LTL Freight Shipping in Winter Weather!
The winter months are a busy time of year for many of our LTL Freight Customers!
Here are a few Things to remember when shipping LTL freight during the winter:
1. Plan ahead- Snow and ice can lead to delayed transit of your shipment. If you can’t drive your car on the road, our LTL freight carriers’ trucks can’t drive either! During the winter LTL freight shipping terminals close when the weather is bad and LTL freight shipments get stuck sitting in a warehouse until the roads clear up.
2.Can your shipment freeze?—If you are shipping anything that is at risk of damage in low temperatures you will need to insulate it or hold off on LTL freight shipping until the weather warms up. Our LTL freight carriers do not have temperature controlled trailers so expect your shipment to get as cold as the air outside. Here are some items that may be affected:
a. Chemicals- We have a customer that ships paints and other chemicals on a weekly basis, during the winter months this LTL freight shipper has to ship using temperature controlled trailers.
b. Food product
c. Equipment with small moving pieces- These moving parts can lock-up and freeze which may damage the machine.
We have a staff of LTL freight quote experts that will be able to answer any questions you might have about LTL freight shipping during the winter months. You may also want to ask the manufacturer of your LTL freight shipment to find out its freezing temperature.
Many of our customers at CheapShipping.com purchase their LTL freight in online auctions, from sites like Ebay or liquidation centers. These shipments require only a little more planning than the shipment going from one business to another.
Here are some things to think about when setting up your LTL pick up from an online auction:
- Make sure you know the weight and dimensions of the item you are purchasing. Without this information our quote specialists will not be able to get you the most accurate rate.
- Will a pickup number be required for the driver to pick up the freight?
- When you are ready to schedule your pickup make sure you have the seller’s name, business name and phone number. The driver may need to contact the pickup location to make an appointment or get directions.
If you have purchased something large online, LTL freight shipping is an excellent and inexpensive way to ship your new purchase. Please contact us to get an LTL freight shipping quote on your LTL freight shipment our team will ensure you get an accurate LTL freight quote and your LTL freight shipment runs smoothly!
LTL freight shipping a motorcycle is a low cost way to move your motorcycle; however it does require a little more effort than with a specialized motorcycle carrier. Your motorcycle will need to be crated and drained of all fluids.
Things to know about LTL freight shipping a motorcycle:
- You must crate your motorcycle
- You must drain your motorcycle of all the fluids
- It’s a good idea to make sure your motorcycle is strapped down so that it will not move within the crate during transit.
We have had customers that LTL freight ship their motorcycles to bike shows or for long distance moves. Shipping a bike to a show involves a little bit of planning; shows frequently have small windows of time for our drivers to bring their trucks in and out of the area. We have a team of people who have experience doing this and with a few days of notice we can coordinate this to run as smoothly as possible.
The LTL freight class of a motorcycle is based on its density and can be LTL freight class 100 or LTL freight class 150. In order to give the most accurate LTL freight quote we will need to have the dimensions of the crate we are LTL freight shipping and the weight of your LTL freight shipment so that we can find the density and class of you LTL freight shipment. If you are shipping motorcycle please contact one of our LTL freight quote specialist and they will make sure your shipment runs as smoothly as possible.
People often LTL freight ship paper products because they are bulky and not easily damaged. We have several customers that ship a variety of paper products; cardboard, cups, and files. While each of these items is made of basically the same resources, they are LTL freight classed differently.
We have a customer that LTL freight ships double corrugated cardboard used to package wine from wineries nationwide. His LTL freight shipments of cardboard are LTL freight class 125.
Another customer LTL freight shipped paper cups stacked in a sleeve and boxed to a drive in movie theatre in California. These paper cups are LTL freight class 85. Since paper cups are not very costly and when packaged in a box on a pallet they are not easily damaged they are assigned a very low LTL freight class.
Still another potential customer called our LTL freight quote specialist to get an LTL freight quote for a shipment of paper files. These files are LTL freight class 55. The files are a low freight class because they are of little monetary value, durable, and very dense. I would warn you though, if you are shipping files that contain vulnerable information you should notify your LTL freight quote specialist to make sure LTL freight shipping is the best option for you.
When shipping paper products ask one of our LTL freight quote specialists to LTL freight class it for you so that you can be sure to LTL freight class your LTL freight properly.
One of the most commonly LTL freight shipped items is used electronics. People ship used electronics for repair, resale or storage. Many times when people LTL freight ship used electronics they put many different types of used electronics on a single pallet. With new electronics this sometimes causes a problem, however with used electronics it’s no big deal! Most used electronics are LTL freight class 92.5 which makes shipping an assorted variety of electronics much easier and less expensive for our LTL freight shippers.
Things to know when getting an LTL freight quote when shipping used electronics:
- Know the weight and dimensions of your LTL freight shipment
- The value of the used electronics you are LTL freight shipping
When packaging used electronics, make sure they are protected and securely fastened on a pallet. Remember that LTL freight will be moved on and off several trucks and it is important that even used electronics are properly packaged when they are being moved like this.
Just because you are shipping something used, don’t neglect to insure it! Most carriers include some insurance in the cost of transportation, but it’s worth confirming how much you are covered. If your freight isn’t covered to the extent that you need coverage we can offer you third party insurance.