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Heavy Haul Trucking Companies

What's in this article?
  1. Choosing The Right Heavy Haul Trucking Company
  2. What Is Heavy Haul Trucking?
  3. What Is Considered A Heavy Or Oversize Load?
  4. How Are Oversize Heavy Haulers Different?
  5. Auto Transport
  6. Safety And Insurance
  7. Heavy Hauling Permits
  8. Making The Right Choice
Making The Right Choice Heavy Haul

Choosing The Right Heavy Haul Trucking Company

Launching a search for heavy haul trucking companies is no easy feat. The market is somewhat saturated and common sense assumes that you would prefer to work with a hauling company that you can trust. A load that requires the use of a heavy hauler is not, by any means, inexpensive.

It’s imperative that heavy haul trucking companies build a trustworthy reputation between clients, old and new. Word of mouth, pristine attention to customer service and client testimonials speak volumes.

You’ll need a heavy haul company that has all the hypothetical bases covered. A-1 Auto Transport stands out among heavy haul trucking companies for many reasons, successfully taking on every worry that you might have about heavy haul trucking, and transporting your vehicle.

What Is Heavy Haul Trucking?

If you’ve found yourself here, you probably have some idea of what heavy haul trucking companies are all about. After all, it’s likely that you’ve got something heavy and you need someone to haul it.

Typically, a heavy haul company is exactly what it sounds like...a trucking company that can transport incredibly heavy loads. Occasionally, a company specializing in oversize loads is called onto the field when a flatbed truck or a conventional closed trailer doesn’t have the size or weight capacity to haul the load. Loads that are extremely heavy will require trailers that are specifically designed to carry the weight safely.

Cars, military equipment, industrial machinery, pre-built homes, and bridge beams are just a few heavy-duty items that fall into the category of a heavy haul.

You may also see an “oversize load” sign on many of the trucks used for heavy hauls. This means that there are federally enforced road restrictions as to where the heavy haul trucking companies can safely travel with the load.

State and federal regulations for travel and hauling oversize loads must be followed by every trucking company. It’s not just about carrying a heavy load from point A to point B.

It’s necessary that every existing heavy haul trucking company comply with all regulations, serving both private and public safety. From perfect weight and math calculations to educated drivers specifically trained to handle anything and everything on the road, heavy haul truck companies are much more than they seem.

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What Is Considered A Heavy Or Oversize Load?

Corporations or small businesses with huge loads to haul are the most frequent clients of heavy haul trucking companies. However, it’s not unheard of for a private citizen to enlist the needs of a heavy haul company, especially when automotive or even, a yacht transport is needed.

It all boils down to what you’re having shipped. If your shipment meets the criteria for a heavy haul, then you’re certainly entitled to enlist the help of a hauling company.

The federal government requires each state to set its own rules and regulations for oversize and overweight shipments. While the state rules differ, an oversize haul is generally classified as cargo that exceeds a weight of 80,000 pounds, a height of 13.6 feet, a length of 48 feet a width of 8.6 feet.

In addition to state regulations, federal law states that heavy haul trucking companies must have weight limits set on a per-axle basis. Since these restrictions are federally set, they will not differ from state to state, and they apply to oversize loads.

The restrictions are as follows:

  1. Single axles are limited to 20,000 pounds
  2. Drive axles are limited to 34,000 pounds
  3. Steer axles are limited to 12,000 pounds
  4. Tandem axles are limited to 34,000 pounds

If the load that you’ve got to move meets any of the above shipping restrictions, then a heavy haul truck company that can pull an overweight/oversize load is exactly what you need.

Considered A Heavy Or Oversize Load

How Are Oversize Heavy Haulers Different?

The trailers that heavy haul trucking companies use to transport oversize shipments are configured differently than a trailer hauling a “normal” load. They might not look different to the untrained eye, but as a freight load grows in size, a trailer must grow too.

Heavy haul trucking companies have a detailed understanding of the way heavy hauling works. This experience in oversize shipping will allow the company you work with to choose the correct trailer configuration for the haul.

With a range of around 19 different heavy haul configurations, it’s vital to make sure you’ve chosen a company that can assign the correct trailer to your load. An incorrect estimate is extremely hazardous and is likely to result in a disaster.

The logistics of heavy haul transport is incredibly important. All heavy haul trucking companies should have a check system in place when loading up a heavy hall. Simply loading up and hitting the road is not an option.

Every customer haul, whether the equipment is old or new, should be treated like new. Extra straps and chains on the trucks in case of a situation during travel is necessary.

If needed, all customer cargo should be covered and protected from the elements. A double check of every strap, hood, lid, and shield should take place before the start of shipment. Any and all blocking equipment, put in place to keep your haul safe, should also be checked and reinforced.

Once loaded, the haul should be measured and weighed again to make sure all calculations are correct. Drivers should stop 50-100 miles into the trip to check all equipment is in place and secure.

Auto Transport

Heavy hauling, for many people, means that they want to ship their car, truck, boat or motorcycle. While these may not reach the requirements for an oversize haul, they definitely need some power to move.

Auto transportation should be separated from the rest because it’s important to choose a company that specializes in auto transport. You do not want a company that typically moves pre-built homes or bulky construction equipment to load up your brand new car and hope they get it to you in one piece.

It’s not to say that it can’t be done, but a great, customer oriented automobile transport company will put forth the best practices to make sure your vehicle reaches the destination shiny and intact. Heavy haul trucking companies like A-1 Auto Transport, deal specifically in vehicles.

The expertise is unmatched.

Oversize Heavy Haulers Different

Safety and Insurance

It should go without saying that heavy haul trucking companies are abundant in safety practices and will have haul insurance in place. Once your load is matched to the appropriate trailer, only drivers who have gone through rigorous schooling and can provide a current certificate of completion will be able to maneuver the rig.

Employment standards will vary from company to company. Some companies require the minimum certification for heavy hauling, and others ask that potential employees seek additional and regular schooling.

Insurance is another story. It’s not uncommon for heavy haul trucking companies to issue insurance to every load for $300,000 - $500,000, and that amount can increase as the trip progresses depending on the nature of the load.

When choosing a company to haul your load, make sure that the insurance coverage is an amount you’re comfortable with, and don’t be hesitant to discuss an increase. A reputable company will consider your needs and work with you to find the right insurance for your haul.

Heavy Hauling Permits

Almost every haul load requires a different new set of permits, depending on where you’re hauling and what you’re shipping. Since dimensions and legal weights vary from state to state, a heavy haul permit is provided for the haul that states what times the haul can actually take place. The route options will be specified as well.

Heavy haul trucking companies specialize in oversize and overweight transport. They know which permits to have in place, as well as the fees that come along with them. Single movement permits, oversize permits and overweight permits (among others, depending on the state) have to be assigned, sorted and in place before you begin the trip.

If reputable, the heavy haul company you choose will obtain the permits before the haul. Each permit differs when it comes to length of validity, so it’s important to focus on time sensitivity when the route is established.

If you have questions regarding permits before you choose a company for hauling, you can contact the state Department of Transportation. Remember, the Federal Government will not supply any heavy haul permit. All regulation is done at a state level.

Heavy Haul Trucking Companies

Making The Right Choice

Organizing any type heavy haul can be stressful. There are steps involved from start to finish that must be properly and thoroughly addressed to ensure the safety of the driver, and everyone else on the road.

Skipping over the necessary precautions, such as proper weighing of the haul or declining to obtain the proper permits, will bring negative results. A-1 Auto Transport will be able to assist you from start to finish with your heavy auto haul. Contact us today for more information.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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