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Old 12-07-2019, 09:35 PM   #11
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When you have really big package and well crated, you can try your luck on uship, but you really need good luck with them.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:07 AM   #12
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Affordable shipping options for big parts that otherwise are not available locally?
What is the problem?
Don’t know how you’d actually do that. Most truckers work for companies that would from on them taking extra cargo. And we don’t know what their routes are etc. this is what uShip is basically intended for. But uShip has the problem that commercial drivers have ruined it for the private people like us that just need a good price on shipping.
So, could you elaborate on how you’d actually source that?
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:59 AM   #13
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Don’t know how you’d actually do that. Most truckers work for companies that would from on them taking extra cargo. And we don’t know what their routes are etc. this is what uShip is basically intended for. But uShip has the problem that commercial drivers have ruined it for the private people like us that just need a good price on shipping.
So, could you elaborate on how you’d actually source that?
Well to be fair, my idea came actually from the guy I bought some of my sprinter parts from.
I was interested in some seats, and he told me he could arrange shipping with some truckers he knows but I’d have to meet them along i5 somewhere. So it would have been a 20 mile drive for me to get to i5.
Now there’s a lot of truckers that own their rigs and run their own businesses so I guess that would be easy compared to a guy working for a company that can’t actually do much in terms of opening up his cargo area.
And if they can make 100$ loading and unloading for 5-10 min and not have to deviate from his route, wouldn’t that be appealing to at least a couple truck drivers out there?
I was only presenting an option that a guy who’s actually done it presented it to me.
It’s just that, another option and sometimes the only option because no one is willing to pay 150$ for a hood and pay 300$ shipping with the more common shipping carriers.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:49 PM   #14
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Now there’s a lot of truckers that own their rigs and run their own businesses so I guess that would be easy compared to a guy working for a company that can’t actually do much in terms of opening up his cargo area.
And if they can make 100$ loading and unloading for 5-10 min and not have to deviate from his route, wouldn’t that be appealing to at least a couple truck drivers out there?
Lot of semi truck drivers work for minimum wages, or slightly above. They earn more due long hr, but $100 on the side is lot of money for them. They used to look for extra cargo on uship, but that can be risky for both sides.
Semi with sleeper cab can carry lot of stuff in the cab, without opening the trailer.
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Old 12-21-2019, 10:54 AM   #15
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Hey there,

You're in luck - I had the same idea and actually pulled it off in about a day of work. I'm attaching photos of my 2007 NCV3.

What you'll need from a 2014+ van:
  • Hood
  • Left + Right fenders
  • Radiator support
  • Left + Right headlights (I got the halogen ones)
  • Grille
  • Front bumper
  • 14 pin headlight harness connectors (x2)

Everything bolts on almost exactly the same way as the native panels, and the only point where modification was required was the headlights. The harness that I bought was similar to this one. I'll upload the wiring diagram in a bit when I get home.

All in all I spent about $1400 on brand new parts and shipping, and the van has never looked better. Thinking of maybe upgrading the steering wheel too, but not sure about how hard it would be to get the buttons working.
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