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1999 Caterpillar Forklift on a Trailer

Shipping a 1999 Caterpillar Forklift on a Conestoga Trailer

Heavy Haulers operates an extensive fleet of Conestoga trailers for the simplified shipping of equipment inside a soft side tarp environment as opposed to open transport techniques. John Shanley oversaw the less than truckload (LTL) shipping of a 1999 Caterpillar Forklift from loading in California to unloading in Massachusetts.

Loading a Forklift on a Conestoga Trailer

The versatility of a Conestoga trailer is such that cargo handling is accessible from three the left, right, rear, or from the top of the trailer. This is made possible by the rollback cover of the trailer, which exposes the flat deck platform during loading and unloading, but is covered when cargo is on transit.

In this instance, the Conestoga trailer’s cover was retracted a third of the way to give crane access for the 4,000 pounds Caterpillar Forklift’s loading, all without exposing the rest of the cargo.

Adapting to Any Challenge When Shipping a Forklift

Initially, the Heavy Haulers’ loaders placed the 6 ft. wide 1999
Caterpillar Forklift with its chain derrick facing the front, but they soon realized that the retracting canopy was a few inches shorter than the 8 ft. high equipment. A thoroughly graded crane turned it around, and the canopy was retracted up to the space between the forklift’s cab and the lift itself, and the rear closing tarp came down to the machine’s wheel level.

1999 Caterpillar Forklift on a Trailer

Once this process was accomplished and the load was secured with chains, John initiated the shipping of the 10 ft. long forklift for the 2,970-mile journey across the breadth of the US. This shipment went through the states of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Iowa, and Illinois, before traversing through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Hampshire.

The transport took a total of 53 driving hours, and John employed a team of tandem driver cum load specialists who ensured that all the schedule requirements were adequately met.

Truck transporting a forklift on a conestoga trailer.

John performed the entire shipping of this
CAT forklift on a Conestoga trailer, handling dispatch and logistics deployments for a successful and timely delivery. Talk to John at Heavy Haulers today for more information on Conestoga trailer shipping or cross country hauls on (800) 908-6206 today.

Height: 8 ft.

Weight: 4,000 lbs.

Length: 10 ft.

Width: 6 ft.

Transport miles: 2,970 miles

Transport route: I-80 E and I-90 E

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