Shipping an over dimensional load is not the same as shipping an item on a standard flatbed. While a flatbed is best used for items that will not fit comfortably in an enclosed truck, an oversize load is also too large for the flatbed.
If you are transporting something that falls under the category of an over dimensional load, there are a few things you will need to know to ensure the movement runs as smoothly as possible.
The qualifications of an over dimensional load may change from state to state, but according to Federal Law, anything with a gross vehicle weight over 80,000 pounds constitutes an over dimensional load. The applicable height and width dimensions will be determined by state.
If you are going to be transporting an over dimensional load, you will need to secure the appropriate permits. Unfortunately, the Federal government does not give permits that allow you to cross into any state. Instead, you will need to plan to get the permits you need for each state you will cross into before you begin your journey.
Before a journey begins, you’ll want to consider which direction the driver should take. While a professional will assist you in determining the route, you’ll want to consider the layout of the roads and highways, as well as consider the weight and size of the items on your load. Appropriate planning is crucial in ensuring your load gets to its destination on time.
There are a number of things that must be considered before you can send your over dimensional load on its way. For expert assistance in planning your route, securing the appropriate permits, and determining if your items qualify as an over dimensional load, contact Load-Pro today.