Originally Posted by scubaman14
I'm buying my first new Springdale travel trailer from a dealer friend in Indiana. I have to get it brought to me in Los Angeles so my wife and myself can tow it back to Indianapolis to see our grandchildren. Should I have it towed or flatbedded? Got prices from 2200 to 7000. Anyone know a reliable trucker?
Single Springdale units (or any travel trailer) down to 17 feet long are towed behind a pickup truck normally while multipacks of two or three are carried on trailers behind a tractor or MDT.
The chances of you getting hooked up with a multi pack headed to Los Angeles are virtually non-existent so on a trailer is going to be very expensive for you.
Your two best options are:
1. hire a hot shotter - list your camper on a load board such as uship.com where you can set the price or allow transporters to bid on your load.
2. hire an RV transport company - the company will set the rate you pay but everything is pretty much hands-off for you.
Once your unit arrives, you need to inspect it for damage. Do not let the driver leave until you are satisfied there is no damage to the unit. Normally, drivers are only responsible for exterior damage but your contract may include internal damage. At the very least you need to verify the driver did not sleep in your new camper (seems to be happening more and more these days).
There's more, but this should get you started.