Post by tmschirner on Oct 10, 2012 10:45:05 GMT -5
Hello! So glad I found your message. I just had one shipped from Iowa to California. It was a terrible experience, so hopefully you won't have the same luck. I wanted to work with a shipping company so that it would be in a covered truck or on a truck. I found a bunch of companies on "transportreviews.com", but unfortunately ran into a company that scammed me and many others called Viking Auto Transport. Finally I found Stateway Auto Transport which only had good reviews, but after about a month of it still not being sent out (I think they bid me too low), I went with UShip.com, with whom I was very happy with. People near your trailer will make bids (during a set period of bidding time) on it and you can choose who you'd like to go with. I got a great bid ($1000) and although it wasn't on a truck (he towed it behind his truck), he was very professional and even went to put tires on it, since when he found it the tires were completely cracked. I was very impressed and would definitely go this route next time vs. trying to do a company (the company thing took almost 2 months, and still NO trailer). My UShip.com guy was actually new and didn't have any reviews so that was a little nerve wracking, which made me put him through the wringer to prove himself. But in the end, it was wonderful and he got some reviews finally too!
Post by lovnvintage on Oct 10, 2012 10:52:27 GMT -5
Jason Miller 419-733-3262 has a trailer hauling business. i don't know him nor have I used his service. I know his brother-he works for the same trucking company my hubby works for. I know he said you might have to leave a msg as he has another job as well. Not sure if he can help or not but worth a call maybe. I think his company name is B&T hauling based out of St. Mary's Ohio.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on Oct 10, 2012 16:59:01 GMT -5
I had one shipped from AZ to MI and also went through U-ship and had a good experience. Mine was hauled on a flatbed. Unfortunately, the roof vent top flew off at some point during the shipping but the shipper paid for a replacement.
The first trailer I had shipped from Maine to MI I used Vintage Trailer Transport and didn't have a good experience with him. Lack of communication, finally arrived long after the agreed date of delivery and he just wasn't a pleasant person to deal with. He was more expensive as well.
I opted to go through Cascade Auto Transport. I had one person contact me through u-ship, but they wanted to tow-behind. Seeing as though it's a 55 year old camper, traveling 2000+ miles, I wasn't about to go that route. Cascase hired Alda Logistics to flatbed it, and while communications have not been the best, it is set to arrive today - 2 days earlier than predicted. Crossing my fingers it makes it here in one piece!!
Two bad experiences with U ship: Sundance arrived with a huge, nasty rub on the back. Ruined the edge trim (hard to find in a 57) and dented back metal in several places. U ship also wrecked Lamacki1's Compact hauling from Maine to Illinois...
That being said, every shipper is different, so you can't blame U ship itself, just the individual doing the hauling. Very disappointing.
I've heard of others not well thought of. I think paying a little more might be the way to go.
NEED HELP! Where do y'all think this thread should go? Owner's discussion? Misc parts, wanted, to sell, etc? Vender reviews? Need to get this at home so others can find it. I'm leaning toward Venders... Thanks.
Post by hotrodprimer on Oct 18, 2012 17:40:04 GMT -5
I have a good friend I have known over 30 years that is in the transportation business,,mostly classic and vintage autos but I know that he has hauled several campers and non operable autos.
Heck,Ricks even hauled helicopters,,
His name is Rick Powell and is very professional.
Car, Truck, Project, Race Car, Nationwide car delivery by Show Time Transport. Based out of SC. I have been in the Racing Hot Rod business for 30 years. I go to the West coast very often. Enclosed & Open Transport (fee varies). I can deliver from East to west coast in 3-4 days. On time delivery and dependable service! I travel with GPS to make accurate travel delivery. Please e-mail me for a quote firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You, Rick Powell 864-324-1571
What a nightmare! I booked through Cascade Vehicle Shipping out of Camas, WA, which had great ratings. They hired Alda Logistics out of Memphis to do the towing on a flatbed. They picked up my '57 Shasta Compact in SanDeigo on October 12th. I called on the 16th to see where we were (since no one confirmed it was actually ever loaded) and they told me they were in Memphis - only 3 hours away. Awesome! (I thought)
They told me the truck was being serviced, they should have it out that Tuesday night, Wednesday at the latest. If the truck wasn't ready, they had another flatbed to put it on.
Never showed. They tell me it will be Friday, the 19th. Ok - no biggie, that was the originally scheduled delivery day anyway. It'll be at my house by noon. Noon passes. 3pm passes. They tell me it'll go out that day. They've got another flatbed to put it on. It's Saturday morning. Still no camper.
Monday rolls around. Cascade can't get ahold of the trucking company, neither can I. I don't know if my camper is even intact at this point. They tell Cascade it'll go out that day. They tell us there's no way, but we can come get it (3 hours away on a worknight). Still no camper.
Yesterday I was told the driver was leaving Memphis at 9 - be at my house by noon. This is the 3rd day now that either my husband or I had to take off work to be at the house. 1pm comes and goes - we call again. They say the driver didn't leave til 11. We watch another afternoon go, as I start having to think about filing a police report since they apparently have no motivation to get me my vehicle that I'm not even sure is in one piece. I'm told they are on the way, but stuck in a traffic jam. I pull up cameras for the interstate - no traffic to be seen. I assumed they are still in memphis. 9pm comes. I'm in my pj's. Doorbell rings. They finally delivered it - after they'd been keeping it 3 hours away from me for 8 days.
Alda Logistics was just awful. Completely disrespectful towards me on the phone - worst communication I've ever experienced. Glad it's over! Although Cascade has great ratings, they apparently don't research their carriers, so I will never use them again.
Post by safetybruce on Oct 30, 2012 20:58:38 GMT -5
I had a very good experience with U-ship, but as vikx says..."do your homework" and that means about bids from those haulers that bid on U-ship loads. I did not accept the lowest bids when I had my Travelo shipped (towed) from Maine to Southern Mississippi, but I was very pleased with the hauler I chose. I would suggest that any hauler that says they are experienced in delivering vintage campers to be towed, SHOULD have a couple of sets of wheels and rims they will offer to put on your camper if the seller was less that "forthcoming" about the condition of the tires on the camper. Note I always ask for close-up pics of the tires before I would consider bidding on a camper I can not inspect in person.