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What you need to know about Heavy Hauls, Over-dimensional, and Super loads in the logistics industry.


1. Is there a Difference Between “Heavy Haul” and “Oversized or Over Dimensional Freight?

A “heavy haul” company will provide 10 or more axle configurations to support cargo that could be over 100,000 lbs. These configurations are compiled by adding jeeps and boosters to the trailer (sometimes many depending on the weight of the cargo).

Over dimensional freight is any item that exceeds one or more of the maximum legal-size for each state. The maximum length is usually 53’. The maximum width of 8’6” is basically standard throughout the states since it is based on the standard width of a highway lane, which is 12’ for interstates and major highways. Height (on the trailer) is about 13’ 6”. However, each U.S. state has slightly different requirements for oversized/overweight shipments including over-hang. As a general rule, any state east of the Mississippi River will limit the height of cargo/load to 13’ 6”.

Cargo that exceeds any these parameters and is non-reducible in size is considered oversized or over dimensional and requires a permit before being shipped, for each state traveled through.

Weight restrictions are calculated on a per axle basis. If a shipment exceeds the per-axle limit but not the total weight limit, the load can be re-adjusted eliminating the need and costs for overweight permits. If a load can be broken down in size, then permits cannot and do not need to be obtained.

2. Research

Transporting over dimensional freight requires experience, concentration and research with a team of professionals on the road and in the office to ensure a safe delivery.

It is important that you do your research and know that you are sending in the correct trailer type and size. You would need to know the legal requirements for each state your load is traveling through. It is crucial that the driver or carrier carries enough cargo insurance to ensure the cost of the equipment, should the unexpected happen. Research, research, research. It is important that you know the type of equipment that you are hauling and the trailer that you are using to transport the equipment on. Mistakes are very costly and can be hazardous.

To plan for the correct trailer type, you need to know the exact dimensions and weight of the equipment being transported.

3. Pilot Vehicles/ Escorts/ Accessorials

In most states, any shipments over 12’ wide require pilot vehicles/escorts. Their role is to protect or forewarn the driver of low wires, construction zones, accidents, bridges, and other potential hazards while alerting the public of the presence of an oversized vehicle. For cargo that is over height, two pilot cars are used with a height pole attached to the lead pilot driver. This lead pilot/escort driver usually runs about a quarter mile ahead of the load, giving the truck driver ample warning if the pole hits a low hanging power line or any other unforeseen problems.

Also, having an accessorial (list of potential charges) in place when accepting the load will cut down on any unforeseen expenses to you and your customer. The accessorial will have rates in place for any over-nights, layovers, per diems, detention at a fair rate to driver and escorts, hotel costs, etc… that could occur during transportation or the delay of unloading. No one likes surprises when it comes to transporting an over dimensional or heavy haul. Especially when the surprise involves money not calculated in advance. An accessorial takes the surprise out of any unforeseen scenario and puts all involved on the same playing field.

4. Restrictions that Calculate in to Scheduling of Delivery

Before the driver begins his transport, any permits that are required for each state traveled must be obtained BEFORE entering the roadway and with exact travel routes in place. In calculating an estimated time/ date of delivery, most oversized loads with escorts may only be on the road from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Some states may allow travel at night with over dimensional freight, and many states prohibit driving during weekends and holidays. It is important to check the individual state restrictions for each state your load will travel through.

5. What is the Difference Between Divisible and Indivisible/Non-divisible Loads?

Basically, an indivisible load can be broken down while a non-divisible load cannot.

Paul Jakubicek explains the difference very well in his article, ‘Explaining the difference between divisible and indivisible loads.

https://www.bigtruckguide.com/explaining-the-difference-between-divisible-and-indivisible-loads/feed/

6. What is a super load?

Again, the states have a broad range of what is considered a super load. In general, however, a super load is when the load exceeds the dimensions of a state’s “routine permit limits” and is non-divisible. This means the commodity is going to exceed the routine permit limits in either one or a combination of limits for the following:

*Length

*Width

*Height

*Weight

Transporting a super load can require the following:

  • Drawing or sketch of commodity
  • State Approval- This can take up to several months
  • Engineering Survey
  • Route Survey
  • Police Escorts
  • Pilot cars
  • Permits for each state
  • Shipper’s letter
  • Bridge Analysis

Remember Research #2? Well, this is where it can make or break you if you do not do your research. Some states, some sharing the same border, for example may differentiate what is classified as a super load at 200,000 lbs. or over while the bordering state classifies super loads in their state at 130,000 lbs.

When reviewing a sketch of the commodity to be transported keep in mind that the states are looking for the following:

  • Dimensions
  • Axle Spacing
  • Axle loadings
  • Tires per axle
  • Tire size

With having your research complete you now know that a traffic control plan is looked for needed on super loads. These include:

  • Route
  • Traffic control
  • Estimated traffic delays
  • Lane restrictions
  • Overhead obstacles ex: traffic lights that can be moved
  • Escort vehicles and flaggers
  • Emergency vehicle navigation
  • Make sure that the roads leading to delivery is bonded if need be.


225,000 lb. Oil and Gas Compressor transported from TX. To NY.

