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Preparing your equipment for shipping

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your equipment for shipping is very important. There are many things that will need your attention. The first thing to consider it public safety since it will be shipped over public roads and highways. You will need to make sure that nothing can come off of your equipment and cause an accident. This includes personal items within the operator cockpit or even things like seat cushions or panels that might fly off when subjected to the high winds during transport. Once your sure that nothing can come off of your equipment you will want to move on to the larger tasks. At this point we’re figuring that you have already completed the following steps:

 

Preparing your equipment for shipping.

Preparing your shipment for transport is vital.

Your equipment is almost ready to ship but you’re not done yet.

Now that you’re this far it’s time to close this deal by making sure you are prepared with a few final items. Many people jump the gun on this step and go with whatever shipping company that gave them a lowest shipping quote. But there’s usually much more to the process. We’ll go over a short list of considerations for you;

  • Does your equipment need to be loaded onto the truck via crane or does it have wheels? If it has wheels don’t assume that the driver of the truck knows how to operate it. Make sure you have a equipment operator on site.
  • Does your equipment have fuel in the tanks or other flammables that are required by law to be removed? Many states require that you completely empty to fuel tanks on tractors, dozers, etc.
  • Some states require dozers exclusively be shipped with the blade detached. What’s your case?
  • Can the height of your equipment be reduced to save you on shipping and transport costs?

You will also want to make sure that you have created a lading bill for the driver of the equipment shipping company. You can ship anything over the road without a bill of lading. You will at some point be required by the equipment transport company to sign a transportation agreement. Make sure you read this document in its entirety and have them initial and re-send or fax you can copy of the revisions. They absolutely revise it as it’s their contract so don’t take “no” for an answer if you think you may be affected by it. Your having those thoughts for a reason.

Make sure you are prepared to load your equipment that needs to be shipped.

Remember if you delay a equipment shipping company beyond the amount of time specified on the transportation agreement you will be liable for truck detention time fees that are billed additionally. Being prepared means that you have done everything possible to prevent this. So, at the loading site make sure you have extra stuff. Make sure that if you are loading a dozer or loader or equipment with tires or tracks that you have discussed the issue of ramps with your shipper. Does the trailer have ramps? If not do you have ramps or a pile of dirt they can back up to that will serve as ramps? Do you have extra lumber to block with? A saw to cut lumber with? Duct tape, baling wire and anything else you can think of to account for the unaccountable? Odds are you’re going to need it. There’s nothing like being truly prepared, especially with equipment shipping.

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Kansas State Shipping Regulations

Kansas State Shipping Regulations

Kansas state shipping regulations, limitations and laws for oversize and over weight loads over roads and highways.

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Kansas oversize shipping regulations

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Legal Loads

Length: Trailer may be no longer than 59’ 6”.  At this time we have no clarification on max over hang. Figure 3’ front and 4’ in the rear as a basic standard.
Width:  8’ 6”.
Height: 14’
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  Up to 126’ overall depending on route.
Width: Figure up to 16’ 6” as a routine permit. Over 16’ 6” is a super load.
Height: Up to 17’ depending on routing.  Anything over 17’ is a superload.
Weight:  Single 22,000 lbs., 45,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 60,000 lbs., Quadem, 65,000 lbs.  5 axles 95,000 lbs., 6 axle 110,000 lbs., 7 axle 150,000 lbs., 8 axles 150,000 lbs.  Over 150,000 lbs is a super load.

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: All roads over 90’ require one rear/chase.
Width: Loads over 14’ wide, one front escort and one rear. 4 lanes or less may eliminate rear escort with amber light on the cab and rear or load.  Light must be at least 2’ high from pavement and no more than 8’ from pavement.  Does not apply to super or over 4 lanes.
Height: If over 17’ you need a high pole escort.
Note: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days.

 

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week. No night movements except for overweight only.

 

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Motor Carrier Services Bureau
Docking State Office Building
915 SW Harrison, Room 150
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-368-6501 – if you’re having trouble, read below.

POSTED: NOV 1, 2013

Kansas State DOT called us today. They have a short staff at the moment and ask that you please try to plan ahead as best as you can when ordering permits and avoid last minute orders. If you are experiencing difficulty getting through to someone you will have to keep trying. If you need to order a trucking permit that is NOT a superload, the best thing you can do is complete this application and fax it in with your payment information (included on the form). IMPORTANT: make a notation at the top saying either “e-mail back” or “fax back”, and make sure that field is clear on the application. The agent will send it back to you via the method you specified. They have two things happening: 1. They are short staffed. 2. They are finishing up an automated oversize trucking permit and routing system called K-TRIPS which will be easy to use and similar to the permitting system Texas has TxPROS. You can read more about the system the Kansas DOT will release in this article by hutchnews.

It has been asked by some employees within the state that you call the governors secretary and ask that more money be delegated to the oversize permitting office. But, since the KS governor is aware of the new system which will be released later this year, it probably will not help. In case you wish to call, here is that number: 785-296-3232 


Kansas State DOT Trucking Information website.

The normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8 am until 5:00 pm.
Get information on Kansas road closures and Kansas closed road reports.

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Kansas State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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