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Difference Between an Oversize Load and Superload

William Thomas

William Thomas

Senior Logistics Manager

Moving larger loads come with its fair share of challenges, both logistical and legal. However, these challenges tend to vary widely depending on whether you are hauling an oversize or superload. That said, it is vital that we review the difference between these two classifications.

Some of the most common examples of oversize loads include tractors, combines, bulldozers, wind turbine blades, aircraft wings, mobile and prefabricated homes, to mention a few.

Considerations for Oversized Loads in Road Transport

Each state in the US has slight variations of what qualifies as an oversize load. Even so, anything over 8.5 feet wide, 13.5 feet tall, 53 feet long and weighs above 46000 pounds is considered an oversized load. Hauling oversize loads requires a special shipping permit for permissible hauling days. Acquiring these permits is relatively easy as all the legal requirements of shipping an oversize load are met, and an application is submitted in good time. In most cases, you might not get an oversized load permit if you handle divisible goods, which can be sub-divided into smaller portions with little effort. Some of the most common examples of oversize loads include tractors, combines, bulldozers, wind turbine blades transport, aircraft wings, mobile and prefabricated homes, to mention a few.

Moving oversize loads requires careful planning and special precautions to ensure utmost safety on other road users and national infrastructure. In that case, special permits restrictions will apply. While each state has its own limits, a good rule of thumb is that most states permit oversized loads to be hauled within 30 minutes of dawn and dusk, only during weekdays and limits their transportation on holidays. Shippers might take note of such restrictions for prior preparations and scheduling. In addition, they must take note of some additional legal requirements when shipping oversize loads. For instance, some oversized loads might require escorts, red flags on the truck's front and rear end, and some super load banners, which serve as a safety alert to other motorists using the road. Suffice to say, such renowned and experienced professional hauling and shipping companies such as Heavy Haulers understand the ins and outs of every state and country restrictions and permit requirements. What's better, they will help you acquire them, helping you get through these bureaucratic hoops with no hassle.

Shipping Super Load With Heavy Haulers

Superload transport freight is usually over 16 feet wide, 160 feet long, 16 feet tall and weigh over 200000 pounds. Exceeding one or a combination of these dimensions will automatically qualify your shipment as a superload. Unlike oversize loads, obtaining a superload permit takes a little much longer, considering the weight and size of the vehicle. Therefore, having a superload permit approved comes with a more thorough review process and special considerations and restrictions for the haul. You might also need to hire state-vetted and approved escort services and, in some states, such as New York, a well-reviewed and approved surety bond. Depending on the state, here are other requirements you might need to get a superload transport approval:

● Engineering Survey
● Police Escorts and Pilot Cars
● Utilities Involvement
● Shipper's Letter
● A Sketch or Drawing Of Your Shipment
● Bridge Analysis

It is crucial that you do enough research before hauling your superload. For instance, in New York, any load exceeding 200000lbs qualifies as a superload, while in Massachusetts, a superload is anything exceeding 130000lbs. Interestingly, both states have a common border. With this in mind, planning to navigate all these restrictions and meet the requirements without a logistics expert by your side can be daunting and frustrating. In such a case, heavy trucking companies such as Heavy Haulers can be of valuable help. It is the only way to guarantee a safe, timely, affordable, fun and trouble-free shipping experience.

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