Super Load Hauling
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Best Practices For Super Load Hauling
Super loads are different from oversize loads. While an oversize load is one that exceeds basic federal and state weight and dimension limits, super loads exceed those limits by a much larger margin. Both types of loads often require permits and escorts, but super loads are distinct in that they typically require more lead time when requesting transport permissions from state governments. Most super loads are also non-divisible, meaning they can’t be separated into more manageable loads to avoid special shipping considerations. Read on to learn more about super load hauling and how best to prepare for the process.
What Constitutes A Super Load?
A super load is one that exceeds one or more state maximum limits pertaining to height, length, width, and weight. While local shipments only require you to know your state’s laws, the process can be much more complicated if you plan to move a super load across state lines, as those limits vary from one state to the next.
For example, in Nebraska, a load that exceeds 14 feet (4.3 meters) in width and/or weighs more than 110,000 pounds (49,895 kilograms) is considered a super load, and loads that are more than 16 ft (4.9 m) high require a route survey. However, in Pennsylvania, that same load would simply be considered oversize; a super load in that state is one that exceeds 160 ft (48.8 m) in length, 16 ft in width, and/or 201,000 lbs (91,172 kg) in weight.
Lead Times & Requirements
The lead time required to process applications will also vary from state to state. In South Dakota, for instance, it could take as little as one day to get approval, whereas Massachusetts asks for up to a month, and Mississippi doesn’t put a time limit on the process at all. Certain states may also have specific requirements for transporting the load beyond surveys, permits, and pilot cars.
Other requirements can include route planning with input from utility companies, bridge analysis to ensure loads won’t compromise the structures, and even providing a sketch of the load complete with axle, tire, and dimension details. Familiarize yourself with state limits and consult government officials to ensure you tick all the necessary boxes.
Time & Cost
Ultimately, the size of the load and the complexity of transport will determine processing time and overall cost. Loads that just barely exceed the super load limit may be treated similarly to oversize loads with additional permits and escorts, while larger loads with varied dimensions will take more time to plan and could potentially involve more equipment and resources.
Those complex loads not only require proper route planning to ensure the truck and trailer can make the necessary turns and other maneuvers; they may also involve removing overhead obstructions temporarily, shutting down one or more lanes to prevent collisions with other drivers, and more. Some super loads also require cranes for loading and unloading or multiple trucks, and trailers to carry the load at certain points in the route.
Let FR8Star Help
When dealing with super loads, the planning stage is key. That means measuring the load accurately, obtaining the proper permits, and working with local and state authorities. Fortunately, you can choose a super load hauling specialist from FR8Star’s extensive network of vetted brokers and carriers. Simply click Get Started on the FR8Star.com home page and enter all of the relevant information for your load. You’ll receive free estimates in as little 30 seconds, at which point you can compare brokers and carriers, choose the right one for you, and work alongside them to make the process run as smoothly as possible.