Straddle Carriers are well used in the shipping industry to move containers, lumber, and other heavy and bulky materials from one location to another. They can be used to stack heavy shipping containers (from two containers and up to four containers high), making it easier for shipping yards, intermodal yards, and port terminals to clear space and load containers for shipment.
The loads are picked up by the carrier and connected to top lifting points using a container spreader. There are times when these vital pieces of equipment must be relocated for use and when that time comes, A-1 Auto Transport is here to assist with the transport.
How Straddle Carriers Are Transported
While Straddle Carriers are used to relocate materials in shipyards and ports, they too need to be transported to and from one location to another and this can be handled by open-air transport on a lowboy trailer. Typically, the carrier and the cab will often be shipped on two separate trailers due to the overall size of the straddle truck, although depending on the size of the carrier, it may be possible to have both shipped on the same trailer.
Safe and Reliable Transport
A-1 Auto Transport guarantees safe and reliable transport, and stress-free shipping services when shipping a straddle carrier or other heavy equipment. Whether you need to ship local, long distance or even overseas, we've got you covered with service you can count on for peace of mind every mile of the shipment.
With more than 30 years of experience in the transport industry and a professional fleet of carriers, we can have your Straddle Carrier shipped with fully insured service at competitive rates no matter the distance it needs to move.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Even two points that are equally far apart will always vary in cost because of other factors. This is because of factors affecting fuel consumption, which significantly impacts the price.
Weather and traffic conditions also indirectly raise the cost because poor roads cause the truck to use more fuel. When there is a lot of traffic, the truck consumes more energy and costs more.
If you want your carrier to be shipped out more quickly, the company will charge you more since they will have to adjust their schedule to make room for you. Even so, it's worthwhile if a lengthier delivery may disrupt your farm operations.
If you have a large straddle carrier that weighs around 120,000 pounds (without the intermodal containers), it’s natural that the process will take a while and require several carriers. Usually, the most efficient method of shipping is using an RGN trailer or a lowboy trailer.
Since its width is around 16 feet and length 32 feet, it's well over any set dimensional standards. The company will get special permits, escort vehicles, and load the straddle carrier onto several lowboy trailers.
If you have a smaller model, a single four-axle lowboy that can take up to 80,000 pounds will suffice.
A new driver is ill-prepared to handle problems as they arise when transporting big loads, which presents numerous hurdles throughout the route. A corporation will always send a qualified driver if a load is too big.
In addition to being a large load, it exceeds the standard 8.5 feet limit by a considerable number, so that a straddle carrier will need escort vehicles. The loaders pay close attention to balance and ensure the carrier doesn't topple sideways en route.
There is no room for error because the dimensions of a straddle carrier far exceed the standards. The loaders and driver must be careful, meaning the journey will take a while.
A straddle carrier isn't anything you'll be able to transport on your own. Not only is it extremely heavy, but not even a standard transport company has the right to transport it anywhere. This means you'll have to expend some energy toward choosing the right business for this delivery.
Without fail, the most important part is legitimacy. For example, a transport company needs at least $2 million in insurance before it's eligible to transport super loads. This means you must look up and confirm that the company is certified before considering it.
You can list possible choices and divide them according to feasibility. The crucial factor is reviews and testimonials from those who've hired the company before, and it's best to look for them on third-party websites.
You can look for specialized forums or check Reddit to see if you can get any useful information. It's a good way to avoid mishaps.