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Choosing the Best Trailer for Shipping Heavy Equipment

The differences and advantages in one trailer over another may not be immediately discernable to the inexperienced. A professional heavy haul company is able to select the best trailer for the job based on the cargo to be transported. Trailers are specifically designed for certain types of transport requirements that exceed designated weight, width, height and length standards.

Heavy haulers routinely transport items ranging from mining equipment, agricultural machinery and boats to military vehicles, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles.


They’re versatile, with open sides, back and front. They can be loaded from multiple directions and are appropriate for items that aren’t affected by precipitation, though the cargo can be tarped when needed.

Step Deck

They have two deck levels and accommodate equipment such as cranes. The trailers have ramps for easy loading. Similar to a double drop deck trailer, they have an upper and lower deck where the freight sets. The upper level can be used for detachable accessories such as plows.

Stretch Single Drop & Double Drop Deck

Commonly known as a lowboy, a drop deck is a multi-level trailer with the center built lower than the front and back end, allowing cargo to ride lower to the ground. Some of its many uses is to transport tall items such as boats, farm equipment, and earth moving machines. Extendable drop deck trailers accommodate extra-long loads. The stretchable beds can be extended to carry items such as pipes and lumber.

Removable Gooseneck (RGNs)

Designed to carry long and tall loads, the front is detachable and the bottom portion can be lowered to create a ramp for loading wheeled and track vehicles. The vehicles can be driven onto the trailer and they’re offered in standard and extendable options.


They’re giants of the highway, equipped to haul particularly heavy or long loads. They’re routinely used to transport turbines, transformers, generators, industrial equipment, and can be adapted to perfectly fit the payload.

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How to Choose a Heavy Haul Company

Safety, efficiency and experience are definite benefits when seeking a heavy haul company. There are dozens from which to choose and it pays to shop around. All heavy haulers don’t provide overland transportation to destinations ranging from Canada and Central Americar to ports for shipment overseas. The heavy hauler you choose shouldn’t be reticent about providing a free quote.

Talk to Peers

It can be helpful to talk to peers and others in your industry to discover who they’ve hired for their heavy haul loads. You’ll be able to ascertain if there were any areas in which the companies were lacking.


Some heavy haul companies are innovators, while others are happy with the status quo. North American Heavy Haul pioneered many of the methods, techniques, and procedures that are currently common practice within the industry.

Years in Business

One of the things to look for in a heavy haul company is longevity. Premier heavy haulers are in high demand. Those that provide less than optimal service don’t stay in business long.

Expertise and Services

You want a heavy haul company that has experience and expertise in hauling the type of equipment or machinery you need to move. Some are also skilled in hauling vessels ranging from cabin cruisers to multi-million-dollar yachts. Experienced heavy haulers will provide flatbed transport, super load hauling, heavy equipment exporting, and provide catastrophic recovery. They’ll arrange for container shipping when needed for ocean going loads or those that need to travel by rail.

Licensing and Logistics

Reputable heavy haulers are fully licensed, bonded and always provide insurance on the loads they transport. It’s a good idea for anyone to have their own insurance on their equipment or machinery. Superior haulers offer 24/7 state-of-the art tracking and logistics, ensuring you always know where your load is located.

Rules and Regulations

Experienced heavy haulers are cognizant of the rules and regulations governing loads when passing through different states and those associated with foreign countries. The company will know what permits are needed and obtain them to ensure the transport proceeds smoothly.


There are multiple types of trailers designed for specific kinds of loads. The heavy haul company will have the best trailer to accommodate loads of any size, height, width or weight. When applicable, heavy haulers also provide break-down services so the load conforms to regulations, which can result in considerable savings for shippers.

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Heavy Haul Transportation Requires Special Equipment and Trained Personnel

Few people give a second thought to the specialized tractor-trailer rigs that must be perfectly matched to haul equipment, machinery and a myriad of other objects. To ensure the safety of the load, heavy haul drivers receive specialized training. Professional heavy haul companies also provide a variety of other services.


All semi-tractors don’t have the same size engine. The engine must be of sufficient horse power to be able to move the weight of the trailer and its load, get up to speed, and be capable of climbing hills if necessary.


