If you have an RV that you need to ship to a new destination, you may be wondering what’s involved with fifth wheel RV transport. How does this work, and is it a good idea to have your fifth wheel RV shipping using a transport service? Find out all of the details in this article from A-1 Auto Transport.
What Is A Fifth Wheel RV?
A “fifth wheel” RV is an RV that’s designed to attach to a “fifth wheel.” This is a horseshoe-shaped coupling device that’s used on semi-trucks and can be installed in pickup trucks. Most commonly, fifth-wheel RVs are towed by pickup trucks that have a “fifth wheel” installed in the truck bed.
Fifth wheels are distinct from “camper” or “trailer” RVs, which typically attach to a standard trailer hitch, and are usually much smaller than a fifth wheel RV. They are also different from motorized RVs or “motorhomes,” which are not towed by a truck, but are completely self-contained, motorized units.
A fifth wheel RV has some great benefits compared to other types of RVs and camper trailers. They’re very stable when towing, offer plenty of space, and are a great value. Not only that, you can disconnect your truck and leave the RV behind at a campground. This means that you can drive to some places that may be impossible to get to with a motorized RV, and you can save on fuel, too.
How Does Fifth Wheel RV Transport Work?
The process is actually quite simple. In most cases, your fifth wheel RV will simply be attached to a pickup truck or a semi-truck. Then, it will be towed to its destination with its wheels on the ground. However, in some cases, a flatbed trailer may be used. However, hiring a flatbed is a lot more expensive than simply having your fifth wheel towed.
Transporting a fifth wheel is easy because these RVs are designed to be towed very long distances – their axles, wheels, and other components are reinforced and able to handle the process of being towed thousands of miles.
In contrast, a self-contained motorhome cannot be towed in this way, because this would put a lot of stress on the drivetrain and other motorized components. Fifth wheel RVs are not motorized, so they don’t have this issue.
All fifth wheel RVs can handle being towed, but if you would like to keep your RV off of the road and protect it from some minor wear & tear, a flatbed may be used to tow the RV, in some cases. However, this will cost you more money.
Why Would I Need Fifth Wheel Transport Services?
You may need to move your fifth wheel RV if you’re moving to a new state or city. Or, if you buy a fifth wheel RV, you can have it shipped to your door instead of picking it up. Similarly, you can ship a fifth wheel RV that you’ve sold to avoid a long trip to the buyer.
These are all great reasons for shipping a fifth wheel. If you need to move your RV quickly and don’t want to drive it yourself, fifth wheel transport services are the best option for you.
How Much Does Fifth Wheel RV Transport Cost?
Like most other heavy hauling jobs, fifth wheel RV transport is typically charged at a per-mile rate. You’ll usually pay about $4 per mile for the first 100 miles, but longer trips will have a lower per-mile rate. For cross-country shipping, this may be anywhere from $1-3 per mile.
Beyond the per-mile rate and total distance of fifth wheel transport, there are some other factors that can affect the cost of fifth wheel RV transport, such as:
- Pickup vs. semi-truck – Most fifth wheel RV transport companies use heavy-duty pickup trucks to haul your RV, but some larger RVs may need a semi-truck. Hiring a semi-truck will always be more expensive compared to a pickup truck.
- Size and weight of your RV – Regardless of whether it’s transported using a pickup truck or a semi-truck, the overall size and weight of your RV will affect fuel use during the trip, so a heavier, less aerodynamic, or larger fifth wheel RV will cost more to ship than a smaller model. Keep this in mind when getting a quote for fifth wheel RV transport.
- Additional insurance – Your fifth wheel RV transport company should tell you about their insurance coverage, and how much it covers. If your RV is worth more than their coverage limit, inquire about additional insurance coverage. This will cost you a bit more money, but it’s worth it for peace of mind.
Need Fifth Wheel Transport For Your RV? Contact A-1 Auto Transport Now
At A-1 Auto Transport, we have a huge network of heavy hauling and shipping companies in the United States, and we can help you ship just about anything – whether your RV needs to go a few hundred miles or across the country, we’re here for you.
Contact us online or give us a call at (800) 452-2880 to get a quote or inquire for more information, and see how A-1 Auto Transport can help you transport your RV safely and securely.
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.