Some states will allow oversized loads to move 24/7.
They will have conditions placed on them. May need lights and beacons placed on the loads accordingly.
Your permits should have this information in the details section. Some places a daylight permit is cheaper than a 24 hour permit.
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I think every state requires a beacon on the back of an oversize load,
Some states are really picky about running the oversize banner on the front and back if you don’t have a load on.
I see lots of trucks running empty with the banners , but some states will bust you for displaying the banner if you’re not actually oversize.
osow pays extra because it’s such a PITA to do.
You gotta get the width and height, and weight from the shipper and then usually after you load it you gotta scale it and then order the permits . Because a lot of states the permit price is based on the weight , and you don’t want to pay anymore extra that you have to.
then you get the permit from the states and they state will have the EXACT route you have to take and the time of days you’re allowed to use that route, listing the curfews with every major city has .
then you gotta get out the large road atlas and trace the route and make sure it’s gonna work. And make note of any landmarks and hazards.
A lot of the permits have the road number but don’t list the exit number or town , so you make some notes on the permit if you see anything you want to remember.
you gotta figure out when you can leave and when you have to stop according to the permits and curfews, and how far you think you can travel that day, and what truck stops towards the end of your day that you can stop at.
If you’re driving around Cincinnati ,( OS not allowed inside the perimeter ) the mile and a half of 275 in Indiana has a different curfew than the rest of the perimeter, not an issue during the summer when sunrise is early enough to get through before the curfew, but during the winter , you can’t do it , the curfew starts at the same time as sunrise.
Or you might have three or four minutes after sunrise before the curfew, so you gotta time it just right .
And the cops often sit there during the curfew and look for OS loads to cite for busting the curfew on that mile and a half stretch of road.
it’s a lot of extra planning , but that’s what makes it interesting and challenging and that’s what makes it it pay better than a 53 foot van.
I know a guy that got hired by a OSOW company before he finished his CDL class , they have a 9-10 month training at half pay and after that you get issued a truck and get full pay. Which in this case is a percentage of the load. Which for the guy I know, averages out to about 85-89 cents a mile. After theyve been driving solo for 12-18 months , the company lets the driver pick out the color of the new W900L they order for them to drive .Last edited: Apr 16, 2021
Yep you gotta sit and read all the instructions on every permit.
Ohio requires 13 axle super loads , over 150k I think, to have a police escort and you have to slow to 5 mph on EVERY bridge.
A real pita on the interstate.
THe company my friend works for hauls 13 axle 10.5 foot wide 190k super loads frequently, but not in Ohio because it takes so long.
they also regularly haul a 15 wide load and Maryland I think, requires police escorts but no other state does.
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