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Old 04-11-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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We are planning a move from NY to AZ the end of 2011. We are thinking about having our Class A MH transported, hopefully via flatbed, and wondering if anyone has some experience with this they'd like to share. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks!
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No experience doing that but not sure why you don't just drive it! Looks like it could be a great vacation trip.
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I suggest thinking twice about using one of the drive delivery services. My wife's cousin & husband worked a while delivering new MH's. I can assure you, there was no breakin driving done. If we buy a new rig again, it will be strictly a factory pickup for me! They are good people, but had very little knowledge of RV's & they were paid by the mile.
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Hi green-hornet,
The plan sounds very expensive. I do not know the height of your coach. Add to that the height of the flatbed and the combination may be over the federal 13' 6" height limit. If this is so, special permits, lead/trailing escort cars, etc. will be needed. In every move we made, I drove the coach to the new location.

My recommendation is drive it to your new home. Either you or a trusted/known driver.
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So . . . . .where in AZ are you headed? Hopefully not in the desert, 'specially in the summer. Temps are too high for humans.
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Hi green-hornet,
The plan sounds very expensive. I do not know the height of your coach. Add to that the height of the flatbed and the combination may be over the federal 13' 6" height limit. If this is so, special permits, lead/trailing escort cars, etc. will be needed. In every move we made, I drove the coach to the new location.

My recommendation is drive it to your new home. Either you or a trusted/known driver.

I agree it will be expensive, figure $2.50/$3.00 a mile. The hight won't be an issue though as it would be loaded on a drop frame and won't need any special permits... I, as others have said would drive it or have a trusted friend or relative drive it and pay their air fair back home.
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send plane tickets to and from for the dw and myself
pay for the fuel and a bit of food and campgrounds
and I as a "friend" would drive your rig for you across the country.

simple ... that's what rv folks do for each other

most will freak out ....
but hey a nice drive across the land is worth it. 300 miles a day
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Thanks for your thoughts...

Thank you all for you suggestions and advice. We've decided to give this a go ourselves. Our inital hesitation was based on available time and experience. We both are still working full time and we've only had two opportunities to actually take the coach out, the furtherest being just 150 miles from home.

This will be quite the experience, we may need some more guidence and support. We'll be leaving Rochester, NY and heading for Prescott, AZ probably mid August. Looks to be approximately 2200 miles. We'll plan on 500 miles a day to start while traveling all Interstates if possible.

Between now and then, there will be a bit of work getting her unwinterized, cleaned/waxed, installing a TPMS and EMS.

Thanks again!
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Thank you all for you suggestions and advice. We've decided to give this a go ourselves. Our inital hesitation was based on available time and experience. We both are still working full time and we've only had two opportunities to actually take the coach out, the furtherest being just 150 miles from home.

This will be quite the experience, we may need some more guidence and support. We'll be leaving Rochester, NY and heading for Prescott, AZ probably mid August. Looks to be approximately 2200 miles. We'll plan on 500 miles a day to start while traveling all Interstates if possible.

Between now and then, there will be a bit of work getting her unwinterized, cleaned/waxed, installing a TPMS and EMS.

Thanks again!
good deal , you can see the country a bit. 500 a day is imo way to long of a days run, with no time left over to see what your passing by,
but if your scheduled to be some wheres then it is what is

maybe once you get a route planned out you can see how many us are near cities your staying and can give you a review of the cg
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With some careful planning you can pack you own food, water, etc and make a big push the first day. We did a trip to CA from NC that way. Drove from Charlotte, NC to 50 miles past Jackson, MS the first day and then took our time driving only 300 miles a day and enjoying country we had not seen for a while, stopping when we wanted to shop or tour.

That's if you have a limited time schedule. If you can take time 300 miles a day is the most I would travel. Arrive early at campgrounds and experience the other half of RVing (meeting new people).

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Flat bedding a Class A can be very very very expensive.. Depending on the height of the rig.. here is why.. The maximum height of a vehicle on the road without special routing and permits is 13'6".. My rig is 12'6" (Which I once read as a max for RV's in some places as I recall but please do not quote me on that) this means the flat bed that hauls it has to be 12" or less from the road to the top of the bed... That's one LOW, LOW BOY trailer.

On the other hand.. Hiring a driver... How do you think it got to the dealer?
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OH, and if you hire a professional transport..

They put plastic covers on the seat, the steering wheel and I don't know what all else, they put carpet runners from the door to the cockpit, they do not use the facilities in the RV (They use rest stops, truck stops and the like) and they can provide you with evidence of their insurance or bond.

Your brother-in-law's friend Sam (Made up person) may charge less, but.. None of the above.
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