Cost to Ship a Shed Per Mile
Everyone’s been asking how much it costs to ship a Shed per mile. So, let’s make it simple by giving you an example shipment. For this example, I have picked a standard size shed. 12 ft * 8 ft * 9.5 ft tall and weighs 6500 lbs.
For the example, lets say that it is picking up in Hastings MI and is going out Rogers AR. Total miles would be 767.2 miles. We would essentially have to find a flatbed hotshot that is heading that way and negotiate a price to have them pick this up. Knowing that a full sized hotshot is 30-40ft long and has a capacity of 16,000 lbs. cargo weight, we could run this as a partial load. Meaning we are going to pay half the full line-haul rate. Hotshots are a little more readily available and they make a lot of money doing partial loads. This is right in their wheelhouse.
Assuming we would take up less than 50% of the trailer, we could expect to pay around $1.25 – $1.75 per mile. This can vary based on distance, location and capacity. Overall, this run will cost between $900 – $1200 all in to get it transported down to Rogers AR. This does not include any special rigging you may need to load the shed on the truck. To get this, you may want to consult with your local rigging or crane company. Some of our clients rent off-road forklifts to lift the shed on to the truck. Here is a video to show you how some people move: Click Here.
Other Things to Consider
The standard $2.00 to $2.25 a mile doesn’t apply to all shipments. There are a few constraints to consider.
Distance is a very important factor in price. Coast-to-coast shipments are cheaper per mile than local runs. It is important to remember, whether you are going a long ways or running 50 miles down the road, you will still be paying for the drivers time.
Location is another factor that impacts the price. We get a lot of shipments that pick up in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and other states that do not have a very dense population. This can cause the rate to come up because drivers tend to be situated around bigger cities where loads are most likely to appear. We would essentially have to pay them to drive out and get the shipment (deadhead). This rule also applies to deliveries in remote areas. If you are 200+ miles away from a major city, be prepared to pay a little more than the usual rate.
Capacity is the final constraint to consider/understand. Driver’s are constantly moving all over the country. When you have a surplus in one city, then the price goes down. The drivers will compete for loads. If you have a shortage of drivers in a city, then the price goes up because the driver will have their pick of the lot. The highest paying freight will be moved first.
We hope that this article sheds some light on shipping partial loads, tractors, booms, elevators or any other type of equipment. We are always fighting to get you the best price with the best service. We are a family-owned and operated company with strong values on the relationships we create. Give us a call and see how we can help you.
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