Heavy haul permits can be somewhat confusing. Not only does regulation vary wildly from state to state, but if you are traveling across state lines it can be a nightmare. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be confusing. Let’s break down the basics of what you should do when looking into heavy haul permits.
No matter how oversized your object is that you are carrying, you will want to check your state agency on heavy haul permits you need. For instance, the requirement for a heavy haul permit in Texas is different than that of Oklahoma. Each state differs on pricing, and size requirements for permits differ in each state. There are some general guidelines you can follow when determining if you need a heavy haul permit. Also, some overweight and oversize permits can be purchased online. However, you will want to call your state agency first to make sure you have all your information in order. This could save you money on fees instead of finding someone else to do it for. You can also hire a heavy haul company that can handle and purchase the permits for you. It takes the hassle and worries out of buying the right permits. You don’t have to worry about being pulled over and not having the correct documentation. This would be a better route for you to go if you are moving multiple items of different sizes. Consider using a heavy haul service when traveling a far distance or across state lines. It’s also one of the 3 reasons to use heavy haul services.
The state will take measurements of your load from the front bumper to the back bumper. Heavy haul permits will also measure the trailer dimensions, overhang, and kingpin to rear axle. All of these measurements can be asked for when applying for a permit. Also, if you travel across state lines you will need a permit from each state. You may also need an escort when carrying such a large load. This can be accomplished by either a police escort, civilian escort (a private firm is hired to help escort you wherever you go), and a pilot car. Pilot cars drive ahead on the route you are taking and measure obstacles that may be in your way. That includes bridges and ramps. In some states, you will have to include this information on your heavy haul permit. Escorts will have an impact on the cost of your trip so make sure to figure that in when selecting your heavy haul permit. Again, this requirement also varies widely by state. Make sure to apply for your heavy haul permit well in advance. A state like California makes this easy as they have a website directing you to all transportation permits. Generally, if your load has a height over 13’6”, a width 8’6”, and a length over 48’ you will need to inquire about permits.
Often, large loads that are oversized are also overweight. Most of the requirements are the same as oversized, but with a few more qualifiers. First, when applying for your heavy haul permit you need to know the weight of the load. The general rule of thumb is that anything over 80,000 pounds will need to have a permit. A permit can also be based on whether you are making a single trip. For instance, there are some states that require you to have more than one permit when delivering and picking up an item for a return trip. Heavy haul services can make this process smoother and recommend the best permit for you. The service could also help you manage your bulk fuel during the trip as well. Due to the nature of heavy haul loads, you will need to meet axel requirements. There are separate payload requirements for steer axles, single axles, drive axles, and tandem axles. This will also be included on your heavy haul permit.
Combining all of these factors, it can be hard to keep track of all the permits you need. However, Moffitt Services has you covered. We can help you secure your permits and plan your trip. We work with you to make sure your heavy haul permits and needs are met. Contact us today and see how we can help you!