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Old 12-08-2015, 07:40 PM   #11
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I just picked up my new 5.0TA from ETI at the beginning of November and had my truck transported up there from North Florida by open transport semi so I only had to drive it back. The staff at ETI offered that not too many customers do this and I should mention it on the Forum. I used "Ship a Car Direct" (SCD) and had a good experience. It cost $1475 from North FL to Seattle. Prices may vary depending on the time of year. I was told, after they called back to reduce the price, that since it was getting cold the Canadian snow birds were headed south so the truckers were looking for cars to haul north to avoid a deadhead (empty) trip.
Getting your hands back on the vehicle can be a bit of a challenge as the business is pretty fluid so hard and set delivery times are hard to come by. But again, I did get the truck back in one piece with no damage so I only had to drive it back 4k miles, sure beats 8k.
BTW, SCD just arranges the transport with the actual shipper. They claim to have a very tight screening method that knocks out most of the transporters. Also you don't have to pay the transporter until the transporter hand you the vehicle back at the end of the journey. You do have to pay SCD before they arrange the transport but the fee is a small part of the overall cost. Mine was $250. Look them up on the YouTube where they have profession produced informational short features that will answer a lot of your questions. I hate to sound like a commercial and I don't have any financial arrangement with them. It just worked out as a great solution to a major problem I had.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:58 PM   #12
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Gus, brilliant idea!

Allows a long distance buyer to meet the factory and camp nearby for a shakedown session, then tour the US on the way home.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:26 PM   #13
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Gus, sort of what we did. Since we are still working for a living, we barged our truck down to Tacoma. Flew into Seattle, picked up our trailer and spent a nice leisurely month long fall trip driving it back home. Scott

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Old 12-08-2015, 10:21 PM   #14
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Fantastic idea for anyone in the southeast and up the whole east coast, especially those short on time.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #15
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Gus -DING! DING! DING! .... now, THAT"S some good advice
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:40 PM   #16
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Gus, brilliant idea!

Allows a long distance buyer to meet the factory and camp nearby for a shakedown session, then tour the US on the way home.
I second that !......Thanks Gus.

Great plan C.

My quote from Raleigh -> Seattle for a Highlander is $1445 via eric@shipacardirect.com
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Old 12-09-2015, 06:47 PM   #17
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Glad I could help you and repay some of the help I've gotten from the Forum. I also recommend the motel just down the street from ETI near the traffic light at the Interstate exit ramp, I think it was a Best Western. They have a great comp. breakfast and helpful staff. There's a huge indoor garden atrium at the motel with pool and hot tub that reminded me of my backyard here in Florida. Also, for cheap gas make sure you download the Flying J and Love's Apps. for your phone. I got regular for 1.659/gal in Texas using them.
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Old 02-13-2016, 11:30 PM   #18
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I just picked up my new 5.0TA from ETI at the beginning of November and had my truck transported up there from North Florida by open transport semi so I only had to drive it back. The staff at ETI offered that not too many customers do this and I should mention it on the Forum. I used "Ship a Car Direct" (SCD) and had a good experience. It cost $1475 from North FL to Seattle. . . . Getting your hands back on the vehicle can be a bit of a challenge as the business is pretty fluid so hard and set delivery times are hard to come by.
Yes, GREAT IDEA!. Bids range $1200-$1500 to transport my F150 from NC to Seattle, but my MAJOR problem is the delivery windows are wide (3 to 5 days) and I (or someone I trust) must sign for my vehicle when the carrier delivers it. So, I'd have to arrive 3 to 5 days early just to make sure I'm there when the vehicle arrives.

When you were making arrangements, did you find shorter delivery windows?
Did you personally sign for your vehicle?
Did you consider transport to ETI (instead of Seattle)?
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:31 AM   #19
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This is an excellent idea!

Does anyone know if this option is still available? We're thinking of ordering a new 5.0TA but delivery to Kentucky would be almost $5k and driving 2,500 miles, while this seems doable, would still cost a nearly $2,000 in fuel and hotel/food. Now, that's a big savings from $5k and make no mistake that I'd jump at any chance to save $5k but I'd need 2 weeks vacation to make that drive on top of the expenses. I could be in Goshen, IN in less than a day and back home the same day, baring complications.


I have emailed ETI about this idea but I was pretty excited to find this post so I resurrecting an old thread, looking for an answer.

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We have had the same dilemma. I did check with a professional shipping company, and what we found was that it was even more expensive to go that way. And as far as going through Escape, I think they only offer two options. For $2 (Canadian) per mile, you can have it delivered directly to your door. Or for a flat $4000 (again Canadian, so currently around $3000 US I think), they can deliver it to Goshen Indiana and you can meet the delivery company there and take possession. In both of these instances, it does not matter how many campers are on the truck, you pay the same regardless. While that seems very odd to me, that is just the way it is. We have lucked out and someone (a retired, soon to be Escape owner) has offered to pick up our camper and deliver it to our door, at a slightly lower per mile rate than Escape. But when you're talking 2500 miles, slightly lower can translate to significant savings.
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:48 AM   #20
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... but I'd need 2 weeks vacation to make that drive on top of the expenses.
You could make a nice holiday out of the trip. I have heard of lots of great experiences picking up a trailer. Holidays and an Escape trailer is what it is all about. This is what I would do if needed, probably boost it to Escape in short order, and take my time coming home.

Fortunately for me, it is just a very full days drive, at least 10 hours with a stop or two.
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