Moving a step-van coast to coast.
February 4, 2014 11:52 AM Subscribe
I (might) need to move a vintage step van from New Jersey to Portland, Oregon and need help sorting out my options. The van does not move on its own volition.
posted by furnace.heart to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total)
Criteria is as follows. It doesn't need to be fast, in fact it can be slow. Cheaper is better. I can flex my time and schedule to put my own labor into this process. The van will fit on a typical car carrier type transport, it will fit on a regular flatbed tow truck. Towing it behind a truck on its own wheels as a trailer isn't a great idea.
Options I've considered-
1. Pay professionals to do this. Quotes range from $1500-1800 bucks. This is clearly the easiest option, i'm aware.
2. Fly out and drive it myself. I would only need to spring for 2 hotels, and have people I can stay with along the way. I can't find a flatbed-style tow-truck to rent one way however. Is this a thing? I can't seem to find them through normal rental-houses. (Hotels would be $120+/-, estimated 700 gas…cost of the truck is the wildcard)
3. Amtrak shipping? I've heard shipping cars is a thing….I can't find any clear information on it.
4. Harness a couple hundred carrier pigeons to the truck, hope the know where Portland is.
Is getting it shipped by professionals the cheapest zone here? Is there any major option i'm missing?