An articulated truck (also called an articulated hauler or articulated dump truck) is designed to excel in off-road conditions. The larger models can carry huge amounts of material in a single run - allowing them to keep the job site running smoothly. Since the vehicle pivots in the middle, steering is accomplished through the use of hydraulic rams - allowing the hauler section to remain well-controlled (1).
Long-Distance Transport Available
If you need your articulated truck moved a long distance, then A1 Auto Transport is an excellent choice. We'll partner with you to create a customized transit plan - so you'll feel confident that your expensive equipment is in the right hands.
We can move your truck anywhere in the country - and even overseas. Our extensive fleet of transport equipment is here to serve you at a moment's notice.
Not only do we carefully secure your rig and load it onto transport equipment that's adequately rated for the task but we also provide free insurance coverage. Automatically applied to every load we handle, your truck will enjoy full protection during its trip.
Extra Service Choices
We're also pleased to offer additional service choices, such as satellite tracking. This allows you to keep a close eye on your shipment, as it travels toward its new destination. Door-to-door dump truck transport and delivery is also a convenient option, and we will pick up and drop off your equipment right on-site.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, an articulated truck is well above the limits for what counts as an average load. Although the exact dimensions vary from state to state within the USA, the maximum number for width is 8.5 feet in most areas.
The length limit is 48 to 53 feet, and the height limit is around 13 feet. Similarly, the weight specification for oversized loads is 46000 pounds. All these dimensions can be found on the Department of Transport website, which is the authority handling these on a federal level.
This factor also means that it’s a time-consuming process to ship standard dump trucks across the country.
As mentioned, an articulated truck falls in the large and wide load categories, which makes transporting them much more complicated than transporting an average load. The fundamental reason for this is the involvement of several permits.
As mentioned, there are inspections at each state border for any transport, but wide loads can't be transported without a permit. Although the DOT website lists link to the different websites to obtain permits, each must be obtained separately.
At times, there are different ones for cities and towns. Since the dump truck transport company has to figure out a route after going over the logistics of the journey and then applying for permits, transporting an articulated truck becomes time-consuming and expensive.
Another issue of concern when you want to transfer dump trucks is how to prepare them for hauling. However, most truck manufacturers have standard guidelines to be followed.
The most common way to transport construction equipment is Roll-on Roll-off shipping, which is the cheapest and most convenient method for wide and oversized loads.
An articulated truck can’t fit in a container because although their standard lengths are 20 feet and 40 feet, the average width is only 8 feet compared to the minimum 10 feet length of a truck.
Regarding RoRo shipping, they drive the vehicle onto the platform and secure it to the carrier using chocks and rope to ensure it doesn't budge during the journey. It's also the reason this method is cheaper than others.
On the other hand, flatbed trailers will be used for ground transport because it's most convenient for wide loads. After all, there are no edges to constrict the load as long as it's balanced well.
It might seem like a precarious decision, but there's a reason flatbed trailers are used for most wide and oversized loads. As mentioned, they have no edges, which makes transport easy.
Since they're open on all sides except the side attached to the truck, it's easy to load cargo as long as there is experienced personnel. A ramp is used to load the cargo onto the trailer.
It must be lined carefully, so there's no capsizing during the journey. It's also secured at the sides using riggers to ensure it doesn't budge during the trip. The roads are also decided carefully, so you don't have to worry.