How We Ship

With access to a wide variety of heavy haul equipment, Ascent Specialized provides your shipment with safe and efficient transportation from one site to another. But specialized freight transportation takes more than just the right equipment.

We Have the Capability to Ship Anything

We have carrier partners with every type of specialized equipment under the sun. Whether your cargo is over-dimensional, overweight, breakbulk, etc. we have the capabilities and the partnerships to make your shipment happen. You can count on us.

Flatbed, Step Deck,


We have access to specialized equipment.

Flatbeds are the industry standard for hauling outside-the-box freight. They allow for quick and easy loading from the side or top. But when you need to accommodate taller cargo than a flatbed, step decks are a good option. Available in many modifications, step decks add an edge to hauling unique cargo. And double drops? They’re made to haul equipment and cargo that’s taller than any other standard open deck trailer.

Low Pro Step Decks RGN’s,


Our carrier relationships go a long way.

Flatbeds, step decks, and double drops all have stretch and Conestoga versions. Stretch trailers are ideal for over-length and non-self-supporting loads, while Conestogas offer unique tarping capabilities and allow for instant cargo access. Low profile step decks are a go-to for freight that’s slightly taller than a standard step deck can legally haul. And an RGN is a modified double drop that detaches from the truck and has built-in ramps to allow equipment to be driven or rolled on/off.

Multi-Axle, Stretch,


We make solutions not excuses.

Our heavy haul team is well-versed in the world of specialized equipment and is no stranger to the multiple variations of heavy hauling equipment. We have access to all variations of specialized equipment including, but not limited to, multiple axles, steerable trailers, perimeter trailers, and trunnions. If you believe you have a shipment that requires specialized equipment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help.

How’d They Do That?

Real-world examples of Ascent Specialized solutions.

Specializing in Specialized Cargo

We do everything it takes to execute on behalf of our clients, and our clients’ clients. Although our approach is simple, the process gets complex. That’s really the nature of the beast when you specialize in specialized cargo. Still, our clients can rely on us to stay the course and get the job done. After all, the experience we provide is simple.

Every member of the Ascent Specialized team follows the same framework for every load. We focus on the outcome and develop the most effective logistical path(s) to get each load where it needs to go in the timeframe. During every step, from pre-planning through execution, we focus on the goal and keep our clients in the loop.




Frequently Asked Questions

What is Flatbed LTL?

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.

What is considered "legal" cargo?

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 does a load qualify as over-dimensional?

When the dimensions and/or weight exceeds the legal limits and is “non-divisible”, it is considered over-dimensional.

What does "non-divisible" mean?

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.

How much do permits cost?
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.
How long does it take to get permits?
Typically, 1-3 days for over-dimensional loads that are not considered “super loads”.
How much time do you need to plan an over-dimensional shipment?
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.
What is "Heavy Haul"?
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.
What is a "Super Load"?
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.
How do I know what kind of trailer to ask for?
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.
Have more questions?
Don’t hesitate, reach out to us today. We pride ourselves on our communication, honesty and transparency. We will spare no details, good, bad or indifferent.