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Old 10-28-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
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Need to get a M/H from FL to CA... Options?

I have be asked how to ship a 24' M/H from Florida to California...
Ideas or Companies?
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:26 AM   #2
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #3
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It runs, but needs tires/radiator/brakes.. been sitting a while from what I understand, so new owner does not want to drive it that distance.
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Must be a pretty cool coach to consider shipping it cross-country. Wonder what the railroad charges these days, though a low-boy deadhead would prolly be cheaper.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:32 PM   #5
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Cost of shipping and it would still need new tires, radiator and brakes, why not get the stuff and have a great trip across the country. This time of year better make it the southern route.
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I know to ship a boat down the east cost with no wide load or any other permits is about 6k so I would think that finding a good shop and putting that 6 to 8k for parts/ labor would be the route I would go. I would not worry about systems on the inside living space just stay in hotels and eat out on the way....
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:48 PM   #7
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Mike, I am looking for options, and its looking VERY expensive...

Dave, and AirRowen, Thats what I would do and have done....
Indeed, thats what am trying to put together for someone else.
How this works out, will be up to the owner. I am just doing the research, and looking at options.

Somehow, I seem to have become something of an expert on these things....
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:40 PM   #8
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Mike, I am looking for options, and its looking VERY expensive...Somehow, I seem to have become something of an expert on these things....
What, is Vinnie starting a mo/ho restoration business? The long-haulers do a deal with boats and wrap them in white plastic. If I had deep pockets, that's what I'd do, if I knew someone out here that was a pro-from-dover about these old dears. Oh, by the way, you ARE becoming somewhat of of a expert, whether you like it or not.
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Well, the Airstream "expertise" comes on the back of years of tinkering...
Wow, anyone would think I had become a Rivet Master or something!
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I would think that there are brokers that are in touch with truckers that are heading back to the coast empty, but the insurance situation could be interesting, that's a rather tall rig on a flatbed. Keep us informed.
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First let me say I know nothing about this company except that today Colonial Airstream gave me the name and told me that they can ship Airstreams from New Jersey to California. With that said the link is weship.com: The Leading We Ship Site on the Net. You need to check them out because I have not yet used them. Shiny Drag-on
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I really agree with the guys that suggest putting the money in it to get it road worthy and enjoy the cross country trip.

Last August I found mine in Seattle. Flew out and looked at it, came home and made an offer, flew out the next day and bought it. Topped of the tank, checked the fluids, took a deep breath, and pointed it toward Colorado. We stopped at a Walmart in Spokane and bought some cheap sleeping bags, pillows, and provisions. Ran flawlessly and we had a great trip through Yellowstone.
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What, is Vinnie starting a mo/ho restoration business? The long-haulers do a deal with boats and wrap them in white plastic. If I had deep pockets, that's what I'd do, if I knew someone out here that was a pro-from-dover about these old dears. Oh, by the way, you ARE becoming somewhat of of a expert, whether you like it or not.

No Mikey.. I told you Im a trailer guy. But seriously if someone could look it over in Florida and make only the repairs that affect the drivetrain then just follow the sun to the warmer states. I would think thats the best option. We have cars hauled all over the states and its expensive.. for a motorhome? $$$ big money.
Even if you break down as long as you have roadside towing and stay on the major routes its just part of the big adventure. If you prepare for all this stuff it probably wont happen

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Ok, I know of 2 other Airstream owners here in Florida. I'm in the Tampa Bay area (West Central Florida) Navyspook I believe is in Northern Florida, close to Pensacola I believe. Wait, there's an Argosy owner somewhere in Florida too. Someone else east coast, close to Fort Lauderdale.
Steve, tell us where this thing is, maybe one of us is close by to go get a good look see.
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