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Old 11-29-2014, 02:34 PM   #11
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Flying out for the inspection and having the trailer shipped does seem like a rational solution to timing problems.

The higher the cost of fuel, the higher the shipping cost, so shipping is not a way to avoid fuel cost... but fuel and other personal vehicle operating costs should certainly be considered in the comparison. I had a large trailer hauled a couple of times (on its own wheels, not a flatdeck trailer) and when I looked at the pricing and the trucker's expenses, I concluded that it was only a very marginally profitable business - that's to the consumer's advantage.

uShip is essentially a web-based dispatching service. Much of the small shipment trucking business is done by owner-operators, so the customer and trucker need a way to find each other, and that's what dispatchers or brokers do. There are alternatives to uShip; I asked the RV dealership where we bought the trailer who they used, and they directed us to the one they use to move used units around and to bring new ones from the factories. That dispatching company just set us up - with a different owner-operator each time - and was paid a fee by the truckers.

To get the trailer towed on a flat-deck, rather than on its own wheels, the trucker needs the right equipment... especially if it is a fifth-wheel. I would be asking the candidate trucker about how he was going to handle the trailer. I would be concerned by anyone who would expect the seller to back the trailer onto the flat-deck with their own vehicle.

One advantage of going and getting a new trailer from the factory yourself is that you can get any issues (even just your own understanding of how to use it) right there. With a used trailer, I wouldn't want to count on a private seller assisting with anything, and so I would rather work out any issues at home, after somebody else transported it, not towing it on it's own wheels.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:41 PM   #12
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A note about uShip...

The motley collection of "truckers" who move shipment around the U.S. in the television series Shipping Wars are dispatched by uShip; however, the details of the timed auction used in the show are not representative of how normal shipments work - it's a convenience for TV production. I wouldn't consider hiring a trucker that way, and I would be concerned if any of the cast I have seen on that show tried to move a trailer of mine.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:50 PM   #13
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You will find that a "nice used 19 or 21' Escape" will cost you maybe 80% -90% of the cost of a new one and it may not have everything you would like. Since the 21' just came out, there are few if any for sale used. The 19' has been around awhile and are available. Also due to their nature, Escapes inherently hold their value longer and will cost more initially new and used. For maybe another $5-6K price you can get a new one, the way you want vs used. and not deal with flying and shipping which may cost you half of that difference mentioned.
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:56 PM   #14
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Escape uses a carrier called Let It Ride, based in BC. You might contact them about a back haul but I think a better choice will be UShip. Some caveats on UShip: Many of the bidders are not licensed, bonded nor insured. If you are comfortable with using these lower cost carriers you can save money. However, as Charlie points out, the lowest bid is not always the best bid.

You need to be diligent before shipping. Check your insurance coverage on a new purchase, ask for a bill of lading, inspect the carriers insurance papers, and ask for their Dept of Transportation license. Other considerations would be tow or flat bed, emergency contact information, tracking progress of driver plus others.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:34 PM   #15
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Escape uses a carrier called Let It Ride, based in BC. You might contact them about a back haul but I think a better choice will be UShip. Some caveats on UShip: Many of the bidders are not licensed, bonded nor insured. If you are comfortable with using these lower cost carriers you can save money. However, as Charlie points out, the lowest bid is not always the best bid.

You need to be diligent before shipping. Check your insurance coverage on a new purchase, ask for a bill of lading, inspect the carriers insurance papers, and ask for their Dept of Transportation license. Other considerations would be tow or flat bed, emergency contact information, tracking progress of driver plus others.
Exactly right. Let the buyer beware still applies. Without references and licenses stated on UShip that I can check out I will not hire that driver. Many to choose from, be picky. Also take pictures of the trailer from every angle before you have it shipped.
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Old 11-29-2014, 04:21 PM   #16
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A note about uShip...

The motley collection of "truckers" who move shipment around the U.S. in the television series Shipping Wars are dispatched by uShip; however, the details of the timed auction used in the show are not representative of how normal shipments work - it's a convenience for TV production. I wouldn't consider hiring a trucker that way, and I would be concerned if any of the cast I have seen on that show tried to move a trailer of mine.
Ah! So that's the one the bidders on the show use. You're right, I would be cautious. I looked at the site and it appears they have a list of preferred carriers who do carry insurance/bonding. There is also a list of carrier reviews for whatever category you are shipping. I'd probably stick with one of those.
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Old 11-29-2014, 07:50 PM   #17
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Some great information regarding the shipping option, thanks!
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