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Getting a oversized vehicle on island- our jeep is too high for caribbean car transport

Ekkie
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Hello, I am looking for other options to get my jeep to the island. Caribbean car transport can only ship vehicles under 6.5'... our is over the limit. Is there another way to do it? We are relocating permanently, and would prefer not to modify our vintage specialty jeep. I see many jeeps on island that have been shipped from stateisde with heavy modifications- I wonder how they do it?

Thanks!

 
Posted : March 20, 2024 10:41 am
Ekkie
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Update: So 'Auto Star' said they could do it. Are they reputable, has anyone heard of them before?

 
Posted : March 20, 2024 3:53 pm
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I mainly use Tropical Shipping. They aren’t the cheapest but they have been the most reliable for me (STJ).  I have also used Crowley and Blue Ocean.  

 
Posted : March 21, 2024 2:20 am
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If it were me, I'd use Paradise Freight for St. Croix and their sister company, St. Thomas Cargo for St. Thomas/St. John.

 
Posted : March 21, 2024 9:21 am
Ekkie
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@stjohnjulie Yes, but they wont transport it. (it is too tall). So Im making phonecalls...  not a lot of answers, they just ask more questions and no responses. I dont want it to get stuck at port in florida because they didnt notice the height.

 
Posted : March 22, 2024 12:27 pm
Ekkie
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@stjohnjulie Okay! Ocean blue said they might be able too- they have some specialty racking system for these types of situations- thanks for the info!

 
Posted : March 22, 2024 12:29 pm
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Tropical and Crowley will ship anything.   I have shipped f550-f150’s with them and huge telehandlers, and every imaginable building component.   Time is one of my biggest concerns.   That is why I opt for Tropical.   If you need inland transport the bigger companies can do the logistics but I usually get that done with Lotus.   

 
Posted : March 22, 2024 2:26 pm
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How much over height is it?  Maybe let some air out of the tires.  Or put on smaller tires for transport.

 
Posted : March 22, 2024 10:57 pm
Ekkie
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@Scubadoo It is nearly 7'. I cant let enough air out of the tires (that will only get me 2" at best) and I cant find the right lineup for smaller wheels/tires as it is vintage so the bolt and offset patterns dont line up- so I have been searching scrap yards, etc. Smaller tires alone likely wont make a big enough difference (they would have to be dummy doughnut tires 24" or smaller- hard to find tires that would even fit on those wheels). I do wonder how ridiculous it would look with car spare tires on it tho! HAHA

@stjohnjulie That is so strange- I got in touch with 'Caribbean Car Transport' (who is shipping my husbands jeep which only have a 4" lift and 35's on it) uses Crowley and they said 'crowly wont accept the dimensions of your other jeep- nor do they know how to drive it' (as it is a bit intimidating if you dont know old vehicles (lots of levers, etc), and it is built like a baby monster truck- albeit a gorgeous monster) .

Ill call Crowley directly. Thanks.

I do have time on my side as we are not sending over the bigger jeep till the first week in May. Im crossing my fingers that Ocean Blue will come through with a reasonable solution as we have already discussed some logistics.

 

My husband says I just need to be more firm and direct with people. Ill give that a whirl as well as I have already been taken for a ride more than once.

 
Posted : March 23, 2024 6:35 am
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