There’s a lot to think about when considering a cross-country move. If you’re the kind of person who likes to enjoy the great outdoors on a motorcycle, dirt bike, 4-wheeler, or electric scooter, transporting all your recreational vehicles is important to consider when planning your move.
Below is a quick guide to transporting or storing your recreational vehicle.
Choosing a Shipping Method
The first thing to consider is how you intend to get the vehicle to its destination. While it’s possible to drive your motorcycle to its destination, a long trip can be uncomfortable and is highly dependent on the weather. This is not an option, however, for vehicles like dirt bikes which may not be street-legal.
You’re left with two common choices for transporting your recreational vehicles:
- Enclosed moving truck or pod
- Open-air trailer
An enclosed moving truck or pod is a better option when moving your vehicles across a long distance or if you expect inclement weather along the way. An open-air trailer is more appropriate for shorter distances and temperate climates.
Whether you choose to move your vehicles on a truck, trailer, or in a container there’s an option to have a crate custom-built around your vehicle first. While this option is more costly, it does ensure stability while the vehicle is in transit.
Preparing Your Vehicles for Transport
No matter which method you choose, you’ll want to do some basic prep work on your vehicles prior to shipping them. You’ll want to thoroughly inspect each vehicle and take pictures in case of damage along the way.
You’ll want to make sure combustion vehicles have at least a quarter tank of gas in case they need to be moved or shuffled during transit. It is also helpful to make sure that there’s adequate oil, battery charge, and that the tires are inflated prior to shipping.
Sometimes, long-term storage is a better option. For example, if your cross-country move is only a temporary, work-related assignment, it might not make sense to bring your recreational vehicles along. Instead, you should consider storing them in a safe, climate-controlled location.
If you intend to store your vehicles instead of transport, make sure you put them through a winterization process first, especially if you are storing them in a potentially cold region of the country. Make sure the gas is either drained out of the vehicle or use a gas additive to stabilize it. Change the oil prior to storage, and consider purchasing an aftermarket product that can keep your battery charged during the storage period.
When arranging for transport, make sure you understand your moving company’s delivery options. Most companies prefer to deliver direct to your doorstep if possible. It pays to have an awareness of your new home’s location to ensure that direct delivery is indeed possible. If not, you and the delivery company will have to work out a pickup option at another location, which adds a layer of complexity to the proceedings.
Mesa Moving and Storage
If you are looking for an experienced and reliable transportation partner, Mesa Moving and Storage can help you move your recreational vehicles without the hassle. We have locations throughout the Mountain States, and we contract with moving agencies across the country to get your items where they need to go quickly, safely, and efficiently.
If you prefer to store your recreation vehicles, Mesa can help with that too. Our physical locations feature secure warehouses that are Department of Defense approved. Rest assured that your belongings, from personal items to outdoor rec vehicles, will be safe and secure for the long-term.
For more information about our services, please contact Mesa Moving and Storage today!