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Old 08-21-2006, 04:51 AM   #1
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I plan on living seasonalluy in a 5th wheel and onley move it a couple of times a year. Can I rent a tow vehicle somewhere? If not, how do I find a hauler for hire? Michigan to Florida is my intention.
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I plan on living seasonalluy in a 5th wheel and onley move it a couple of times a year. Can I rent a tow vehicle somewhere? If not, how do I find a hauler for hire? Michigan to Florida is my intention.
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:14 AM   #3
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Bill,

First of all, welcome to iRV2.com! We're glad you've come aboard.

I'm not aware of a rental source for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup equipped with 5th wheel hitch, etc. You might check with Ryder, Penske, etc. regarding the availability of a MDT or Class 7/8 tractor equipped to pull a 5th wheel - the kingpin dimensions on a 5th wheel RV are the same as a commercial semi-trailer.

As far as having the trailer moved, if you'll check the classified ads in magazines such as Highways and Trailer Life, you'll see ads for individuals offering this service. In addition, RV transport companies (Classic is one that comes to mind) could probably handle this - many are based (as you would expect) around Elkhart, Indiana.

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Old 08-21-2006, 05:27 AM   #4
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Fill in your sig. There's plenty of us all over the place. Maybe someone can move it for you from this board. If your down the road from me, I'll do it for $20 if it aint too far.

How far would you be looking at moving it?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by charliez:
If your down the road from me, I'll do it for $20 if it aint too far.

How far would you be looking at moving it? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Hey, Charlie, he's wanting to move it back and forth between Florida and Michigan. If you'll do that for $20, I'll bet you've made yourself a sale!!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by charliez:
Fill in your sig. There's plenty of us all over the place. Maybe someone can move it for you from this board. If your down the road from me, I'll do it for $20 if it aint too far.

How far would you be looking at moving it? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm looking for Michigan to Florida next year and inside Michigan a couple of times before that.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:01 AM   #7
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Thanks a million. I was a bit worried about not purchasing a tow vehicle. Based on your replies--my worries (tow vehicles)are over. Now I just need to concentrate on other ones.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:51 AM   #8
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Florida to Michigan! Holy Crap. Going to have to do a new estimate inlight of unread words.
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I'm not making the Micigan Florida move until next year--plenty of time to reconsider. I am interested in the cost though!

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There are numorus trailer(RV) delivery companies with the appropriate insurance, DOT certifications etc. to deliver your RV with reliability. Sure it will cost, about $1.50 a loaded mile with todays fuel prices. Check with several companies and compare with storage costs to leave your trailer in Florida instead of pulling it back to MI.
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Storage won't be an option, we will be full timers. I'm planning on not purchasing a tow vehicle if the cost of moving my 5th wheeler twice a year is more effective.
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Bill,
The real reasons most people go full time is for the freedom to go when and where they want. Buying a Fiver and not having a tow vehicle to move if you get tired of a place is kind of anti full timeing. Why not consider a motor home. That way you can drive to where you want to go and not have to worry about a contract hauler. Another option to consider is a park model. Besides, many RV's are not manufactured to withstand the extreme weather conditions you can encounter in Michigan or florida. I can almost guarantee you will not be happy.
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Some camp grounds have a rule that says you can't stay in one spot more than some amount of time. In Texas, I beleive it's a law. My inlaws who fulltime are made to move to another spot sometimes because of this law. How would you handle that?

Also, how would you get it in for repairs when something fails? And it will happen.
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I've fond numerous private campgrounds that accept "seasonal" campers. Major repairs would be on the chassis and would probably only happen while on the road. I will be getting blueprints/build prints etc. from the manufacturer and I am more than capable of doing my own repairs while on site.

Thanks for the "heads up" though.
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