Shipping an Oversize Load

If you are planning to ship a piece of equipment that may be oversize, there are some things that you need to know before scheduling the pickup.

What are the legal limits of a flatbed shipment?

The legal height of a load is 13’2”, including the trailer. On a standard flatbed, that means you can typically load 8’6” tall. The bottom level of a step deck trailer is typically about 24 inches lower to the ground than the upper level, so 10’6” tall is the maximum on the lower deck.

For width, anything wider than 8’6” will hang over the side of the trailer and be considered over-width.

The maximum weight that is allowed on a trailer depends on how heavy the truck and trailer are with nothing loaded on them. Maximum weight range is usually somewhere around 46,000-48,000 pounds.

What happens if I exceed these limits?

There are other types of specialized equipment that can haul large loads. Removable goosenecks, double-drops, extendable flatbeds, low-profile step decks, and more are also available to accommodate your needs.

If your shipment is still too tall, wide, or heavy, then permits will be needed to move it. Escorts may also be needed, if the equipment is well over the limits. The exact laws vary by state through which your load will be traveling.

The good news is that you don’t have to figure it all out yourself. Logistics professionals handle oversize shipments every day and are familiar with all of the requirements. If you have questions, you can contact KCH, and we will help you figure it out and get you a quote within minutes. Get a quote HERE.


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