Camper Trailer transport from QLD to Perth

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Hello, I am looking for advice and perhaps indicative pricing from anyone who has transported a camper trailer from QLD to WA. Depot or house to Depot is what we are after.
I had a look on the internet and called a few places but the prices seem very high. Just wondering if anyone has done similar and can recommend a transport company they have used,

We may have found the camper we are looking for but it is far away :(
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:53

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:53
Dustin, it will cost you a heap to move the camper that distance. Essentially, it's a VERY long way!
The problem is that campers are bulky cargo and you pay for the cubic area occupied, not the weight.

Trucking crowds work on 333kg to the cubic metre. If your item weighs less than 333kg per cu m, you pay on cubic rate.
So calculate the camper dimensions and get the cubic metre figure and multiply by 333 and that is the equivalent tonnage rate you will pay.

So if the camper is say, 2M wide x 1.4M high x 3.6M long, you have 10.08 cubic metres and the equivalent of 3356 kgs in weight measure.
So you pay the tonnage rate x 3.356. Tonnage rate from Bris-Perth would be around $500 a tonne, so that would work out to $1678.

I got quotes on car transport recently from Melb-Perth and I found the following car transport companies prompt to reply - but there was a wide variation in quotes.

However, not all car transporters will take trailers. Some of them will refer you to others that will.

The best method is to find someone roadtraining general freight from Bris-Perth, who will "top-load" your camper. In this case, they forklift the camper onto a frame that suspends the camper above other heavyweight freight.
This frame gives them additional carrying capacity and it is a method often used to transport bulky items such as cars and trailers.

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I have also used Watsons Express Transport quite often for loads from Sydney and Melbourne, and they are efficient and prompt at phone quoting if you have all the load details to hand.
Sometimes, the likes of Watsons can swing a deal where some other truckie takes the camper Bris-Adelaide, and Watsons take it Adelaide-Perth.
Depot-to-depot price will also be a better price than door-to-door.

Watsons Express Transport

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 23:00

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 23:00
Hang on, I forgot one site. On the site below, you can post your load and request a quote.
Make sure you put in a reasonable time frame (2-4 weeks out gives you the best prices), and supply as much detail as possible regarding pickup method/point, and state that you're happy to pick up from a Perth depot.

Loadshift

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Dustin - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 23:56

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 23:56
Thanks for these tailed response and for the list of potential carriers, I'll be busy on Tuesday. Also, I now understand why the transport costs are so high, unfortunately the camper we are looking at is an extenda model with a walkway at the end of the bed so not the smallest camper on the market.
Thanks again, cheers
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Follow Up By: Dustin - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 00:15

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 00:15
Dam iPads - should have been "thanks for the detailed response......."
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 14:49

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 14:49
Hi all,
My sons girlfriend, freighted her subaroo, wrx, from canberra to perth, think it took one or two weeks, cost her $1100... Not allowed to have anything in the vehicle though... Thought that was reasonable... Cheer
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 18:16

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 18:16
Odog, that price isn't just reasonable, that would rate as the cheapest around. The best price I got late last year, was $1600 for Melb-Perth for a Subaru Forester. Some of the other crowds wanted $2300-2400.

Rates should be easing off now with cheaper fuel. However, shipping anything West across the Long Paddock means you pay all the way. Shipping stuff East, it's dirt cheap in comparison, half the trucks are going back empty.

Back about 1994, we trucked the 'Cruiser from Perth to Adelaide for $300 backload cost (it was $900 back then for Adelaide-Perth) - caught the big silver bird to Adelaide, picked the 'Cruiser up, drove right through to Cairns, and stayed in Cairns for a week.

