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Old 07-27-2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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How do RVs get delivered?

I was just thinking. You go down the road and see an RV dealer --- Airstream or SOB. There's a bunch of rigs there. How do they get there from the factory? I have never seen them on a flat bed truck or train for that matter. Anyone know how these things get to where they are?

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Old 07-27-2009, 10:23 PM   #2
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Most are just towed from the plant to the dealer.



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Old 07-27-2009, 10:31 PM   #3
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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So when I see a new Airstream on the road, it might just be a factory delivery instead of some lucky owner?
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Old 07-27-2009, 10:54 PM   #5
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Very interesting, never thought about it, but there are so many at so many dealers.
Does make you wonder.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:09 PM   #6
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I live close to a couple of trailer plants, Fleetwood and Nash.
I quite often saw two or three trailers at a time hauled off on flatbeds.
At least I did until the economy tanked. Nash is still in business, Fleetwood is gone.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:52 AM   #7
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Most trailers, except the really small ones are towed to dealers by private individuals who lease their services to a transport company.
I have been doing this part time for the last ten years. (not for airstream)
and have been in every state except of course Hawaii and a lot of Canada.
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:59 AM   #8
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We were in West YellowStone last spring. We met two couples who were ferrying two motor homes to Alaska from the factory in North Carolina. They had 11 days to get to final stop in Ancorage, the drivers picked the route. They got paid on the delivery and reimbursed for fuel and any repairs, plus a one way plane ticket home. Any days over the allowed amount they paid as if they were renting the rig. Do not remember the company.


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Old 07-28-2009, 05:21 AM   #9
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:23 AM   #10
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As I understand it, dealers can either choose to have them delivered by towing or delivered by truck. The dealer we bought out trailer from insisted that they be flat-bed truck delivered to minimize wear and tear during the long trip from the Bigfoot factory to the Chicago area. I would presume that Airstream dealers have a similar choice.

Usually when trailers are towed from the factory to a dealership, they're towed by a commercial entity who have signs on the doors of the truck advertising their towing service. Whether that's a requirement or they do it for advertising probably varies from state to state, but you see a lot of them on I-80 running west from Elkhart, Indiana especially in the spring when the dealers are stocking up.

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i was at the mother ship on thursday. i was told that almost all are towed except sometimes the smaller ones get multiples towed on a flatbed trailer.
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Anything over 28' long will typically be towed. Shorter than that they CAN be hauled on a truck (except 5th wheels) but most are still towed. There are a few trucks called "haul and tow" that have a 25' flatbed with dovetail and ramps that "haul" one camper and "tow" another behind the truck. Usually this is done when there are two campers going to the same dealer that will fit on and behind the truck. Campers can't be hauled on a regular semi truck flatbed because they would then be over the legal limit of 13'6" in height. A few FEMA campers were sent by train to Louisiana but for regular shipping it is not practical simply because of shipping logistics.

The company I drive for has about 1000 drivers delivering campers, boats, horse trailers, mobile cell phone towers, motor homes, delivery trucks (UPS, Frito Lay, etc.). Some drivers are full time like myself and others are "just every once in a while". Anyone interested in driving can look at the recruiting page of Horizon Transport Inc. .

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Old 08-01-2009, 07:58 AM   #14
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They are towed to us from the factory.

If you get two small ones coming at the same time, sometimes they put them on a flat bed.


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