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How Terrain Factors into your Haul

Whether you’re towing an RV cross country for recreational purposes or hauling equipment across town to a job site, there are a myriad of terrain types that you may encounter. Rolling hills and mountains interspersed with long stretches of flatlands will all affect your haul in different ways. That doesn’t even factor in construction zones, gravel roads and railroad tracks.

Traction

You should anticipate multiple types of terrain and plan for them ahead of time when hauling heavy equipment or pulling a trailer or camper. One of the first things you need are tires that provide appropriate traction, particularly if you’ll be driving on back roads, job sites, or in loose soil. You can easily and quickly lose control of a trailer in those conditions.

Power

Make sure your vehicle has the power to pull the trailer’s weight and cargo comfortably. Don’t overload the trailer and ensure the load is balanced – not too far forward or back. Doing so enables the load to be towed more easily.

Speed

The greater the speed, the easier it is to lose control in loose soil or if you swerve to miss wildlife that wanders into the road. A steady speed is always best and just because the speed limit may state 55 mph, use caution and common sense especially on inclines and during inclement weather conditions. Drive at a speed that’s equitable to the conditions whether that includes rain, high wind or steep inclines.

Braking

Braking systems should be adjusted so they don’t lock up if you’re forced to brake quickly or come to a stop. It takes longer for heavy trucks or a tow vehicle and trailer to stop than it does a passenger vehicle. It’s always a bad idea to depart from established roads or tracks since the shoulders will be far more slippery than the main road.

Clearance

Always know the height of the trailer and cargo you’re hauling. The ground clearance of the tow vehicle is equally important. You definitely don’t want to attempt to pass through an overhead impediment that’s too low or traverse a path with obstacles that can take out an axel or oil pan.

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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Securing your Load

Everyone has seen a heavy hauler with loads secured by chains, but few ever consider the standards and best practices that go into ensuring equipment and other items to ensure they ride safely. Those same safety measures are equally important for you when transporting items ranging from furniture and rented equipment to building supplies.

Moving any heavy load is a major endeavor and drivers that don’t adhere to established best practices is courting disaster. Commercial haulers have very specific state and national regulations governing how cargo is to be secured.

As a private individual, you also have rules that apply when hauling cargo. If you fail to follow the law, you can be held liable, prosecuted, pay stiff fines, and sentenced to significant jail time.

Unsecured loads injure more than 3,500 people each year in Florida and cause billions in healthcare costs and property damage. Accidents also occur due to debris on roadways caused by shifting loads.

Commercial drivers understand the importance of securing loads against movement due to winds, bumpy roads and other hazards such as railroad tracks. You can utilize the same basic standards as commercial drivers to ensure loads are safe and secure.

Blocking

Loads should be blocked in the front, back and sides to avoid sliding and shifting. Blocking should fit snuggly against the cargo. The same procedure is equally applicable for open and enclosed trailers.

Tie-Downs

When shifting occurs, it affects the handling of the tow vehicle. Open and flat trailers should employ chains, ropes, straps, or devices on which tension can be adjusted that are strong enough to withstand the weight of the cargo being hauled to prevent movement – typically 1.5 times the weight of the cargo. The restraints should go over the cargo and attach to the trailer on both sides.

Covers

Covering a load, also known as tarping, on open trailers protects other drives from the potential danger of a spill and serves as protection for the cargo. Be sure to look in the rear-view mirror from time to time to ensure covers haven’t come loose. A cover flapping in the wind can easily be torn off. It has the potential to fly off and cover the windshield of other vehicles.

Overloading

Never exceed the weight specifications of the trailer or tow vehicle. The vehicle will be more difficult to handle, it increases the risk of cargo movement, and presents a danger to other motorists. Always ensure that loads are properly balanced.

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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6 Things to Consider when Choosing an Equipment Hauling Company

There are multiple variables to consider when choosing an equipment hauling company. For many, the cost is a primary factor, but cheap doesn’t mean better and can end up costing far more than a reputable hauler would have charged. The following are the top six considerations when hiring a heavy hauler.

Capabilities

It’s imperative that the hauler have equipment that’s capable of performing the task. Trailers and tow vehicles must be able to haul the cargo without exceeding specified load limits and be adequate in size for the job. For instance, loose materials such as mulch, sand or dirt will require a dump truck, not a flatbed trailer.

