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Transporting a Travel Trailer

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  1.  They Can't Be Shipped On An Open Auto Transport Trailer
  2. The Cost Will Be Higher
  3. Not All Companies Will Do It
  4. Don't Have It Hauled
Shipped on an Open Auto Transport Trailer

Auto transport carriers have to transport all kinds of vehicles. The majority of the vehicles are usually just normal cars, but sometimes they also are asked to transport other types of vehicles, such as:

  • Limousines.
  • Construction vehicles.
  • Small trucks.
  • Vans.

Another type of vehicle (or vehicle attachment if you will) that they may be asked to transport are travel trailers. If you're in need of having a travel trailer shipped, there are some things that you need to be aware of first.

 They Can't Be Shipped on an Open Auto Transport Trailer.

The first thing that you have to be aware of is that a travel trailer can't be shipped on a normal open auto transport trailer. That's because a travel trailer simply is too big in terms of its dimensions. As a result, auto transport carriers will elect to use a flatbed trailer, since a travel trailer can easily be placed on it.

However, while a flatbed trailer is an option that's used by auto transport carriers, it does present with it some difficulties. The two main difficulties are:

  • The weight of the trailer.
  • Being able to move it.

First, a travel trailer is usually quite heavy, which can be an issue with loading it and unloading it onto the flatbed trailer. Second, a travel trailer can't be moved on its own, which means that it's essentially an inoperable vehicle. Special equipment will have to be used to load it and unload it onto the flatbed trailer.

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*Being transported on an open auto transport trailer means that the travel trailer will be exposed to the elements. If the travel trailer is particularly valuable, you can ask to have it covered with a special tarp.

Not All Auto Transport Carriers Will Agree To Transport A Travel Trailer

The Cost Will Be Higher.

Because the auto transport carrier has to go through extra steps to transport a travel trailer, the cost will naturally be higher. The auto transport carrier won't be able to transport other vehicles with it, so they won't be able to give you a discount based upon volume. The driver will also need to make sure that he or she has the right equipment on hand to load and unload the travel trailer, as well as has to spend the additional time in doing so.

Not All Companies Will Do It.

Not all auto transport carriers will agree to transport a travel trailer, which means that you need to specify exactly what you need right from the start. Many auto transport carriers do not have the equipment available or simply do not think it's worth it from a business perspective. This is why if you need to transport a travel trailer, you should get in contact with multiple companies in advance, rather than waiting until the last minute.

Don't Have It Hauled.

Another option is to have the travel trailer hauled. This is a poor option for many reasons, especially if it's being shipped a great distance, but the main reason is that it'll put unnecessary wear and tear on the trailer and its tires.

If you're in need of having a travel trailer transported, A-1 Auto Transport can help! We have a wealth of experience in having travel trailers transported. Make sure to visit our website today for your 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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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.

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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.

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Luis Rodriguez
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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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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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Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
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NO. 018191NF
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Paramount, CA 90723
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NO. 17858N
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1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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