If possible, I haul myself, usually the case. Yes, south is short on equipment, no better in my area KCMO.
Everything is Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio tied with Illinois, then Indiana. California was iffy, lots of stuff, but irregular basis. Oddly, next door (Kansas) been luckiest, from Cessna plants.
Biggest problem is people who unload auction hauls; clueless about listing particulars, like cranes. "It's 2 ton..." OK, overall height, headroom, rail length? How can they not know? I'd like a freestanding 2+ ton jib about 14' long, 12' high or so. I've gained skill using their pix and scaling apparent size. Easier then wringing info from them.