Shipping a van is not as simple as shipping as other types of vehicles. They come in a variety of makes, models, shapes, and sizes, any of which could require specialized treatment in order to be shipped properly. This is especially true for vandwellers since there are often modifications and other components that may need to be accounted for that most shippers rarely encounter.
Since camper vans are often modified or have unique dimensions, it’s always a better option to find a shipper that has experience, preferably a good amount of it, if you plan to have one shipped. In our experience vandwellers tend to appreciate the extra care and handling that comes with choosing a professional and experienced company. You should have several transport options available to you if you’re dealing with a company that has the know-how to do it right:
- Door to door van shipping
- Cross country
- State to state
- Round trip
Finding a shipper that has a local office can also be helpful when searching for a company to transport a van. If a company doesn’t have offices anywhere near the cities you’re shipping to or from, that can be a hassle if something does not go as planned. Everything from communication to the level of service you receive can suffer if you’re not able to easily get in touch with the shipper or company when you need to.
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Preparing Your Van For Shipping & Overseas Van Transport
Shipping a van that you live in entails slightly different preparation than it would for a standard vehicle. As any vandweller can tell you, they tend to have more items in their vehicle than the average person, which can create problems when long distance shipping is involved. Standard vehicle shipping requires that the vehicle be empty and that all items inside the vehicle are firmly secured. The same applies to vans, although there is some leeway allowed if the contents are set in place and won’t shift during transport. If you have any questions that pertain to what may be kept in the van during shipping, be sure to consult the company that will be transporting the vehicle.
While we’re on the topic of what can be kept inside the vehicle during shipment, there are a few important things to keep in mind. If you have anything of value, such as electronics or valuables, they should be removed and sent separately or brought with you when you make the trip. While shipping a van is perfectly safe, there is still a risk of theft during the process and that should be a consideration before releasing your van for shipping.
If you happen to be shipping a van to another country, there will likely be more stringent requirements as to what may be stored inside. Since shipping involves not just overland transport, but also transport by boat in many cases, it’s important that nothing can shift during the process. Because this is the case, the requirements for personal items inside the vehicle are more stringent when shipping overseas or internationally.
Resources For Vandwellers
- Car, Van & Campervan Living - Vandwellers.org is a website that caters to anyone with a nomadic living style, whether it’s in car, van, campervan or other type of vehicle. There are a ton of topics covered here, including everything from cooking and preparing food to setting up a power source and hygiene issues.
- How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Van? - One of the understandably major concerns of anyone shipping a van is the question of cost. In this blog post, we unpack some of the things that play into the cost of shipping and provide some real life of examples of recent shipments to give you an idea of what to expect.