RV travel continues to stand as a popular way for Americans all over the country to hit the road and explore comfortably. There many reasons why RV travel is a go-to option for travelers looking to take road trips.
Driving an RV allows you to reduce your overall travel costs. If you embark on a road trip with a standard-sized vehicle, you’ll be subject to hotel and more restaurant meals. Overnight stays at RV parks are much lower than the average hotel, while many RVs contain kitchens that give you the opportunity to cook your meals.
You’ll simplify your travels by having everything you need on-board when driving an RV. The flexibility you get from having essential items on board allows you to connect with nature uniquely, lead a minimalist lifestyle, and cut-out time spent traveling alongside other people in areas like airports or train stations.
People who own an RV or are looking to acquire an RV might find themselves in a situation where they’d benefit from utilizing an RV shipping service. Let’s discuss why a professional delivery service is the most efficient and reliable way to move your RV. Afterward, we’ll unpack how to get yourself set up with an RV delivery service the right way.
Let’s dive in!
How Can a Professional RV Delivery Service Help Me?
You might be wondering why you shouldn’t drive the RV yourself. Professional RV delivery services aim to take the stress out of transporting your RV. Moving an RV can create feelings of worry and stress from the preparation and actual transport process. An RV delivery service will have all of the specialized equipment and trucks to move your RV, which frees you up to focus on other tasks.
Hiring a professional RV delivery service helps you avoid some challenges that road trips are known to present. Spending too much time behind the wheel will be uncomfortable as long-distance drives can result in fatigue, soreness, and even falling asleep behind the wheel.
Let’s take a closer look at how the transportation methods that RV delivery services use to get the job efficiently done for you.
How Are RV’s Transported?
Three primary methods that RV delivery service’s use to move RV’s include a tow-away method, a flatbed method, and a drive-away method.
Tow-away services are popular within the world of RV transport as many RV’s contain a bumper-pull design or a 5th-wheel design. A driver will link their truck to the RV during a tow-away service and pull it where it needs to go. Flatbed trailers are often primary choices for RV delivery services as they allow drivers to haul multiple RV’s at a time to increase the profits made from a single route. Drive-away delivery is simple in that the driver doesn’t need to link to the RV or load the RV onto a flatbed trailer. Instead, the driver simply gets in the RV and drives off to the destination.
We know that you’re looking to acquire a convenient experience when hiring an RV delivery service—so that’s why we’re recommending door-to-door delivery for your RV.
How Will Door-to-Door Service Help Me When Shipping My RV?
Door-to-door delivery service is by far the most convenient way to deliver your RV through a professional transport service. During a door-to-door delivery, the transport company that you hire will come to your residence or another pickup spot that you designate, drive off with your RV, and deliver it outside of the door of your chosen delivery location. While door-to-door is the most expensive delivery service, other delivery services will be less convenient as they’ll involve you going out of your way to meet the transport company at a spot they designate for pickup. Suppose you’re delivering your RV to a more remote area and don’t select door-to-door shipping. In that case, the chances of you having to go out of your way to pick up the RV upon its delivery are high as transport companies often provide drop-offs in or near cities.
Most people are looking to hire an RV delivery service hop online to find leads on companies to work with. If you’re hoping to work with a quality RV delivery service at an affordable rate, you’re going to benefit from being thorough with your research.
How Can I Find a Quality RV Delivery Service?
How you do your homework when seeking out a quality RV delivery service will be the difference-maker in whether or not you achieve exceptional service at a quality rate. Keep in mind that the wide range of RV delivery services available means different companies with various business practices. You want to locate an RV delivery service that listens to your needs to generate a thought-out game plan at a competitive price. Being diligent with your research will allow you to identify any red flags that might indicate an RV delivery service isn’t worth working with.
Evaluating an RV shipping service’s credentials is one of the first steps you should take when screening a potential company to work with. Our former customers leaving mostly positive reviews? If there are any negative reviews present, evaluate what issues the customer left a review is complaining about and see if it’ll be a deal-breaker for you. It’s essential that you source reviews from trustworthy platforms. Google reviews and Trustpilot are two platforms that people commonly utilize to source company reviews.
Every professional RV delivery service should have proper licensing to move your RV. You can request that the company you’re consulting with show proof that they have a Department of Transportation (DOT) number and MC (Motor Carrier) number. All motor vehicle transportation companies need to have DOT and MC numbers on file.
You must request information on the delivery service’s insurance policy during your consultation. Every reputable delivery service should readily provide insurance information for you regarding their policy. Lastly, verify that the company you’re speaking to has experience dealing with RV delivery, or even better, your specific type of RV.
We understand that you’re looking to attain the lowest rate possible when searching for delivery services to transport your RV. Please keep in mind that a company with the lowest price doesn’t necessarily make them the best choice. Some RV delivery services might offer you rates that seem too good to be true, which can be a red flag as fraud exists within the vehicle delivery industry.
Understanding the science behind how RV transportation prices will aid your ability to source a quality quote.
What Do I Need to Know About RV Shipping Costs and Insurance?
The distance your RV covers during its travel route and its weight are the two main factors affecting how much you pay for delivery service. Avoid RV delivery services that provide you with a quote and request that you pay a large upfront deposit. If you hand over a sizable amount of cash for a service before it occurs, you can risk the delivery service dodging your calls and committing fraud. Working to book your RV delivery in advance will foster your ability to attain a competitive quote from a quality service.
Chances are you have a timeframe in mind when you want your RV delivery to take place. Being flexible with your delivery dates will give the service you’re working with more opportunities to provide lower quotes. Some RV delivery services will offer you a discount if you agree to meet them in a location that’s frequently traveled as the handoff will be more accessible for the service.
Let’s say that you’ve found the ideal RV delivery service to work with. This service has an upstanding reputation, is transparent throughout the entire planning process, and provides you with a low quote.
Now you should start to think about how to prepare your RV for delivery. Prepping your RV for its delivery date will make it easier for the delivery service to do their job so they can take stress and time out of your life.
How Do I Prepare My RV for Transport?
We recommend that you address any outstanding service needs for your RV before its delivery. All gas and electric sources should be switched off, and you should remove personal items to reduce weight and protect your possessions. The less weight the RV is carrying, the cheaper your rate will be. If there are certain loose items that you can’t remove from your RV before its delivery, do your best to secure these items to ensure they don’t bounce around during transit and damage parts of your RV.
We’re happy to take the time to talk to you about using an RV delivery service because it’s one of the specialized services that we offer.
Here’s why you should consider working with us for your RV delivery service needs.
Why Should I Consider A-1 Auto Transport for Delivering My RV?
We understand that you’re looking for an RV delivery service that has plenty of experience. We’ve been helping ship RV’s for over 25 years throughout the United States and the rest of the world. We only work with bonded, insured, and licensed companies to serve all 50 U.S. states in addition to international delivery requests. Feel free to read more on our RV delivery service offerings before contacting us to receive your personalized quote.
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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