Successful hauling requires some planning. Individuals that have engaged heavy haulers have probably learned that working with a reputable heavy hauler company is much easier than trying to perform the relocation themselves. It doesn’t matter whether a load is being transported down the street or cross country, there are some essentials when it comes to getting a load from point A to point B without difficulty.
Those needing the services of a heavy hauler should never wait until the last minute to schedule transportation. Due to their high level of expertise, heavy haulers are in great demand and the type of trailer required may not be available. Cost fluctuations also occur. New heavy haulers will need to keep the following tips in mind.
Successful Haul Tips
Know the Details
Drivers need to know every detail of the haul to ensure safety and ascertain the type of trailer that will best suit the customer’s needs. Precise details about the item to be transported and its weight, width and height are critical. The haul may require an escort vehicle or for the cargo to be partially dismantled.
There are different types of trailers and not all types are appropriate for every job. Each type of trailer has its own function and choosing the right trailer for the job mitigates the potential for accidents and unforeseen circumstances.
Picking Up or Dropping Off
Some heavy hauls require cranes, forklifts or rigging equipment that may only be available at certain times. Even the drop off or pickup site may only be operational at certain times.
Sometimes the most convenient route from the pickup point to the drop off isn’t a straight line. Traffic may be lighter on some routes, while construction on another route will cause delays. Low overpasses and lightweight bridges are always to be considered. Depending on the cargo, an escort vehicle may be required for a successful haul.
The number of required permits can be overwhelming, depending on the destination. Each state has its own rules and regulations and drivers will need to comply with all the prevailing laws of the states through which the cargo will pass through.
It’s the responsibility of the heavy hauler to ensure that loads are secured and in the proper manner. Doors and compartments on equipment should be securely fastened and tarps may be required.
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