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captbone posted 03-07-2003 10:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for captbone   Send Email to captbone  
I have 4 hp evinrude I want to ship to my brother in Il. Mail boxes ect said it would be to big for UPS and Fex ex would cost 350.00, any ideas.
whalersman posted 03-07-2003 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
I had an 8 hp evinrude sent from Michigan to California via UPS..... It was only 75 pounds and cost about $60.00 for shipping... It arrived in a heavy cardboard box with alot of buble wrap and everything was OK.

I don't think Mail Boxes really wants to deal with it...

John O posted 03-07-2003 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Call American Freight Ways. I believe they are owned by Fed X (recent purchase) Find number on the web. I had a 75hp Merc shipped from Fla to MA. It would be less to have it shipped to a business that has a loading dock. That's what I did. Cost me just over $240.00. They will quote you 400 plus and discount 40% plus from there.

try these #'s 888 267 8572--800 239 4841

John O posted 03-07-2003 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
If you are around 50#'s go with UPS
ShrimpBurrito posted 03-08-2003 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Capt - Fedex, UPS, and Airborne all ship packages up to 150 lbs, so any of those are an option. Airborne will be cheapest by a few bucks. It costs ~$29 to ship 60 lbs from Portland, OR to Chicago, getting there in 4 days. The actual cost in your case would likely be a little higher due to your packages' large dimensions. 2-day service would be roughly twice the above rate, and overnight service is typically twice the 2-day rate.

With all these couriers, you can insure and and track your motor. Insurance is super cheap, so buy it.

Shipping outlets like Mailboxes Etc. typically add a service charge of up to 50%-100% of the actual rate, so your best bet is to go directly to any of these couriers' "staffed locations" to drop off your package.

frontier posted 03-08-2003 12:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
Airborne! Best price AND service!!
whalerron posted 03-08-2003 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Take a look at Forward Air. I just had a 350 pound crate shipped from Kansas City to Baltimore, MD for $75.

- ron

etstmeb posted 03-08-2003 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for etstmeb  Send Email to etstmeb     
Forward Air is my vote also--Airport to Airport is extremely cheap. Nice people too. Steve Leone, you're probably an authority on this---any thoughts?

Steve

jimh posted 03-09-2003 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would contact the freight agent of the local railroad. You can arrange to have a box car spotted on a team track near you. You can then load the box car with your "something big". Once your box car is loaded you can lock the door (with your own lock). Notify the railroad and their agent will come out and seal the door. Your shipment is ready. A locomotive will be dispatched and will remove the box car from the team track, taking it to a freight yard to be made up into a train to your destination in Il (Illinois).

After a week or two the box car will be spotted on a team track you specify in Illinois, plenty of time to allow you to mail the key to the lock to your brother. He can drive up to the team track. If the car is not sealed, he can contact the local freight agent to notify him of unauthorized entry into the car.

Assuming the box car remained sealed, then your brother can open the box car door and remove your "something big" from the box car.

At each end of this shipment the loading and unloading will be your responsibility. The railroad will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to load and unload, but if the box car is detained by you for an excessive amount of time, you will incur demurrage charges.

Shipping by rail like this is the cheapest way to send something big.

Now if you want to ship a 4-HP outboard I'd just call AIRBORNE EXPRESS. Every day a million or more items that are too big for UPS shipment are sent via dozens of companies like AIRBORNE EXPRESS. There must be 10,000 large computer monitors shipped everyday via non-UPS methods. It is a very competitive industry, and the prices are excellent bargains. I just shipped a very large and heavy CRT computer monitor to Massachusetts (weighed about 65 pounds) for less than $75.

jimh posted 03-09-2003 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would contact the freight agent of the local railroad. You can arrange to have a box car spotted on a team track near you. You can then load the box car with your "something big". Once your box car is loaded you can lock the door (with your own lock). Notify the railroad and their agent will come out and seal the door. Your shipment is ready. A locomotive will be dispatched and will remove the box car from the team track, taking it to a freight yard to be made up into a train to your destination in Il (Illinois).

After a week or two the box car will be spotted on a team track you specify in Illinois, plenty of time to allow you to mail the key to the lock to your brother. He can drive up to the team track. If the car is not sealed, he can contact the local freight agent to notify him of unauthorized entry into the car.

Assuming the box car remained sealed, then your brother can open the box car door and remove your "something big" from the box car.

At each end of this shipment the loading and unloading will be your responsibility. The railroad will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to load and unload, but if the box car is detained by you for an excessive amount of time, you will incur demurrage charges.

Shipping by rail like this is the cheapest way to send something big.

Now if you want to ship a 4-HP outboard I'd just call AIRBORNE EXPRESS. Every day a million or more items that are too big for UPS shipment are sent via dozens of companies like AIRBORNE EXPRESS. There must be 10,000 large computer monitors shipped everyday via non-UPS methods. It is a very competitive industry, and the prices are excellent bargains. I just shipped a very large and heavy CRT computer monitor to Massachusetts (weighed about 65 pounds) for less than $75.

jimh posted 03-09-2003 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I would contact the freight agent of the local railroad. You can arrange to have a box car spotted on a team track near you. You can then load the box car with your "something big". Once your box car is loaded you can lock the door (with your own lock). Notify the railroad and their agent will come out and seal the door. Your shipment is ready. A locomotive will be dispatched and will remove the box car from the team track, taking it to a freight yard to be made up into a train to your destination in Il (Illinois).

After a week or two the box car will be spotted on a team track you specify in Illinois, plenty of time to allow you to mail the key to the lock to your brother. He can drive up to the team track. If the car is not sealed, he can contact the local freight agent to notify him of unauthorized entry into the car.

Assuming the box car remained sealed, then your brother can open the box car door and remove your "something big" from the box car.

At each end of this shipment the loading and unloading will be your responsibility. The railroad will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to load and unload, but if the box car is detained by you for an excessive amount of time, you will incur demurrage charges.

Shipping by rail like this is the cheapest way to send something big.

Now if you want to ship a 4-HP outboard I'd just call AIRBORNE EXPRESS. Every day a million or more items that are too big for UPS shipment are sent via dozens of companies like AIRBORNE EXPRESS. There must be 10,000 large computer monitors shipped everyday via non-UPS methods. It is a very competitive industry, and the prices are excellent bargains. I just shipped a very large and heavy CRT computer monitor to Massachusetts (weighed about 65 pounds) for less than $75.

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