Thanks to the Internet, my wife and I found a 5th wheel trailer - a big 37' rig - halfway across the country. Nevermind that we were in Illinois and the trailer near Washington, D.C. She wanted that Montana trailer! So...onto an airplane I went.
I had posted the potential transport job to uShip a few days earlier and had received a reasonable bid from an experienced shipper - one with loads of positive feedback. But, I couldn't accept his bid until and unless I actually bought the rig. I communicated the situation to the bidding service provider who kindly resubmitted his bid to give me time to get to Virginia from Illinois before it expired.
Well...I went, I saw, and, I bought. Now comes the amazing part. I handed the owner a check to pay for the trailer on Sunday. The trailer was left in a storage yard, locked, with the original owner holding one set of keys and the magic card that opened the gate to the storage facility. As soon as I got back to the hotel, using the hotel's PC and 'net connection, I accepted the bid, and, once I had our shipper's contact numbers, I called him with the news - and, the info that he was going to have to work out an arrangement with the trailer's previous owner regarding pickup. I was more than a little nervous about that part, actually, as I saw lots of opportunities for problems and delays lurking in those details.
Last night, Tuesday - two scant days after I first saw this fifth wheel trailer, at about midnight, local time, our new trailer appeared in our driveway.
The service provider uShip helped us to find is absolutely top drawer. He's a pro, and, even after an 800 mile drive, was willing to take a few minutes and show me a few things about our new home on wheels.
'Yomanracing' - Dave Smoot, our service provider - is a true hero of the transport business in my book. Thanks for helping put us together, uShip.