Mike, again, if you have the chance, explore the uShip site. As I mentioned, once you post what it is you want to do (if you want somebody to drive it or if you want to put it on a lowboy for open transport), qualified shippers will bid on your job.
You can then check each of the bidder’s qualifications and check their reviews. No matter, they will all have CDLs if bidding for such a job. uShip has minimum qualifications that have to be met so shippers will usually not bid on a job that they are not qualified for. So whether being driven or being put on a lowboy, the shippers will meet all qualifications and, again, you can check beforehand what qualifications and equipment they possess. You have the opportunity to communicate with the shipper before and during the move to ask questions and check on the shipment.
You may get two bids or could get ten bids or more depending on the logistics of the shippers who bid on the job. You can choose whichever bid you like. You do not have to take the lowest bid. Or you do not have to take any of the bids if you choose not to.
If you choose somebody who will drive the motorhome, you can put restrictions on their behavior. You can also tell them that you do not want them using anything in the motorhome, i.e. no sleeping, no cooking, or even no using the bathroom in the motorhome.
As mentioned, some motorhomes will actually clear the 13’ 6” height limit for interstate travel when on a lowboy and some may be too high. Again, this is something you can discuss beforehand with the transporter. Here’s a photo
of a tall tour bus on a lowboy.
Personally, I think it would not only be more cost effective to use “drive away” rather than putting it on an open transport, but would also give you more options and I’m sure you’ll get more bids. Again, using uShip, even when choosing the “drive away” option, you should get only CDL drivers bidding on the job.
If we use the per mile charge in the lowest bid for that Gulfstream mentioned in my previous post at $1.51 per mile, Reno to Wichita Falls, TX is approximately 1,525 miles so the total cost one way to drive would be $1.51 x 1,525 which equals $2,303. It may be more or less depending on the bids you get.
This will at least give you a starting point so you can compare other driveway services you can check on your own. Click here
for both good and bad general reviews about RV shipping from the uShip site.
Edited: I now see there is an additional bid since yesterday on that Gulfstream at $1,844 (for 1,285 miles) so that brings the cost per mile at $1.435 so for your job, it would bring the cost down to $2,188. Again, additional bids my come in to bring the per mile cost down and for your specific job, the bids may even be lower depending on who bids.
P.S. I'm not trying to advertise uShip but I have used them for various things with good results. And I do enjoy watching the TV show "Shipping Wars" which is based on the uShip bidding process.