shipping Vespa cross country
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:51 pm quote
so its looks like I might need to get my Vespa from Illinois to Arizona. I may decide to get a hitch on a car and tow it, but was also thinking of having it shipped there. I believe there are places that do it, so does anybody know anyone who does this?

thanks for any info

larry
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:10 pm quote
You want to look up Denver James on Facebook. He is THE guy for scooter shipping. Who better to ship your scoot than someone who is actually a scooterist?
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:17 pm quote
Haulbikes.com has worked for me a couple of times. White glove, door to door. It's a good option for a one time deal.

If you have time, and will be doing this frequently, you can install a hitch on most vehicles yourself in an afternoon. My Sienna had prethreaded inserts in the frame for the factory hitch. A name brand US made Class 2 hitch kit from Amazon was $129. A wiring kit was $25. I did everything by myself with hand tools, but could have used a helper.

Now, I can rent a motorcycle trailer from U-Haul for $15/day when I need.
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:36 pm quote
Re: shipping Vespa cross country
I bought a new Vespa from a company in Maryland and had it shipped to Arizona a few months ago. They used UPS Freight and the cost was $650
LarryMK wrote:
so its looks like I might need to get my Vespa from Illinois to Arizona. I may decide to get a hitch on a car and tow it, but was also thinking of having it shipped there. I believe there are places that do it, so does anybody know anyone who does this?

thanks for any info

larry
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:58 pm quote
+1 for Haul Bikes. They just did L.A. to NJ for me.
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:15 pm quote
I could never get Denver James to return my message requests. I've used uship.com 4 times. Once from Colorado to Hawaii. Last time was from Central Texas to Denver. It cost me $125.00. You put in the load, and wait for bids. If you have the time, you will find someone heading the way you need empty. First bids started coming in at $800. Final cost was $125.
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:39 pm quote
LarryMK wrote:
so its looks like I might need to get my Vespa from Illinois to Arizona. I may decide to get a hitch on a car and tow it, but was also thinking of having it shipped there. I believe there are places that do it, so does anybody know anyone who does this?

thanks for any info

larry
Can it go from dealer to dealer?

If so I could probably assist you.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:22 pm quote
Abner_Bjorn wrote:
I could never get Denver James to return my message requests. I've used uship.com 4 times. Once from Colorado to Hawaii. Last time was from Central Texas to Denver. It cost me $125.00. You put in the load, and wait for bids. If you have the time, you will find someone heading the way you need empty. First bids started coming in at $800. Final cost was $125.
Have you watched the TV show Shipping Wars
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:06 am quote
Abner_Bjorn wrote:
I could never get Denver James to return my message requests. I've used uship.com 4 times. Once from Colorado to Hawaii. Last time was from Central Texas to Denver. It cost me $125.00. You put in the load, and wait for bids. If you have the time, you will find someone heading the way you need empty. First bids started coming in at $800. Final cost was $125.
Always be careful with U-Ship. You can get a good trucker and you can also get a horrible one. U-Ship and the Truckers they coordinate only have a very loose relationship, and if anything goes wrong, U-Ship backs away and says the trucker is not their employee, your fight is with the trucker.

A buyer of a BMW I sold used U-Ship. (NJ to Michigan) The trucker who picked up the bike was a moron. His lift gate was malfunctioning and couldnít raise all the way to the trailer bed level. He showed up much after our agreed on time, and I was already at work. My wife and teenage son were home and were enlisted to hump the bike the rest of the way into the trailer.

Bike arrives in Michigan with $6,000 in damage. Bike was only worth that. Apparently, the driver did not secure some bikes and they wound up all in a pile. He also had the nerve to tell my buyer that thatís the condition of the bike when he picked it up. BUT, I had taken photos the night before pickup and texted them to my buyer. My buyer had to go through his insurance, then they went after the trucker to get reimbursed. Bike was eventually fully repaired, but it was a 6 month ordeal for him, what with waiting for parts from Germany.
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:37 am quote
25BIKEZ wrote:
If you have time, and will be doing this frequently, you can install a hitch on most vehicles yourself in an afternoon. My Sienna had prethreaded inserts in the frame for the factory hitch. A name brand US made Class 2 hitch kit from Amazon was $129. A wiring kit was $25. I did everything by myself with hand tools, but could have used a helper.

