How Do I Transport My Recreational Vehicles to Another State?
By Julie Homsey
Jan 14, 2020
Learn how to prepare your recreational vehicle for an interstate move and the different types of transports that are available.
When moving to another state, most people have the movers pick up their belongings and then drive to their new state. But what if you have more than one car? What if you have a motorcycle, sports car or RV that you can’t drive during the move? How can you get all your vehicles to your new home without making multiple trips?
Fortunately, there are plenty of moving companies out there to transport your recreational vehicles from your current home to your new one. This means you have options, so here’s what you need to know about those options:
Open Carriers vs Closed Carriers
The main thing you’ll need to consider when hiring a professional moving company to transport your vehicles is whether you want your vehicle to travel in an open carrier or a closed carrier.
Open carriers tend to consist of two levels made of just the steel skeleton making up the “floors” for the vehicles to rest on and enough supports to hold everything together and keep it secure. There is no roof, no other siding, and nothing to protect the vehicles being transported from the elements. This is not ideal for motorcycles, classic cars and luxury cars.
Closed carriers are fully enclosed trailers that do protect vehicles from the elements during transportation, making them ideal for anything you want to make sure arrives in mint condition at your new home. Transporting your vehicle on a closed carrier tends to be more expensive, and you might have to wait a little longer to get your vehicle, depending on the schedule of the moving.
What to Do Before Moving Your Vehicle
Although you can hire a professional moving company to transport your recreational vehicles for you, there’s some prep work you’ll have to handle yourself before handing over your vehicles. The first is that you’ll have to empty the gas tank. Moving companies are not allowed to transport anything flammable, and that includes the gasoline in your vehicle’s gas tank.
You’ll also need to remove any valuables and disable your alarm system. Remove or secure accessories, such as windscreens on motorcycles, and removable luggage containers or equipment racks on cars or RVs.
Finally, make note of the vehicle’s mileage and condition, including scratches in paint, and get the driver to write them down on the moving documents. This will help you see
If you’re getting ready to move and aren’t sure what to do with your recreational vehicles, you can get a quote for us to move them for you.