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Safe Long Distance Heavy Haul

A great many individuals will engage in local heavy hauls over short distances. However, for others, heavy hauling will take the form of long-distance runs to destinations throughout the nation. It’s a great occupation for those that feel the call of the open road. Drivers can conceivably find themselves hauling freight ranging from mining equipment to construction materials and even military equipment.

Depending upon the job, a long-haul trucker may be on the road for a couple of weeks at a time, while others may stay out for a couple of months before returning home. There’s an increasing number of drivers that choose to live out of their trucks rather than purchase a home in a specific location. They have the option of taking their downtime anywhere they want.

Long Distance Heavy Haul

Long distance heavy hauling is more than a job. It’s a lifestyle choice that doesn’t adhere to 9-5 rules. The majority of trucking companies that individuals drive for will try to accommodate a need for time off for family emergencies and similar situations. However, it’s important that drivers understand that it’s not possible to simply drop everything and head for home.

Individuals will most likely drive for a trucking company and the schedules can vary widely. Some companies offer terms of a specific number of days driving and a specified number of days off, while other companies may have schedules that keep drivers on the road for 50 hours or so before they must have time off.

Long distance heavy haul drivers can be called upon to transport any number of items that are heavy and/or oversized.  Delivery can be to any destination in the U.S. or even adjoining countries. The long-haul trucking life isn’t for everyone, but a great number of people excel at it and wouldn’t trade the lifestyle for any other job.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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The 7 Dangers of Oversize Hauling

Hauling a normal load can be difficult enough. When hauling an oversize load, there are specific dangers that drivers can encounter – not least of which are other motorists that ignore signage and treat trucks like ordinary vehicles. Oversize loads come in a variety of forms. The following are the primary dangers that drivers need to be aware of when hauling oversize loads.

Stopping Distances

A loaded tractor-trailer will require about 200 feet to come to a complete stop, compared to an ordinary passenger vehicle that needs about 135 feet. Stopping distance is a simple matter of physics and the laws of physics can’t be ignored. The more weight and mass a truck is hauling, the longer it will take to stop. For every 20,000 pounds added after the first 80,000 pounds, stopping distances will increase by a little over 25 percent.

Approved Routes

The surface upon which trucks travel can create substantial difficulties in the form of potholes and other existing damage that can unsettle a load. The route taken should be pre-planned carefully and an escort vehicle should accompany the load.

Height

When an oversize load is due to height, it’s imperative that drivers travel on approved routes to avoid bridges, overpasses and other obstacles that are lower than the height of the load. Failure to do so can result in a load that’s jammed under an overpass and significant damage to infrastructure.

Weight

Just as height is a factor in oversized loads, so is the weight the tractor will be hauling. Again, only travel on approved routes that avoid bridges that can’t handle the weight, along with roads that are unable to accommodate the load without damage. It’s critical that the weight of the load be distributed properly to minimize danger.

Length

The length of the load will also be a factor. It will require wider turns and extra care if the driver will need to back up.

Securing Loads

It’s critical that extra care and diligence be utilized when properly securing oversize loads. Drivers should never assume load security throughout the haul. Every load should be inspected at every stop to ensure safety.

Crashes and Accidents

An oversize load won’t be able to navigate sharp curves and turns the way other haulers can. Rollovers and jackknife crashes are a very real danger if a driver must brake quickly. There’s also the potential for a load to shift or break loose. Driver fatigue and distractions, blown tires and speeding are all elements that can result in an accident or rollover.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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4 Necessary Requirements for a Heavy Haul Driver

The lack of truck drivers has been well-published through traditional media outlets and online. However, there’s a very substantial difference in a traditional over-the-road truck driving job and being a heavy haul driver.

Licensing

It all begins with obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Individuals will need a regular driver’s license, good driving record, and there will be a driving and written knowledge test geared specifically for the CDL. There are also different classes of CDLs, each with its own endorsement that’s required.

Potential drivers will need to meet age and citizenship requirements and be able to produce documentation to prove those requirements. Individuals must be able to speak and read English and be able to pass the mandatory background check.

Drivers will need to know rules and requirements that are established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). There are companies that teach courses in driving tractor-trailers. Individuals that successfully complete the training will typically be issued a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) that enables them to practice driving a semi.

