I have two non demountable 3.5 x 30 wheels I am going to sell on eBay. I'm sure some of you have done this before and I could use some advice.
1. Whose the best shipper to use (continental US)?
2. What is a typical weight for these wheels with tires and tubes mounted? (guessing 40 lbs or so?)
3. How to box them - or, should they be crated in a wood crate?
Lotsa questions I know, but I've never shipped anything like this before.
Thanks in advance
Bud, I have had them shipped to me by ups, usps and fed x with nothing but a tag, some with a big piece of cardboard folded and taped and have had no problems. Main thing is to protect the threads on the hubs in some way. Course if these are really nice wheels you might want to do a really nice job of packing. KGB
I shipped four wheels via UPS and I had crated them They still managed to partially destroy the crates,but they did get there with no damage to wheels. I shipped them in two crates,but they didn't have tires and rims on them.
Watch it shipping UPS. I shipped a T rear spring with the ends and center covered with cardboard and the rest wrapped with shrink wrap, I was charged an extra $10 because they considered it not packaged. FedEx or UPS will charge extra if shipped in a wood crate also.
O once shipped some 21" wood wheels (thinking I'd never need them, and then 4 years later I needed them!)and made wooden crates for them. I then covered the wood in cardboard and avoided the surcharge for non-cardboard boxes!!!
Crazy, but it worked, and saved me -- err, the buyer -- a bunch of $$
I had wheels packaged and shipped to me by Fed Ex. They put two wheels in a large box separated by cardboard. Nothing special. They arrived without damage.
Wow - some good ideas here!
If the wheels are used you can just use a couple of cardboard boxes. I would advise slipping a piece of PVC pipe over the hub to protect the hubcap threads on the hub and also put a tag on each wheel with the buyers name address and phone # in case something goes wrong in shipping.
Have you considered rolling them ?
My experience has been that a whole lot of bubble-wrap and a stout,
cardboard box of appropriate size always worked out okay. -Crating feels
like overkill. -Our wheels are made of hardwood and steel, not cheese. -
What if we are shipping wheels of cheese, Bob ???
A Radiator shop is a good place to get the proper shaped boxes and they are fairly stout.
A wheel with a tire mounted on it is fairly heavy and sizable. I would box each wheel by itself in a wood frame covered by cardboard, or at least a very sturdy cardboard box with extra reinforcement in the corners,and protect the hubs and spokes as needed with pvc pipe or cardboard. The heavier and more awkward your package is to pick up, the more likely it will get dropped or something during shipment. Picture it dropping off a conveyor belt. A cardboard box alone for the wheel might just take one drop on the corner of the box for it to be a mess with your packing falling out.
fasnal!! just band them to a pallet and go. cheapest way to go .store to store its great!!!!charley