Oversize load securment.

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by HeavyHaulRichie, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. HeavyHaulRichie

    HeavyHaulRichie Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2019
    Hello, new here and not sure if this is the right forum so if it isn't, I apologize and would appreciate a nudge to the right area to ask my question .

    I have recently started hauling rgn/cowboy freight. Mainly construction machinery. My question has to do with when outriggers are necessary. Like yesterday I had to haul an excavator that was 11 feet wide. My trailer is 8 ft normal and 10 foot with outriggers. I have a blanket permit for the year that allows the dimensions and weight I carry but my predicament was when I was securing the machine. I have d rings on the outside of trailer and a few we welded on the main I beams. If I were to use the d rings on the outside beam, they are a foot behind the boards on my outriggers. I'm imagining that if I try and use them the boards would crack from the pressure of the chain wrapping around them. I'm just not comfortable only using the ones on the I beams as I like to loop over the drive sprockets on excavators. Is there a way I'm just not seeing that would allow me.to use the putter rings safely? I've been a heavy hauler for over 20 years but never over width. It's a new ballgame to me and I'm an older guy set in his ways lol Any info advice or help would be grately appreciated. Thank you all.
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  3. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Is the center of your trailer open between the 2 main frame rails?

    If you don’t mind, take a pic of your trailer and post it here.
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  4. old iron

    old iron Road Train Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    Northern Wi
    I used to pull a 10' wide trailer with a solid deck. (12' with outrigger planking. ) I could haul wide combines and sprayers that others couldn't.
    But it was a giant pain in the *** having to have outrigger planking the full length of the trailer.
    I took a chainsaw and cut notches for every D-ring. The planks didn't last very long without splitting but it worked.
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  5. johndeere4020

    johndeere4020 Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    A couple observations, first how wide are the grouser pads on the machine? Second just cut the outrigger planks so they don’t stick out past the end of the tracks. They won’t be in the way.
  6. Gentlemanfarmer

    Gentlemanfarmer Medium Load Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Greenville, FL
    I don't have anything to contribute to the thread but was pleased to see some drivers taking this question serious and giving an apt reply. It also helps that HeavyHaulRichie wrote his question in a clear, concise, well thought format. Writing plainly and clearly with appropriate punctuation and syntax is one of the best ways to generate a serious reply. Well done, drivers.
  7. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Moose Jaw SK CAN
    I used 2X8 roughcut oak planks on my outriggers and had about 2 inches between the plank and the trailer to pass my chains through while still supporting the outside of the tracks. the only time this didn't work was hauling a high wheel ag sprayer because the wheels were to narrow and didn't touch the trailer and the wheelbase was such that only 2 wheels could be set on a outrigger support.
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  8. Oxbow

    Oxbow Road Train Member

    Nov 24, 2015
    I hope HeavyHaul Ritchie comes back on to reply.
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  9. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

    Jan 30, 2010
    keep stroking.
    The way I figure if out riggers are needed is if center of tracks are out past trailer outer beams I use out riggers.
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  10. AUfan78

    AUfan78 Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2018
    Mobile, Alabama
    That's the way I've always been around it being done. Didn't bother with outriggers unless the center of the track was off the trailer or it was a machine with rubber tires that hung over the edge.
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  11. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

    Jan 2, 2014
    Moose Jaw SK CAN
    As long as the tire is more than 50% on the trailer and the trailer is dry during loading you are ok. example: if the tires are 16" wide and you measure 6'9" between the tires inside to inside you are good (8'1" tire center to tire center on a 8'6" trailer) and should be comfortable to load with a guide. if no guide available then I have been known to set out my outriggers just for peace of mind.
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