Driving an RV across the country can be challenging. Gas is expensive; you may need to take special routes or get unique permits depending on the camper you own, and you’re probably towing a vehicle along with it. Fortunately, you can reach out to a specialized shipping company that can handle this task for you. If this is something that appeals to you, here are five things to know when shipping your RV cross country that may make it easier for you.
1. Check the Company
Deciding on a shipping company is the first step. You can check reviews or browse their websites to see what services they offer. Not all shipping companies offer cross-country trips, and some don’t transport RVs. Taking the time to find a reliable company is always worth the effort!
2. Find the Best Trailer Options
Transport companies have different trailer options, so find the best one for your RV. For example, if you have a particularly tall camper, it’s best to find a company with step deck trailers. Step decks are closer to the ground, so they can transport your RV without worrying about being over the maximum height under bridges and overpasses.
3. Consider Costs
One thing to know when shipping your RV cross country is that every company has its own pricing structure. Some companies charge by the mile and mostly operate on a local scale, so a cross-country trip would be quite costly. Other companies know the hassles of shipping coast to coast and offer discounts over distance thresholds. One of the main reasons to ship your RV instead of driving it yourself is to save money, so ensure you’re working with a company that gives you a good deal.
4. Secure Your RV
Before you hand off the keys of your RV to the shipping company, take the time to lock up everything. Strap down things within the camper that might roll around, break, or damage your RV during transport. Ensure any important documents or family heirlooms are out of there. Many transport companies offer insurance packages, but sometimes they only refer to external damage. Protecting the inside during transport can help you a lot!
5. Establish Communication
It’s always a good idea to maintain communication with the shipping company. Your driver should know exactly when and where they’re meeting with you to drop off your RV at the end of the journey. If anything changes on your end, like a travel delay, reach out to the driver and let them know. Ideally, the shipping company should inform you of any problems the driver encounters. The vast majority of shipping errors stem from faulty communication, which is easy to avoid.
When you need a reliable trailer transport service, Star Fleet Trucking is here to help. We have years of experience and several independent truck operators who can handle your cross-country tasks. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our services, and we’d be happy to provide more details.