Long Carry Charges vs Shuttle Service

Long distance deliveries work differently, because movers will transport your items in a tractor trailer rather than the box truck your items were most likely picked up with.

Problems occur at the delivery end of a move when the tractor trailer delivering the items cannot access the delivery location. This includes trailers that can enter the delivery location but cannot leave the location and can be become stuck. This is where long carry charge applied. Most movers have a maximum distance long carry of 50 feet. Beyond this distance they will charge extra.

To avoid this, moving companies use what is often referred to in the industry as a “shuttle”. A shuttle is just the term movers use for a smaller truck. Often times, using a shuttle incurs an additional fee, as movers have to rent the trucks from companies like Ryder, Uhaul, or Penske. On top of the rental fee, additional labor is needed because your items are being moved twice, once from the trailer to shuttle, and then shuttle to your home. It is always a good idea to plan for your delivery ahead of time and take the steps necessary to either avoid a shuttle, or at the very least prepare for the possibility of one. Long Carry charges are sometimes a better alternative to expensive shuttle fees. The reason why they are less expensive is because movers do not need to allocate extra labor moving your items from one truck to another. They simply must walk a little further than usual once your items are off the truck at your delivery address. All movers will have a set amount of feet from the back of the truck to the front of your door that is included with your move, and you will want to ask them about this before siging up for your move.