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Old 12-31-2013, 05:17 PM
rv8pilotpaul rv8pilotpaul is offline
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Default Shipping Costs

Anybody have any issues with Con-Way shipping? They charged me $455 for the empenage kit (one box) while ABF only charged me $312 for the wing kit which had two heavy boxes.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:36 PM
Icarus Icarus is offline
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Default Emp Delivery

The emp cost me 200 shipped to El Paso, TX…west west texas.

I had trouble with the local delivery people scheduling, that and someone was kind enough to include a hole in my crate from a forklift blade.

Aside from that no issues.
Paul M.
Washington DC
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:18 AM
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I'd check with Vans to see what they expected shipping to be. When my 10 empennage recently arrived, the shipping company wanted over $600. That seemed high, so I called and spoke with Vans shipping folks, who contacted their rep.

It took a few days to sort it out, but my shipping bill went from $600+ to $227..... definitely worth the phone call!
Jason Tremble RV-7A (Flying)
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:21 AM
rapid_ascent rapid_ascent is offline
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Both my Empennage and the wings were shipped FEDEX freight. Not sure about the exact costs at the moment, but your costs do seem high.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:18 PM
caapt caapt is offline
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Angry con-way shipping

Con-way poked a hole in my wing box too. Didn't know that damage must be noted on bill of lating(?) to collect on a claim. 3 wing skins ruined! Vans helped in replacing them, but it still cost me about $125. Still not sure how I was supposed to inspect the bottom of the box when it was delivered.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:01 PM
rv8pilotpaul rv8pilotpaul is offline
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Default Damage

I didn't have any damage with Con-Way, but other people in our area have. One fellow, building a Zenith CH-750 had 2 shipments by them with significant damage.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:42 PM
daviid daviid is offline
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i use YRC, They are completely unreliable in the time department but I have a fantastic rate program with them. It cost me $184 for the 10 empenage kit to be shipped to CT
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:13 PM
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Tony Partain. They know what they are doing, know the value of aircraft parts, are very careful with securing and moving the cargo. Cost competitive also!
David C.
Howell, MI

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:19 PM
E. D. Eliot E. D. Eliot is offline
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Default Partain

Yep - Partain - they only ship aircraft, kits, etc. as far as I know.

No holes in the sides of the shipping boxes - no forklifts I guess. I am a very satisfied Partain customer.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:27 PM
uuacallis uuacallis is offline
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Default Tell them not to use Conway and they won't!

So on my RV-12 Empennage kit they shipped via Conway. Let me tell you guys, NEVER again will I allow them to ship via Conway. They called the day before to confirm a delivery time between 8-11am so I stayed home from work and anxiously awaited my first kit, then by noon I called Conway and they said, oh the driver decided to put your stuff on for the last delivery and he should be there around 5pm. I explained that I needed to run to an appointment and that I could not accept delivery until 5:30pm.

What happens next? Well Conway shows up at 4:30 and thankfully my neighbor helped the guy carry the kit up the 400ft driveway. Oh, but it gets better, since shipping has to be paid on delivery, he started banging on the door to get my wife to answer (which woke up her and our newborn) to get paid...

Needless to say when I got home at 5:15 thinking I had 15 minutes to be ready for the guy, my wife was none to happy.

Lesson learned? When you order specify you don't want Conway and they will use one of the others. My -12 wing kit is coming via Fedex freight on Monday morning so I am hoping to avoid the same fiasco.
Adam Callis
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