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Shipping car or motorcycle in container

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Has anyone shipped a car or motorcycle to the V.I.s in a 40 foot container with the rest of there household goods or do you have to ship them separately? If we could get by with a 20 foot container I would at least like to put my motorcycle in it with the rest of my stuff if possible. Thanks for the help!

Topic starter Posted : April 13, 2006 3:21 pm
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You can ship your vehicle(s) in a container with your household goods. Once you decide on a moving company, they can help you evaluate whether it is cost efficient and if there is room for everything. Just ask them for help figuring it out. I looked into it myself, but didn't have enough to fill the container... Good luck with your move.

Posted : April 13, 2006 4:19 pm
Becky R
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We shipped our Jeep Cherokee - you have to have less than 1/4 tank of gas and unhook the battery, and it has to be stabilized - they built a bulkhead to go over ours for more packing room which we didn't need in the end. Betcha you could have a crate built easily enough....just remember, if it's tied down, it has to be the last thing loaded, and there must be enough room around it for someone to walk around it, crank it, and get it out of the container for Customs.

We shipped 3 BR, LR, and 86 assorted boxes - we had EXCELLENT packers of the container at home and probably could have made do with a 20', even including the car. There was an oopsy on our order - we'd asked for a 40' and they sent a 45' - we could have moved another family with us. As a matter of fact, we DID bring some stuff for another family already on island.

Do a search on the board and you will come up with a lot of little hints on packing, marine insurance, etc. Lee with Managed Freight is great...

Posted : April 13, 2006 7:48 pm
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what about "Pods" do they ship to USVI?

Posted : April 13, 2006 7:50 pm
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PODS do not meet the requirements for freight shipment to the USVI.

Posted : April 13, 2006 8:02 pm
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We evaluated using a 40' container to ship our household goods and a vehicle but the $1600 difference in cost between a 20' container ($3500) and a 40' or 45' container ($5100) was more than the cost to simply ship the vehicle separately. Getting the vehicle in the container is not as easy as it sounds since they do not come with a ramp and the quoted fee for the container only includes a 2 hour loading window, assuming you are the one doing the loading. In addition, our vehicle was about 17' long, so once a bulkhead is built to separate the household goods from the vehicle, you only have about the equivalent of a 20' container for the household goods anyway. Our prices were based on transporting the stuff from Virginia to Florida and then shipping to STX, We used Crowley for the container and Seastar Lines for the vehicles. We were lucky that we went with the 20' container because there is no way the trucking company could have gotten a 40' container up our driveway here, which is something I had not considered. It still took the driver about an hour to get the 20' container into our driveway.

Posted : April 14, 2006 8:56 pm
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