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Transporting an RV Cross Country

What's in this article?
  1. How To Find A Good Company To Ship Your Rv
  2. Advantages Of Using Rv Transport Companies
  3. An All-Inclusive Rv Transport Company
  4. Seven Methods Of Rv Shipping
  5. 1) Rv Tow-Away Services
  6. 2) Flatbed Services
  7. 3) Driveaway Services
  8. 4) Step-Deck Trailers
  9. 5) Low Boy Trailers
  10. 6) Extendable Drop Trailers
  11. 7) Vessel Trailers
  12. How Much Does It Cost To Transport An Rv?
  13. Will My Rv Get Damaged During Shipping?
  14. Checklist For Your Rv Transport Preparation
  15. Wrap-Up
Transporting an RV Cross Country

Renting an RV and driving it across the country is a popular summer vacation choice for many Americans. But what if you are moving across the country but don't want to drive your RV the whole way? Having your RV shipped by an auto transport company is the perfect solution!

Here are some tips for safely shipping a RV.

How to find a good company to ship your RV

If you're considering transporting your RV cross country, there are a few things you need to know first.

There are many different RV transport companies out there, and it's important to do your research before choosing one. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing an RV transport company:

  1. For starters, you'll need to find a reputable RV transport company. Many companies out there offer this service, so take some time to research your options. Make sure to read reviews and compare prices before making your decision.
  2. Make sure the company is insured and licensed. This is important in case of any accidents or damage during transport.
  3. Ask about their experience. Find out how long they've been in business and how many RVs they've transported.
  4. Once you've found a company you're comfortable with, the next step is to get your RV ready for transport. This means ensuring all of your belongings are packed up and secured so they don't shift during transit. You'll also want to disconnect any utilities and make sure everything is turned off.
  5. When the day of shipment arrives, be on hand to answer any questions the driver may have. Once everything is loaded up, you'll be on your way to your final destination.

Advantages of using RV transport companies

  1. One advantage of using an auto transport company to move your RV is that you won't have to worry about gas prices. Gas prices can fluctuate, and if you're driving your RV cross-country, it's important to budget for gas. With an auto transport company, you'll know the price upfront, and you won't have to worry about unexpected increases in gas prices.
  2. Another advantage is that auto transport companies have specialized equipment for transporting RVs. This means that your RV will be safe and secure during transport. You can also rest assured knowing that your RV will be handled by professionals who know how to load and unload vehicles properly.
  3. Finally, using RV shipping companies can give you peace of mind. You won't have to worry about driving your RV for long periods, and you'll know that it's in safe hands. This can be a huge relief, especially if you're moving cross-country.

An all-inclusive RV transport company

A-1 Auto Transport is America's top RV transportation company and the best company to ship an RV at no additional cost. We offer transportation services for RVs and motorhomes across the country.

Our services include transportation of RVs and caravans, including travel trailers, 5-wheel trailers and camper trailers.

A-1 Auto Transport has accumulated over a decade of experience transporting motor homes and RVs. We are a reliable shipping agent that you can count on.

Seven methods of RV shipping

1) RV tow-away services

If you're planning on towing your Recreational Vehicle (RV) behind a truck, you'll need to make sure you have the proper equipment. Truck tow away services use special trucks and trailers that are designed to transport RVs.

These services can be used to move your RV from one location to another or to store it while you're not using it simply. In addition, truck tow away services are a great way to keep your RV in good condition and to make sure it's always available when you need it.

2) Flatbed services

Flatbed services are a type of tracking service that uses a flatbed truck with a level truck bed rather than a traditional trailer. Flatbed trucks are used for a variety of purposes, including hauling oversized or bulky loads.

A variety of trucking companies can provide flatbed services, and the cost of these services will vary depending on the company you choose and the size and type of load you need to transport.

3) Driveaway services

Driveaway services are a hassle-free way to get your RV to its destination. Consider using a drive-away service. A driver will be dispatched to personally drive and transport your RV with this type of service. No additional equipment or vehicles are required.