The Physical

Good hand-eye coordination isn’t just a skill for video gamers. It’s also needed to be an effective heavy haul driver. Individuals that aspire to be a heavy hauler will need to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and provide a DOT medical card.

Heavy haulers don’t just sit behind the wheel of their big rig. They must be physically able to secure the loads they’ll be hauling and may be required to perform other duties related to heavy hauling in different types of situations. They need to pass stringent hearing and vision tests, and meet blood pressure standards. There are specific health conditions that will automatically disqualify an individual from being a heavy hauler.

Written Test

Potential drivers will be tested on their general knowledge and that of air brakes and vehicle systems. Individuals may also be tested on any endorsements they may be seeking.

Road Test

Every new driver must take a road test in the type of vehicle they will be licensed to drive. Individuals will be tested on their vehicle inspection skills, control of the truck-trailer, and overall driving habits.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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4 Different Trailer Types for Best Heavy Hauling

Most people think of heavy haulers as a trailer assembly that delivers goods to supermarkets and similar retail outlets. The truth is far different. Heavy haulers specialize in transporting cargo that exceeds the limits of ordinary tractor-trailer combinations.

Heavy haulers transport items ranging from mining equipment and bulldozers to combines and harvesters, along with items such as personal submersibles, military vehicles, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles. The cargo encompasses loads that exceed specific weight, width, height and length standards.

The trailers available for heavy hauling have been specifically designed and refined over time to accommodate the greatest range of needs. The differences and advantages in some trailers may not be immediately obvious to the inexperienced. A professional heavy hauler is able to select the best trailer for the job based on the cargo to be transported.

Double Drop Deck

Sometimes referred to as a lowboy, a double drop is a multi-level trailer with the center – or well – built lower than the front and back end. It’s typically used for hauling tall objects that exceed height standards and is often used to ship items that include boats, earth moving equipment and farming equipment.

Extendable Drop Deck

These are used for loads that are extra long that won’t fit on a standard flatbed trailer. The stretchable beds are utilized for hauling objects such as lumber and pipes. The well can be elongated to carry longer pieces of freight.

Removable Gooseneck

Removable gooseneck (RGN) trailers can be lowered to the ground for easy loading off-track or wheeled vehicles. The trailers provide a ramp that enables vehicles to be driven onto the trailer. RGNs are available as standard and extendable models.

Step Deck

They’re similar to a double drop deck trailer and are utilized for heavy or tall freight. They’re comprised of an upper deck, along with a lower deck where the freight sets. The upper level can be used for detachable accessories such as plows. They’re one of the most often utilized trailers for heavy equipment and many models include ramps for easy loading.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

Contact us today for Free Shipping Estimates and heavy hauling trucking information. We welcome any questions, concerns, or comments you may have.

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Heavy Equipment Transportation

The price of moving heavy equipment tends to vary from company to company. There are many different factors that can affect how much it costs to transport equipment, such as the weight of the equipment, the distance it needs to be moved, and the type of transportation. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to reduce the overall cost of your equipment move.

Weight

One factor that you need to keep in mind is the weight of the machinery. The weight of the equipment will greatly influence the price. The weight is measured in tonnage, which is basically the amount of weight that a vehicle can carry. The cost of moving heavy equipment tends to be influenced by several factors, from the delivery distance, to the kind of transportation, and finally, the size of the equipment. When you have the exact measurements, think carefully about your different heavy equipment transport options.

Choose a Professional

You may also want to use a professional company to transport your machinery. Before choosing a company, ask how long they’ve been in business and inquire about their process and insurance policy. Professional companies tend to charge a bit more than non-professional companies, but they have more experience handling all types of heavy equipment transportation. You’ll want to ensure that the company you choose is licensed to transport your equipment, as well, to protect it against accidents on the way.

There are some companies that specialize in heavy equipment transportation. For example, North American Heavy Haul owns equipment that is designed specifically for moving and transporting heavy machinery. They offer services ranging from flatbed trailers to enclosed semi-trailer trucks. To make sure that your equipment travels in a safe manner, North American Heavy Haul offers free insurance for their trailers and most of their equipment. You can also save money if you choose to use them instead of another company because they provide round the clock service.

