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Old 05-12-2012, 05:24 PM   #15
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Ran into a deal like this 20 years ago,, Had a pu go down on me while far from home.. Had a trailer to haul the broken pu,,, but needed a TV... Got on the phone and started to call all the used pu lots in the area.. Times were slow and as it turned out a dealer had a nice 1 ton needing to go to Denver.. Worked out a deal to haul my pu home,, and get there pu onto Denver.. My cost was the gas to drive it 250 miles once I dropped off my pu,, and got a ride back home from my wife..

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Old 05-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #16
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Being a weekend, we might have a hard time confirming it, but I'm pretty sure there are contract haulers that tow travel trailers, not just motor homes.


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Old 05-12-2012, 07:57 PM   #17
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I am in complete agreement with Gary. I live in Charleston and have made the trip to Knoxville (without a trailer in tow). Coming from Knoxville, you would probably take US441, I-40, and 1-26. You would be traveling a large part of your trip through the Great Smokey Mountains, while a beautiful drive some of the grades are pretty steep. I would not even think about towing a 3 ton trailer without trailer brakes through this terrain. Once you get past Greenville, SC, it flattens out substantially, though. Hire it out unless you can get your hands on a truck with a brake controller and a proper hitch set up.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:34 PM   #18
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Thank you, lots of useful ideas and info there.
I'm amazed how tricky this would seem to be ?
I'll try the Hertz equipment rental tomorrow, that name crops up a bit, but failing that it looks like a hauler is the way forward.
We have a thing in the UK called Shiply ? This is kind of like ebay but for logistics. Haulers and private drivers or anybody going from A to B will bid for a load or to tow a trailer or move a car or what ever it may be. Works really well. The drivers are left feedback the same as ebay. Does this exist in the US ?
I looked at one company called Horizon but I've not heard back from them yet.
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:27 PM   #19
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #20
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Thanks Richard, that looks like the sort of thing. Cheers
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:30 PM   #21
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One other idea....and not sure what your budget is....but you could have a trucker with a lowboy or flatbed trailer just load the Airstream onto his flatbed and haul it for you with a Kenworth/Peterbilt/Freightliner.

Once I used Allied Van Lines to move cross country. The trucker told me that, for $600, he'd haul my '69 Dodge Charger clear across the country. He made the cross country trek about once every few weeks, and sometimes he hauled empty. He was basically an independant trucker subcontracting to Allied. But at any rate, you could find a guy who's going the right way and is looking for a few jingles in his pocket to just load the whole thing up and haul it. You wouldn't have to worry about brakes, etc. at all.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:08 PM   #22
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Thank you Jim, i'd considered that but didn't know where to look really. Backloads we call that here and they're easy to find but I'm out of depth on your side of the pond. Maybe I'll look at Allied Van Lines then. Cheers.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:18 PM   #23
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Any luck on getting your trailer picked up and towed. I know I have been known to take a job like this. It gets me away from the shop occasionally.

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