4) Step-Deck Trailers

If you're considering transporting your RV with a step-deck trailer, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind. First, make sure the trailer is adequately equipped to handle the weight and size of your RV. Second, be aware of the clearance height of your RV when loading and unloading it onto the trailer. And finally, make sure you secure your RV properly before transport.

When loading your RV onto the step deck trailer, it's essential to consider the trailer's weight capacity and length. The last thing you want is for your RV to become overloaded and cause damage to the trailer or, worse, injure someone. So make sure to distribute the weight of your RV evenly across the length of the trailer so that it doesn't become unbalanced.

Once your RV is loaded onto the trailer, you'll need to make sure it is properly secured. The last thing you want is for your RV to come loose during transport and cause an accident. So make sure all the straps and tie-downs are secure and that the RV is firmly attached to the trailer.

5) Low Boy Trailers.

An RV lowboy trailer is a specialized type of trailer that is designed to transport RVs, campers, and other large vehicles. Lowboy trailers are typically lower to the ground than standard trailers, making them ideal for transporting RVs and campers that are too tall to fit on a standard trailer.

Lowboy trailers can be either open or enclosed, and they typically have a ramp or liftgate that can be used to load and unload the RV or camper. Most lowboy trailers also have air brakes and suspension systems that help to keep the RV or camper secure during transport.

6) Extendable Drop Trailers.

These trailers are designed specifically for hauling RVs, and they make the task much easier.

Extendable drop trailers have a long ramp that extends down from the trailer bed. This ramp allows you to drive your RV right up onto the trailer, making loading and unloading a breeze. And because the ramp is extendable, you don't have to worry about clearance issues – the ramp will clear any obstacles in its path.

Once your RV is loaded onto the extendable drop trailer, it will be securely fastened in place. Then you can simply hitch the trailer to your car and be on your way.

7) Vessel Trailers.

Vessel trailers are designed specifically for hauling RVs and can be a great option for those who want to transport their RV long distances.

How much does it cost to transport an RV?

The cost of transporting an RV can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the distance of the move, the size and weight of the RV, and whether you need to hire professional movers.

However, you can get a free quote from a number of different RV transport companies to get an idea of how much it will cost to move your RV. Additionally, many companies offer discounts for long-distance moves.


Will my RV get damaged during shipping?

If you're worried about your RV sustaining damage during shipping, you can do a few things to help protect it.

First, make sure to choose a reputable and experienced shipping company.

Ask for references and check online reviews to get a sense of what others have said about their experience with the company.

Once you've selected a shipping company, be sure to go over the details of your insurance policy with them. Make sure you understand what is and is not covered if something happens to your RV during shipping.

In most cases, the shipping company will have its own insurance that will cover any damages that occur during transit. However, it's always a good idea to double-check and make sure that you're fully covered.

Finally, do a thorough inspection of your RV before it's loaded onto the shipping truck. Take pictures or videos of any existing damage so that you have a record of it. Then, if something happens during shipping, you'll have documentation to back up your claim.

Checklist for your RV transport preparation

  1. All doors, windows, and cupboards should have secure latches.
  2. Any items hung on the walls should be secured or removed.
  3. All appliances and devices should be turned off.
  4. Turn off the power and turn off the gas.
  5. Make sure the RV is free of any loose items or items hanging from the outside of the vehicle.
  6. Make sure that all of the parking, braking, turn signal, and indicator lights are working.
  7. All cargo doors, chains, and pop-ups should be latched and secured.
  8. If your RV has slide-outs, be sure they're locked.
  9. Check for leaks and fluid levels.
  10. The tow bar and hitch must be secure.
  11. Examine the battery.
  12. Check the pressure in all of your tires, and look for cracks and severe tread wear.
  13. Check that the service and parking brakes are working properly.


Shipping your RV is an easy and practical way to move your RV across the country. If you'd like more information, please contact us at A-1 Auto Transport anytime. We'll be happy to answer your questions and give you a free quote.

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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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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.

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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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