Archive for July, 2009

Allowable weights for trailers

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Here is some general knowledge of weight capacities of trailers. Keep in mind that each truck and trailer will be different, but these weights will keep in the ballpark.

• Flatbeds—it can legally carry loads that weigh from 45-48 thousands lbs.
• Extendable Flat or Stretch (40-44 thousand lbs. of legally allowable load)
• Drop deck (44-46 thousand lbs of legal load capacity).
• Extendable Step deck (40-44 thousand lbs allowable load).
• Double Drop deck (35-40 thousand lbs allowable weight).
• Double Extendible Drop (35-40 thousand lbs of allowable load).
• Double Drop or Lowboy (36-42 thousand lbs of allowable load).
53’ or 48’ Vans – (42 – 44 thousand lbs. of allowable load)

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Quoting Tanks

Friday, July 17th, 2009

When quoting tanks for a customer always get the diameter, height and weight of the tank or tanks you are quoting.

How would you quote this tank if you have a tank is 120” diameter and 203” height and weighs 2200 pounds?

1. The height at 203 inches is the most important aspect of this load. 203 inches is equal to 16 foot 9 inches. At this height it is a super load in all states. Ask your customer if the tank can be laid down.

2. This changes your dimensions to 203 inches in length x 120 inches width x 120 inches height. (if the tank cannot be laid down this will change the way you need to quote this load)

3. At 120 inches for the width and height or equal to 10 foot high and wide

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Freight Moving, Quoting

Friday, July 17th, 2009

When quoting construction equipment and agriculture equipment, such as backhoes, wheel loaders, bull dozers, forklifts and cranes, make sure that you get all dimensions. The most important are length, width, height and weight. If at all possible get the wheelbase also. The wheelbase is important if you are going to put it on an RGN trailer. I have found that most customers do not have the information needed to give a proper quote, so you will have to find it yourself.
A good resource is http://www.ritchiespecs.com/.

They do not have all equipment listed but they do have a majority listed. Most of their listing have all the information that you will need.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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Safety Rating

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Before dispatching a load to a carrier check their safety and inspection rating. You can do this on www.safersys.org. The last thing you want is have a hot load on the road and have a driver shut down.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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FREIGHT MOVING, SHOP TALK

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Here is some freight moving lingo that may help you in the future.

PUP TRAILER – PUP TRAILER IS A 20’ TRAILER PRIMARILY USED IN BY MOTOR FREIGHT CARRIERS.

LOW BOY – DOUBLE DROP TRIALER COULD ALSO REFER TO RGN

SINGLE DROP – STEP DECK TRAILER

CAN – 20’ OR 40’ CONTAINER

BOX TRAILER – 48’ OR 53’ VAN TRAILER

DEMURRAGE – DETENTION TIME

STRIPPING – DUNNAGE USED TO SEPARATE PIPE OR OTHER COMMODITIES

CHALKS – TRIANGLER PIECES OF WOOD OR METAL USED TO HOLD PIPE OR OTHER ROUND COMMODITIES

COVERED WAGON – CONASTOGA TRAILER; LOOKS LIKE A OLD FASHION COVERED WAGON

V-BOARDS – USED WITH PRODUCE OR DRUMMED MATERIAL.

PIPE STAKES – USUALLY 2 TO 4 FEET IN LENGTH MADE OF STEEL TO HOLD PIPE ON THE TRAILER

PROTECTORS – L SHAPED MADE OF WOOD OR STEEL USED TO PROTECT DELICATE MATERIAL FROM THE STRAPS.

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Freight, Pipe Quoting

Friday, July 10th, 2009

When quoting pipe for truck transport, here is some information that you will need from the customers for a proper quote and proper flatbed load hauling.
1. You will need the total footage to be loaded.
2. You will need to know the number of pieces to be loaded.
3. You will need to know if the collars are to the front or rear.
4. You will need to know if the pipe is coated or non-coated.
5. You will need to know if it will be pyramided or strip and strap. (coated pipe 9 times out of 10 will be stripped and strap and non-coated pipe go either way)
6. You will need to know the total number of dunnage or timbers needed for stripping

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jose@momentumtransport.com

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Freigth moving, coils

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

When you are moving a load of coils, make sure you have the driver proper equipment and certifications. To load coils, the driver must have coil racks to load. Before dispatching make sure that you ask the driver if he has them.

Also, Alabama is now requiring that the driver be certified to carry coils. IF THE DRIVER DOES NOT HAVE THIS CERTIFICATION HE WILL BE FINED AND SO WILL THE BROKER. Make sure that you have a copy of this certification before sending the confirmation. More states in the future will have this requirement.

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jose@momentumtransport.com

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Freight Moving, Tarps

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

When you have a load that requires tarping make sure the driver has the proper equipment. Most drivers carry two sets of tarps; lumber and steel tarps. Most lumber tarps have a 6 to 8 drop and steel tarps have 2 to 4 drop.

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Freight moving, don’t be mislead

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I was recently told of a scam here in Texas. There is a transportation company booking broker freight, then reposting as there freight at higher rate with no intentions of paying the new carrier. The new carrier did over $100,000.00 worth of business with the broker. The broker company is currently being investigated by federal, state and local law enforcement.

So when booking a load with a broker due your homework and see if they are a reputable company. Check their ratings on safersys.org and BBB.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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Well base for RGN

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Keep in mind when quoting construction equipment and vehicles an RGN only has 28′ in the well. So the wheel base for the equipment or vehicle must be less than 28′. Depending on the height you can drive up on the tail unless it puts the equipment or vehicle over height.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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