Heavy Hauls, Over-dimensional loads, and Super loads can definitely be exciting to work, however, they require an experienced team that are quick problem solvers and can perform preventative action before a problem does arise.

Be sure to take pictures of your transportation moves. You will reflect on them from years to come.

Robin Merritt-Price
President of AMP Specialized Logistics

Auto Haulers

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AUTO-HAULERS

AMP Specialized Logistics has added auto hauling to accommodate your auto transport needs.  Any requirement in size needed we can get you the trailers and the safety rated drivers for it from auto haulers to heavy duty auto haulers we have you covered.  We use the haulers equipped with 4′ ramps, neatly situated under the wood trailer deck, a 4′ dove tail at the trailer’s rear and our drivers have the tie down pockets.

Auto Haul Rate Quote

RAIL FREIGHT SHIPPING

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RAIL FREIGHT SHIPPING

AMP Specialized Logistics is in partnership with Logistic Dynamics. Our team of specialized rail agents are ready when you are and with competitive pricing. We will manage your rail load and keep you posted up until delivery with our 24/7 customer service line.

Dock to Dock Rail Transport

Take advantage of our fast rail carrier system and ship your freight fast from coast to coast at select docking locations and we will take care of your freight transporting from the dock to your destination!

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Heavy Haul Logistics

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Heavy Haul Logistics Provider – United States

Timely custom service, many years of experience, and the safest specialized heavy haul drivers on the road are just a few key components that constitute an effective professional heavy haul transportation provider in The United States. Let us show you how to keep your specialized heavy freight on the move, at the job-site when you need it on time, and at affordable rates. AMP Specialized doesn’t just deliver your specialized equipment, we develop successful logistics relationships with our shipping customers.

Your heavy haul freight, with AMP power!

Heavy Hauling throughout the US

Our commitment to meet customer needs in the Specialized Heavy Haul logistics industry in the U.S. is what keeps us growing and winning awards! We contract out the best of the best with equipment such as:

• Drop deck Extendable
• Double drop Extendable
• 9-13 Axle RGN’s
• Double Neck Super 13 axle
• 19 Axle configurations

Our Heavy Haul Transportation and Specialized Heavy Haul division is ready to haul your extremely heavy, wide, and over dimensional specialized shipments. We service a diverse customer base in numerous markets throughout the United States and Canada. For the best Heavy Haul Trucking Rates contact us now.

Lowboy trailers are a type of flatbed trailer configured to haul very heavy loads in excess of 55,000 lbs. Trailers used primarily for heavy haul equipment are open trailers constructed with a “gooseneck” that drops the trailer height below the level of flatbed trailers and designed to handle extremely heavy loads. The lowboy trailers are slowly being replaced by the removable gooseneck also known as an “RGN” due to their limited functions. The lowboys are used for heavy equipment hauling companies but do not have the removable goose neck capability or functions to retract down to ramps and having the the equipment driven up in to the well.

In some cases of extreme weight of over dimensional design a heavy haul carrier may fabricate and construct to move a specific load of freight on a one-time or short-term basis.

We are Expert Heavy Haul Logistics Providers

Frequent freight moved by United States based companies requiring heavy haul trucking companies under escort on highways include giant boilers and pressure vessels commonly used in the industrial processing industries, industrial plants, prefabricated sections for construction projects, giant power transformers, turbines, and houses (generally made of timber).

Some of the products and equipment lowboy trailers are used to transport are:

  • Heavy Construction equipment
  • Oversized Heavy Equipment
  • Heavy Military equipment

For Heavy Haul transport, an overweight load is a load of freight that exceeds the standard legal weight limits for a specified lane on highway. There are also weight per axle limits. A load that exceeds the per-axle limits, but not the overall weight limits, is considered overweight.

Examples of oversize/overweight loads include construction machines (cranes, front loaders, backhoes, etc.), pre-built homes, containers, construction elements (bridge beams, generators, windmill propellers, rocket stages, industrial equipment).

The standardized dimensions and weights vary between countries and regions within a country. A vehicle that exceeds the standardized dimensions typically requires a special permit which requires extra fees to be paid in order for the oversize/overweight vehicle to legally travel on the roadways within the cities as permits are required to travel in the lanes. The city permit usually will specify a route the load must follow as well as the dates and times during which the load may be able to travel.

Get a Quote Today for Your Heavy Haul Trucking Needs

AMP Specialized Logistics prides itself on being top among heavy haul trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada. Our services include the best 24/7 customer service you’ll find in the industry and proactive problem-solving to meet all of your heavy hauling transportation needs.

We offer quotes for ALL lanes throughout the United States and Canada, so call 832-663-5227 today to find out how we can make your heavy haul trucking experience a stress-free event.

HEAVY HAUL RATE QUOTE

Flat Bed & Step Deck Shipping Services

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Flatbed & Step Deck Logistics

Professional customer service, experienced, and the safest flatbed drivers on the road are just a few key components that constitute an effective professional flatbed logistics company in The United States. Let us show you how to keep your flatbed freight on the move, on time, and at affordable rates. AMP Specialized doesn’t just deliver your equipment, we develop successful logistics relationships with our flatbed shipping customers.