Now, I can rent a motorcycle trailer from U-Haul for $15/day when I need.
It really depends on the vehicle you have. When trailering, you're limited to about 50 mph. Towing also sucks and a trailer with a scoot on it is light and jumps all over the road. There's also the time you lose at work if you tow it yourself. It's helpful to have but not for everyone.
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:44 am quote
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Bike arrives in Michigan with $6,000 in damage. Bike was only worth that. Apparently, the driver did not secure some bikes and they wound up all in a pile. He also had the nerve to tell my buyer that thatís the condition of the bike when he picked it up. BUT, I had taken photos the night before pickup and texted them to my buyer. My buyer had to go through his insurance, then they went after the trucker to get reimbursed. Bike was eventually fully repaired, but it was a 6 month ordeal for him, what with waiting for parts from Germany.
omfg that's my worst nightmare as a person in the logistics/transportation industry.

are all truckers brokered through uship insured? I've used them a few times and it's always just some rando person w/ a cell phone dispatching who-knows-what from who-knows-where.
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:51 pm quote
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are all truckers brokered through uship insured? I've used them a few times and it's always just some rando person w/ a cell phone dispatching who-knows-what from who-knows-where.
Thatís a good description as to how UShip works.
I think theyíre supposed to have insurance, but who knows if anyone checks on that or keeps up with it?
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:54 pm quote
If the OP would have provided us with a fully informative picture we'd be a in a better position to make helpful comments?
Like vehicles involved, timing, etc., etc..
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Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:39 pm quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
25BIKEZ wrote:
If you have time, and will be doing this frequently, you can install a hitch on most vehicles yourself in an afternoon. My Sienna had prethreaded inserts in the frame for the factory hitch. A name brand US made Class 2 hitch kit from Amazon was $129. A wiring kit was $25. I did everything by myself with hand tools, but could have used a helper.

Now, I can rent a motorcycle trailer from U-Haul for $15/day when I need.
It really depends on the vehicle you have. When trailering, you're limited to about 50 mph. Towing also sucks and a trailer with a scoot on it is light and jumps all over the road. There's also the time you lose at work if you tow it yourself. It's helpful to have but not for everyone.
I agree, not everybody can, or wants to, tow a trailer. I have a 4500 pound, V-6 powered minivan. It barely notices the U-haul trailer with a 400 pound scooter on it. The U-haul trailer is very sturdily made, stable, and has full sized car tires on it, so I've never had a problem with it jumping all over the road. I keep to the right lane on the highway and am never in a hurry. And I'm retired so I don't have to worry about working, ever again. Plus, with a hitch, I can rent a trailer short term and get mulch, sheetrock, cinderblock, etc from the big box home store without tearing up the interior of my van.
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:09 am quote
How many miles of roads are there ..?
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:40 am quote
In the retail/wholesale auto industry dealers who buy/sell from the larger auctions all have relationships with dependable trucking for used vehicles. These are typically much less expensive than open web sourced haulers and can have empty space. In buying wrecks I used salvage dealer haulers space or was referred to haulers with space such as flatbed space who normally hauled machinery or materials but worked me in.
The brokers from web searches for vehicle hauling can be VG or a PITA in many ways.
The ADV MC forum has a bunch of threads covering this subject from a to z.
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:27 am quote
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How many miles of roads are there ..?
"All told, there are 4.09 million miles of navigable roadways across our 50 states (Alaska and Hawaii included). The beating heart of this system is, of course, the nationís 47,432 miles of Interstate Highways. That may seem like a small number, but they contribute to a full one-quarter of all traffic. When you combine another 175,514 miles of major roads, youíre left with the National Highway System, which carries the lionís share of traffic and freight in America."

https://blog.midwestind.com/how-much-road-in-the-us-in-miles/
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Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:03 am quote
My friend bought my Piaggio Fly 50 and used a $75 trailer hitch carrier from Amazon on the back of his 2016 Ford Explorer to haul the 225 pound scooter from Michigan to Florida and back last month. He said it worked flawlessly. No wiring needed. But he did recommend to add the $10 hitch stabilizer to reduce bouncing.
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Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:50 pm quote
We hauled scooters to Hyder Alaska on a single rail traillker in a bag with heavy winds and never had it bounce all around. Trailer and scooter weighted less than 500lbs. Most of the way back the trailer was towed even over dirt r ads empty with no bouncing issues. Growing trailer can be a pain but I wouldn't worry about bouncing around.
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