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David S posted 11-02-2000 08:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for David S   Send Email to David S  
Friends,
I have my sights set on a nifty 18' Outrage, as some of you may know from my earlier inquiries. It is in Fla and I am in Maine. I thought I might fly to Fla, rent a truck and haul it home, but none of the major car rental outfits will let you tow with their vehicles, or so I was told. So I picked out a trucking outfit that gave me a quote equal to 20% of the cost of the boat. I will investigate other shippers, but was wondering if any of you guys have any recommendations for carriers or alternatives (train? floating her up the coast? sitting on the side of the road with my thumb out?)
Thanks, as always.
David
dgp posted 11-02-2000 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
I'm sure Hertz, Ryder, U-Haul, etc, would gladly rent you a one-way rental and I've seen many of these towing something cross-country, BUT that may cost you as much as the 20% transporter charges. Good luck. Don
dougs posted 11-02-2000 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for dougs  Send Email to dougs     
You might try "themoversfriend.com". They arrange transport of specialty cars. Shouldn't be more difficult to put a trailer with a boat on one of those Convoy trucks.

Hope this is a help.

Doug Sowles
Portland, Oregon

outrage posted 11-02-2000 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for outrage  Send Email to outrage     
I have used RAD Transport company to transport a boat 1600 miles. They had to haul it on a ramp truck because the trailer would not make the trip. The cost was approximately $1.00/mile. If interested their number is 219-266-1330. Ask for Mike, he will be glad to give you a quote. If the trailer is in good enough shape to be pulled behind a truck then the price will be reduced.
Hope this helps.
Keith Silliman posted 11-03-2000 05:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Keith Silliman    
I rent a vehicle from National just about every week. Coincidentally, I noticed last week that the Bravada (V8 4WD) they gave me had a class three hitch.

I am unsure why they would rent a vehicle equiupped with a hitch if they didn't want you to use it.

Good luck, whatever you do.

Keith

maverick posted 11-03-2000 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
For $1000 or so bucks, I'd buy a vehicle and tow it myself. For example (I'm in South Carolina), one can buy a GOOD tow vehicle, like a van - for $1000-2000 dollars, (it won't be real pretty, cosnetically). I'd tow it home and sell vehicle. This suggestion pre-supposes that you've already looked at the boat and checked trailer condition for towing. Best, Maverick
bigz posted 11-03-2000 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Outrage -- A buck a mile is a real deal! Most transport companies want twice that amount Tom
mattr posted 11-03-2000 01:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for mattr  Send Email to mattr     
David S -

I am in the same boat - (sorry about that :) I live in Maine, too, and have found that the majority of whalers for sale on the internet that seem to be in the best shape are in Florida. My inlaws just moved to Florida, so I was thinking of planning a vacation/whaler hunt later this winter - hoping to capitalize on a cheaper priced boat. However, shipping back to the Northeast may be cost-prohibitive. We should find a transport company that would do a group shipment of Maine buyers - that way we could fill their truck with boats all going to the same place! Seriously, though, I plan on following this thread to see what you finally end up doing.

Thanks!

mattr

philipat posted 11-06-2000 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for philipat  Send Email to philipat     
I recently had to move a Whaler from Florida to VA. The best quote I could find was through TnT Auto Transport

(800) 962-3081

David S posted 11-07-2000 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David S  Send Email to David S     
Thanks everyone. I really appeciate your help and suggestions.
David

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