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Old 05-18-2015, 11:24 PM   #1
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Alternative Trailer Delivery Options

Have any of you used a service other than ETI's standard "Let It Ride Carriers" delivery company to have your Escape trailer delivered?

We're interested in learning about any other licensed, bonded and insured options for getting our soon-to-be-built trailer to Texas.

If you used a different service:
  • Did you have a good experience? Why or why not?
  • If you could do it over, would you do it again the same way? If not, what would you do differently?
  • How did you locate/choose your carrier?
  • Did you save any money? Or was extra cost worth it for some reason?
  • Do you feel that your delivery was more or less predictable than Let It Ride would have been?
  • Any other advice?
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:30 AM   #2
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I have investigated delivery options using U-Ship. In the first delivery we found Let It Ride Carriers, the current carrier for Escape. A good experience. In planning for a second delivery, one that never took place, we found the field filled with unlicensed, uninsured and questionable drivers. This second delivery was arranged by the buyer so we were somewhat out of the loop. The driver actually arrived for the pickup, I was present. At the request of the buyer I asked for a Bill of Lading, DOT number and proof of insurance. The driver could not produce any of these documents. He had a nice pickup, good hitch system and seemed trustworthy. I do not think he was who the buyer negotiated with, he was someone picking up some extra cash by doing deliveries, in this case halfway across the country.

So the morale of the story is, you can use U-ship but it is the wild wild west out there and you need to make sure your carrier has the necessary paper work. That said, having the proper paper work does not prevent the carrier from leaving your trailer on the side of the road at the first sign of trouble.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:05 PM   #3
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Too bad this isn't an option

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Old 05-19-2015, 01:19 PM   #4
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Too bad this isn't an option
For a new method of travel touring?
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:06 PM   #5
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I have used U-ship for shipping trailers and several restored antique farm tractors with no problems. U-ship is a broker/consolidator, it's up to the buyer to check references of the bidders who will carry your shipment; U-ship just provides the means to contact them by email/message to communicate prior to assigning them a job. I've never taken a low bid - I take the one I'm comfortable with.
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