My son wants me to build him a fireplace mantle. The two-pillar, top-shelf
style. Basically, three long 3-sided boxes which he would assembly and
The thing is, he lives 2500 miles from me, so I'm going to have to ship it.
Other than getting quotes from the standard shippers (UPS, FedEx, etc.) I'm
look for other ideas.
I look to the collective wisdom of this group for creative options.
How long is the longest piece? You can crate it and ship by truck. It
would be handled by forklift and may have stuff loaded on top of it.
It may be cheaper to fly out there, rent some tools and built on site.
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9:25:53 AM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
I don't have exact measurements yet, but it's your basic built in single
wide gas fireplace. 4'-ish?
Actually, he has the tools, just not the time or expertise, which means
it'll take him more time to build it than he has.
In my case, I've already got things planned for vacations and can't add
this trip to them.
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:49:21 AM UTC-4, swalker wrote:
I just did. It was a bit of a pain.
After I enter the (made up) details it wanted me to register. After I
registered, it cleared all of my shipping details and I had to start over.
Oh snap! I already got a response. Less than 5 minutes! Hang on, let me
go read it. Am I suspicious? Sure am. Let me go see what it says...
I see your dates are pretty far off, but are these items ready to go? I?
??m 3 hours away, and starting this exact route tonight. What have you
considered for a budget for this shipment?"
Really? He just happens to be driving from western NY to Las Vegas *tonight
And he's willing to grab my stuff on the way by? I guess it's possible.
Anyway, my response was:
"Thanks for the response. Items are not ready to ship. I don't have a budge
t because I've never done this before. What do you think would be a reasona
ble amount to pay for this type of shipment?"
Let's see what he says...
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:52:27 PM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
’m 3 hours away, and starting this exact route tonight. What have y
ou considered for a budget for this shipment?"
get because I've never done this before. What do you think would be a reaso
nable amount to pay for this type of shipment?"
OK, just got a response. For context, I requested a quote for 3 boxes,
1' x 1' x 4', each weighing 20 lbs, non-palleted, non-stackable (i.e.
can't support the weight of other boxes)
"It will depend on the shipper, what else they’re transporting, whe
going, etc. I would’ve quoted $150.
Keep in touch. If I run this route when you’re ready, it would be m
y pleasure to help. Matt"
On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 4:48:54 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
I would love to, but timing won't allow for that. I will be seeing him
next month, but it will be in Reno where his brother lives, not Las Vegas,
where he lives. My Reno son's GF is graduating with her PhD next month, so
the whole family(s) are going to Reno for the week. Should be quite a party!
After that SWMBO and I are heading to CA to see her family and then to Oregon
for some just-us time. A mantle build in Las Vegas is out of the question
for this year.
On Sat, 13 Apr 2019 06:09:20 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
When you get ready you can post it on uship.com and let haulers bid on
When I saw the show Shipping Wars I thought it was make-believe till I
met a guy who hauls loads he gets on the web site. He lives near me,
is retired and is not afiliated with the show. Picks up a couple of
grand a month. The day I talked to him he had made $400 for taking a
package 320 miles. By picking his hauls he averages at least
I looked today on the site for postings close to home and there were
all kinds of items looking for haulers, including cars, travel
trailers a couple of cats and a puppy and a 14" utility trailer that
needed to be hauled to Santa Fe, NM.
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