There are multiple types of trailers that can accommodate different heavy haul loads. Some are capable of being dropped down to within a couple feet of the pavement for extra tall objects. Others enable motorized vehicles to be driven onto the heavy haul trailer. There are also designs that allow the trailer to be extended to additional lengths. The heavy haul company has the experience to know what type of trailer is best for a specific piece of equipment or machinery.


Heavy haul loads are unlike any other. A heavy haul tractor-trailer combination requires more room for turns, to stop, and to accelerate. Drivers must know the proper way to distribute the weight of the load and how to secure it properly.

Drivers attend specialized classes. They must have a good driving record and meet special licensing requirements to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Heavy haul drivers are under stress to deliver loads safely and on time, which requires a calm demeanor and the ability to work well under pressure.

Professional Service

Individuals with machinery or equipment to transport need to choose their heavy haul company carefully. Professional heavy haul companies make transport as easy as possible for clients. They take care of required permits and provide GPS tracking every step of the way, along with escort vehicles, signage and lighting when necessary.

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What is an Escort Vehicle for Oversized Loads?

Almost everyone has seen a vehicle with a sign and flashing lights driving down a highway in front a tractor-trailer combination. Sometimes there’s also a similar vehicle behind the rig. Those are escort vehicles, sometimes known as pilot vehicles, and they have a very specific purpose.

A Visible Alert

One of the roles of an escort vehicle is to warn motorists of the presence of the heavy hauler. They also provide support for the heavy haul driver. They’re in constant communication with the truck driver to warn them of any changes in road conditions or hazards such as accidents or weather that affects the heavy haul driver.

One or Two Escorts

The size and type of the load will determine if one or two escort vehicles are required. The number of escort vehicles will also be reliant upon whether the load is being transported on a divided or undivided highway. Escort vehicles are an essential safety measure.

Other Ways They Help

Escort vehicles warn traffic when a heavy hauler needs to change lanes, when there’s a narrow bridge, low overpass, or high traffic area. An escort vehicle also has the authority to stop traffic and direct movement of an oversize load, and request a local police escort or assistance.

Florida Rules

The Sunshine State requires escort drivers to hold a Florida State certification or FDOT authorization. Heavy haulers often travel through multiple states, each with its own set of rules and regulations governing escort vehicles. In Florida, escort vehicles are required to have a variety of equipment that includes a two-way communication device, reflective triangles, signage that meets specifications set forth by the state, a fire extinguisher, and other equipment mandated by state and federal regulations.

Safety is No. 1

The safety of the heavy hauler and their load is the top priority for escort vehicles. They provide support, assist and guide heavy haul drivers throughout the transportation journey.

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Every State has Rules and Regulations for Oversized Loads

Federal agencies don’t typically get involved with state mandates for heavy haulers. Each state is responsible for setting its own regulations for what is – and isn’t – an oversize load. However, there are other rules that vary by state that heavy haul companies and their drivers must be aware.

The range of rules to which heavy haul drivers must adhere across the nation is legion and vary widely. Those can include:

  • Safety equipment drivers must carry
  • Signage, flashing lights and flags
  • Escort vehicles and how many
  • Weight, height, length, and width specifications
  • Permits and fee costs

Some states restrict oversized loads from being transported during nighttime hours, holidays and weekends. States that regularly experience snow and icy roads also have laws governing the type of tires that can be used, when snow tires should be put on, and if tire chains are allowed. Other states require qualified security personnel, such as police, to perform escort duties.

Surprising Rules

It’s difficult enough to keep track of the laws that change from state to state, but there are lesser-known regulations that can sound surprising to the average motorist. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates that commercial trucks are prohibited from having rusty hubcaps. However, there are some state laws still inforce for truckers that can stray into the very strange. In Missouri, truckers can’t drive with an uncaged bear and truck drivers can’t use a road as a bed in Eureka, CA.

Professional Benefits

Hiring a professional heavy haul company comes with a significant number of benefits, primary of which is an elevated level of safety. The companies provide GPS tracking, extensive experience, and highly-trained drivers. The companies are cognizant of the range of permits and equipment mandated by each state and escort vehicle rules. Highly advanced and sophisticated logistics enable the companies to map the best routes to ensure loads arrive safely and on time to their destination.

