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What's in this article?
  1. How To Choose A Motorhome Transport Service
  2. Here’s What We Are Going To Explain
  3. What Type Of Motorhome Do You Have?
  4. Here’s The Deal…
  5. Class A Motorhomes
  6. Class B Motorhomes
  7. Class C Motorhomes
  8. Preparing A Motorhome For Shipping
  9. Don’t Get Us Wrong…
  10. Here’s A Few Key Things You Will Want To Know
  11. Remember This Golden Rule
  12. Feeling Stressed By That List?
  13. Which Motorhome Transport Service Is Best For Me?
  14. This May Seem Obvious But…
  15. Here’s What We Recommend
  16. How Do Motorhome Companies Treat Their Competition?
  17. A-1 Auto Transport’s Way Of Doing Things
  18. Here’s What We Believe…
  19. Cut To The Chase With A-1 Auto Transport
  20. Ready To Get Started?
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How To Choose a Motorhome Transport Service

There is nothing more American than a summer road trip in the family motorhome.

When most people think of transporting motorhomes, they picture a scenario where they will personally drive the motorhome across the country, or even internationally. However, it is possible to contract a motorhome transport service/company to transport your motorhome for you. This is almost always the easier option.

Here’s what we are going to explain:

  • The various types of motorhomes available for shipment
  • Some common factors that you should consider when choosing a motorhome transport service
  • Other useful information that will help you ship your motorhome

Shipping a motorhome isn’t that complicated, depending on its size. It still uses the same processes that you use to ship a regular car, truck, or larger vehicle.

What Type of Motorhome Do You Have?

There are three types of motorhomes generally available on the market. They are classified as either Class A, Class B, or Class C motorhomes.

Each class of motorhome is different, has different dimensions and weight (even within the classes), and these differences will be reflected in not only the motorhome transport service you can choose, but the rates you receive as well.

Here’s the deal…

Motorhomes that are larger in dimension, as well as heavier, will cost more to transport. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you because this is how the shipping industry works. Distance, weight, size, and time all influence the price of shipping a vehicle.

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Class A Motorhomes

Class A motorhomes are the largest type of motorhome available. They can be bus conversions, or they can be built on a special chassis. Class A motorhomes, being the most expensive and largest forms of motorhomes, are usually seen in retirement communities, as well as on tour with rock stars.

Being the largest and heaviest forms of motorhomes, transporting a Class A motorhome will be the most expensive type to ship.

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Class B Motorhomes

Class B motorhomes are the smallest type of motorhomes. They are usually converted minivans with a sliding panel door. These motorhomes are usually used by travelers, so it is likely that you may want to transport this type of motorhome cross-country or even overseas.

Of course, while overseas transport is more expensive, transporting a Class B motorhome anywhere will result in the cheapest general rate, since they are the smallest and lightest type of motorhome.

Class C Motorhomes

Class C motorhomes are van conversions, just like Class B motorhomes, but different. It is easiest to think of Class C motorhomes as van conversions that extend the structure of a van. With Class B motorhomes, the outer structure of the vehicle is not changed. To the untrained eye, a Class B motorhome still looks like a regular van.

However, Class C motorhomes are different. For instance, these types of motorhomes will usually have a sleeping compartment above the driver’s section, but Class B motorhomes will not.

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Preparing a Motorhome for Shipping

Now that you understand motorhome classes, there are a few important things you should know about how to prepare and ship one.

Domestic shipping is always easier than international. There are fewer regulations, no major trade laws to worry about, and the overall liability is a lot less.

Don’t get us wrong…

There is nothing wrong with shipping your RV internationally, it’s just it requires a little more planning and preparation to do it properly.

Here’s a few key things you will want to know:

  • Make sure you know what class your RV falls in. We told you above, so it should be easy
  • Gather all relevant paperwork, insurance, and any other documents you will need for shipping
  • Check all trade laws the U.S. has with a specific country, as well as any laws in your destination country
  • Understand the costs associated with shipping an RV internationally

Besides the above, there are other cosmetic and mechanical things you will need to consider. Things like:

  • Locking down all windows, cabinets, and doors. International auto shipping is a rough process and you don’t want your RV getting damaged
  • Fastening down any loose furniture, remove any wall decorations, and make sure the hood is locked down
  • Unplugging any electrical appliances, disconnect all power supplies and gas devices (propane ovens, etc.)
  • Making sure your RV has functioning lights. Fixing faulty lights in a foreign country can be difficult
  • Checking all your fluid lines before shipping (oil, break, gas tank, etc.)
  • Handing over your keys to your shipping company
  • Writing up an emergency list that covers any specific problems during shipment
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Remember this golden rule.

