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Old September 27th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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How To Get 8 Trucks to Moab Cheap

So I need to get 8 trucks to Moab next spring. The idea is to lease/contract an entire car hauler to make this happen. The drivers fly to Grand Junction, CO to meet the trucks and then drive to Moab, wheel for 4 days, and then return to Grand Junction. I'm even entertaining the idea of inviting the driver along on the wheeling trip to sweeten the pot.

For me to trailer my truck, it's 4000 miles round trip. That's 333 gallons of gas at $3.75/gallon, that's $1250 in gas alone. Plus meals and hotels, say $500. Plus the extra time off work to drive the 3 days each way....

So to drive would be about $1800, plus 4-6 days on the road getting there and back.

We are thinking that if we could get a hauler for about $1200-$1500 each round trip, plus airfare, we could make it happen for about $2k each.

Does anyone have any connections or ideas on how to make this happen?
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Old September 27th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Old September 27th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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So I need to get 8 trucks to Moab next spring. The idea is to lease/contract an entire car hauler to make this happen. The drivers fly to Grand Junction, CO to meet the trucks and then drive to Moab, wheel for 4 days, and then return to Grand Junction. I'm even entertaining the idea of inviting the driver along on the wheeling trip to sweeten the pot.

For me to trailer my truck, it's 4000 miles round trip. That's 333 gallons of gas at $3.75/gallon, that's $1250 in gas alone. Plus meals and hotels, say $500. Plus the extra time off work to drive the 3 days each way....

So to drive would be about $1800, plus 4-6 days on the road getting there and back.

We are thinking that if we could get a hauler for about $1200-$1500 each round trip, plus airfare, we could make it happen for about $2k each.

Does anyone have any connections or ideas on how to make this happen?
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Additional costs -
Secure storage at pick-up and drop off points - lower cost shipping if you can consolidate pickup
Insurance as the carrier / organizer

Contact a carrier group and ask for the b2b manager to negotiate a rate - I can send you a couple contacts I have if you'd like. Or reach out to one of the collectable car transport companies. Consider that a standard car transporter may be an issue with how many can fit into/on a carrier as my 110 was too tall to go into any position on the transport truck except the rear section.

You should be able to hit your target price with a negotiated carrier deal.
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I don't think eight 110s will fit on a carrier either especially with roof racks and/or lifted.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 02:33 PM
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I don't think eight 110s will fit on a carrier either especially with roof racks and/or lifted.
Yeah, that's my concern. It will be a few Discos, a few D90s, and my 110.
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Yeah, that's my concern. It will be a few Discos, a few D90s, and my 110.
I just don't see them fitting. Maybe 5 or six, but not 8. It will be overheight and will not be able to go.
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It will be overheight and will not be able to go.
Not necessarily.
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Use Dependable Auto Shippers. They will ship to an agent in Grand Junction (usually a Tow company) that will store until you get there. Saves money too over door to door.

Bill Burke (4 Wheeling America and Camel Trophy guy) is in Fruita, CO just outside Grand Junctiona and might have some ideas too.
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is it going from Wolf Fabrication to Wolf Expeditions?
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It took DAS almost a month to get my RRC from California to Virginia. They picked it up the day after I called them, but then it sat in their shipping facility for two weeks in Ca and it spent another week in Ga. You may be able to have a guaranteed delivery date if you pay more though.
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When you get to GJ you can take the back way to Moab; it is about 70 miles or so and it took us about 10 hours. You eventually come down the Rose Garden into Moab. Depends on what time of year you are going; we did it in late April and the Dolores River was about 4' feet deep............I am sure Bill Burke could point you the way!
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Old September 27th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Have you posted a bid request on Uship.com?

this would be the first thing i would do
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Have you posted a bid request on Uship.com?

this would be the first thing i would do

That's what I was going to do next.

We don't intend on the trucks sitting in a yard anywhere and expect that they remain on the same truck the entire route.

I seriously want one or two truck drivers that are cool enough to tag along on the wheeling trip.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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Try working Manheim Auto Auctions (or similar) for tips. 100s and 1000s of cars routinely ferried in for extended weekends and back out by private truckers with their haulers.
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I was going to do that a few years ago. Had a firm which would have done it for $12,000 plus expenses. 8 truck out there at a specific date, wait four days and return them to Mass. Didn't manage 8 so gave up the idea.
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Your 110 gets 12 mpg highway? That sucks. Even a 2.5 petrol 110 gets better than that on the highway. What engine does it have?
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Your 110 gets 12 mpg highway? That sucks. Even a 2.5 petrol 110 gets better than that on the highway. What engine does it have?
No, my tow rig gets 12mpg while pulling 6k lbs - it's a 6.2l Yukon Denali XL. My 110 gets 20mpg at least.
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What about rail? In Canada it is a great way to ship cars.
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It would probably cost you $800 in fuel then to drive the 110 out and back. Camp along the way and save there. You would be out several days of work but it would be pretty fun
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It would probably cost you $800 in fuel then to drive the 110 out and back. Camp along the way and save there. You would be out several days of work but it would be pretty fun
Dude, driving my 110 200 miles is bad enough. It's like trying to ride a drunk bull. My ass probably would hurt the same, and my arms ache trying to keep the beast on the road!

Keep in mind, I am trying to get 8 trucks to Moab, not just mine!
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