Transportation specialists understand what it takes to haul equipment of any size, especially for manufacturers shipping products to suppliers. Transporting oversized loads particularly requires large powerful trailers. Here are points to consider when it's time for heavy equipment hauling.
Loads Requiring Heavy Hauling Vehicles
- tractors and other farming equipment
- dump trucks, bulldozers and forklifts
- hydraulic equipment
- cranes and large trucks
- engines and generators
- industrial and engineering equipment
Military and other government contractors commonly rely on heavy equipment hauling vehicles. Different types of vehicles for moving heavy equipment include:
- flat bed trucks
- dual lane vehicles
- hydraulic platforms
- multi-axle removable gooseneck trailers
- step decks
Your mover should be well aware of the definition of "oversize load," which means any cargo that exceeds standard weight restrictions for roads and highways, as determined by federal, state and local transportation authorities. Movers must also be aware of axle limits.
The main purpose of these regulations is to ensure safety for all drivers on the road and to not damage certain cities that weren't designed for heavy hauling. Oversized loads must be secured properly or "load shifting" can occur, which can destabilize a truck and cause it to crash into other vehicles or objects. A multi-axle removable gooseneck (RGN) trailer is used for loads of 200,000 pounds or more. It's up to shippers to know the legal limits and requirements for vehicles in every state that the mover travels through.
Reputable shippers follow government regulations by staying on routes that permit heavy equipment hauling. They also carry the proper insurance as mandated by law. Failing to comply with government regulations can lead to heavy fines.
Selecting the Right Mover and Vehicle
Your selection of the appropriate heavy equipment hauling vehicle comes down to mostly size, weight, and regulations. These factors also play a significant role in pricing, along with fuel costs and transport distance. When assessing size you should focus mainly on dimensions, particularly for oversized loads. In some cases it may be more advantageous to disassemble equipment into parts.
When it comes to heavy haul vehicle selection, it's best to take the advice of experienced professionals. Transport experts can tell you the most efficient way to deliver big machinery from point A to point B regardless of distance. They can advise you on various trailer or container options. Make sure you understand everything the insurance covers so that you know your equipment is protected.
Hauling heavy loads is work that should only be performed by experienced movers who understand safety, rules and regulations pertaining to large transport vehicles. For more information on heavy equipment hauling and other types of rigging or transport, contact us at Southwest Industrial Rigging at 602.278.6281.