trailer overhang

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by ronald_B, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. ronald_B

    ronald_B Bobtail Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    south bend in
    I am a rookie with two loader backhoes to move from Tx. to In. My trailer is 48 ft how far can i hang over and how do i properly flag or warning lighT the overhang.
  2. REDD

    REDD The Legend

    Jun 29, 2009
    Dueling Banjoville
    Your allowed to over hang off the front of the trailer as much as you want. Off the rear your only allowed 4 feet.

    As long as you are no more then 4 feet off the rear, you will not need warning lights or permits. Just put a red warning flag & your good to go.
  3. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    That's 4' from the frame, not the rub rail. Steel beams can hang over more than that, I'd have to refresh my memory on the law.
  4. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    western pa
    even on a divisible load you can hang over?
    been so long,i forgot more about flatbedding than i even knew
  5. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    Im been doing flatbeds all my trucking career and could of sworned it was 3 feet of over hang. There after you must flag it during the day and lighted at night. I've over hanged up tp 15 feet with out a problem. Remind you this is in California.
  6. handlebar

    handlebar Heavy Load Member

    In Alaska, without a permit, it was 0 to the left or front of the towing vehicle (think trailered cranes), up to 6 inches to the right flagged or lighted, up to 3 ft to the rear flagged or lighted; over any of those limits needed a permit.
    -- Handlebar --
  7. REDD

    REDD The Legend

    Jun 29, 2009
    Dueling Banjoville
    But if he loaded correctly, he probably wouldn't have any over hang!

    The excavator boom.... Load them both to where the excavator (backhoe part) is in the middle of the trailer.... Those booms can & will sit side by side if you swing them a little bit.
    canuck in da truck Thanks this.
  8. slickmcvega

    slickmcvega Bobtail Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    stuck here waiting
    the laws for rear overhang vary from state to state. Look in a road atlas and call the states you are going to be in, to make certain. The numbers for the DOT in each state will be listed, and they are more than willing to help you be legal. Ive done it several times.
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