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Shipping your RV seems like an odd concept. After all, it has wheels and can transport itself. But it might be the case that you bought your RV from a few states over, or perhaps you want to maximize your downtime at your far-off destination by making use of recreational vehicle transport and fly down there to meet your RV and then continuing your travels. Alternatively, you could hire someone to drive your RV to your destination.

A recreational vehicle is truly convenient in that you don’t have to stay in expensive hotels; all your home comforts are with you at all times. That’s why snowbirds from up north ship their RVs from their respective states down to the southern states and then fly down. They would then stay in RV parks and other venues in their RVs for the weeks or months in their destination. This is a truly affordable and rewarding option for people on a budget, especially if you combine it with deals from your discount RV camping savings club.

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Recreational vehicle transport companies ship all types of mobile homes, including:

  • Van
  • Bus
  • Coach
  • Caravan
  • Winnebago
  • Mobile home
  • Campervan
  • Camper 
  • RV
  • Fifth wheel

Recreational Vehicle Transport Companies: Where to find them

When you need recreational vehicle transport, you can look up companies using the following methods:

  • Use local search in your search engine to find RV shippers near you. 
  • Post your request for RV shipping on a transporters bidding site and let companies bid on the project. 
  • Get hold of an RV shipping broker that works with professionally vetted carriers that employ licensed and bonded drivers and are registered by the Department of Transport and have FMCSA authorization, as well as:
    • A DOT Number
    • $750,000+ in liability insurance against bodily injury and property damage
    • Authorization from FMCSA to transport RVs, which means the following items must be checked:
      • Operation Classification: Auth. For Hire
      • Cargo Carried: Motor Vehicle

Related Information:  

When vetting RV shipping companies, ask them to send you a sample of their shipping contract and Bill of Lading, which should contain all the exclusions and limitations as well as insurance terms.

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RV Shipping Quote: How much does it cost to ship a recreational vehicle?

As with any other type of auto transportation, there’s no set figure for RV shipping. Instead, your estimate is based on a variety of factors that are relevant, namely:

RV particulars – Your RV’s model, age and condition will play an important part in the quoting process. This will help shippers determine the amount of space required on the carrier as well as the work and equipment needed to upload and unload it.                                                                                                         

Total shipping weight – Your recreational vehicle’s net weight plus its load (appliances, luggage, etc.) equals its total shipping weight or GVWR. The shipping company will provide you with the maximum they are able to ship. 

Origin and destination – Need to ship your recreational vehicle from a storage facility? Find an auto transporter that offers terminal to terminal shipping. 

Insurance Shipping insurance is crucial when you book recreational vehicle transport. Discuss your options with the company.

The shipping distance, time of year, and fuel price are some of the other factors that will play a role in your total price. On average, RV shipping rates come to around $3-$3 per mile across short distances, and it goes down on a sliding scale to around $0.95 for cross country RV shipping. 

Need a free RV shipping quote? Contact Nationwide Auto Transportation

Recreational Vehicle Transport Preparation Checklist

While the RV shipping company is responsible for safe shipment of your recreational vehicle, you are responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is properly prepared, as that will help avoid costly damages and unnecessary hassles. Preparing your RV for shipment is similar to recreational vehicle winterization. Follow this RV shipping preparation checklist to prepare your RV.

  • Clean the RV inside and outside
  • Turn off all appliances and electronics
  • Secure, remove or store any loose items 
  • Shut all windows and close window coverings
  • Lock any slide-outs
  • Disconnect power and gas supply lines
  • Empty holding tanks.
  • Latch or lock cargo doors, chains and pop-ups
  • Check for any leaks
  • Inspect batteries and spare batteries
  • Check all indicator lights to ensure they are working
  • Check all tires as well as spares for inflation and wear
  • Secure the hitch and tow bar

When the carrier collects your recreational vehicle:

  1. Hand over a full set of spare keys
  2. Provide a list of special instructions
  3. Perform a final inspection
  4. Sign the Bill of Lading and keep a copy

Get a FREE Quote from Recreational Vehicle Transport Companies

Some recreational vehicle transport companies will provide a free quote when you call them or request a quote online. Others will send a sales consultant to you to assess the RV and to get you to accept the quote on the spot. The price of this consultation is usually built into the shipping fee. Choose an option with which you’re comfortable. 

Nationwide Auto Transportation will give you a free, no-obligation RV shipping quote based on your RV type, make and model and the shipping distance. Additionally, we offer discounts throughout the year to coincide with special types of shipping, such as snowbird recreational vehicle transport on popular routes.