Oversized loads….and escorts? When do you need them?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by bamanation, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. bamanation

    bamanation Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Muscle Shoals ,AL
    I haven’t looked at it in depth yet. Is it anything under 12 wide you don’t have to have escorts? I’ve got a customer asking me to move some oversized stuff for them. I’ve done flatbed a long time but never really messed with oversized. Is there a website that I can go to that gives a general idea as to what’s needed for each state that id be hauling through? Also for anyone that is thinking it. I will not be doing anything until I school myself on all regulations pertaining to oversized load hauling. I have passed on these in the past but the money has peaked my interest enough to look into it. I love the stress free legal stuff but hey money talks right:)
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  3. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    Get a permit and oversize book at the truckstop. There are Drivers on this forum that could write a book on Oversize.
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  4. PoleCrusher

    PoleCrusher Road Train Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    This is a pretty good resource to start...

    Oversize Load Flags, Lights, Signs, Banners, Holiday Restrictions and Running Times Regulations By State

    12' or less generally isn't a big deal as long as you play by the rules. But with OD you have to remember that if you break one you've broke them all, and they will revoke your permit and fine you for running OD with no permit.

    I don't do OD freight unless the money is worth it, it takes extra time, planning, and care. Along with the extra risk it's usually not worth it anymore.
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  5. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Every state is different
    And most big cities have curfews where you’re not allowed to drive during morning and evening rush hour.

    some states you have to be off the road half hour before sunset and some states is half hour after sunset. some states you can run after dark.
    Some states you can run after dark as long as you have extra red marker lights and reflectors on the widest part of the cargo.

    when you get the permit from the state,
    Do NOT go off route , and also do not assume that since the state picked the routes that there are not any sections that you can’t fit through.

    even if you are ON route and hit a bridge or a Jersey barrier is too narrow for
    You to fit , it’s on you if you hit it .

    only person I know that does OSOD loads gets $8-9-10 a loaded mile to the truck.
    Which is about right when you factor in all
    The extra sitting and all
    The extra route planning and paperwork and having to pull in at every weigh station and walk your permit inside etc .
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  6. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Road Train Member

    Jun 16, 2016
    Oversized is a good fortune scratch off ticket for dot. They can nit pick you to death. Orange or red flag got too much dirt on it or turning black , dot has a bone to pick. Your permits not displayed on a 7 inch screen tablet too bad. Stopping and hanging out at the scales is a common hobby
  7. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    12 wide is a good load to start with. Buy the largest flags, more than you think you need. Extra banners,; nite running requires reflective banners. Some states will require escort s if over 12 feet, or only if on a 2 lane road You can request routes, you can talk to the states permit office. Be aware that some local locations. . requires permits . You won't know how many miles the load will take to run untill you get the permits.
  8. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
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