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Old 11-11-2011, 07:04 PM
Location: Due North of Potemkin City Limits
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I don't know where to post this....hopefully this is the right forum. Anyway, I just moved to CA from PA. I've got a piece of equipment back in PA that I'll need to have delivered to me here in CA at some point.

It is a sealcoating rig on a trailer, and it weighs 2,300 pounds. I'm trying to find somewhere online where I could bid it out to be piggybacked on a flatbed or something, but I couldn't find anyone other than major carriers. I've received one quote for $2400, and found that to be absurd. The unit is very compact and takes up little space. I've heard of even larger items being piggybacked for $500-1000. Does anyone know of any online resources? I guess if I can't find one....I'll just try to find a lease operator who can squeeze it into the rear end of their trailer.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:26 AM
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Are trying to move this sealcoating rig cheaply or legally? The price you were quoted results in transportation rate of approx. $1.00 per mile. At the current EIA national energy rate, fuel for the 2400 mile trip will cost about $1150.

There are several popular reverse-auction transportation bulletin boards being operated online.

Most have questionable oversight procedures and dubious reputations for being frequented by fly-by-night rogue operators who may not be operating legally; small, marginal carriers or property brokers lacking the proper FMCSA interstate operating authority or required cargo insurance to complete the job; or just plain unscrupulous shysters looking to make an easy buck by taking advantage of inexperienced and uninformed consumers.

You usually won't find many reputable carriers hanging out at these places because of the number of users who've been ripped off by the bottom feeders who lurk there.
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