A handful of independent transporters have discovered that fortunes can be made by shipping things traditional carriers won't touch. These competitive and creative shippers are willing to go the extra mile and take on the oversized, the bulky and the strangely shaped packages that have to be transported from one place to another.
We explore how this battle goes on every day across the highways throughout the U.S. Who will get there on time, who will profit the most and who will be road blocked? Dive into the cutthroat world of these heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the unshippable. In this world you're only good as your last load.
No stranger to life on the road and building machines, Chris started transporting back in 2008 with his first motorcycle shipment: a custom motorcycle he built. Realising what he could transport on his own, Chris jumped headfirst into the business and defied the meaning of 'rookie' as an independent transporter. UShip helped launch this entrepreneur's business and establish Chris as one of the industries most unique transporters. Robbie, a natural tomboy at heart, joined Chris's team about a year ago and quickly acclimated to life on the road. With her son Carter at home, Robbie has a lot to prove. Between helping book loads, map out routes, and repairing their truck, Chris's significant other has proved that the transportation life is more than just a road trip with her boyfriend.
Don't let their age fool you. Together this small town couple from South Carolina juggles parenthood, running a successful business, and taking care of their golden retriever, Gix, who is a permanent passenger on the road.
A true uShip rookie, Jarrett has only been a shipper for a couple of months. He’s learned that building a shipping empire is not as easy as a click of the mouse. Because he has not earned the reputation of a power provider, he’s had to rely on some unique shipments, including a box of 40 kittens, a hot dog stand, someone’s ashes and most recently, a Civil War cannon.
Still, Jarrett sees uShip as a perfect vehicle to accomplish his dreams of one day playing on the PGA Tour and maps out his shipments and routes according to PGA-qualifying events. So when Jarrett’s not shipping the un-shippable, he’s working on his short game.
Don’t let her good looks fool you; Jennifer is about as tough and competitive as they come. Born and raised on a cattle ranch in Texas, she learned the meaning of a hard day’s work at an early age. Her love of horses continued into her teens, when she would participate with her family in the rodeo circuit.
After college, Jennifer’s roots came calling back and she began not only training and riding horses, but transporting exotic quarter horses and livestock around the country full time. Since joining uShip, Jennifer’s loads have expanded beyond just farm animals. Now a typical load for Jennifer can be anything from fainting goats to a water buffalo and a million-dollar Ferrari.
A longtime salesman for Harley-Davidson, Marc entered the shipping business out of pure necessity. With nobody buying motorcycles in a bad economy, the husband and father of four was scrambling for an income when he stumbled across an online ad looking for someone to ship two Harleys across the country for $2,000. Marc used his experience with Harley-Davidson to win the bid and, as he says, 'the rest is history.'
With just over two years of shipping under his belt, Marc has already upgraded from an old pick-up to an entire 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig. He knows he has an edge on the competition and looks for nothing but the biggest, “baddest” loads he can find. When Marc is not hauling unusual items around the country, he spends his time working to take his race team, Snortn Boar Racing, to the Baja 1000.
Roy sadly passed away on 17 January 2014 aged 49. Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Roy Garber. He will be sorely missed.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Roy Garber, a key member of the Shipping Wars team.. Our thoughts are with Roy’s loved ones during this difficult time. He will be missed.
Roy was a serious jack-of-all-trades, and a major know-it-all. From TIG welding to catching alligators, he seemed to have experience with everything and never found a load or situation he couldn't tackle (and wasn't afraid to tell you so).
One of the top earners in the country, Roy started Arbie's Team Transport after raising his son, Travis, by himself for over 18 years. As a master tradesman, Roy supported his son by running a small home building and remodeling company. With his son's graduation near, Roy made shipping a full-time job and passion. An avid fisherman and master scuba diver, he sometimes headed to the deep waters of the Gulf Coast in pursuit of the largest shark he could find.
Scott and Suzanne Bawcom may look like your average suburban couple, but they won't rest until they become America's top independent shipping company. While he drives, Suzanne bids and keeps the books. Meanwhile, son Josh handles accounting, and daughter Ashley runs customer service.
The transporters compete for some unique shipments going cross-country as a 4,000 lbs., 22-foot steel horse and an oversized 7-foot-long Venus Flytrap come up for bid.
Roy Garber and Jarrett Joyce are the big winners of the transports, respectively, but there's no time to celebrate when they both realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
Roy lands the shipment of his dreams when he gets to haul some large one-of-a-kind props from his favorite sci-fi movie. But when he is cut-off by another trucker on the highway, he's afraid it may have damaged these priceless movie artifacts. Jennifer outbids fellow rookie, Jarrett, for a shipment of 20 peacocks headed to Arizona. With the exotic birds confined to small boxes for transport, she must cover nearly two thousand miles in three days, otherwise Jennifer risks killing the fowl from the stress of traveling.
After almost losing his load, Roy's forced to ask Jennifer for help, but gets more than he bargained for when her "favor" turns into etiquette lessons. Jarrett finally gets a new rig, but this maiden voyage might be his last when he hauls some volatile flamethrowers.
Jarrett's brush with Rock n' Roll fame takes a turn for the worse when he scrambles to deliver their chicken car on time. Meanwhile, Roy runs into trouble when he discovers a shipment is too rotted to load properly, and that's when things really start to fall apart.
Jessica finds herself asking a LOT of questions after she agrees to transport a seller's loved one named Bruce. Dusty hits the road with a giant cow skull that leaves him crawling through the desert heat.
After winning a fire-breathing Disco Robot bound for a music festival, Chris Kikelhan soon grows nostalgic for the days of easier runs after he struggles to get it all to fit at the pick up; meanwhile with his Fiberglass castle load, Dusty gets a taste of royalty when the client has some peculiar demands.