Shiply is here to take the stress out of RV transport by helping you find an affordable, reliable service that works for you. Simply create a listing on our website and sit back as transport providers come to you with quotes to move your recreational vehicle. Once you see a quote you like, reach out to the driver, confirm, and wait for your vehicle to be picked up.
How To Transport An RV
There are plenty of reasons why you may need to transport your RV, you might be going on a holiday but need your RV transported there, or just moving across the country and finding yourself without a spare set of hands to drive it. Whatever the reason, finding a trusted RV transport service, also known as RV haulers, trailer transport services, or camper towing services, to move your RV at a reasonable price isn’t always a straightforward task.
You can find a vast selection of RV transport companies on Shiply, often at rates up to 75% cheaper than usual, but first, you need to decide on a few things relating to the type of RV transport service you require.
Types Of RV Transport Services
There are three main methods of transporting that RV transport companies will use, whether you need a trailer delivery service, camper towing service, or RV transport service, and you need to decide which is going to be best for you:
Flatbed RV Service - This involved your RV going on a flatbed truck and being driven to its destination by the RV hauling service. There will usually be other vehicles and RVs on the flatbed with yours.
Tow-Away RV Services - Whether this is possible depends on your RV type, but this method involves special equipment that allows your RV to be towed behind another vehicle.
Driver RV Transport - This method involves someone driving your RV to its destination. It is often the cheapest RV shipping option but also adds mileage to your vehicle.
How Much Does It Cost To Transport An RV?
Giving an accurate estimate on the cost of RV transport is difficult due to the number of varying factors that can increase the price, but on average, a move less than 100 miles will cost around $3.32 per mile whereas journeys less than 1,000 miles will cost roughly $1.05 per mile.
Aside from distance, here are some more factors to consider when estimating pricing for RV transportation:
Vehicle Size - How big your RV trailer is will significantly affect the pricing as this can determine which methods of transport you can consider. A bigger RV may require a special flatbed or specialized towing equipment, or may not be towable at all.
RV Transport Service Type - Which RV haulers service type you choose, be it trailer transport services or RV transport, will also affect the price. Drive-away services can often be cheaper as the only thing you are paying for is man-hours to drive your vehicle, but you may prefer a flatbed service if you want to minimize damage risk to your RV on the road.
Timings - If you need your RV shippers to be at a certain place by a certain date then this can definitely bump up the price as it may involve a custom job being put together just for you by an RV hauling service, as opposed to putting your RV on a flatbed that was already making the journey for example.
Locations Of Pickup And Delivery - Where the RV needs to be picked up from can also affect the quotes you receive for your job. If the pickup location is in a remote area then this requires further driving to reach you and may increase the price, whereas urban and densely populated pickup areas may cost less.
Time Of Year - Seasonality can unfortunately also affect the cost of your RV transport service. Ice, wind, and snow can shut off certain routes or make them unsafe to travel, meaning an alternate longer route is needed which will bump up the cost of your quote.
How Can Shiply Help Find RV Transport Services?
There are obviously quite a few factors to consider when searching for an RV transport service, and with so many companies to choose from it can often feel overwhelming; this is where Shiply can help. There are hundreds of RV haulers on Shiply ready to bid on your job.
On Shiply all we need are a few details about your job such as the RV mode, pick-up location, and delivery location. Once posted, you will begin to receive personalized quotes for your job from rated RV shippers. This gives you a space to compare all of your options and pricing to find the right company for you.
Shiply utilizes a rating and feedback system which allows you to browse RV transport services with faith and trust - you can read previous user reviews as well as look at an aggregated ‘trust’ score for each company. You are also able to message each company that has quoted you directly to ask any questions you may have.
RV shipping on Shiply can also be up to 75% cheaper than usual and this is because RV transport services on our platform are often operating on a backload basis, meaning that they are looking to fill up space on journeys they are already making. This is also great for the environment as it reduces the number of unnecessary vehicles on the road.
Preparing For Your RV To Be Shipped
If you have decided on an RV transport service quote and are happy to proceed then you need to prepare your RV for pickup. We recommend that you follow these steps:
Documents - If you are selling your RV or it will be traveling overseas then you may need to provide some documents. We recommend getting these in order as soon as possible as the RV transportation will not be able to go ahead without them.
Cleaning - Cleaning your RV prior to pick up by your trailer transport service is a great way to observe its condition and note anything down before delivery such as pre-existing damages. You may also want to secure everything in your RV such as loose electrical items, windows, and latches, and make sure fluid levels are ok.
Running Condition - You should definitely do a quick check of the running condition of your RV trailer before it is picked up, just to make sure that everything was in order prior to transit.
Photographic Evidence - Taking photos to document all of the above is highly recommended. Time-stamped photographs are hard evidence of the condition of a vehicle before it is picked up and will be very useful should any disputes arise.
What To Do After Delivery
Once your RV has been delivered you should make sure to check its condition using the photos you took. Be sure to raise any issues immediately. We also ask that you leave feedback for your transport provider so that future customers on Shiply can know what to expect.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Shiply Cover My Area?
Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.
Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?
There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.
Can I Call Shiply?
Shiply Support is available only on email, at
Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?
Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.
When Will I Receive A Quote?
You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.
How Many Quotes Will I Receive?
Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.
Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?
f your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.
Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?
Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.
Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?
Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.
Can I Travel With My Goods?
The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and to highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.
What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?
If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.
Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?
If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .
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