How to Ship a Motorhome?
It's not every day when someone wants to ship a motorhome, since the very nature of motorhomes means that they're built for road trips themselves. However, in some instances, there may be the need to have a motorhome shipped by an auto transport company.
Because of the logistical issues associated with it, as well as being a less commonly offered service, there are certain things that people have to be aware of if they wish to do so. Here's some helpful information and tips on shipping a motorhome.
It's Going to Cost Much More .
Compared to the prices of standard auto transport, shipping a motorhome is going to certainly cost much more due to a few different reasons. The reasons why shipping a motorhome will be more expensive are:
- It needs a special carrier.
- It increases the gas usage for carriers.
- It can't be transported with other vehicles or along common carrier routes.
First, a motorhome will need a special carrier to transport it. In the vast majority of cases, a flatbed trailer will have to be used due to the size and logistical aspects of shipping a motorhome. In some circumstances, if a motorhome is particularly big, it will have to be towed rather than traditionally shipped.
Second, because of the heavy weight of a motorhome, not to mention its size, it will have a poor fuel economy for the auto transport carrier. Naturally, if a carrier has much higher fuel costs, they will charge a higher price in order to ensure that they remain profitable. Otherwise, it may not be worth it financially for the carrier.
Lastly, a motorhome has to be transported individually and can't be combined with other vehicles on an open or enclosed trailer. This means that a carrier can't maximize its travel time in terms of profits and that you won't be able to be eligible for any discounts in shipping multiple vehicles.
Prepare for a Longer Shipping Time.
An auto transport broker will have to spend more time in finding a carrier that can transport a motorhome, especially if any special equipment is needed. Because of this, the transportation will most likely be longer in comparison to normal auto transportation times. That's why you should plan ahead if you have a specific date in mind in which you'll need your motorhome delivered to its final destination.
Another thing to note is that if you live far away from an urban center or in an area with extremely narrow or steep roads, you may have to work with the auto transport carrier to have your vehicle picked up and/or delivered at an agreed-upon location.
At A-1 Auto Transport, we have a considerable amount of experience in helping to transport motorhomes and will be able to arrange this for you as quickly as possible. We'll be happy to answer any and all of your questions regarding how to ship a motorhome. Make sure to contact us today for your free no obligation quote!
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.