Ultimate Guide How to Transport a Trailer From State to State

February 10, 2021 Caravan or motor home trailer on a mountain road

In America, there are over 115 million homes. And around 6% of these are mobile homes, RVs, boats, or vans.

While it’s a small minority of Americans that own these things, to them, they can be absolutely priceless. If you own a trailer yourself, then you’ll know what we’re talking about.

For those with an upcoming move, you might be fretting about bringing your trailer with you. Of course, you can try and make the drive on your own. Or you can use professional trailer transport so you won’t have to worry about such a huge task.

If we’ve gotten your attention, then read on. We’ll give you the ultimate guide to transporting your trailer from state to state.

Open Haulers

Usually, you’ll have the choice between open and enclosed haulers. However, due to the large size of trailers, only the option of open haulers is available to you.

With open haulers, your trailer will be loaded onto a wireframe carrier that has multiple rows. This enables it to carry multiple vehicles at once. It can also better accommodate larger ones, like trailers.

Pros of Using Open Haulers

What’s advantageous about using open haulers is that there are always many drivers around to help you out. Should you be on a tight schedule, it’s very likely that you’ll find a driver that’ll accommodate this.

Open hauler service is also very affordable. Thanks to fact that there are numerous truckers and that you can fit a large number of vehicles on carriers, this keeps costs very competitive and low for you.

Cons of Using Open Haulers

Open haulers do come with some cons.

The major one is that all vehicles are out in the open. This means that your trailer might be susceptible to harsh weather conditions, such as storms and snow. It might also be hit with dust and debris.

However, truckers have extensive experience and skill hauling vehicles, which means they’ll keep your trailer safe. It’ll be very unlikely that damage will happen to your trailer.

But considering the fact that trailers can cost between $11,000 to over $40,000, you’re probably worried about how secure your trailer will be in transit.

In the unfortunate case that something does happen, rest easy knowing that all drivers have up-to-date insurance policies with a minimum coverage of $100,000. They’ll arrange for your claim if needed, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Speed of Service

While you don’t have a choice for open vs enclosed haulers, you do have a choice when it comes to the speed of service.

Here, you’ll have 3 choices: economy, standard, and expedited shipping. take a look below to learn more about each type of service.

Economy Shipping

For those who are moving or shipping your trailer on a budget, you’ll want to consider economy shipping. This is the cheapest option available, which means you can save some money and spend it where it really matters.

However, the one downside to economy shipping is that it’ll take a bit longer for the driver to come pick up your trailer, as they’ll prioritize other vehicles first. This means it can take anywhere from 1 to 5 business days for pickup, depending on availability.

So you need some degree of flexibility if you opt for economy shipping. A good way around this is to schedule pickup way ahead of time. That way, you can still stick to your moving schedule, all without paying a huge amount for shipping your trailer.

Standard Shipping

If economy shipping has too wide of a pickup window for you, then the next level of shipping to consider is standard shipping. Of course, you’ll pay a little more since it narrows down when the trucker will come pick up your trailer.

Here, you can expect them to come within 1 to 3 business days instead of 1 to 5. If you’re feeling the time crunch for shipping your trailer, then paying a little extra for standard shipping can give you peace of mind.

And when you consider all 3 shipping options, this gives you a reasonable shipping time, as well as price. Consider it the Goldilocks option for trailer shipping.

Expedited Shipping

Lastly, we have expedited shipping. Judging by the name, you might’ve already guessed that you can get your trailer shipped at lightning speed. The driver can come and pick up your trailer on either the same or the next day!

In your most desperate times of need, expedited shipping can be a lifesaver.

For example, maybe you already booked with another auto transport company, but they’re not very reliable. At the last minute, they’ve canceled on you, leaving you with no service during a stressful part of your life. Expedited shipping can get you back on track!

Do note that expedited shipping will cost significantly more than the other 2 choices. But considering that time is money in most cases, you might actually be saving yourself some cash in the long run.

How to Ship Your Trailer With Nexus Auto Transport

Now that you know all about your choices for trailer transport, perhaps you feel confident about hiring a professional for your move. In that case, we at Nexus Auto Transport are ready to help!

We’ve had lots of experience shipping vehicles of all shapes and sizes. You can count on us to find you drivers who will treat your trailer like it was their own.

Wondering what the shipping process is like with Nexus Auto Transport? Then read on, as we’ll give you a thorough rundown below.

Get a Quote

To give you a rough idea of how much you’ll pay for trailer shipping and when available pickup dates are, we have a handy shipping calculator on our site. If you’d prefer to talk to a real-life person, we also have agents you can call.

Whichever method you choose, you’ll get a free, no-obligation quote. You won’t have to give us any personal information either!

The only details you’ll need to provide are your starting and ending destinations, your vehicle type (trailer), and when you’d like our services. You’ll then get a few quotes and pickup dates that are available for you.

Book a Pickup Time

If you’re happy with the quote you’ve received, then you can move onto booking a pickup time.

You should have these details ready to input on our site or give to our agent on the line:

  • Name of the person dropping off and picking up the trailer
  • Trailer details (such as make, model, VIN, etc.)
  • Starting address
  • Ending address

We’d like to point out that we don’t require upfront payments! However, we do charge a $25 refundable deposit. If you go through with using our services, then this $25 is applied to your entire total.

Meet the Driver for Pickup

Once the pickup date gets closer, we’ll email and call you to inform you of the pickup time and date.

The trucker will always do their best to meet you at the starting address. However, if they’re not able to do so safely, they’ll meet you at the nearest parking lot instead.

Together, you’ll visually inspect the whole of your trailer. Any existing damage is noted and used as a comparison at dropoff.

Once this inspection is done, you’ll sign a Bill of Lading and receive a copy. You can then track your trailer’s progress online or by phone (we’ll give you the trucker’s phone number).

Meet the Driver for Dropoff

The driver will inform you when they’ve reached the destination.

Once again, you’ll go through a visual inspection to see if there is any additional damage. You’ll then sign the Bill of Lading and receive a copy.

Should there be any damage sustained to your trailer while in transit, then an insurance claim will need to be filed.

Get From State to State Easily With Professional Trailer Transport

Perhaps you’ve now come to the conclusion that there’s no need for you to try and transport your trailer on your own. After all, it can eat up a significant amount of both your time and money.

So instead, leave it to the professionals. This article has shown you what your choices are and how Nexus Auto Transport offers you all the right solutions for trailer transport.

Do yourself a favor and ensure your trailer makes it to your destination unscathed. Use the experts who have years of experience moving vehicles.

If you’re ready to get started on shipping your trailer, then take the first step by using our shipping calculator. We also have helpful agents standing by if you have any questions or concerns about the process.