Mar 052015

How big is big, hauling oversized loads. I’ve always been fascinated by the dynamics of managing these oversized loads though not in the least inclined to become one of these drivers.For most of my 15-year trucking career I chose to haul standard size trailers with an overall length of 72-feet. That, I’m sure, seems like a very big vehicle.

However, there was a short one-month period I decided to hauled trusses, the support beams you see in many of the largest warehouses. These flatbed trailers average 53-foot and could be stretched out to 90-feet to accommodate the largest trusses. The longest trailer I drove was a measly 65-foot one and that had me a little tense maneuvering around some of the corners.

Men and women who chose this type of job are a unique type of trucker. They must have special skills to secure their load no matter how unusual the shape is. No two loads are likely to be the same and virtually all their loads will require some sort of special state, county and city permits to get from point A to point B. Recently, I had the chance to get a current picture of just such a load. I met not one, but two, oversized trucks on a portion of Highway 193 that runs between Lincoln, CA and I-80. Knowing this road is anything but straight and, in fact, has a couple of very tight curves, I questioned the feasibility of choosing this route but the drivers apparently made it to their destination without a problem.


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