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Preparing Your Wheel Loader For Transport
Tips, Tricks, and Things You Should Know.
Large wheel loaders are too tall for most roads and bridges, so they rely on trailers to transport them. Lowboy trailers have become a popular choice due to their ability of keeping loads from triggering regulatory requirements such as escort vehicles with height poles or permits that may be required if the trailer is over 13 feet high (or 8 1/2 wide). The width limit is 12 ft.; however, any wider than this will require an OS permit which can make transporting even more difficult!
Machine weight is also a factor on trailer type. If you have a full-size wheel loader or one that is over 40,000 pounds then it will need to be transported on an RGN trailer. If it under 40,000 lbs and ll ft in height, a step deck trailer may be used if desired. Compact wheel loaders can travel aboard flatbed trailers. You’ll need access to a dock to load your compact wheel loader aboard a flatbed trailer.
When shipping a wheel loader, the end with the bucket should face away from the rear of your trailer. After loading, make sure that the driver uses the wheel loader’s intended transport points to chain it in place. The transport company should use chocks to immobilize the wheels. You may want to tape a sheet of cardboard across your cab window as protection from debris being kicked up during travel time and when dropping off at their destination site, most haulers will send you photos of everything loaded into both ends before hauling away which is great for peace-of-mind - but don't hesitate taking pictures yourself too!
Here are some other tips to make sure your loader is safe while it's in transit?
- Secure loose items
- Remove any extraneous materials (think trash, dirt, rocks)
- Close & latch all windows, hatches, doors.
- If there are poor weather conditions forecasted for the trip then talk with your hauler about how best to prepare!
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