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When hauling super heavy or over-dimensional loads, everything must go right.

You need the right equipment and a capable well-trained driver to transport the load. You must obtain the right licenses and permits, select the right routes, and adhere to state-by-state regulations. You may even need to hire a professional escort service.

Most of all, you need the right company to manage all this for you.

Here are four tips for choosing the right wide load shipping company.

1. Ask the right questions.

Choosing the right heavy haul transport company begins by asking the right questions.

How much cargo insurance does the company have and is it enough to cover your shipment? (The minimum amount required by law is $100,000.) Will the need for more coverage increase overall costs? If so, by how much?

How long has the company been in business and is it reputable? Does it have a good rating? Have there been any recent accidents or claims?

Is the transportation equipment available when you need it?

What are the payment terms?

2. Conduct a background check.

It’s a good idea to run a background check on the company you’re thinking of hiring. Here are two ways to go about it.

SaferTool has developed a software tool that runs queries on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) database enabling you to research trucking companies. (The software works with PCs only and is not compatible with Mac computers.)

FMCSA carrier database

Another way to research a transport company’s history is to perform a search of the FMCSA carrier database.

3. Get a reliable quote.

Obtain a reliable quote prior to making your final decision. Find out if it includes the cost of permits, pilot cars, per diems and other expenses associated with the move.

Once you have completed your research, received a quote and made a decision about the company you wish to hire, follow these tips to prepare for the move.

4. Prepare your equipment for shipping.

If your equipment will be shipped over public roads and highways the safety of others is your first consideration. For example, ensure that your equipment is carefully secured so that nothing could become dislodged and cause an accident.

Remove fuel or other flammables as required by law. According to, many states require that you empty fuel tanks on tractors and dozers. Some states require that dozers be shipped with the blade detached.

Contract with a pilot care company if the transportation company hasn’t already done so. Any equipment over 102in wide will require an oversize-trucking permit in order to move on state roads or highways; a pilot care must accompany equipment that is more than 12ft wide.

Discuss the issue of ramps with the shipper. If you are loading equipment with tires or tracks ramps will be required. Other equipment may require loading by crane.

5. Prepare a bill of lading.

Create a bill of lading for the transport company driver. You cannot ship anything over public roadways without one.


When hauling super heavy or over-dimensional loads everything must go right so that nothing will go wrong. Contact us to learn how H. Brown can help you get everything right with your next load.

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