Not all freight transportation is alike. Everyone knows the right match of equipment to cargo is important, or you’re not going to have a very good day; not just any vehicle, 或任何驱动程序, 会做. 那么,什么是 重型运输卡车, and what makes it different? Equally to the point, how does a regional freight broker like Able Transport Solutions ensure that even your most complex shipping project goes off without a hitch? Let’s break it all down.

Size Matters: 重型运输 Trucking 101

As with nearly anything else, there’s an extensive set of laws, 规则, and regulations that govern trucking of any size. Once you’ve navigated those, there are further limitations imposed by the construction and mechanics of your tow vehicle and trailers. 

What makes a “heavy load”?

Laws vary from one jurisdiction to the next, and not all roads or bridges are engineered to handle the same weights. With that being said, there are a few general 规则 of thumb that we can use to determine what’s “heavy”. 货物超过46,000 to 80,000英镑(又, this varies by jurisdiction), or with dimensions that exceed one or more of the legal size limits common to full truckload shipping—53’ x 8.6’ x 13.6 (LxWxH)—is considered a heavy load.

Vehicle Considerations

Then we come up against the restrictions imposed by common types of truck and trailer construction. Steer axles (typically the front wheels of a truck, though certain trailers will also have this type of axle) are limited to a maximum of 12,000磅. The rears come into play as well, with axle weight limits depending on the truck and trailer combination. Single axles are limited to 20,000磅, while drive axles and tandem axles have a 34,000-pound weight limit. 

Heavy hauling requires many more axles than you’ll find on a typical truck-and-trailer combination—often from five to twenty axles in order to get the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) to handle the higher weight and to provide additional stability. The added size and weight requires specialized trailer construction, a more powerful truck or prime mover, and—just as importantly—an experienced and properly licensed driver. 

Types of heavy loads

Heavy loads come in many shapes and sizes. 飞机部件, 军事装备, construction equipment, 空调单位, 制造的房子, and a wide variety of other cargo all fall under this designation, and Able Transport Solutions will help you find the right transportation for all of it.

How An Experienced 货运代理 Makes 重型运输 Trucking Seem Easy

At Able Transport Solutions, there are few shipping and hauling scenarios we haven’t encountered. Whatever challenges you’ve faced, we’ve already surmounted. That includes the extensive planning that ensures execution goes well with an oversize, 超重, or otherwise complex load. 

  • Advance work that can involve engineering studies, 桥的分析, 交通研究, and a survey of such items as power lines, 铁路道口, and traffic signals
  • Paperwork that may include permits, 托运人的信, 提单, and a surety bond in addition to the usual HOS logs
  • The right rolling stock, from heavier-duty tractors to specialized trailers that can handle unconventional loads
  • 小心 route planning throughout the US that avoids areas where heavy hauling may be prohibited or restricted, helping to avoid delays
  • An experienced driver who knows the proper handling of their truck, 安全拖载, and how to address any hazards that may arise
  • Pilot and escort vehicles where required by law or common sense

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对于一些 B2B enterprises, loads like t这些是常规. For others, either on the shipping or receiving end, they’re anything but. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, it certainly never hurts to get an extra set of eyeballs on your project, especially when that opinion is backed by as much experience as ours. So if there’s a 重型运输卡车 project in your near future—or even something smaller, like railway service, 拖走乐博平台, or 集装箱运输 in order to get in touch with us.