Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and boxes — they are all inescapable when you’re figuring out how to ship oversized items. That’s where Roadie comes in — we’re a faster, cheaper, easier way to ship out-of-the-box items across town or across the country. Before you jump into learning how to ship bulky items, you might wonder whether your package is oversized in the first place. According to traditional shipping guidelines, carriers consider packages as oversized and require freight shipping when:
Items weigh more than 150lbs
An item measures larger than165 inches in length and girth
Packages are larger than 108 inches in length
Packages with a large size-to-weight ratio
At Roadie, we don’t require measurements or weight when figuring out how to ship oversized items. Simply choose a general delivery size. And while some shipping companies have additional fees charged at point of sale, Roadie is flat rate delivery with no hidden costs.
The cheaper way to ship bulky items
There’s no reason why packaging ends up being more expensive than shipping out-of-the-box stuff itself. Here at Roadie, we decided to take that out of the equation — and let your cargo go commando! Drivers on our platform know how to ship oversized items, and since they are already headed in the right direction, they can safely deliver your stuff door-to-door for less.
Add insurance when shipping oversized packages
Whether you’re shipping something valuable or sentimental, Roadie has you covered. Your Gig will automatically include $100 of insurance, and you have the option to purchase additional protection up to $10,000 through UPS Capital.
Quick rate comparisons for oversized items
Looking for how to ship bulky items without breaking the bank? Get quotes quickly and all in one place with the Roadie Shipping Calculator. Then all you do is have to pick the best price that works for you.
Stories from the road
Expanding business for handcrafted, steel fire pits
After his customer requested a fire pit delivery by the end of the week, Andy at S & S Fire Pits needed to find out how to ship bulky items quickly. The oversized fire pit wasn’t going to get from Atlanta to Tuscaloosa itself, so Andy posted a delivery.
While on his way to Tuscaloosa, Jay checked the Roadie map and offered to deliver the fire pit the next day. The fire pit arrived on time, and instead of paying hundreds for heavy, bulky shipping with a usual carrier, Andy only paid $75 with Roadie.
A deal worth singing about
For Amber, playing the piano is more than just a hobby — it has been a pastime, an escape, and even a job. When she needed to move her prized piano across town, she trusted Roadie. And to her surprise, Daniel knew how to ship oversized items and offered to help out with his father, Señor Flores, that same day.
Señor Flores couldn’t speak English, but Amber could tell by his body language that he wanted to play. Because she knew a little Spanish, Amber offered to let him play and was pleasantly surprised by Señor Flores talent. They spent the next hour alternating on the piano and sharing some happy moments as part of a shipping community they didn’t know existed before their first delivery.