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Old 03-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #29
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flatbedding an airstream

Loading a 1955 airstream on a flatbed and transporting it from one destination to another, some 500 miles away should be carefully considered. Keep in mind the height restrictions on any given highway… Let’s say putting an airstream on a flat bed tow truck of which I have seen, and going under an over-pass that is 3 to 4 inches to low, clipping the air conditioner would result in devastating damage to the unit… If there is anything left to the roof, it might be making a trip to upstate New York for a restoration job.
Your shipper should actually measure the trailer for its exact heights and widths. DOT has all bridge on any interstate in the country to make a decision on what kind of a flatbed truck, or even trailer to use.
I have seen flatbeds used, (usually lowboy trailers), and usually are somewhat expensive. If your trailer is towable, best to tow it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #30
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Call RJ Dominic @(914) 204-6190. He has shipped a few Airstream's for me & my clients. He owns an Aistream himself, has the proper equipment, insurance, wheels with good tires, temp towing lights & most importantly, he gives a crap about Airstream's. He has always done a fine job for me & my clients have been very happy. He lives in NY so he is along the route that needs to be towed, likely making his quote somewhat better than someone coming from Florida or California. Food for thought,
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That's the kind of guy I'm looking for. I also noticed he's posted in this thread 3 times so far, with some great info. I've already sent him a PM, as I hate calling guys about business on weekends, but will follow up with a call on monday in case he didn't see it.

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:14 PM   #31
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Reasons to flatbed

Some of the reasons we had for choosing to flatbed is the number is issues our 82 24' Motorhome had. Frequently when you have something repaired it may need a second visit.....or more.....if we had had the work done in Florida and then went to CA you can bet we would not return to FL to have the repair repaired.....also, we were unfamiliar with repair shops and their reputation plus the time and money to be spent staying in FL while the repairs were made. As it turned out, it was a wise decision on our part....the mh had been stored for quite a while so things were hardened and not happy to be driven.....by the way, the MH was 10' high including the air conditioner....and it did not hit any freeway overpasses......admittedly we took a chance but it worked out okay for us. paula
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:23 PM   #32
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transporting Airstreams

Paula, in your case I would also made the decision to ‘flat bed’ the motor home. I was more specifically talking about the travel trailer end of things. When you are talking about motor homes, a transporter has to consider motors, drive train that are general elder, and already cantankerous… not to mention all of the extraneous things that can malfunction. Especially brakes!
Travel trailers have one or two axels to worry about, and a hitch, amongst other things. I have had to move units with compromised frames, and such… The decision was to haul it on a low boy to the destination. There were height restrictions on this particular interstate, which would have literally taken the top of the trailer off. While the unit might have made the trip on its wheels, we decided not to test it. With each move, it is paramount to establish the condition of the unit, and any structural area of the trailer that might be in such poor condition that it could not survive the move.
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Flat Bed – means on the back of a tow truck for example 4ish feet in the air. The unit rides over the wheels.
Low Boy trailer – A trailer bed that is 2ish feet in the air. The unit rides between tow vehicle and trailer axels. Thus lowering the overall height.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:15 PM   #33
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Not sure the terminology

I guess from what you are saying we had her low boy trailered......it was being transported behind a jet ski....here is a pic. Looks like the MH is on top of the axles.....not an expert on the terminology.....I had folks on the forums keeping an eye out for her and lo and behold, someone spotted her in Weatherford, TX....our hauler charged extra for spying....
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:43 PM   #34
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Thumbs up transporting Airstreams

Perfect! And yes, I love spies! Gives a sense of security to the owner that the transporter is doing his/her job correctly!
I do not know if the Jet Ski is yours, but that is common practice for transporters to maximize their cargo capacity both ways on a trip in order to give the customer the best possible rate.
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Not our jet ski

No, not our jet ski and yes, our hauler was looking for a load each way....it worked out for us because he lives not too far from LA and he was headed to Florida already. I have to admit that I was skittish about the whole transaction....from purchase until I had a title and the vehicle.....not something I would recommend but I wanted the MH---it may be the only 1982 24 footer out there......and everyone did what they said they were going to do. Thanks for setting me straight on the terminology....I was unaware I was using the wrong descriptions and what you have said makes a lot of sense. paula
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After everything here, and some more in-depth conversations with Dad regarding the current condition, I'm actually pretty comfortable now with the idea of having it towed by somebody who knows what they are doing.

Now I just need to get the paperwork taken care of for the registration and insurance.

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