Shipping A Dually Truck – Process, Preparation And Costs

Shipping A Dually Truck

A dually truck, also known as a dual rear wheel truck, has a rear axle configuration with two wheels on each side of the rear, instead of the standard single rear wheel setup. This provides extra weight capacity and traction which makes them ideal work trucks for hauling heavy loads or towing large trailers. The extra wheels spread the weight of the vehicle and its cargo across a larger tire contact patch for improved traction and less chance of slipping.

Preparing the Truck for Shipping

Remove Any Attachments or Items in the Bed

You will need to remove anything mounted in the bed of the truck like ladders, toolboxes, cartop carriers etc. Anything loose inside the bed also needs to be cleaned out and properly stored or transported separately. Leaving loose items inside risks them getting damaged during transport.

Drain Fluids and Secure Hood, Doors and Tailgate

For long distance transport, you should drain all fluids like gas, oil, coolant, windshield washer fluid etc. to minimize leaks. Secure the hood, doors and tailgate with ratchet straps or bungee cords to prevent them from opening during transport.

Inflate Tires to Proper Pressure

Check and inflate the tires, including the spare, to the maximum pressure stated on the sidewall. Under-inflated tires are more prone to damage on the road.


“Proper preparation ensures a smooth transportation of any vehicle, especially a heavy duty truck.” – John Doe, Owner of Doe’s Trucking

Choosing a Shipping Method

There are a few options available to ship a dually truck over long distances:

Enclosed Transport

For secure door-to-door transport, an enclosed auto carrier is best. The truck will be driven into the carrier and securely strapped down inside. This protects against all weather elements and potential damage. However, it is also the most expensive option averaging $3-5 per mile.

Open Transport

With open transport, the truck is strapped to a tilt bed trailer and transported in the open. It is exposed to weather but substantially cheaper than enclosed at around $2-3 per mile. Extra protective wraps and straps are recommended. Only recommended for short/medium hauls.

Drive-Away Service

A professional driver will transport the truck by driving it to the destination. Though the most involved, it is only slightly more than open transport costs. The vehicle remains under the control of the transporter throughout the journey.

Factors Affecting Shipping Costs


Distance is the biggest determinant of cost – the further the destination, the higher the shipping charges will be per mile. Expect to pay a minimum of $1000-2000 for cross-country relocation of a full-sized dually truck.

Time of Travel

Traveling during peak seasons between Memorial Day to Labor Day can increase rates by 20-30%. Any rush or expedited deliveries within a short timeframe also costs more.

Vehicle Specifications

A larger, heavier truck with greater dimensions will naturally take more effort and space to transport. Extra fees apply for trucks over 8feet wide and 25feet long, and for 4-door crew cab models.

Fuel Surcharges

Fluctuating diesel prices result in fuel surcharges which are often passed down to customers. Rates tend to rise with an increase in gas prices nationally.

Special Requests

Accessories like enclosed transport, liftgate delivery, residential drop-offs have additional fees over normal commercial deliveries. Heavier-duty towing for inoperable vehicles also costs more.

Additional Costs

Tolls and Permits

Per-state toll fees and special hauling permits have to be factored in depending on the route. These vary greatly and can add a few hundred dollars to the overall budget.


Full coverage insurance is strongly advised for any valuable vehicle during transport. Expect to pay 1-3% of the truck’s worth for insured declared value protection.

Pre-Transport Service

Additional charges apply if the truck requires servicing like oil changes, brake inspection etc. before being certified road-worthy for the journey.

Tips For a Smooth Transportation

  • Book well in advance during off-season for best rates
  • Choose reputable carriers with positive online reviews
  • Inspect truck thoroughly afterwards and note any issues ASAP
  • Pack important documents and spare keys separately from vehicle
  • Opt for enclosed transport for new/high-end trucks

Shipping even a basic dually truck long-distance can cost somewhere between $2000-5000 after considering all factors. Proper planning and vendor selection ensures a safe and timely transportation of this heavy work vehicle despite the expenses involved. Overall preparation is key for any vehicle relocation effort, especially larger commercial trucks.