About three years ago I moved my father's HDX555 from the coast of Oregon
down here to Louisiana. I used a tandem axel boat trailer (thanks to the
suggestion of someone on this list). Worked like a charm. Steve is correct
about getting it on and off the trailer - that is the hard part but is
doable. A bucket loader or fork lift will lift it. You just have to be
Good luck! and 73's
On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM, <K7LXC@aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 12/2/2010 12:01:13 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > I am in the process of purchasing the HDX589MDPL from K0FF. I will be
> picking it up in MO in March. I was wondering what the best method of
> transportation would be to get it from Missouri to California. Ray, N6RV,
> mentioned I should ask here to see if there is a reasonable shipping
> company. Skip, KJ6Y, said I could use a large U Haul flatbed. I figure
> two days travel.
> Hauling it yourself can pencil out. Several years ago I moved the same
> type tower from San Jose, CA, to the Seattle area. A trucking company
> quoted me about $2k - I rented a flatbed truck and did it for about 1/2
> There's a reason why UST uses a trucking company that picks it up at
> the factory and delivers it directly to the customer - too much handling
> damage otherwise. If you consign it to a shipping company, there's that
> damage potential.
> The trick is that you need handling on both ends - I think the danged
> things weighs about 2000 lbs. (it might be 3000# - it was a bunch of years
> ago) - so you'll need a backhoe, wrecker, crane or something similar.
> Driving it's easy - it's the loading and unloading that's the crux.
> Cheers & GL,
> Steve K7LXC
> TOWER TECH
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