You have to know your limitations when it comes to international shipping. There is so much to know and the smallest mistake can get you in a heap of trouble.

The U.S. government takes its trade laws very seriously and there are so many tiny details that you have to remember. Things like:

  • Denied party lists
  • Up to date paperwork supporting your shipment
  • Classification codes
  • Whether the RV is a civilian or military good (you’d be surprised what falls under military class)
  • Is the destination country restricted or embargoed?

Feeling stressed by that list?

If the thought of any of those things gives you anxiety, A-1 Auto Transport suggests that you hire an experienced shipping company to help you get through the process.

Auto shipping companies know the export process and will help you mitigate any serious liability concerns.

But how do you know which motorhome transport service to hire? Don’t worry, read on.

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Which Motorhome Transport Service is Best for Me?

There are several factors that you must keep in mind when choosing a motorhome transport service.

They are not all equal in the services they provide, and the types of motorhomes they can accommodate. You will want to know what they offer early on. Always start the conversation by asking if they can accommodate your motorhome’s class.

The size difference, for example, between Class A and Class B motorhomes is huge. It is quite likely that a motorhome transport service that specializes in transporting Class A motorhomes will not be able to accommodate Class B motorhomes, and vice versa.

This may seem obvious but…

The first thing you need to ensure is that the motorhome transport services you look at specialize in shipping the motorhome you want shipped.

The second thing you need to do is to verify that the motorhome transport services you are interested in has enough insurance to cover any potential accidents. Generally, a motorhome transport service will have at least $750,000 USD in BIPD (bodily injury and property damage) insurance coverage for the motorhomes they transport. But if your motorhome is extremely valuable, you may require more coverage than that.

Class A motorhomes can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. You can buy added luxury items for your motorhome, and it is not out of the ordinary that a wealthy client will have their entire motorhome customized with luxury items like marble countertops, gold trim, and cedar wood paneling. All of these luxury upgrades exponentially add to the value of the motorhome.

If you feel that $750,000 is not enough in insurance to protect your motorhome, you have two choices: use a motorhome transport service that does, or purchase additional insurance. Most motorhome transport services offer larger plans, all you have to do is ask.

When purchasing insurance, you can either purchase it from the transport company, or from a third-party insurance provider.

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Try and purchase your insurance through your auto shipping company. If something happens to your RV, all claims will be handled internally and that will expedite the rate at which you will be compensated.

How Do Motorhome Companies Treat Their Competition?

You can tell a lot about a company by how it treats its competition, especially when it comes to determining competitive rates.

Of course, every company has a bottom line and you will not be able to reduce your rate “just because.”

However, you can lower your rate by altering your transport details. If you go to Company A and tell them that Company B is using a shorter, more direct route to calculate your motorhome transport, you can request that Company A use the same route, especially if using a shorter, more direct route will result in a lower rate for you.

There is nothing wrong with shopping your quotes against other companies.

Now, there may be a reason why each company uses a different route. For instance, Company A may use flatbed low loader trucks which are too long to successfully navigate the route Company B takes. There is nothing wrong with this!

However, it might also be possible that Company A never used Company B’s route because Company A’s route was fine until you questioned it. Company A may have also assumed that Company B used the same route they did.

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A-1 Auto Transport’s way of doing things

We start by sending you a competitive quote that outlines the specific rates and fees for your shipment. outline why their rates are the way they are, and will be understanding if you question the rate.

Here’s what we believe…

Why hide your prices if you have to show a customer them eventually?

The best thing for you to do to increase your power and leverage during the negotiations phase, as well as to receive the motorhome transport service that you want, is to contact multiple motorhome transport services for bids.

Your needs are unique and you need the best company for the job. Why settle for less? Only consider companies that provide you with the level of insurance you want, an attractive quote, and the shipping services that you want.

Cut to the chase with A-1 Auto Transport

Our goal is to make the process even easier for you. We want you to get quotes from our competition because we know that we offer a better price.

If you want high quality service, insurance plans that will give you peace of mind, and a company that has an established reputation in the auto shipping industry, A-1 Auto Transport is the right choice.

We’ve been helping clients ship vehicles of all sizes for decades. You’ll never stress about domestic or international auto shipping when you hire us.

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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. 

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.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

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.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

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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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

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.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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