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Old 11-17-2015, 12:03 PM
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I am debating on picking up my Karavan from the port of LA or having it shipped. Since it is a Kamper with three instead of 4 wheels, they are asking me if I can get a ramp or have access to a ramp to unload the vehicle.

Not sure if you can rent one of these or not

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Old 11-17-2015, 03:13 PM
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Pick it up and swing through the Mojave and Moab. Personally, I'd make a long trip out of that break in.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:32 PM
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Unload the Kamper from the ship or onto a vehicle transport trailer? For the right bribe, I'll pick it up and meet you half way if schedules work with detours as OilHammer suggests!
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:49 PM
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I am debating picking up. It will be after I have just taken an 18 day vacation to Australia and New Zealand, so don't want to take more time off work. If I have it shipped, I will meet the owner in Sydney where he will drive us 1.5 hours south to a dealer for a walkthrough on a similar unit. There is an advantage to that getting to see a part of Australia I wouldn't have seen, a small coastal town. If I pick it up I will get walked through my unit at the port of LA.

I am trading the two options. I found some truck ramps I could rent/buy or even get a flatbed tow truck, move from one to the other and then tilt the tow truck ramp
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You might want to get costs to transport first. Getting trailers transported is a pain and cost is normally pretty high.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:53 PM
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You might want to get costs to transport first. Getting trailers transported is a pain and cost is normally pretty high.
Yup thats why I am asking about a ramp because they asked me
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unload the vehicle from what a container? what are the ramps for, hook it up and drive out
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Flights to LA are cheap. Fly out, rent a vehicle with a hitch, stash it in a storage bldg, then drive out and get it when you can take a vacation and do it right. Or...I have a client in LA and San Diego. I can bring it back to Denver slightly used.
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Old 11-17-2015, 10:02 PM
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Flights to LA are cheap. Fly out, rent a vehicle with a hitch, stash it in a storage bldg, then drive out and get it when you can take a vacation and do it right. Or...I have a client in LA and San Diego. I can bring it back to Denver slightly used.
Gee I hadn't thought of that

Barry- wasn't looking for someone to tell me what to do, just gathering data so I can make my own decision. If I fly out, I would rent a car and bring it back with me. With the time to store it and airport back, I would be half way to Denver

Wes- If I ship it, it will be coming on a flatbed truck I am told with no ramps. They asked if I had access to a loading dock so I asked if Ramps to the flatbed would work

I haven't decided one way or the other because I don't have the data. Going to a small coastal town for a walk though of a similar unit by the owner of the company has its advantages although he also offered to come to LA and walk me through my unit which also has its advantages.

I won't have someone else pick it up because it wont be bonded and insured by Kimberley Kampers in the event of a problem. I will either

1) Travel to the small coastal town in Australia to get a demo of a similar unit by the owner of the company. He will do that IF I ship it to Denver

Or

2) Pick it up at the port of LA myself and the owner is coming anyways to show the owner of a much more expensive unit shipped with mine how everything works.

I understand the costs etc of Option 2, just gathering the data for Option 1. You guys should know me. Its the engineer in me that wants to have the data to evaluate options

I have figured out the answer to my question with renting ramps or a flatbed tow truck. Now if someone has a loading dock I can pull the trailer on to and drive off, that would be additional information
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Rams will be a bad idea. Do as you mentioned with a tow truck. Back it up, move over and then winch down from tow truck.
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