Heavy haul trailers are used for shipping all kinds of huge and heavy stuff. They call them heavy haul trailers for a reason which is self explanatory; they’re made for transporting heavy objects over the road. Many things that are transported with them like wind towers, gensets, generator sets, heavy equipment, turbines, homes, industrial plants, crane shipments, large fabrications, moving transformers, large timber, airplanes, jets and all kinds of stuff. When a heavy hauler is moving down the road or highway you can usually tell as they are accompanied by escort vehicles or pilot cars. Pilot cars usually have flashing lights and signs that say oversize load and flags even on the side of the load. Basically a heavy haul trailer is a flatbed trailer with a whole bunch a wheels and tires on some of them have a unit in the back it’s call the steerable jeep. What a jeep does is makes the units steerable to get around corners. So there’s a driver in the back steering the shipment as well as a tractor in the front steering the shipment so they can get around a turn radius. A good example of this is an antenna transporter. At one time they had to transport a radio telescope and it was 115 tons so they used a steerable heavy haul trailer to move that huge sucker. After this event the industry started to develop further and finally into what it is now today.
In many cases today heavy haul trailers are designed and manufactured specifically for a single item that they need to ship. We see this a lot in the shipment of boilers and mining equipment, which require custom trailers. Trailers like this are used for a short time only and then scrapped. Of course they don't throw everything away, but they utilize all the parts and pieces for the next trailer they have to put together.
The whole reason the heavy haul industry exist in the first place is because you can only ship something that's so heavy over the road without damaging the road or highway. If a trailer has multiple axles it displaces the weight over and even surface area and doesn't cause any damage to the road structure. You can learn more by visiting Federal Bridge Formula and what is Federal Bridge Formula? So today we see more and more heavy all trailers in use on the highways. We see more more trailers with double wheels, single trailers with wider tires as well. Also notice super singles and trailers with more and more axles for overweight operations. Of course to ship anything that's super heavy like that state, county, and sometimes even city permits are required to do it. They call these oversize trucking permits.
One of the things that WideloadShipping.com does for the heavy haul industry is keeps the smaller companies in business. What we do here on this site is ensure that everybody has access to be able to bid or quote on a particular heavy haul or oversize shipment. This way the smaller companies can keep in business as well instead of all the freight going to the bigger companies that have huge advertising budgets. Were kind of a ballast or a balance in the industry that help keep things fair and the overall industry alive and thriving.