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Old 12-07-2005, 05:48 AM
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Best way to ship large items?

I've done a search but didn't get any good leads.

I would like to know what others use to ship large items on the mainland? I am hoping to pick up 2 bumpers for the w126. The items are in San Antonio, TX and would like them sent to Columbus, OH. I know members use special services to ship complete engines... is this the method that I need to follow? Any recommendations?

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Old 12-07-2005, 07:23 AM
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I believe both UPS and the post office can handle large and odd shaped items if they don't weigh too much. Post office calls them "NMOs" (non-machinable outsides) meaning they have to hand sort them vs. running them thru the sorting machines. Heck, I've seen trees going thru the bulk mail system. (best stunt seen-army duffel bags are about the same size as #1 mail sacks and can be run thru the sack sorting system!).
As to 126 bumpers, Bernard down at European Connection in KY. had a set of new 126 bumpers awhile back. Might be worth a call to him. 1-800-395-8636.
and yeah, I'm still sort of connected with the place. (gotta run down there today and pick up some high presure fuel pipes. My SDL just had one wear thru.)
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Old 12-07-2005, 07:52 AM
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Try Greyhound/Trailways

I bought a complete door last year off a salvage yard in Alabama and the guy said he had shipped large items by all the carriers, UPS, FedEX, etc and the bus line was the cheapest by far. You have to take to and pick up from the bus station. Lucky for me I had a bus station in my town. Had the door in 2 days. They basically put the items in the cargo area of the bus. Can't remember the cost but was very reasonable.
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:42 AM
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Yup, Greyhound is an outstanding idea.
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Old 12-07-2005, 02:14 PM
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I second (or third?) the Greyhound idea, though I have heard they can "lose" things if they're valuable. I doubt bumpers have a hig pawn value, though.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:06 AM
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Here at work I have shipped large things to Australia and else-where using a company named Schenker (google it). They may require a loading dock, but the stuff I've shipped is about as large as a kitchen table in a box and they had no troubles with the size. Good luck.

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