The most common trailers used today are the standard flatbed and the step deck flatbed trailers. These trailers are by far the most versatile in the heavy haul shipping transportation sector. If a flatbed is loaded properly, secured properly, and protected properly it can move almost any imaginable cargo. There are so many customizable variations to handle oversize shipping and heavy transport loads making the flatbed the go-to tool for moving your specialty cargo safely and within the best regulation parameters.
A conventional flatbed is forty-eight feet long and eight and a half feet wide with a surface area of four hundred square feet for load area. Typically, a flatbed is fifty-eight inches above the road surface so the legal standard height of eight and a half feet will allow clearances of just under thirteen and a half feet. Anything over that height is considered oversize shipping and would require over-dimensional freight rates to properly budget the move.
Some examples of cargo moved on flatbed trailers, step decks, and specialty step decks are construction equipment, bulldozers, backhoes, farm equipment, industrial machinery regular and over-dimensional, military equipment, aeronautics, wind turbines, roll presses, pre-fabricated building, concrete culverts, over-dimensional steel pipes, rolls of wire, flexible plumbing, logs, lumber, building supplies, and other large vehicles.
13 Axle Step-deck – Heavy Haul Transporters
Step decks provide two hauling decks. The longer lower deck is capable of carrying loads that are a little over ten feet tall and usually forty feet long and only three and a half feet above the road. The shorter front deck can move normal loads but usually only ten to thirteen feet in length. In most states, oversize permits will not be needed when using these trailers.
Because these trailers allow oversize loads to extend over the edges makes them the most dependable oversize transportation vehicle for oversize shipping, loads that are excessively wide tall or long. The appropriate permits and signage must be used to identify the loads.
Many of the loads requiring these trailers are not oversized but are overweight. The major configurations to consider for weight is the number of axles that a trailer has. Usually, a standard rule of thumb is thirty-four thousand pounds per pair of axles and the weight is evenly distributed by adjusting the axle by sliding them to the correct weighted positions. Any load exceeding eighty thousand pounds is overweight requiring permits.
The use of a 13-axle step deck is designed specially to accommodate for what is considered a super load. Any load that is over sixteen feet wide, sixteen feet tall or one hundred and sixty feet long is considered a super load. These super loads require over-dimensional freight services that include special permitting, specific highway routes, restricted travel times, and several pilot and escort vehicles.
More time and more planning are required to make sure the logistics are full proof. No doubt about it the most efficient, cost-efficient form of oversize transportation is the use of flatbed trailers.
You can call us at (844)337-4909 to work through any of these oversize hauling logistical questions. The bottom line to your project cost will be reflected in our over-dimensional freight rates and pleasantly meet your expectations. Please get started today and fill out our handy online form at Heavy Haul Transporting.