Written By: Jason Mueller
Shipping an RV can be daunting. Not only do you have to ensure that it makes it to the destination safely, but you also need to know that it will be well-contained and taken care of during the move. After all, a new RV does not come cheaply and when you buy an RV, you are making an investment into your future travel plans, views of the world and the chance to have a great lifestyle and travels that will stay planted in your memories for years to come. Whether you have an older RV that you want to bring with you on a trip but you don’t want to drive the entire way, or you’ve purchased one over the internet or from out of state and now must have it shipped to your destination, knowing the shipping procedures can help you make a more informed decision on shipping an RV wherever you’d like it to go.
The Shipping Process
The shipping process is one that does not require too much work on your part at all. One of the biggest aspects of this process is that you need to choose a reliable shipping company to work with. This is the company that is going to provide you with the essential steps needed to finish out the shipment.
Have the RV cleaned inside and out and make sure everything is secured inside so nothing will fly around. Windows should all be secured so they won’t shimmy open during the move. This will make for a smoother transition. Speak with the shipping company to have a more accurate quote on the price, while also taking time to ask about specific documents that may be needed for the shipment. You may have to provide identification, but also may need to show your bill of sale as well as your RV insurance and registration information. This paperwork is important to have for the move in general and should always be kept in a safe place where you can access it easily but where others cannot get their hands on it.
Keep in mind that additional paperwork may be needed if you’re shipping items overseas. This is something to think about and ask the company more about before shipping. When working with someone that you’re purchasing the RV from, it is important to keep them in the process since they’ll have to provide this information to the shipping company.
Read more information on the RV shipping process HERE.
Costs Associated with Shipping
Depending on where it is going, you’ll have to not only pay for the shipping but also the taxes that are associated with the RV. These taxes are usually a percentage based off the value of the RV. Additionally, shipping an RV can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand depending on the destination, size of the RV and the company you hire. It also costs more to ship a vehicle or RV in a container, rather than choosing roll-on, roll-off services. This leaves it out in the open, but still ensures that it is brought to the destination safely.
Whether you’re considering this as an option for buying an RV from someone that is in another state, or even in another country or you just want to ship yours to someone; it is important to note everything to expect. You can safely ship vehicles, RVs and other items by using a company that specializes in these services. This helps put your mind at ease when it comes to shipping anything.
About the Author: Jason is an expatriate who loves to travel. His company A-1 Auto Transport Allows him to travel and work where he wants. He enjoys the outdoors and camping.
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