Shipping Boards Now that Amtrak is Suspended

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  1. justsomedude

    justsomedude New Member

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    Looking to ship four boards across the country, but really just want to hear everyone's thoughts on shipping now that Amtrak has suspended Express Shipping. I know Bruce Fowler brought it up in another thread, but never heard anything about alternatives. Any recommendations for cost-effective shipping?

    Greyhound appears to have a length limit of 82", but guessing they aren't very strict about it.
     
  2. garagefull

    garagefull Well-Known Member

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    In my experience, Greyhound is fairly strict on the length limit. I think it has to do with the size of the baggage area under the floorboards of the bus. I took a 8' board to Greyhound because the Amtrak rails were closed for two weeks. I had two people measure it right away and both tell me that they could not accept it. Finally a guy came out from the back and mentioned that there was one type of bus that could take it. But there was no telling when that bus would come to the station. It could be tomorrow, or it could be weeks. So they reluctantly accepted it and the board made it in a few days. I would not want to try it again. The best part about the experience was that the Greyhound employees refer to the bus with the larger cargo area as the "fiberglass" bus!
     
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  3. justsomedude

    justsomedude New Member

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    Ha, good to know! I've got one board that is 7'2", maybe there's more "fiberglass" busses that depart Port Authority.
     
  4. JBorbone

    JBorbone Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the process of figuring out some alternatives as well. It looks like if you have a business and can commit to an annual number of shipments, Delta and DHL are viable options. I'm currently exploring both of those routes
     
  5. justsomedude

    justsomedude New Member

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    Tried looking into Delta a little bit and said there weren't any shipping times available for me, but I think it could have been due to my shipping window. Congrats on the move to FL btw!
     
  6. JMAC

    JMAC Active Member

    Dolly is pretty much the only other option. If you can pack it she can get the freight company to pick it up...depends on location. If you’re in the San Diego area she could pack and ship for you obviously at a cost. Shipping cross country is about $200 something plus cost of packaging. She ships an obscene amount of boards so might take her a bit to get back to ya. Where are you shipping from? To?
     
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  7. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    The convenience and trust that it will be done right is why I’d use Dolly rather then try to save a penny and face aggravation.
     
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  8. justsomedude

    justsomedude New Member

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    I live in New York City and will be shipping to Los Angeles. I've reached out to Dolly before to see about shipping a board, but didn't realize that she could set up the freight company to pick up and ship a board box. Seems like a great option.
     
  9. Makawaosurfer93

    Makawaosurfer93 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, Dolly is not cheap if packaging and shipping and picking up from seller. Paid in excess of $300 each for 2 boards shipped together to njlongboarder and myself. That said, even if they tried the airlines could not have damaged them they were packed so well. No offense to Smukes.:D
     
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  10. cuda

    cuda Well-Known Member

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    Forward Air will do person to person shipping. they have good rates. if you can pick up and or drop off at a terminal you will save some $. the one caveat and maybe a deal breaker is that person to person shipments are not insured. I think that Business to person can be insured. other shipping companies worth considering are Daylight Transport and Pilot Air.
     

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