Compliance

Heavy hauling is a strictly regulated industry. Individuals should ensure that the company has the necessary permits and licensing for the type of vehicle needed and the load that will be transported. Without those measures, individuals are placing their equipment at risk and can find themselves facing liability issues.

Safety Measures

Never take safety measures for granted. The safety of equipment and employees can be at risk. An extensive array of state and federal standards is in place governing the safety measures to which heavy haulers must adhere. Reputable companies should be willing to share the types of precautions and safety methods they use.

Insurance

Having the appropriate insurance is critical when working with a heavy hauler company. Don’t assume that the company’s insurance will cover damage to the cargo, injuries, or property damage that may occur. The same standards apply whether the items being transported are going across town or cross country.

Pricing

The company’s pricing and services should be clearly spelled out. If all the company can provide is an estimate, clients can very well find themselves looking at any number of expensive fees for “extra” services. Don’t be reticent about requesting an itemized list of services and prices.

Compare

Everyone has a budget and to obtain the safest and most comprehensive range of services at the best cost, talk with several companies and compare their prices and stated services. The least expensive isn’t always the best option.

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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Timing your Heavy Haul Delivery

Timing is an important element of the logistics involved to ensure a heavy haul delivery is transported safely and arrives at its destination in a timely manner. It’s especially important when dealing with heavy equipment or cargo that’s essential for a particular job.

A heavy haul is a complex operation that entails far more than simply loading items on a truck or trailer. There are stringent state and federal regulations that govern how items can be hauled, weight limits and other specifications. Depending on the load, drivers may be restricted to certain traveling times to ensure the safety of other motorists.

Pre-Planning

Planning ahead smooths the process every step of the way. If you know you’re going to need something transported, don’t wait until the last minute to try and get it there. Heavy haulers are in high demand and you could easily find the needed equipment and vehicles aren’t available. Plan ahead and notify your carrier of what you need to do and when the transport will need to be performed.

The same is true at the cargo’s destination. Be sure that the project manager or other official knows that the cargo has been shipped and when it’s due to arrive so there will be someone available to immediately take charge of it. Time is money in the heavy hauler industry and you could find yourself with some extra charges should the hauler have to sit idle at the destination.

Specifications

You’ll need to know the dimensions and weight of what you’ll be shipping. If you need heavy equipment transported, it may be considered an oversize load. That will require special permitting, banners, safety lights, and may even require an escort vehicle. The hauler will need time to obtain the proper paperwork and work out a route that’s quick, efficient, and one that won’t run afoul of any infrastructure limits.

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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Why Heavy Equipment Operator is a Good Career

There are dozens of opportunities in the heavy equipment operating arena. Heavy equipment operators are responsible for operating a wide range of equipment ranging from hydraulic truck cranes, forklifts and bulldozers to cargo trucks, backhoes and dump trucks. Qualified cargo haulers are always in high demand.

Job opportunities are available as independent operators, with private employers and government entities. Individuals have options that include those that are local in scope or long-haul jobs that may take them anywhere across the nation. Florida requires individuals to keep their certifications and endorsements current. Some equipment may require a specific license in Florida, along with passing a DOT physical.

Heavy equipment operators on salary in Florida typically earn between $51,000-$71,000 per year. Those that are paid by the hour make an average of $17.60 per hour. Overtime opportunities are available and some companies offer signing bonuses. Insurance benefits are usually offered and some companies may even provide parental leave and assistance with personal development or relocation expenses.

Individuals contemplating a career in operating heavy equipment will need a high school diploma or GED and be required to complete an approved heavy equipment training program. Passing a written and skills test is also required. A commercial driver’s license also known as a CDL is required and there are three levels of CDL endorsements.

  • A Passenger (P) endorsement enables the carrying of passengers
  • A Tank (T) endorsement allows the operation of trucks containing liquid cargos
  • A Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement is for operating trucks containing flammable liquids, explosives or radioactive substances.

There are also different classes of CDLs. A Class A is needed for vehicles with a gross weight combination of 26,001 or more lbs. It includes tractor-trailers, flatbeds, livestock haulers, and tank vehicles.

