Shipping a wr 426, can anyone reccomend a shipper?
Posted February 21, 2003 - 03:04 PM
Posted February 21, 2003 - 03:33 PM
Posted February 21, 2003 - 04:42 PM
The Forward Air terminal in Newark is a zoo. Everyone that works there gives you that bored "what the F do you want look".
Posted February 21, 2003 - 06:27 PM
Forward Air terminal in Newark is a zoo. Everyone that works there gives you that bored "what the F do you want look".
>> Same w/ Logan in Boston, except these dudes looked pissed.
Denver, on the other hand, was clean, VERY ORGANIZED, and the workers were quite pleasant.
Posted February 21, 2003 - 06:32 PM
Posted February 21, 2003 - 08:04 PM
The 'attitude' differences noted in the preceding posts, with all due respect to my eastern bike brethren, is just very typical of freight terminals the farther east you go. I will take heat for such a sterotypical statement, but there is a very good reason why many truckers, myself included, will not willingly go to the east coast. And I am speaking from years of experience.
Insane traffic and a toll booth on every 2 mile stretch of potholes is only part of the reason. The people you have to deal with (like these dockworkers and shippers/receivers), for the most part, really make you happy to leave, promising never to return.
You need to understand that the trailer you see your bike (or whatever) being loaded into is probably not the one it stays on. Once your freight gets back to the terminal, it is reloaded onto a different trailer which is "cubed-out", meaning your stuff will be crammed, stuffed, stacked on, tipped over....whatever it takes! Damage? "Who cares". Just make it fit! This may be repeated 2 or three more times.
Build a strong crate!!! Think 'Overkill'. Make the bottom 'forklift friendly' like a pallet (with a space for the forks) they will use a forklift anyway, and this will lessen the chance of your bike getting speared. Assume the crate must withstand the worst. Directional arrows often mean nothing if standing the crate on end makes it fit better. Pack with that in mind. Put arrows on every side anyway. Print labels to the effect: "WARNING: Protected by tilt indicator. To avoid freight claim, Contents MUST remain upright." You can actually buy tilt indicators (tattletails), I don't know where, but I have seen plenty of real ones. Note: exterior visible tattletails are often an amusing challenge for bored dockworkers; "Let's see what it takes to set that sucker off!"
Insure and photograph the contents and photograph the pristine crate as well. Make sure the receiver does not sign off without inspecting the contents thoroughly. Most times, the delivery driver will not wait, so sign "Subject to inspection. Signature indicates "item received" only.
I guarantee you the employees of most LTL freight companies, from the CEO on down, would never even consider shipping their most treasured family heirloom through their own system! I learned my lesson.
While employed by Yellow Freight, I had my son's new KTM 50cc racer shipped to me via Yellow (loyal fool that I was!) still in the factory crate. Not only did I pay twice too much, but my fellow teamsters destroyed the packing crate! We waited 7 months for that bike! It was his first 'new' bike. The bike was, miraculously, unharmed, though upside down and unprotected.(Chicago terminal buttheads!). A year later, when we bought a King Cobra (cause the "Kan't Take Much" really couldn't), Fed Ex did a wonderful job for half the price.
BTW: Don't yell at the delivery driver, he is the one who must bear the shame and embarrassment of delivering all the damaged stuff, even though it is very rarely his fault. If there is obvious damage to crate or contents, get him to note it on the bill. Protect your freight and yourself by documenting everything.
Posted February 22, 2003 - 12:42 AM
Chaindrive has many good points... make sure the sender does insure the thing properly...
Considered flying there and riding it back? LOL
Posted February 22, 2003 - 07:44 AM
Posted February 22, 2003 - 08:11 AM