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What's in this article?
  1. How To Ship Rv To Europe?
  2. Insurance
  3. Preparations
  4. Transportation Mode
  5. Ocean Freight
  6. Road Auto Transport
  7. Air Transport
  8. Rail
  9. Multimodal
Shipping RV Through Shipping Companies In Europe

How to Ship RV to Europe?

To ship RV to Europe, you may choose from several options. Most pick the RoRo method, through which you must drive your RV up and down a ramp to get it onboard the vessel that will transport it. For this method to be viable, your RV must be functional.

Another way to ship your RV is using a flat rack container. Like a flatbed truck, the RV is placed on a rack which is then stacked on top of others on the ship. Each rack can carry 88.000 pounds.

When you ship RV to Europe, getting it to the port or warehouse is usually done on land. You can either drive the RV to the pickup dock or get a company to drive it for you. You can also tow the RV or hire an auto transport company to carry it to the port.

If you decide to hire an auto transport company, first ask for their MC (motor carrier) and DOT (United States Department of Transportation), to make sure they are licensed and operating their business legally. These numbers can also be used to verify various information about the company, including its safety records using the safersys website.

If the company gives you a far lower quote than normal, they may ask you to pay hidden fees later on, or they may not have insurance.


All United States auto transport companies must have insurance to legally ship RV to Europe. Before using their services, ask for the company’s insurance policy and familiarize yourself with the shipping process.

The driver will verify your RV’s condition, note any damages in an inventory, ask you to sign it, and only then pick it up. You should receive a copy on this inventory, with which you can verify your RV’s condition when it arrives at its destination. If there are any additional damages, you may file a claim.

If the damage was caused by the automobile’s poor preparation for transport, the auto shipping company will not take responsibility.

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Preparations For Shipping Your Transport


Before taking any actions on your own, you should consult first with your carrier. He may ask you to do the following:

  • Take out any personal or loose items from your RV, so it doesn’t move around and damage the interior during transit;
  • Close the windows and doors;
  • Electrical equipment should be unplugged, unless it is necessary for the transport;
  • Inflate your tires, and make sure the wheels are not damaged;
  • The hitch and tow bar must be in working order, latched and installed;
  • The signal lights must be functional (breaks, indicator lights, turn signals and headlights);
  • Copy your keys and give a set to the carrier along with a set of instructions he may need, if applicable.

Transportation Mode

It is important to consider how you will transport your RV. Depending on your budget, the RV’s value, and the speed at which you want it delivered, you may choose to transport it by sea, air, road, rail or a combination of these methods.

Here are some details for each type, so you may make a better decision on how to ship RV to Europe:

Ocean Freight

90% of worldwide trading is done on the sea, and for good reasons. Due to volume or size, certain cargo cannot be transported by air or by other methods. Shipping by ship is one of the cheapest ways to transport your belongings and automobile, the only downside being the longer travel time. Weight and size create serious complications when transporting by air, but with ocean freight, this is no longer a problem.

Besides vehicles and boats, you can even transport propellers, engines, ore, iron, coal, metals, and pretty much anything else using sea freight. Also, since companies are trying their best to reduce pollution, ocean freight’s popularity has risen even more.

Ocean freight benefits are as follows:

  • Best for all kinds of items which don’t need to be delivered fast;
  • Big volumes. Just one container ship can transport around 20.000 TEU;
  • The most eco-friendly option out of all those available;
  • Cheap;
  • Available throughout the world;
  • Can be used in multiple ways (with the RoRo option, container shipping, shared containers, etc.).

To ship RV to Europe using this method, you should be prepared to wait up to 43 days depending on conditions.

Benefits Of Road Auto Transport

Road Auto Transport

Road freight offers some of the following benefits over other ways to ship RV to Europe:

  • Practical and profitable.
  • Fast, speedy and on time delivery, considering the location and time schedule specified in the contract.
  • Transportation in local, mainland and across the border. Long haul and short haul trucking is available even in the countryside. Although you won’t be able to cross the ocean using this type of auto transportation, it will be necessary on your way to and from the ports.
  • Highly flexible service and versatility.
  • Reduction in packaging cost and cheaper than other methods of transportation.
  • Monitoring the path and location of the transport / tracking and tracing of the truck and cargo.
  • Provides the most convenient, cost effective and inexpensive way of transporting cargo through door to door deliveries.

Door to door trucking services can be faster, but there are limitations when it comes to bulk transport, caused by seasonal changes or weather conditions, as well as traffic delays.

Air Transport

As the GDP around the world grows in the following 15 years, the demand for luxury cars and other valuable goods will grow as well. To meet the demand, cargo traffic across the world will probably increase by 4% each year.

Air freight is extremely important for the transportation industry. When speed is a necessity, it’s the best option.


Rail is environmentally friendly and considered an eco-friendly mode of transportation. Railroads are very fuel efficient unlike trucks and road vehicles. This means the greenhouse gas emissions are far lower. They can haul over 100 wagons with one driver.

However, there are some additional charges during the journey. There is a fee at every end of rail transit, for both road delivery and for lift costs, to move the container from the train to the truck.

Generally, railway transport is suitable and inexpensive for carrying goods at longer distances, while road transport is most suitable for shorter journeys. Cost neutrality is affected by several factors, like route and merchandise, although usually, it’s only effective in the distance of 130-150 miles.

Railway transport is more convenient because it can transport multiple cargo containers all at once. Moreover, it is more environmentally friendly in terms of Carbon Dioxide emissions compared to air freight.

The advantages of railway transport are:

  1. Dependable transit time;
  2. Most effective and economical mode of transportation on land. A train can carry more than 400 wagons;
  3. Quick, speedy, practical and economical for long haul deliveries. Usually above 500 miles;
  4. Safety in railway transport is consistent;
  5. Optimized traffic flows and reduced emissions.
Several Methods Of Transportation To Ship RV


Most likely, to ship RV to Europe, you’ll have to use multimodal shipping performed with several methods of transportation.

It is called combined transport because it’s carried out using a combination of sea freight, road and/or railway.

For example, Sea Air services are inexpensive compared to air services and faster than sea services.

Sea Air affects environmental sustainability and the transportation industry by keeping the level of freight costs under control and optimizing lead times.

The advantages of multimodal transport are:

  1. Just one operation to transport your RV anywhere in the world.
  2. It minimizes transit times;
  3. It requires less documentation;
  4. It’s economical and practical.
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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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