A Class B is required for a vehicle not hitched to a trailer with a cargo weight greater than 26,000 lbs. encompassing passenger and segmented buses, tractor-trailers, and dump trucks with small trailers.

A Class C is needed to operate a single vehicle with a gross weight less than 26,001 lbs., towing a vehicle that weighs 10,000 lbs., or transporting 16 or more passengers including the driver. It includes passenger vans, small HazMat vehicles, and vehicles not included in Class A or B.

With the many opportunities available for heavy equipment operators, there’s an option to accommodate a wide range of personal interests, income desires, and in multiple fields. Individuals can choose to work in areas ranging from mining and construction to hauling heavy equipment.

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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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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Tips for Managing your Construction Site

Planning and coordination of construction job sites can change from hour to hour and managing those changes encompasses people, equipment, and safety concerns. Site managers need the ability to look ahead and anticipate the unexpected and create alternate plans for changing conditions. Communication will be a key element in the process.

Preventing Theft

Any type of tools or equipment on a job site are at risk of theft. Handheld tools are a particularly attractive target, but don’t discount the potential for theft of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment theft and hand tools is a billion-dollar industry, with less than 20 percent of the property ever being recovered. Every construction site should be protected by a fence. Chain link is the preferred fencing method. It’s affordable and can be erected quickly.

Safety

A chain link fence is also an excellent measure for preventing unwanted incursions by trespassers. Warning signs will need to be displayed and the fencing provides an easy way to do so. Fencing is also an important safety precaution for preventing injuries to the general public. Every preventative option should be employed to prevent an accident that can result in an expensive lawsuit.

Maintenance

The tools and heavy equipment on job sites work hard. Regular examination and maintenance are essential processes. Depending on equipment usage, there will be multiple maintenance schedules to manage and you may need to arrange for extra machinery if a piece of equipment will be down for servicing.

Rentals or Purchases

Equipment and tools are expensive investments. In some instances, it may be more cost effective to rent specific items instead of purchasing them depending on how often a specific piece is utilized.

Traceability

The use of GPS trackers is an excellent way to ascertain the location of any piece of equipment at any given time. It’s effective in the event of theft and it also provides an easy way to ensure that no piece of equipment is inadvertently left behind on a job site.

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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Getting Heavy Equipment to your Job Site

There’s satisfaction is knowing that you’ve delivered a piece of heavy equipment safely and securely to its destination, especially when considering the hazards and myriad of things that can go wrong. There’s far more involved in delivering equipment to your job site than loading and securing it, covering any pertinent parts, and distributing the load appropriately.

The logistics and the way in which equipment is delivered will depend on the size and weight of the equipment and the distance it will need to travel. Tractors, boats and items of a similar weight and size can typically be handled with a flatbed trailer, often called a lowboy.

For items that exceed the weight, height, or size limitations of a flatbed, the services of a heavy hauler truck and trailer combination will be required. They’re the solution of choice for items such as planes, cranes and excavators, along with front end loaders, construction beams, turbines, and manufactured homes.

There are specific laws governing what is considered an oversized load and a superload in Florida. An oversized load is one that exceeds a width of 8 ft. 6 in. or exceeds 8 ft. when traveling on roads of 12 ft. wide or less. A wide load is also anything that exceeds 13 ft. 6 in. in length. Limits are in effect for how much weight each axle is allowed to support.

Any load exceeding 15 ft. high, 15 ft. wide, or 150 ft. long is considered a superload. If the width exceeds 16 ft., the route the transport vehicle will take must be surveyed, preceded by a qualified escort, and sometimes a chase vehicle.

The required permits must be kept onboard at all times. Permits are valid for a specified number of days and travel is limited to certain times of the day depending upon weight and/or height to ensure the safety of the hauler and motorists on the road.

Regulations for delivering your equipment safely to the job site don’t end there. Red or orange flags are required to increase visibility to motorists and any protrusions or corners must be clearly marked with an orange square. The tow vehicle will also be required to be equipped with amber warning lights to ensure your equipment arrives safely and without incident.

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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We Ship Everywhere In The United States and Canada

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.

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North American Heavy Haul Luanches New Site

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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