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Old 02-19-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi, we're thinking of fulltiming in the near future and since we are also thinking of moving our (future) 5th wheeler only 2 times a year I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to not buy an (expensive) truck but use a moving/tow service instead?
Are any of you doing this and/or what are your thoughts about it?

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First off let me welcome you to iRV2. We do hope you continue to visit with us and share your experiences.

Depends on how far you want to move it. There are people who provide that service and generally charge by the mile. I wouldn't even guess on what the going rate is. A few years ago FEMA was paying 1.25/mile to drivers to deliver trailers to areas hit by tragedy. Unless you know somebody setup to move a 5th wheel who would do you a favor.

Check our advertisers. A while ago there was a couple who were advertising that very service.

Check back. I am sure others will come along with other ideas.

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Msbrigitta , Welcome to this forum! I do know that some campgrounds if you do not have a tow vehicle you can not stay at their place. I have been at some that if it takes you more than 30 minutes to have the outside picked up and ready you have too much material things and they’ll tell you to get rid of it. Good luck trying to find the answer to you’re question…..Book2
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One option is to rent a diesel pickup from Rv rental Inc. if you wish to "do it yourself". Another option is to hire it moved from RV Transport (scroll past top half of page) to find numerous insured, bonded firms.
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Thank you for the welcome! There's so much to learn (and read!) it's quite overwhelming but fortunately there's an awful lot of experience on these forums! Thanks all for allowing newby's like me to absorb as much as we can!

Yes, John and Ray, I've seen some quotes of around $1.15, $1.25 too. I'll look at the advertisers and transportation sites . Thank you.
Wow, having 'too many material things', that's interesting, book2roadtrash! We're actually preparing to get rid of 95% of our current "material' stuff, don't tell me that won't be enough ! I'd think that if you stay somewhere for the whole season they'll let you set up 'camp' a little whith things like a screen room, tables and chairs, bikes, BBQ and so on that will probably take you more than 30 min. to pack up!
I also didn't think they might not let you stay if you don't have a tow vehicle. Thanks for pointing that out, that might change things.
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I'd presume that must vary by park.

The one my GF's parents are in has a bunch of park models that are moored there all year, generally without a tow vehicle.

How far are you talking about moving the unit? You said it would only be twice a year?

I'd be a little reluctant to move a trailer for a friend, at least not without checking with both of our insurance agents first.

Hauling something for compensation I'm sure would be considered commercial, but I don't know if you are doing it for free, or if you were to drive the borrowed truck...

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Originally posted by Jeff_in_The_Dalles:
I'd presume that must vary by park.

The one my GF's parents are in has a bunch of park models that are moored there all year, generally without a tow vehicle.

I don't know anyone with a park model that has their own tow vehicle!! Big difference....Book2
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the idea sounds good but like said may depend on what park your at. you could post an ad on craigslist when u want it moved and u will get someone to move it for you. its a great way to find stuff.
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You didn't say what area of the country you would be in. Is it prone to Hurricanes, or other weather elements that you may have to evacuate for? Not having a tow vehicle means you will leave a lot behind. There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account - well - at least for me.

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