The Challenges Of Door To Door RV Shipping
It can be a challenge for any auto transport company to ship an RV, especially door to door. Unlike standard forms of shipping which require the customer to pick up the RV at a delivery terminal, door to door means that the shipper will drop it off at the specific address for delivery, or as close as possible.
There are some limiting factors that determine how close an RV can be delivered to a particular address. For one, the size of the RV may make it difficult to navigate smaller streets with a transport carrier. The larger the RV, the larger the carrier required to transport it. As you’re probably aware, RVs come in a number of different shapes and sizes. Here are just a few examples of the types of recreational vehicles that we’re often called upon to transport for clients:
- Class A, B, & C motorhomes
- Bus conversions
- Popup campers
- Hybrid RVs & Class B+ motorhomes
- Fifth wheels
Shipping An RV To Another State
If you own an RV, you probably don’t see a lot of sense in having a company ship it over a relatively short distance. After all, if you can make the drive in an RV in a couple days, then why not take advantage of the portability you’ve paid for?
What this means for most people is that shipping an RV is only considered when shipping to another state, with a few possible exceptions. However, if you need to use your RV on the other side of the country, driving it all the way there may seem a bit daunting. That’s where companies like A-1 Auto Transport step in and handle the job. It’s a service that is especially popular among snowbirds and long-term vacationers.
Preparing Your RV For Door To Door Transport
Just like any other type of vehicle, an RV requires some preparation before it can be picked up for shipment. These apply to any vehicle, but they are especially important for recreational vehicles since there are more items that can shift inside the vehicle while shipping.
Cleaning the vehicle and documenting any existing damages is the first step. Anything inside the RV should be secured or removed and you should ensure that all drawers, cupboards, and doors are firmly latched.
The RV should be in running condition (it can still be moved if not, but that needs to be indicated) and it should have appropriate fluid levels and tire pressure prior to loading. Any internal electronic components should be turned off. In most cases, you’ll also have to disable the power supply, but that depending on the shipper, that may not be necessary until further along in the process.
Do you have questions about shipping an RV or are you curious about the cost of door to door shipping? Give us a call at the number at the top of the page to learn more! Our staff are happy to answer all your questions and we offer FREE price quotes to all interested parties!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.