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Local Leaders Urge Caution Over Coming Months for Construction

Passenger vehicles have to share the road with heavy haulers and that situation can be doubly dangerous when construction work is being performed. The summer months are the prime time for road and bridge construction projects and drivers need to exercise an elevated level of caution during that time.

Increased Traffic

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), July through Sept. are the deadliest months for traffic accidents. During the summer months, there’s a significant increase in traffic on all roadways. Summer is also the busiest season for heavy haul drivers.

Tourists from around the globe flock to the state for the South Florida climate, vacations, entertainments, and sport fishing. Crops are harvested and shipped, adding to road congestion. There’s a legion of new teen drivers, distracted motorists, motorcyclists and mopeds, and those that are driving impaired.


When combined with road construction projects, the increased traffic significantly increases driving risks. Depending on the road being traveled, there will be slow downs, detours, reduced speed zones, and traffic may even come to a complete halt temporarily. Drivers need to exercise caution and patience.

Weather Conditions

South Florida residents are accustomed to the state’s weather changes and challenges. Visitors to the state are not and teen drivers often overestimate their abilities. Storms and thunderstorms can develop quickly with winds and driving rain that make roadways slippery and reduces visibility.

Safety Tips

With all the added activity, officials offer the following safety tips to help reduce the number of accidents and keep everyone safe.

  • Be hyper-vigilant in construction zones. Conditions can change quickly.
  • Don’t tailgate – it’s one of the most common factors in crashes in construction zones.
  • Speed limits for construction zones are posted for the safety of drivers and construction workers. Workers on secondary roads holding a slow/stop sign for directing traffic are also helping keep people safe. Be aware that hitting a construction worker will earn drivers a double fine and a prison sentence if they’re killed.
  • Motorists should stay in the designated lane when traffic is routed to a single lane. Changing and jumping lanes should be avoided and drivers should merge as soon as possible.
  • Minimize distractions from phones, radios and passengers.
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North American Heavy Haul Transports Heavy Equipment Securely

North American Heavy Haul has earned a reputation for excellence across the nation as the
leading heavy haul transporter and expediter. The company has been providing safe and
professional transport across the U.S., international borders, and overseas for over two
decades. Licensed, insured and bonded, the company only utilizes highly trained and
experienced drivers and even provides free transport estimates.
A Pioneer
Many of the techniques and practices that are now standard within the heavy haul and shipping
industry were pioneered by North American Heavy Haul. The company’s goals are the same for
every load – to provide safe and affordable transport. Unique solutions are customized for the
needs of each client. North American Heavy Haul provides clients with expert guidance for the
best transport outcome. Destination pick-up and container shipping can all be arranged for a
full-service solution.
Services Offered
The transport company offers services for a wide range of equipment and machinery that
includes backhoes, excavators, dump trucks, forklifts and all types of farm equipment.
Transport for boats and flatbed transport is available, along with bulk transport for ocean
shipping, along with super load hauling and catastrophic recovery. A range of highly specialized
trailers are available to accommodate multiple types of loads.
Logistics and Regulations
Advanced logistics and tracking are utilized to ensure loads arrive at their destination on time
and the exact location of each load is known throughout the transport process. Each state and
country has its own set of specifications, permits and documentation that are required and the
company is well-acquainted with every regulation. The company’s experts are familiar with
when escort vehicles and specialized signage is required and attends to every detail.
Service and Value
The comprehensive range of services and affordable costs at North American Heavy Haul
provide incomparable value. Safety is at the forefront of every transport, whether it’s within
Florida, across state lines, to foreign countries, and across the ocean.