Equipment Protection

It’s important that you protect your machinery, even when you’re transporting it on a flatbed trailer. Even if your equipment is only 5 feet long, if it has dangerous components such as cutting blades or a rotating blade, it’s extremely dangerous for the equipment, as well as for anyone else, to be in the trailer. You should contact a local heavy equipment hauler company to make sure that you’re not transporting the wrong type of equipment and to claim compensation if anything happens to it while it’s being transported. In the case of an accident, you may need to have it towed away or repaired, so contacting a company to haul your damaged equipment is extremely beneficial.

 

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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What Factors Affect the Cost of Moving a Heavy Haul?

Heavy haulers transport a wide variety of items ranging from bulldozers and cement barriers to pipeline segments. The costs to move these objects will be expensive whether individuals are transporting them across town or initiating a transcontinental relocation. However, it can be less expensive to hire a hauler than to ship by other methods. There are a variety of factors that affect the cost of a heavy haul.

Height and Length

If the weight or height exceeds specific standards, the load will require special permits. The load may also require an escort vehicle. The laws vary from state to state, making it extremely difficult to determine exact costs.

Weight

A major factor when transporting a heavy haul is the weight. The heavier something is, the more fuel it requires to get the entire rig moving and sustain speed. It’s especially important if there will be hills or mountains involved for long hauls.

Fuel

The cost of fuel can vary widely from one part of the state to another. Those costs can change dramatically when shipping outside Florida. Most heavy haulers automatically add a fuel surcharge (FSC) to every job to account for variances in fuel prices.

Mileage

The distance to be traveled to the destination will definitely affect the cost of transport. It’s typically cheaper to transport something within Florida than out of the state simply due to shorter distances and the fact that there’s more freight entering the state rather than exiting.

Time of Year

Some shipping times of the year are less expensive than others depending on demand. Individuals should know that those rates can quickly change, since many companies try to ship during certain times of the month. This can result in higher rates as heavy haulers become scarce.

Type of Trailer

If the equipment to be moved requires a trailer and the object can be placed on a flatbed, also known as a lowboy, it will be less expensive than a removable gooseneck trailer (RGT) since they’re able to haul heavier loads. An RGT is typically utilized to carry freight that’s long and tall. The trailers can be lowered to the ground to function as a ramp.

Extras

Depending upon the type of load that’s being hauled, tarps may be required along with special insurance and tolls.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Ensuring Construction Equipment gets to your Jobsite

Every project manager knows that if the needed equipment isn’t available at the right time, construction grinds to a halt. Ensuring that equipment is onsite when it’s required calls for good management in planning transportation, allocation and mobilization of the needed resources. Every job is different and has its own set of challenges and requirements. The following are some tips for the best way to get construction equipment to your jobsite.

Plan Ahead

Whether you have a requisition center to draw upon or you’re responsible for arranging your own transportation, planning and foresight are critical. Heavy haulers are in high demand and the needed trailer may not be available if you wait until the last minute. Depending on the equipment, you may need a flatbed, drop deck, removable gooseneck, or perimeter trailer. They’re specialized transportation methods and designed for specific jobs.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional heavy hauler to transport equipment to the jobsite ensures it arrives on time. A professional hauler will have the experience to move your equipment safely and know the requirements for transporting even oversize loads to ensure the proper permits, signage and even escort vehicles are available.

Traceability

It’s absolutely critical to have a way to track, trace, and know when your equipment will arrive. That ability allows you to alter plans and assign work crews as needed. It’s one of the reasons that hiring a professional heavy hauler is so important. With modern technology, they can keep you informed at all times of where your equipment is located and its estimated time of arrival. It also enables you to schedule a pickup when applicable, maintenance or repairs.

Saving Money

The best way to get construction equipment to your jobsite is one that’s reliable, safe, and saves you money. That encompasses hiring professionals that are experienced and cognizant of the regulations and permits needed to get your equipment to your jobsite safely, on time and provides transparency through traceability.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Export Heavy Equipment with Confidence

Heavy equipment of all types is regularly exported to other countries. Ensuring the equipment arrives in excellent condition and in a timely manner requires careful forethought, planning, and understanding the rules and regulations governing exports. Individuals also need to ensure that the equipment is handled properly at every step of its journey and heavy haulers will play a significant part of the process.

