The issue is not the weight - it's the area in the truck and the lack of a
roll off loading dock.
The easiest way to deal with the loading dock is to find a local business
that has one and work a deal to be the drop location so that you can use any
truck. Then the second is to bundle it so that it stacks efficiently in
volume vs area. The ideal is a pallet sized cube but obviously towers are
not pallet sized. If you have 10 ft sections, then a 10 ft x 4 ft area
stacked up to 5 ft high is a good truck haul and pallet fork grabable. 400
lbs is no issue for these guys.
A goal would be about $800 if done in the above format.
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 - K?RC in MN
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