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Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck #1232849
Fri Sep 01 2017 01:44 AM
Fri Sep 01 2017 01:44 AM
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Stan Yedlowski  Offline OP
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Gibbsboro, NJ
I am looking to move a 1957 GMC 450 civil defense truck roughly 1000 miles (Florida to New Jersey). Being 24' long and 9.5' high, I'm pretty sure it will take a lowboy to move it. I called one site and they quoted me $4200. I calmly stated that I thought that was a bit high, thanked them, and hung up the phone. Some 'car guys' in my area are telling me they feel I should be able to get the job done for $1500-$2000, but they are by no means transportation brokers/experts.

Am I being unreasonable about the $2000 and under cost? Is $4200 what it takes? And if it can be done for under $2000, can you tell me who YOU used to transport your trucks. Should I be looking for a national firm? Should I be looking for a small, local firm with good insurance?

Also know I am flexible about the time frame. I don't need it by September 7th or even the 14th, if this will get me a great price. If you are not able to post a name here in the forum (because it would break a rule or rules) I could give you an email address.

And yes, this is my first post! I may not have PM ability for a few days. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Stan in New Jersey

Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1232865
Fri Sep 01 2017 03:46 AM
Fri Sep 01 2017 03:46 AM
baldeagle  Offline
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Richardson, TX, USA
The current average rate is $3.00 to $4.00 per loaded mile, so a 1000 mile haul would be between $3,000 and $4,000. The average price of diesel fuel is about $2.60/gal, and most trucks will get between 5 to 8 miles per gallon. So fuel cost alone for a trip of that length is $350 to $450. Most drivers get paid at least $1.00 per mile or more, so driver pay is $1000 or more. So $1500 would mean the company is doing the haul for free. That's unreasonable. You may be able to get it for $2500 to $3000 if you do some negotiating, but generally, in the trucking industry, you get what you pay for. Cheap hauls mean less concern for the freight.


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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1232906
Fri Sep 01 2017 04:25 PM
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bartamos  Offline
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State48 Ranch
Your car guys are correct. $1500-$2000..........for a car. Not for a monstrosity. The price goes way up if inoperable. Find a company that moves farm machinery from state to state. There are companies that contract farming and follow the crops all over the U.S. Also we have a "Hauling Board" here. Post a haul wanted in there and PM some of those regulars in there.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/wch/lbs/d/heavy-equipment-all-types-of/6237808873.html


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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1232954
Sat Sep 02 2017 12:07 AM
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Stan Yedlowski  Offline OP
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Thanks go out to Paul and Bart for good advice and speedy replies. At 59, I totally have learned about the 'get what you pay for' concept, and agree. I suppose with something in such good shape, this would not be the time to pinch pennies. Still, $2700 seems a lot more palatable than $4200. Will spend some time tonight checking into the farm machinery angle.

I really appreciate the advice!

Stan

Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1232970
Sat Sep 02 2017 02:26 AM
Sat Sep 02 2017 02:26 AM
baldeagle  Offline
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One way you can save money is what's called back hauls. A trucker has a contract for a load. Once that load is offloaded, he has to "dead head" (drive empty) to get his next load. Often, they will pick up a load nearby and haul it to get to their next good load and do it for a discount. (Why not. Dead heading pays $0.) The "problem" is, you have to wait for the luck of the draw. Some guy gets a load hauling a big loader to a place near where the truck you're buying is. He then offloads his loader, picks up your truck and hauls it to you. Usually, brokers handle these types of loads. They're working for the trucker, trying to find them loads near where they're dropping off their last load. Sometimes, truckers will sit for days waiting for their next load, so they want that load to be a good paying one. But sometimes they'll take a load for less to get back home or get to the next good paying load.

Google is your friend. You could also go to a truck stop and talk to some of the drop trailer guys and ask for advice.


Paul Schmehl CI 12
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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1232983
Sat Sep 02 2017 03:17 AM
Sat Sep 02 2017 03:17 AM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Online
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How much effort and expense would be involved in putting it into driving condition to make the trip?
Jerry


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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1233086
Sat Sep 02 2017 10:49 PM
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bartamos  Offline
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Buy this, haul it to FL and sell trailer in FL. It's all down hill or flat land. Even if you get $1000 less when sold, that's a cheap haul. You could break even. The kicker is if you don't have a truck or a friend to haul that trailer.

trailer


1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)

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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1233216
Sun Sep 03 2017 09:50 PM
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Wayne67vert  Online
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Bring a truck to Florida and buy this. Haul it home, sell for more than you paid for it to help offset the trip costs.

Trailer in Florida


Wayne

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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1233238
Sun Sep 03 2017 11:24 PM
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Justhorsenround  Online
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Central, Oklahoma
Wayne, FYI many States will not allow a trailer made with trailer house axles on the hiway. I suspect the vehicle he wants to haul would exceed the weight limit on that trailer and maybe the one Bartamos posted. Just thinking out loud.🚒


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Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1233239
Sun Sep 03 2017 11:44 PM
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Hotrod Lincoln  Online
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Dellrose, TN
Put it on a regular flatbed 18-wheeler trailer, remove the wheels and sit the axles on blocks of wood, and it will be legal on height. Lots more flatbeds are available than lowboys, and an owner/operator looking for something to haul northbound will probably make you a better deal.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Looking for advice on transporting a GMC Heavy Rescue Truck [Re: Stan Yedlowski] #1233241
Mon Sep 04 2017 12:19 AM
Mon Sep 04 2017 12:19 AM
tclederman  Offline
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Jarvisburg, NC
It would not hurt posting your beginning/end points and see if a hauler checks in here (Hauling Board forum).

I got a very reasonable hauler/carrier in that forum, he/she had a long low-boy on a "backhaul" from VT to TX. He/She carried my tall COE (19' bed) from Albany, NY to Jarvisburg, NC for a very reasonable charge (and, she/he knew what they were doing). As Paul suggested, you might find someone dead-heading in the direction you need.

Unfortunately, the hauling board gets "cleaned", or you could PM more previous haulers who have posted there (give it a try).


Tim
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