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How to Ship a Commercial Truck

March 3, 2023

How to Ship a Commercial Truck

ship a commercial truckTo ship a commercial truck, it typically requires oversized permits and regular weight inspections when being transported across state lines. A flatbed or lowboy trailer is used for transporting commercial trucks. Certain factors that influence the cost and difficulty of the transport include the weight, height, location and if the truck is operable. Transporting a commercial truck can be complex. You want to ensure it is handled properly. Even a minor mistake can cause a lot of damage or even fines if not take care of properly. Since commercial trucks are tied to your business you want to make certain your transport will be on time and safely delivered to continue your services. You cannot transport your goods or passengers for a profit when your commercial truck is unavailable or inoperable.

Things That Impact Your Cost of Transport

  • Weight & Size

Weight and size are critical factors in determining the cost of commercial truck shipping, mainly because they can vary so much from one vehicle to another. There’s a big difference between transporting a pickup, an F-150 and a cement mixer because of the difference in dimensions and tonnage.

  • Equipment Required

Different sizes may require special equipment to safely ship from one location to another, particularly the size and type of

trailer needed. Some examples of the types of trailers used for transportation are flatbed, hotshot, single-drop, double-drop and step-deck, to name a few.

  • Location & Destination

As with any other type of commercial truck transport, the delivery distance, and by extension the location and destination, also play a role in the overall cost of transporting. Mileage is a pretty simple cost to understand, but the delivery route also plays a part in determining the cost to ship a commercial truck.

How to Load a Commercial Truck

1.) Make sure to load your semi truck on flat, level ground

If the semi truck is tilted it can cause rollover problems that are easily avoidable.

2.) Check your trailer deck

Make sure it is as clean as possible and ready to accept the load. A clean work area has the fewest problems.

3.) Line up and approach the truck, straight on

Use a spotter if your view is obstructed. Slowly drive your truck onto the center of the trailer to avoid damaging the machine or trailer.

4.) Secure your commercial truck for transport

Make sure the truck is ready for transport by securing all essential parts, so you don’t harm yourself or others while transporting.


What is a Commercial Truck?

Commercial trucks are vehicles that transport goods or passengers for profit. Businesses use commercial trucks every day. Commercial trucks are not just one type of truck, they are any truck that can be used for commercial purposes. The most common types of commercial trucks that people think of are semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, big-rigs, 18- wheelers, dump trucks, and etc. What some people don’t know is that commercial trucks come in smaller sizes like delivery trucks, tow trucks and cement trucks. These trucks are classified by the GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Commercial truck transport also needs the correct equipment, a licensed and insured transport company and sometimes oversize permits to handle this task.

VeriTread Can Help You Ship A Commercial Truck!

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VeriTread makes it easy to get reliable freight quotes from the experts in equipment transport. VeriTread moves thousands of machines every year and can quickly generate a reliable quote on the go. Our extensive specs and dimensions database of 60,000+ items, ensures you spend less time researching and more time putting your equipment to work. The VeriTread Shipper quote process is the simplest way to transport your machines. Follow these easy steps and you will receive a quote in under one minute:

  • Enter Your Make and Model
  • Verify or Edit Your Commercial Truck Dimensions
  • Enter Pickup & Drop Off Locations
  • Your Quote is Ready!

Getting started with VeriTread is easy.

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