Something is amiss and I suspect it is charges for neophytes versus
established businesses. I've shipped complete towers from Rohn (SSV 20 foot
sections totaling 100 feet >> 400 lbs) for never more than $300. I see the
same thing with FedEx and UPS. They all seem to charge 100% more for
walk-in customers than the deals they've worked out with established
businesses. I know they charge more for house deliveries versus business
deliveries(understandable as you mentioned) since they can count on local
muscle to help off-load the shipment. I have found that the carriers &
drivers will work with you if assure them they won't get stuck off-loading.
Date: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:46:12 -0500
From: Robert Chudek - K0RC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Freight charges when shipping towers
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I am looking for an economical way to ship a complete tower package
about 900 miles (one-way). I have created four "bundles" of nestled
sections, base stubs, rotator plate, TB-3, and mast. The entire weight
is slightly over 400 pounds of aluminum and steel.
What seems out of whack is the freight classification (250 or 300) and
the resulting freight charges in the $1,200 to $1,500 price range. I
have called numerous freight companies and agents and this is pretty
consistent. There are also "up-charges" for no loading dock, etc. that
are added on as well.
Short of loading the tower into a pickup and driving it there myself,
how have you dealt with the freight industry so as not to break the bank?
FWIW, these are 10 foot sections and the outside sections are 30" on a
side, open lattice, welded aluminum.
73 de Bob - K0RC in MN
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