On A&E’s reality television show “Shipping Wars,” moving companies bid on the chance to transport items that shippers might normally have a hard time getting someone to pick up. They are unusual, oversized, bulky and bizarre. The cast of characters, who are actual shippers in the business, include the ever-ornery Roy Garber — independent shipper, alligator catcher, deep sea fisherman, scuba diver — who has a reported net worth of $800,000 by celebritynetworth.com.
How does the bidding work? It’s called a load-matching service. A handful of shippers bid on loads and test their freight shipping abilities. The series features the players bidding it out on via the online shipping marketplace uShip moving companies. Its format mirrors the successful “Storage Wars,” which became A&E’s most-watched show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. There are time restrictions on the delivery of the goods that sometimes need to be completely across the country. Want to know some of the hardest items to ship?
A Temperamental Camel
It’s not the first time the show’s hot chick…er…cowgirl, Jennifer, has transported livestock, but it certainly is not the easiest. On the trip from Oklahoma to Vermont, between stopping to feed the camel and cleaning up his slobber, she found herself lost and her truck found itself broken.
This shipment is more about the odd behavior of the shipper than the actual cargo. Marc “The Big Rig” from Snortn Boar Transport drives to Taos, New Mexico for a large load of geodes and crystals. Turns out, the shipper has a bunch of other random items to go on the truck with the geodes; items Handlebar Marc doesn’t have a license to ship, like households. When Marc “kindly” expresses his concern, the seller gets real wordy with him.
In an episode called, “Cutting the Wings,” a crew of workers cut the wings off an airplane in order to transport it. “The Hot Shot Couple” of Chris and Robbie assist, well, watch as one of the workers almost hits his own arm with the chainsaw.
This package is the ultimate in visual stimulation. It was built by A&E as a marketing campaign and used for the image and TV commercial promos of “Shipping Wars” and for the Wendy’s fast-food franchise. A huge gnome, about the size of the flatbed truck itself is tied up like Gulliver on the back of a trailer as the acting driver explains it must arrive at its destination in 36 hours. According to uShip.com, the gnome, dubbed “Jerome,” stands 18 feet tall and weighs 700 lbs.
From Ohio to Arizona, Jennifer, again, hauls livestock. She not only has to ship 20 peacocks, she has to help the owner capture them in their coop, put them in travel boxes and load them into the truck. After three hours of round-up, she must keep them hydrated and fed for three long days.
Arbie’s Team Transport’s, Roy Garber, picks up a 29,040 lb. shipment (3,000 lbs. overweight) of unpaletted metal boxes containing sexploitation film reels. Enough said about that.
Jennifer can’t do this one alone so she calls in some backup from the truck rental company she uses. The reason Jennifer can’t do it alone is because the Ferris wheel is actually on another trailer that needs to stay intact. So, she has to get a trailer on a trailer with a Ferris wheel on it. Not surprising, in the midst of it all, the loading methods fail.