national enclosed mover and I just pay a bit more. For airstream you need someone who understands these are low clearance trailers with the pensive aluminum panels. Thus the members helping members idea.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:20 AM   #21
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Or maybe just start with a thread that provides:

- origin - destination
- contact info for companies or individuals you have personally contracted with to move your trailer
- 1-5 rating
- costs
- comments
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:43 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Rowdycat View Post
I learned about an operation called "uShip" the other day. It's has some connection with eBay and allows multiple shippers to bid on your shipment.
Is that the bunch that the reality show "Shipping Wars" is based on?
I hope the show is staged, because the "stars" are all goofballs.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:42 AM   #23
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I used U-ship successfully a few years back. It wasn't cheap, but you're moving 4,000 or 5,000 pounds, in my case across country, and that ain't cheap no matter who does it.

The driver who towed for me was awesome. He took very good care of th trailer. A wing window broke, but seeing as the axles were totally worn out on a 40-year-old trialer, I don't think that was his fault. He offered to pay for a new window, I would not let him. When he picked up this antique, he regreased the hubs, and bought new tires for it (I paid for htose, too, but he took it to a tire store and got me a good deal). The exterior hatches were at risk on my old trailer, and the driver ran straps aroudn the whole trailer to keep them in place. He removed the propane tanks and strapped tehm down inside the trailer. The guy was overall awesome.

On U-ship, you can also specify if you want the trailer put on a flatbed rather than towed. YOu could even specify enclosed storage if you wanted, and if you knew the trailer's dimensions. It's all about how much effort YOU put into telling a driver/hauler what you want, and being willing to pay for the service you demand.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:59 PM   #24
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Wanting to follow-up as just completed a 500 mile move using UShip.
I am not sure how to rate them, but overall, the end result was very good.
The process not so good, but UShip was right there on the phone assisting which made all the difference.
I booked three weeks ago using specific dates that I needed the move to take place on a certain day and deliver on a certain day. Hindsight you may need to bold type anything important like that since I think the carriers are simply looking at the - from and to.
After 2 days, the bids came down from $1500 to $600 and I accepted a fellow that offered a decent bid, but only had two prior references.
I had sent him two emails advising of details and roughly 1.5weeks after I heard from him last, I called him and left a voice mail. The next day he called me back and said he was on the road and would be there in time (Alabama), but was in Montana. I was having doubts. The next day I called him and asked how he had progressed and he advised me he was in Montana. I suggested it was a big state, but not 20 hours big. He said the day before he meant to say he was on his way to Montana....
So with 26 hours of non-stop driving ahead of him and 28-30 hours before he had to do the pickup, I suggested we forget about it. He insisted he could make it, but I insisted it was too much of a deadline to push his safety and I doubted he could make it and couldn't take the chance. He reluctantly agreed.
I called UShip and they were very professional and immediately relisted my offer. It seems that there are more bids within 24-36 hours of shipping, possibly for last minute opportunities, but I had 6 bids in 15 mins. One happened to have over 500 references and a clean score of 5 out of 5. I booked him and his price was almost the same as the other fellow.
Long story shorter, he picked up on time, was quite efficient and courteous based on the comments of the PO. He met me exactly on time at a place halfway between Alabama and home and turned the trailer over in excellent condition.
I was a bit tired when we said good bye and still had to install a WDH and 4 tires, but I seem to recall him saying his rate typically is $1-$1.50 per mile based on where he is asked to go and what he has lined up. His TV is a full size long bed Toyota Tundra and he said he is good for most travel trailers.

He gave me a card, but will need to see if I can find that, if anyone is interested. Assume folks can PM me if you need to contact him and I will look for it.
He said most of his work is east of the Mississippi, but he does head out to the west coast 2-3 times a year. Seem to recall him saying he has been doing this for 30 years and was previously a machinist, but tired of working without windows. I would qualify him as a professional and intelligent individual.

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