Frequently Asked Questions
When a shipment does not require full use of the flatbed trailer and can be shipped with other commodities for a discounted price and expanded transit window. Contact us and we will evaluate your shipment and let you know what options are available to you.
Generally speaking, cargo with dimensions under 53′ long, 8’6” wide and with an overall height (includes height of the trailer) of 13’6″ in the eastern US and 14′ high in the western US, are considered “legal” shipments.
When the dimensions and/or weight exceeds the legal limits and is “non-divisible”, it is considered over-dimensional.
The shipment must be broken down to its smallest possible size in order to ship. Rule of thumb here is that if it takes more than eight working hours to disassemble — or if disassembly will affect the integrity of the cargo — it can be shipped in its current state.
The answer is: it varies. Each state determines the cost of permits based on mileage, weight, dimensions, route, etc. We estimate permit costs during the quoting stages, and whenever we are working on an over-dimensional load, we will keep you as informed as possible regarding the costs involved with your shipment.
Typically, 1-3 days for over-dimensional loads that are not considered “super loads”.
For shipments with cargo dimensions under 12′ wide or high, we like to have 1-3 business days notice prior to your desired pick up date/time. Shipments that exceed these dimensions or are overweight/over length, we might need 2-3 weeks or more. When/if you are unsure of the restrictions of your cargo, reach out to us right away so we can assess the information and give you options.
Heavy haul is considered anything over gross weight of 80,000 lbs, including the weight of the tractor, trailer and cargo. We also consider heavy haul to be anything over length or over 12′ wide or 12′ high. Typically once you reach these dimensions there are more requirements and rules, such as possible pilot cars, police escorts, etc. Another thing we take into consideration for heavy haul shipments is the experience the trucker has, not just anyone can handle shipments when they get to these sizes and larger.
When the cargo exceeds the dimensions of a state’s “routine” permit limits and is “non-divisible”. These permits can sometimes take 3-4 weeks to obtain and may require route surveys, engineering surveys of bridges, etc. Keep in mind, a state could deem a load that is just 14′ wide or 85,000 lbs to be a super load.
Give us a call! We’re happy to help you navigate through the process and will be as thorough as possible so that you understand what is happening from start to finish.