Do you need to move your RV from one location to another? Or perhaps you’ve found an exciting new destination that you want to explore but you don’t want to have to drive your RV all the way there?

When it comes to shipping an RV, there are several options available to you, depending on your budget, the type of vehicle that you own, and your exact requirements. 

In the RV shipping guide below, you’ll discover everything you need to know about moving your RV with minimum stress and maximum efficiency. 

What are the different ways you can move an RV?

There are three main types of trailer and RV transport services to choose from:

  1. Drive-away RV Shipping 

Drive-away RV shipping is one of the most popular methods of moving an RV anywhere on the mainland. That said, it’s also the most expensive method, which may make it cost-prohibitive for some. 

With this method, you hire a driver to drive your RV from your chosen pick-up location to the exact drop-off location. As you might imagine, this offers maximum convenience and speed. 

  1. RV Towing 

Towing is often seen on major highways and is used to transport vehicles such as RVs, trailers, and vehicles that don’t have an engine. If you choose this method of transportation for your RV, your vehicle will be picked up by the towing company, attached to a truck, and towed to its destination. This option is more cost-effective than drive-away RV shipping. 

  1. RV Hauling 

Using RV haulers is your final choice and is typically used to transport RVs and trailers via either lowboy or flatbed to your desired location on the mainland. 

This method is often used if a trailer or RV can’t operate or can’t be towed. RV hauling also uses a method known as step deck hauling to transport lightweight RV trailers across the country. 

How to prepare your RV for shipping 

Inside preparations 

  • Take down anything that’s hanging on the walls 
  • Take down any loose items
  • Disconnect power supplies including gas and electricity 
  • Check the cargo department for any loose items 
  • Close the latches on all the windows, doors, and cabinets 
  • Tape any doors, windows, or cabinets that you can’t securely shut 

Outside preparations 

  • If your RV has slide-outs, make sure you lock these 
  • Secure all external doors, windows, and chains 
  • Check your RV’s turn signals, indicator lights, parking brakes, and parking lights

Safety measures 

  • Check your RV for any damage 
  • Check the air pressure of your tires
  • Check your airbags and emergency brakes 


Although the prospect of entrusting someone you don’t know to transport your RV across the country can be a daunting process, as long as you do your research, your prized vehicle should arrive at its destination in the condition you left it in. 

When choosing a company to move your RV, make sure that you look for a reliable and reputable provider and take the time to read online reviews and customer testimonials.

Robert Earl

Robert Earl

Robert Earl

Robert has 20+ years of experience as a Real Estate Agent, Coach, Digital Marketer & Author, coupled with a unique expertise in professional RV Park Management. His time as an RV Park Manager has been marked by a strong ability to increase campground occupancy and revenue through strategic management and targeted marketing efforts. His dual career in online marketing and RV Park Management provides a rich perspective on success in diverse fields. Robert Earl is passionate about teaching and empowering others to pursue their dreams and create sustainable income. Whether through a career in real estate, affiliate marketing, niche blogging, or transforming campgrounds into thriving communities, his proven strategies and techniques have helped numerous individuals and businesses succeed. Based on his years of experience and knowledge in the online marketing industry, along with his hands-on management in the RV Park sector, he has crafted a unique and effective approach to personal and professional growth. In addition to his business pursuits, Robert is also a CrossFit Online Level 1 Trainer (CF-OL1) and enjoys fitness activities, including Rucking workouts while traveling the country. His multifaceted career showcases his dedication to growth, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence in various domains.

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