Your flatbed freight, with AMP power!

Flatbed/Float Transportation – United States

As a professional flatbed trucking company AMP Specialized Logistics understands the requirements and the needs for flatbed transportation moves. From pipe stakes and dunnage, strapping and chaining along with safety gear, if needed.

The driver’s that AMP uses provides it all and know what it takes to get your freight moved safely and on time. We take pride in our “on time and delivered safely” pickup and delivery and have won the Stellar Performance award in doing so. Give us a call for your next shipment. We are waiting for your call and ready to get it moved!

Step-deck Shipping Services

AMP Specialized Logistics handles the transportation for open deck shipments that require more specialized handling than flatbed transportation can provide. We have a large network of safety rated drivers with step deck trailers that can be used for high or oversized shipping requirements. If you need a step deck with loading ramps to move your freight, we’ve got you covered!

We have an experienced team that knows the critical requirements for safe and secure shipments for specialized step deck transportation. We will take care of the routing and the required permits and the GPS coverage of your freight.

As a step deck and flatbed company serving all lanes throughout the U.S. and Canada, AMP Specialized Logistics provides a wide range of flatbed trailer types and sizes.

Both step deck and flatbed trailers are great transport methods for cargo that doesn’t fit into an enclosed dry van. Freight that step deck carriers often transport includes building material, machinery and equipment that requires more dimensional flexibility and safer transportation.

The safe and expedient delivery of your cargo is AMP Specialized Logistics top priority. With the industry’s best logistics experts and drivers, we have the skills and tools necessary to carry out your flatbed trucking needs from start to finish.

Flatbed trailers are versatile open trailers used to transport a wide range of products and materials. Also known as flat, float, flat deck, and high boy trailers, some of the common products they are used to haul are:

  • Flat steel
  • Coiled steel
  • Channel steel
  • Oil Pipe
  • Building materials
  • Pre-cast concrete
  • Construction Equipment
  • Steel Beams
FLATBED SHIPPING

Flatbed trailers are also known as floats. The flatbed lengths come in 53′, 48′ 45′, 40′ and 24′. The most common out there is your 48′. The 53′ trailers are becoming popular but statistics would prove there to be more of the 48′ on the road. The widths of the trailers usually run about 102″ wide. However, you might run in to a trailer that is only 96″.

It is very important that you know the dimensions of the commodity before setting up the driver for the load. The last thing you need is a truck order not used, an angry driver and an upset customer because you did not send in the correct trailer to handle the dimensions and weight. The height of a flatbed is generally 60″ off the ground. Most flatbeds can scale 48,000 pounds and some can scale a little more and some a little less. It just depends on how much their truck and trailer weigh.

Get a Quote Today

AMP Specialized Logistics prides itself on being No. 1 among flatbed companies in The United States. Our services include the best 24/7 customer service you’ll find in the industry, state-of-the-art tracking technology to keep tabs on your cargo from pickup to delivery, and proactive problem-solving to meet all of your transportation needs.

Call 479-268-0323 or 832-663-5227 today to find out how we can make transporting your freight by flatbed truck a hassle-free experience.

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Auto Haulers

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AMP Specialized Logistics has added auto hauling to accommodate your auto transport needs.  Any requirement in size needed we can get you the trailers and the safety rated drivers for it from auto haulers to heavy duty auto haulers we have you covered.  We use the haulers equipped with 4′ ramps, neatly situated under the wood trailer deck, a 4′ dove tail at the trailer’s rear and our drivers have the tie down pockets.

Dry Van Transportation

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On Time delivery, expert solutions, and the safest dry van drivers on the road are just a few key components that constitute an effective professional Dry Van Trucking provider delivering throughout the United States. Let us help you keep your dry van freight on the move, on time, and at affordable dry van rates in all 50 states. AMP Specialized doesn’t just deliver your dry van freight, we develop successful logistics relationships with our dry van shipping customers.

Heavy Equipment Haulers

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We safely handle your heavy equipment shipping needs. With expert shipping solutions, and the safest heavy haul drivers on the road are just a few key components that make us an effective heavy equipment shipping provider in the United States. Let us show you how to keep your specialized heavy equipment or machinery on the move, on time, on the job when you need it, and at affordable hauling rates. AMP Specialized doesn’t just deliver your heavy equipment, we develop successful logistics relationships with our shipping customers.

Your heavy equipment freight, with AMP power!

International Freight Service

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Needs to be shipped internationally?  No problem, our team has the resources and the experience to get your equipment to its destination wherever that might be around the world, no matter if it is an LTL or up to a Superload.

10-4 We’ve got you covered!  

When shipping goods internationally, it can be important to obtain a consular invoice from the US-based consul or embassy of the destination country. A consular invoice will help verify quantity, value, and nature of the shipped goods throughout the shipping process and upon arrival, helping to expedite the shipment through customs and avoid delays in delivery. AMP Specialized Logistics, LLC has the experience for these international shipping details and work closely with the freight forwarders that we have teamed up with to know when consularization is required and to complete the process efficiently.