Shop Around

Cheap doesn’t mean best. Get quotes from at least three different companies. Individuals have the option of hiring a freight forwarder to ensure the equipment gets to its destination for export. However, a freight forwarder doesn’t actually move the equipment. They’re intermediaries between the shipper and various types of shipping methods ranging from trucks and ships to rail and air.

Individuals can also hire a heavy hauler company such as North American Heavy Haul that provides logistics services, port transports, and international shipping for exporting heavy equipment to other countries. Heavy haulers work tirelessly to ensure the equipment arrives at the appropriate shipping location in a timely manner. There will be an extensive range of documentation involved with which a heavy hauler company is cognizant.

Costs and Delivery

Close doesn’t equate with timeliness or cost-effectiveness. Many individuals choose their transport methods based on the simple expedient of proximity when other methods can be more cost-effective and efficient. Another consideration is that the timing of deliveries and port fees vary according to location. It’s a mistake to assume that the closest port is the most efficient, effective, or timely.

In some instances, choosing a more circuitous route can actually be more cost-effective. Some equipment can be transported in containers and specialized trailers are utilized overland, while some types of equipment may need to have elements dismantled for reassembly at the destination.

Hire Professionals

No matter where the freight will be shipped, heavy haulers will play an important role. The goal is to move the equipment in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner possible. Always work with a trusted heavy hauler that’s established a reputation for reliability, safety, prompt delivery, and cost-effectiveness.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

Contact us today for Free Shipping Estimates and hauling in formation. We welcome any questions, concerns or comments you may have.

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Top 5 Safety Checks Before Transporting Heavy Equipment

Transporting heavy equipment is a task that should never be approached lightly. There are a variety of things that can go horribly awry and have dangerous consequences if safety protocols aren’t followed. Safety measures are equally essential whether it’s an 18-wheeler hauling industrial equipment or a homeowner transporting a rented machine for a backyard DIY project. The following are the top 5 safety checks that should be performed when transporting heavy equipment.

Owner’s Manual

Every owner’s manual provides specific directions and instructions on the preparation and transport of equipment. It details the specific parts of the equipment that should be tied down, how it should be secured, and the proper blocking techniques or use of locking mechanisms for wheeled equipment. In some instances, the battery may need to be disconnected to disable alarm systems.

Trailer Capabilities

The capabilities of the trailer are key components for hauling any item. There are specific load limits for any trailer that must not be exceeded. Doing so will damage the trailer and the tow vehicle. Tires should be properly inflated and the bed and ramp free of debris, oil or other substances.

Vulnerable Parts

Inclement weather can occur at any time, making it imperative that vulnerable parts be covered to protect them from the elements or from overheating. Doing so will ensure that the equipment arrives at its destination without damage.

Loading

Make the transition from ground to ramp as smooth as possible when loading. The equipment should be able to move from the ground level and up the loading ramp with no gaps to traverse.

Weight Distribution

Once the equipment is on the trailer, it’s critical that the weight of the equipment be distributed correctly. The weight shouldn’t rest entirely on the front or back of the trailer. Appropriate weight distribution will make the trailer easier to pull, significantly reduce the potential of weight shift or the trailer tipping over, and makes it easier for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and the trailer.

North American Heavy Haul is a full-service Heavy Equipment Transportation and Machinery Shipping Firm. With Professional Heavy Equipment Drivers in All 50 States, we have more experience transporting oversized and over-weight machinery than anyone in the industry. North American Heavy Haul is dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in all your heavy equipment transportation needs.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

Contact us today for Free Shipping Estimates and hauling in formation. We welcome any questions, concerns or comments you may have.

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Heavy Hauling Transportation In The USA

North American Heavy Haul is a full-service Heavy Equipment Transportation and Machinery Shipping Firm. With Professional Heavy Equipment Drivers in All 50 States, we have more experience transporting oversized and over-weight machinery than anyone in the industry. North American Heavy Haul is dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in all your heavy equipment transportation needs.

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