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Old 08-30-2008, 09:53 PM   #1
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Delivery/Towing Costs???

Hey There!

We're new and trying to get ourselves into an Airstream. We've found one we can afford [ '72 Ambassador] that is halfway across the state...

Does anyone know what it might cost to tow it @ 200 miles back to where we are? It matters since we're on a tight budget.

I gather from reading some of the posts that you can't just rent a 3/4 ton truck and haul them yourself?

Many Thanks!

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Old 08-30-2008, 10:28 PM   #2
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Not too many years ago, it would be about $75 to hook up, and $1.50 a loaded mile. With the price of fuel now, it could wind up being a bit more. Best thing to do is call a couple of your local towing companies, and ask if they tow travel trailers. If they do, you can get a quote based on size and mileage. Way back in the dark ages before the internet (when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I used to do this for our customers that had a mechanical breakdown when towing. I'd load up their tow vehicle on the flatbed, and put the trailer on the wheel lift.
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Old 08-31-2008, 05:53 AM   #3
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Thanks! That gives us a good enough idea for a ballpark figure. It may mean we buy the one in town for a little more $ but fewer logistic headaches.

Thinking on it still.

Thanks again,
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Old 08-31-2008, 06:42 AM   #4
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Problem is just that LOGISTICS. U could rent a 3/4 ton PU and do it yourself. Probably rent one from UHaul and the hitch needed. BUT how long has it set ? Are the tires dry-rotted? How many will blow out on the way home?
That dealer WoodLand Rv,if memory Serves. Is very reputable. I had some conversations with them when we were looking. They seemed very truthful.
Pay a few extra bucks Have it gone over by them. U may be glad U did.
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Old 08-31-2008, 08:21 AM   #5
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Agree with Roger. WoodLand can no doubt figure out a way to help you. If they can't to the tow, I bet they know someone who can. And the FIRST thing you should have them do is check out wheel bearings, brakes, tires. Maybe before it's towed at all! Then you'll have the confidence to do your first tow in safety.

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:27 AM   #6
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Another Option

Oh, I forgot. One other option is to go here: uShip - The Online Shipping Marketplace - Ship Freight, Furniture, Vehicles or Moves where you can have folks bid on matters such as towing trailers from place to place for you.
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:07 AM   #7
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Hello Sparrow, You can also look in your local phone book for a Drive Away Service co.
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Old 08-31-2008, 05:24 PM   #8
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I received a proposal from Horizon Transport who are insured, etc. - check with "blacksheep" who is a member of this forum. He is a driver that can give you additional information.
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We decided to go with the suggestions here. There's a local one--same model--that we're looking at that is sitting on the lot at Woodland and they are indeed great folks to us so far.

The one we were considering that was out of town was snapped up already yesterday!

Thanks yet again,
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Hey,

I'm probably too late, but I offer p/u and delivery services. We travel with all the possible gear, and if need be arrange for repair locally. Then bring it to you safely. Jimmy www.twistedsilverairstreams.com
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When I recently purchased my current Airstream, I negotiated with the seller for him to transport the Airstream from Ohio to Florida. This cost was included in the purchase price. Worked well for me as I didn't have a tow vehicle.
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In some cases (not all) it's cheaper to get a U-Haul truck and do the job yerself.
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