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How To Ship An RV

Are you looking to ship an RV? Even though these vehicles can be transported themselves, how are you supposed to ship them?

Luckily, shipping an RV is easy with the help of an auto transportation service! RVs are classified as heavy vehicles, which means they require certain equipment to transport them to your destination. 

Moving an RV is a huge deal. If you are moving your whole life to a new location, how are you supposed to move a drivable heavy vehicle with everything else? Auto transportation companies like A1 Auto Transport take care of delivering your RV to your required location without you experiencing the hassle. If you are unsure of what you need to do to ship your RV, here is everything you need to know.

How Are RVs Shipped? 

RVs are shipped like any other vehicle or package by trailers and carriers. But did you know that your RV can be shipped overseas? If you need your RV to be shipped internationally, you have that option with certain transportation companies.

Shipping your RV means using a transportation company to deliver your motorhome instead of driving it to your drop-off location. These companies use specific equipment to carry your RV to its location by using a specific heavy auto hauler or trailer. These trailers are not enclosed, which means your RV will be visible and susceptible to elements related to weather and debris.

Since shipping an RV requires specific equipment, it’s important that you look for a company with a strong background and track record of shipping these items successfully. In addition, you want to choose a company that knows how to operate these heavy haulers and deliver your RV to its new location safely and in one piece. 

How To Ship Your RV

The most tedious task of shipping an RV is gathering the necessary paperwork and finding a company to transport your motorhome. Here is everything you need to do to prepare to ship your RV.


Gather Your Documents

You will need specific information about your RV for the hired transportation company you work with, who should tell you what they need. Basic information about your RVs insurance and makeup will be required, and also its condition. If you are shipping your RV internationally, you may need certain information for international shipping regulations. It is best to compile a folder for your transportation company that holds your RV’s paperwork. 


Search For A Transport Company

Shipping an RV is a big deal since these are heavy equipment vehicles. You should look for a company that has the experience and the necessary equipment to ship an RV for a price reasonable for your budget. If you need to have your RV shipped overseas, it’s important that you find a company with a background in shipping heavy vehicles internationally safely and successfully. Since delivering your RV is a big deal, it’s best to start looking for a transportation company as soon as possible. 


Prepare Your RV

Before you deliver your RV to be shipped, you need to prepare your RV based on your auto transportation company’s requirements. First, your RV should be empty of your belongings with your doors and windows sealed. Then, depending on the type of RV you have and the shipping method (international or national), your RV needs to be prepared based on local guidelines and regulations. 

It’s important that you make sure your RV’s gas tank has right at or less than ¼ to make it lighter for transportation. We also recommend that you wash your vehicle and clean it out as best as possible to make our haulers’ transportation process easier and lighter. 


Drop Off Your Motorhome

Once you have found a company to work for and you have prepared your RV for delivery, it’s time to drop it off on the drop-off date you and your company select. Your delivery date will be based on circumstances such as your pick-up location and availability of trailers. 


Track Its Delivery

Most auto transport companies, including A1 Auto Transport, have a tracking feature clients can take advantage of positively to track their shipment. A tracking feature will show you where your RV is all time so you can follow it closely during the shipment process. It will also give you a better indication of how far out your RV is. 


Delivery & Final Payment

You should have a guaranteed delivery date of your RV since it is just your vehicle being transported on the heavy vehicle hauler. However, if an accident or unexpected occurrence were to happen, your driver’s responsibility is to contact you about any delays.

When it’s finally the day of delivery, you should be prepared and at the site to collect your RV. Depending on your drop-off location, you might have to meet your delivery driver in an easily accessible area for the hauler to drop off your RV. Since the heavy hauler trailer is relatively large, it might be hard for the trailer to fit in neighborhoods or other areas. If this is the case, you might need to meet your driver in a public, spacious area.

Depending on your hired company’s payment options, it also might be the time for you to make your final payments. If that’s the case, be sure to have the final payment ready. 

What To Expect When Shipping An RV

The process of shipping an RV is just like shipping a regular car. When your RV is shipped, you should inspect it upon delivery for any damages you can report.

With that being said, it’s important that you take pictures of your RV before it’s dropped off so you have proof that damages, scuffs, or cracks came from delivery. If you find any damage upon drop-off, it’s important you tell your driver so you can file a claim. However, if you happen to catch the damage after delivery, you have within 30 days through A1 Auto Transport to report the damage and have it repaired.

Shipping an RV means that you should have a guaranteed delivery date since the trailer delivering your RV only has space for one oversized item. With that being said, carriers to deliver your RV may be hard to come by due to its availability, so the sooner you get started looking for a company to work with, as soon as you know your RV needs to be shipped. 

Drivers of heavy haulers have a certain amount of miles they are legally allowed to drive per day, which means if you are shipping your RV across the nation, you need to keep this in mind for your delivery time. Truck drivers are allowed to drive up to 600 miles per day, or eleven hours. 

Contact A-1 Auto Transport Today

If you are moving or finding yourself needing your RV moved, contact A1 Auto Transport today to get started. We offer free quotes to any client for a free estimate on how much your shipment will be, whether it’s nationally or globally.

A1 Auto Transport is a vehicle transportation company that has been shipping vehicles and heavy equipment for over 20 years now. We are here to help ease your transition process and take care of moving the big stuff for you while you worry about transporting other necessary items.

Let us take care of your RV shipment today. Call us at 1-800-452-2880 to get started. 

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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. 

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

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So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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