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Hello All, I am planning a camping trip at a BMW rally in WI this month. I will be traveling solo from Charlotte, NC to Louisville, KY and then two up on to Madison, WI. I was thinking about mailing my tent, sleeping bags, mattress pads, chairs, etc. instead of loading them on the bike. I am looking for advice from those with experience shipping this stuff. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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I haven't done this exactly, but I sell a lot on eBay so I ship quite a bit from home and I'm also the shipping foreman at our plant and ship/receive daily from there.

I think you'll find the cost prohibitive with the LTL companies, by the pallet.

The simplest solution would be to take everything to your local UPS store, FedEx Kinko's, or similar shipping outlet and they will help you with everything - boxes, advice, etc.
For the most part the biggest factor in the cost will be weight (as long as your boxes aren't TOO large), so pick & choose your 'freight' accordingly. You can have it all shipped to another UPS/FedEx store where you'll be landing.

I find the cost of UPS or FedEx Ground to be identical but sometimes UPS will sneak in surcharges for things like odd shapes or container materials so I prefer FedEx Ground. Square corrugated boxes are the easiest for them to handle, stack, & move. Just be sure to use good quality boxes with lotsa tape. If it's well packed you needn't worry about damage.
Don't forget to determine the total value & buy extra insurance if needed. it's cheap.

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If Mayberry Sherpa still has tents available, its a great deal, and might not be much more than two way shipping. I liked the Sherpa village too - it was a fun bunch of people to hang out with at night. Plus everything is set up and ready for you when you get there.

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Hello All, I am planning a camping trip at a BMW rally in WI this month. I will be traveling solo from Charlotte, NC to Louisville, KY and then two up on to Madison, WI. I was thinking about mailing my tent, sleeping bags, mattress pads, chairs, etc. instead of loading them on the bike. I am looking for advice from those with experience shipping this stuff. Thanks in advance for any advice.

I would check with your local Post Office or a new outfit called DHL. Prices will be a LOT lower than UPS or FEDEX.

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If you're going to buy average camping gear from a common retailer like Wallmart or Sports Authority or something along that line,
I'd suggest you look around, get an idea of what you want,

then buy it when you get to where you're going to use it,
if you're not comfortable with that, call ahead and put it on "layaway.
from there ship it home from a local pack/n/send store,
they'll box it up for a few bucks and you'll save the shipping to send it out.

Unless you're buying high dollar gear, the price of a cheap tent and sleeping bag comes pretty close to one night in an average motel.


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If you're going to buy average camping gear from a common retailer like Wallmart or Sports Authority or something along that line,
I'd suggest you look around, get an idea of what you want,

then buy it when you get to where you're going to use it,
if you're not comfortable with that, call ahead and put it on "layaway.
from there ship it home from a local pack/n/send store,
they'll box it up for a few bucks and you'll save the shipping to send it out.

Unless you're buying high dollar gear, the price of a cheap tent and sleeping bag comes pretty close to one night in an average motel.
You know what - that is some darn good advice. Fact, it's like a slap on the forehead kind!! I've gotten so wrapped up in UPSing stuff back and forth, I never thought about leaving the casa with only one change of undies and buying more at the destination site and shipping those back on the return-to-home trip. Would go for other stuff besides just undies. Thanks, Hans - excellent info. (Plus, I loves to shop at shoppes I've never been to before!! )
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When you said "WI" I thought of the MOA Rally this summer. When I attended their Rally in Spokane, WA they had a UPS store right on site where you could ship things home conveniently. The store was intended for those who purchased vendor stuff or prizes - would also work for camping gear. If that's your rally you might check to see if they have something similar this year.

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I would buy what you need where you live and see how it will pack and secure to the bike, so there are no surprises when you get were your going. Don't want the bike looking like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies for the distance from Wally World and your destination. Besides it just might not be safe..........Then Ship It.....

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call ahead and put it on "layaway.
just fyi - looks like layaway will soon be another thing of the past - at least at Wal-Mart...

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...t_layaway.html

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Plus, I loves to shop at shoppes I've never been to before!!
Are WalMarts in different towns all that different?

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I bet we have the finest selection of spandex and sweatpants shoppers anywhere!!!

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Are WalMarts in different towns all that different?
Hey, course they are. There's the olde phart door greeters - they's different, sorta, kinda, errr - well, at least they're not kin to each other --- maybe. Yeah, and some have the front door facin' east - others face west or sumpthin'! And then there's the automotive departments - some have ALL their stuff made in China; others have one, maybe two items, made in the good ole USA (deer whistles and synthetic fluids, e.g.!). And then there's the in-store restaurants - some have MickeyDees and some don't. And I'm always on the lookout for one with a *$$ shoppe!!

So see - all depends on your shopping outlook!! Oh, and one thang that does make 'em all alike tho, is the perpetual RV show. I tried going thru a couple of the demo's oncet, butt never could find a saleman to lemme in. A show and they lock all the demos!! Whazzup with that?! There wuz one that I successfully managed to tour, butt that alarm sound wuz deafening!

I thought the paint scheme on the local cop cars wuz interesting tho.
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a new outfit called DHL.
heh, ain't exactly "new". Been around for over 3 decades.
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I have mixed fellings about shipping stuff... If you can't comfortably fit your gear on your bike, maybe you're taking too much stuff? Or maybe it would be easier to find budget hotels? I get it if you're traveling two up - but maybe a second motorcycle would be a better option?

heh heh.

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When you said "WI" I thought of the MOA Rally this summer. When I attended their Rally in Spokane, WA they had a UPS store right on site where you could ship things home conveniently. The store was intended for those who purchased vendor stuff or prizes - would also work for camping gear. If that's your rally you might check to see if they have something similar this year.

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Last summer I sent my camping gear and extra clothes to Exxex Junction to the UPS store at the BMWMOA Rally site. When I got there I found that the box had been sitting somewhere in the rain until the box must have dissolved. UPS had repackaged my gear but it was all still soaked inside the new box. The UPS employee just shrugged his shoulders without so much as "Hey I'm sorry".

My point is not so much that the stuff was soaked, but the poor attitude and lack of concern of the UPS rep.

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