It is difficult to give an exact time frame for how quickly you should expect to receive a mobile office trailer once you’ve placed an order. Every situation is different. The short answer: some dealers can offer delivery as quickly as the same day. If your specific model of office trailer is available in the dealer’s inventory and the shipping location is close by, delivery can happen quickly. But other dealers may take up to a couple weeks.
The delivery time usually depends on the complexity of the request and what's available in the dealer’s inventory. For a trailer that doesn’t require a lot of modification, 1 to 2 weeks is a safe estimate.
What Factors Affect Delivery Time?
The time it takes to transport a mobile office trailer from the supplier's property to your site is dependent on all of the following factors:
Distance From the Dealer to Your Site
Your delivery site may be close to the dealer or it may be hundreds of miles away. In some cases, the dealer has to ship the office trailer from a different state. The distance from the dealer to your site is going to have a big impact on how long it will take to get your office trailer. The further your site is from the dealer, the longer the delivery will take.
Time That Your Order is Placed
The sooner you place an order for a mobile office trailer, the sooner it will be shipped. Keep that in mind if you know the date you need it delivered. Make sure you give the dealer plenty of time to process your order and make the delivery. When you place the order with sufficient advanced notice, you will avoid any rush shipping fees and any stress related to not having your mobile office trailer when you need it.
What's in the Dealer’s Inventory
Whether your specific model of office trailer is in the dealer’s inventory when you place an order will affect how quickly you get it. If the office trailer you’re ordering is in stock, delivery usually takes no longer than 2 weeks. It might seem like you should be able to get it faster than that if it’s already in stock. But keep in mind that the dealer must coordinate multiple orders and create the most efficient delivery schedule for their drivers. If the dealer doesn’t have what you need in stock, the wait could be longer.
Size of Your Mobile Office Trailer
If you are ordering a single-wide office trailer, you have a greater chance of a speedy delivery. The single-wide is the most commonly requested size of office trailer, so most suppliers make sure to keep a good number of these in stock. Additionally, shipping a single-wide is much easier than shipping a double or triple-wide. This is because the larger trailers have to be broken up into individual sections and transported by more than one truck. Any time multiple trucks are required for delivery, you can expect your delivery time to be slower than it would be using one truck. Not sure what size mobile office trailer you might need? Learn more: Mobile Office Size Options.
Bad weather could also affect how quickly you get your mobile office trailer. If the roads are unsafe or impossible to drive, the delivery could be delayed.
Complexity of Your Order
If your order requires a lot of modification to the standard design or the model you want is not in stock, it will take longer to ship. You will need to wait for the dealer to make the appropriate modifications or, in the case of a product not being in stock, you will need to wait for the specific model to be shipped from another location. Both of these situations can significantly delay the total delivery time. If time is of the essence for your business, you will want to keep modifications to a minimum and make sure the supplier has the specific product you want in stock.
How Much Does Delivery Cost?
It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of the cost of delivery without knowing all of the variables. But as a general rule of thumb, most suppliers charge a fixed amount within a 50-mile radius, then increase the price for any additional miles beyond that radius. In other words, the further the distance from the dealer to your delivery site, the more you should expect to pay.
Is Your Site Ready for Delivery?
Learn about how to prepare your site for your mobile office delivery. Read: Site Prep for a Mobile Office Delivery.
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