How To Prepare Specialized Vehicles for Shipping
Vehicle moving extends beyond moving the family car, SUV, or minivan. Families often have other types of vehicles that need to be transported to their new home including motorcycles, ATVs, boats, trailers, scooters, and go-carts. In most cases, they can be put on the moving van along with your furniture and can be transported safely with the right equipment including loading ramps.
Motorcycles are expensive, especially vintage and the newer touring bikes and they require extreme care. A professional mover like Premiere Van Lines knows how to properly protect these types of vehicles.
If the motorcycle is very valuable, a custom crate can be built for it. Otherwise, it will be properly secured on the truck with a wheel chock to keep the handlebars from moving and ratchet straps affixed to the floor/sides of the trailer to ensure it does not fall over during transit. Once properly secured, all specialized vehicles are carefully padded with clean moving blankets to protect them from any scratches.
Before turning your motorcycle or other specialized vehicles over to the mover, there are a few things you must do in advance:
- Make sure the vehicle is in good working condition
- Clean your vehicle thoroughly
- Note any pre-existing damage
- Take photos of the vehicle from several angles including close-ups of any damage
- Secure or remove any loose parts or accessories
- Ensure there is 1/4 tank of gas or less in the vehicle
- Properly inflate tires
- Check for any fluid leaks (have them repaired before transport)
- Purchase mover’s cargo coverage
Before loading your motorcycle or other small or specialized vehicles, the moving company will perform a visual inspection and prepare a written inventory that notes any pre-existing damage. Be sure to review their notations to ensure you agree with the existing condition of your vehicle as you will be asked to sign this document.
If you are moving an item that is too large to fit on the moving van (i.e., a speed boat or sailboat), your professional mover can make the arrangements for transportation by a carrier who specializes in this type of shipping.
For more information about moving specialized vehicles call Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.