How much legal overhang?

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    -insert name- ATM squishier

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    I pull some loads of pipe that have 3-4 foot overhang off a 53'. Pulling this type of trailer, what is the legal overhang for something that long?
     
  2. aiwiron

    aiwiron Road Train Member

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    Depends on where you are, I know most places 4 feet or more requires the 3 light markers, flags and lights. Are you talking local or interstate?
     
  3. gator21

    gator21 Light Load Member

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    i was always lead to believe that up to 4' of overhang on the back with out permits.i usually hang a flag off the farthest point.went through many dot scales w/3/4'hangin over w/a flag on it and never been questioned.just gotta make dam sure you securement is right
     
  4. SHC

    SHC Spoiled Rotten Brat O/O

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    From what I've been told, anything over 53' long requires OS permits. You are allowed 4' of overhang on a 48' flatbed, but anything over that again needs permits. But with a 53' flat you are not allowed to overhang I thought???
     
  5. aiwiron

    aiwiron Road Train Member

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    North Carolina is like that for sure, 48 with 4 feet overhang and better have flags and lights. Permits needed over 4 feet for any size trailer.
     
  6. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    With a permit the load length can be 1/3 of the trailer or 1/4 of the total wheelbase,depending on the state. There are other limitations to load length depending on the type of trailer config.
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  7. hhmag70

    hhmag70 Light Load Member

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    In PA you do not need permits for overhang on a 53' trailer, but in VA you do need permits. We hauled 60' rails on a 53' and had split the overhang front and back. Those two states I remember, MD and WV does not ring a bell if we had permits or not. I haul alot of steel plate and rails in PA that hang over a 53' and never have problems.
     
  8. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

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    I used to have a spreadsheet for that, but now that I live in reefer land it doesn't apply to me any more.
     
  9. -insert name-

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    All this advice and confusion, I'll just pop flags on anything with overhang on a 53'. Never had a problem with these loads out of Monroe on a 48'.
     
    Meltom Thanks this.
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