Then we trucked the 'Cruiser on another backload to Adelaide for another $300 - caught the big silver bird back to Adelaide, picked up the 'Cruiser and drove back to Perth!
The backload cost each way was less than the fuel cost for the 'Cruiser back then, so it worked out a treat, and saved us a lot of additional driving.
Even as it was, we still did 9000kms in a month with the 'Cruiser!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 19:35

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 19:35
Hey Ron
Now I think about it, was 3 or 4 years ago now... I didn't mention that.... but I thought it was a reasonable price back then at the time, sorry bout that... Cheers
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 05:26

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 05:26
An alternative is to post a request on camper trailer forums. Some folks are willing to do this kind of thing.
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Follow Up By: Dustin - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:34

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:34
Thanks, I'll give that a go too
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:00

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:00
Hi Dustin
I have contact with a Geelong company that does this sort of work, and took a couple of items for us recently (I know he transported a rally car from Canberra a couple of weeks ago).
The company is BDR haulage and the guy's name is Brad. You'll find BDR Haulage on Facebook, or his number is 0424 449 631.
He has a flat tray for larger loads like a van or trailer, but also uses a Landcruiser ute for smaller jobs or towing etc.
Worth a call, though I agree with others it's a big and expensive trek from Brisbane to Perth.
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Follow Up By: Dustin - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:35

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:35
Thanks, I'll give him a call later today
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Reply By: peter r14 - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:58

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:58
Try GKR they run weekly and will be about the best price mate
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:41

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:41
With fuel being quite cheap at the moment, wondered about driving over and picking up the camper yourself?

But doing the maths doesn't make it very cost effective, even with cheap fuel.

8,800 kms return, Perth - Brissy - Perth, at say, 14L/100, @ $1.30/litre average = $1600, then some tucker, maybe accommodation, so round it off at 2 grand.

Then there's loss of income for 10-14 days, maybe a tyre or four...........yeah, transport is looking good.

Ah well, it was just a thought, Dustin. :-)

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 09:00

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 09:00
That's not even counting depreciation and wear and tear Bob.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:08

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:08
Too true, Sigmund!

Might have ended up with a migraine if I'd tried to include those as well. :-)

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:33

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:33
Best not to think about it when personal use is involved. Only when doing your tax return for business use!
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Follow Up By: Dustin - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:37

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:37
This is by far the most appealing option but leave is in very short supply so reading your response is about as far as this idea will get, :(
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 21:31

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 21:31
Hi Dustin

In July 2009 we had a single axle van transported from Caloundra in Queensland to our door in Perth. The transporter was OPSL, who specialise in transport for caravans, boats etc.

The cost back then was $2640. No idea what the present cost would be.

No problems with the transport.

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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 09:03

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 09:03
Wonder how the shekels work out if you take it on the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth. You still have to drive it of course.

I did the numbers for a car, CT and two of us on the Ghan, Darwin to Perth so backhaul rates, and it was still exxy.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:31

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:31
Sorry, that's should be Darwin to Adelaide!
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 15:57

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 15:57
They say no vans Poptops etc and it must be driven onto and off the train and can only be booked 3 weeks in advance if there is room.

Would be $1756 Syd -Perth for over 5.5 m long.
I remember when I was going to go to Perth they said there was no space for storage so someone would have to drive it on and someone else would have to meet and remove on arrival
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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 16:02

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 16:02
Made a few errors there so look here They do take camper trailers with size restrictions and book up to 30 days in advance unaccompanied

http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/fares_and_timetables/motorail/unaccompanied_motorail/
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Reply By: disco driver - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:30

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:30
Here's a thought from left field.
Why not take your holidays at the time, farm out the kids, if any, to the grandparents and drive to Qld. Pick up the camper and drive home, stopping here and there, as you might on a road trip holiday.

When you look at it as part of a holiday, writing the costs off as holiday costs rather than a pick up and deliver trip, it might seem a good alternative.

It just depends on how you look at it.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Dustin - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:39

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:39
Its a great idea but we don't have any leave left after Christmas holidays but we would have loved to do this
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 15:14

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 15:14
Dustin
may be worth calling Freightrite or Land transport in Brisbane or even a company called Corden transport as well
they all freight gear to me in Perth with a good record as far as damage goes ( None in 8 years )
prices will vary but maybe worth the call
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