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What Does OSHA Consider Heavy Equipment?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines heavy equipment as heavy-
duty vehicles that are specifically designed to assist with construction. It encompasses
backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, forklifts and farm equipment, to name a few.
Those types of equipment present a significant danger to individuals that operate them, along
with anyone in their vicinity. Created by an act of Congress in 1970, OSHA is responsible for
ensuring safe and healthy workplaces for employees in a wide range of environments. OSHA
sets and enforces standards, provides education, and performs outreach services.
Heavy Equipment Specs
OSHA classifies self-powered, self-propelled, or pull-type equipment weighing at least 1,500
pounds as heavy equipment. That includes machinery and equipment used for agriculture,
construction, industrial, maritime, mining or forestry endeavors.
Common Hazards
One of the most common heavy equipment dangers is being “caught in between” a piece of
equipment and other object. It accounts for the majority of workplace deaths around heavy
equipment. Those types of accidents can occur on job sites or when hauling heavy equipment.
Other dangers include electrical shock, exceeding speed limits, obstructed driver view, and
ignored capacity maximums.
The potential dangers associated with heavy equipment are legion. When transporting a heavy
load, there are a multitude of safety checks and precautions that are taken. Drivers routinely
check the safety chains or straps that secure the load to the trailer throughout the
transportation process. Loads must be balanced appropriately and only highly trained and
experienced drivers are allowed to perform transports.
Safety First
OSHA recognizes the many dangers associated with transporting or working around heavy
equipment. The organization prioritizes safety for workers whether they’re operating the
equipment or moving it. They’ve set forth specific standards for heavy equipment to minimize
the potential for injury and death.
Monetary penalties are imposed by OSHA for violating its rules. The maximum fine is $16,525
for serious and less than serious violations, per incident. The maximum penalty, per incident,
for willful or repeated violations is $156, 259.

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Can You Move Heavy Equipment Yourself?

The answer is a resounding no. Construction equipment and farm machinery require highly
specialized trailers for safe transport. There are dozens of digital documentation and paper
permits needed, depending on the load’s destination. Each state – and even county – has their
own set of safety equipment that drivers must have. Special signage and escort vehicles may be
required and travel may be limited to certain hours of the day.
Highly Complex
Transporting a heavy haul load is far more complicated and complex than it seems. Professional
heavy haul companies make it appear easy due to their experience and the safety precautions
that are employed. The tractor-trailer pairings are designed to accommodate the weight of
heavy hauls, without exceeding legal load limits. Equipment and machinery can easily weigh 20
tons and more.
Risky Business
Individuals that think they can haul such heavy and expensive equipment themselves are
putting their investment, themselves, and other motorists on the road at risk. One misstep can
end in serious injuries and even fatalities. It takes longer to slow down and stop when hauling
heavy equipment. Drivers must make wider turns, and there’s no way to know when an
overpass is too low for the load to safely pass under.
Different Rules
There are very specific rules governing the height, width, length and weight of a heavy haul, the
trailer upon which its transported, and safety equipment drivers are required to carry. Those
specs change from state to state – and even among different counties. A mountain of physical
paperwork and digital approvals are required. A heavy haul becomes even more complicated if
its bound for another country or onboard a ship for overseas delivery.
Best Solution
Hiring the services of an experienced heavy haul company is the best and safest solution when
individuals have equipment or machinery to move. The company knows all the pertinent rules,
employs advanced logistics and tracking, and safety is always a primary priority.

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How Equipment Moves Around the Country

Equipment and machinery are regularly moved around the country from manufacturers to
dealers and from dealers to buyers. There are multiple ways in which that equipment reaches
destinations throughout the nation and to destinations around the world.
Heavy Haul
Within the heavy haul industry, flatbeds may be used, but the most common method is with
highly specialized trailers. They make loading and unloading easier and are designed to handle
the weights involved with heavy equipment. In some instances, a piece of equipment may be
towed, but it will depend on the distance and type of equipment being moved.
When shipping by air, rail or ship, a heavy haul trucking company was involved at some point.
Heavy haul trucking accounts for 72 percent of all freight that’s transported, including heavy
Statistics show that approximately 28 percent of freight is hauled by rail, typically on flatbed
cars. It’s the second most popular way to transport heavy equipment across land. While rail is
an affordable option, it’s slower than by truck and typically requires several transfers during the
transport process.
Ships account for 10.6 percent of all cargo shipped overseas. A significant amount of heavy
equipment is transported by truck to docks on both coasts where it’s loaded onto vessels for
delivery abroad. A trucking company can arrange for a shipping container on an ocean-going
vessel to protect it from sea spray. Ocean-bound shipments are slower and must be planned
carefully to ensure there’s a vessel that can handle the equipment.
Fright shipments by air account for a mere 4.4 percent. While it’s possible to ship some types of
heavy equipment via air transport, it’s a method that’s seldom employed due to very costly
shipping rates and weight limits.

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