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Old 11-28-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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I'm searching for a nice used 19 or 21 Escape or Bigfoot Trailer. It would be great to find one close to home, but I may end up buying further from home. Anyone with recent experience shipping a trailer by truck in the CONUS your experience and advice, both pros and cons, would be greatly appreciated! Jeff
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:26 PM   #2
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Escape will quote you a price, I have had 2 Escapes delivered. It is less expensive if you have more than one delivery on the shipment. But being in Oregon you are not that far from ETI, why not pick it up in Washington, I believe they will deliver it free there, right across the border.
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I use Uship.com for shipping antique tractors I restore and have used them to ship trailers. I use a flatbed service instead of an on-the-road tow behind service so all liability is on the carrier. Had my last trailer shipped on a flatbed from Denver Colorado to Portland, Oregon area in the dead of winter (January) over the Rockies - took 3 days, cost $900 (not the lowest bid) and none of my time. Gas alone to go get it and bring it home would have been more than that cost.
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Old 11-28-2014, 10:44 PM   #4
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I'm searching for a nice used 19 or 21 Escape or Bigfoot Trailer. It would be great to find one close to home, but I may end up buying further from home. Anyone with recent experience shipping a trailer by truck in the CONUS your experience and advice, both pros and cons, would be greatly appreciated! Jeff
I assume you would want someone to pick up a used trailer and deliver it to you. The ETI delivery guy will typically be full leaving Chilliwack but MAY be empty returning - I think he sometimes (usually?) picks up supplies/items to take from Elkhart County, Indiana to return to ETI.

I would contact ETI and talk to their delivery guy - might be able to work out something.
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I'm searching for a nice used 19 or 21 Escape or Bigfoot Trailer. It would be great to find one close to home, but I may end up buying further from home. Anyone with recent experience shipping a trailer by truck in the CONUS your experience and advice, both pros and cons, would be greatly appreciated! Jeff
Since you would never want to buy a used trailer sight unseen, if one becomes available in another state, why not just make a road trip of it? You could come back home with a little extra behind you.
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:46 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the advice. Just to clarify I am looking at used trailers, not new. I would not purchase without inspecting the trailer first. Preferably I would tow it home myself, but shipping it is also an option as I might not have time for a lengthy road trip during the school year...
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Old 11-29-2014, 03:49 AM   #7
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I use Uship.com for shipping antique tractors I restore and have used them to ship trailers. I use a flatbed service instead of an on-the-road tow behind service so all liability is on the carrier. Had my last trailer shipped on a flatbed from Denver Colorado to Portland, Oregon area in the dead of winter (January) over the Rockies - took 3 days, cost $900 (not the lowest bid) and none of my time. Gas alone to go get it and bring it home would have been more than that cost.
That would be ideal, with gas prices, my time and the mileage on my truck factored in shipping may be a viable option.
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I assume you would want someone to pick up a used trailer and deliver it to you. The ETI delivery guy will typically be full leaving Chilliwack but MAY be empty returning - I think he sometimes (usually?) picks up supplies/items to take from Elkhart County, Indiana to return to ETI.

I would contact ETI and talk to their delivery guy - might be able to work out something.
Depending on the location, that may be an option also!
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I use Uship.com for shipping antique tractors I restore and have used them to ship trailers. I use a flatbed service instead of an on-the-road tow behind service so all liability is on the carrier. Had my last trailer shipped on a flatbed from Denver Colorado to Portland, Oregon area in the dead of winter (January) over the Rockies - took 3 days, cost $900 (not the lowest bid) and none of my time. Gas alone to go get it and bring it home would have been more than that cost.
I had no idea about Uship. That sounds like a good value.
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Big problem with used trailers is they sell so fast. I was on a plane from Portland, Oregon to Denver the next day after I made contact with the seller to inspect/buy the trailer....had missed on 2 others already over an 18 month period. UShip then picked it up at their property, I met the delivery truck at a nearby shopping center with a big parking lot and picked up there. Delivery driver kept me appraised of progress by cell phone and I paid on delivery, not before.
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