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Best Practices For Shipping Trucks
There are many options available for shipping trucks, but the process can be trickier for medium- and heavy-duty models, particularly if you need to ship them across the country. While FR8Star can help you find qualified drivers and streamline much of the shipping process, there are still several considerations to keep in mind before shipping your truck.
The most common methods for transporting trucks include using a drive away service, piggybacking, and hauling trucks with a traditional trailer.
With a drive away service, someone will drive your truck to its destination. The advantage of drive away is that your truck won’t be grouped with other vehicles, which can slow down the shipping process. Potential downsides include additional mileage for your vehicle, not to mention wear and tear, both of which depend on the distance the truck is driven. Price can also be a factor if you have multiple trucks to ship, since the drive away method doesn’t accommodate transporting multiple vehicles.
Piggybacking involves connecting one or more trucks in a chain (typically no more than four trucks, maximum) using a fifth-wheel or similar hitch style. This configuration resembles a piggyback ride, thus the name. When piggybacking trucks, the front tires may need to be removed during transport. Although the piggybacking method may save you some money relative to a drive away service, shipping may be slower due to multi-stop deliveries, some of which may be off the beaten path. This puts varying degrees of wear and tear on the rear tires.
Another option involves loading the truck onto a traditional trailer. Drop deck, flatbed, gooseneck, and lowboy trailers are the types usually employed for hauling trucks. The size and weight of the truck will ultimately determine how much shipping will cost, as well as whether or not you can ship it along with other vehicles to save money. One chief advantage is no wear and tear on the truck, barring adverse weather conditions. However, as with piggybacking, shipping may be slower due to multi-stop deliveries, which is important to keep in mind if you’re on a tight deadline.
Prepare Your Truck For Shipping
When preparing a truck for shipping, make sure that all fluids are topped off, there are no leaks, and the gas tank is roughly one-quarter full. Be sure to remove any personal belongings, as well. Keep in mind that inoperable vehicles are not eligible for some types of transport, so it’s important to give your driver as much information as possible so there aren’t any surprises down the line.
Connect With Brokers Using FR8Star
Once you have chosen your preferred mode of transport and your truck is prepared for the journey, you can rely on FR8Star to provide you with free hauling estimates in less than 30 seconds. FR8Star gives you access to a network of qualified brokers and carriers with expertise in shipping equipment, containers, freight, and other types of loads. You can then compare brokers and bids to find the right option for you.