What to Consider when Moving Over-Dimensional Trailers

When you are dealing with laws and regulations concerning the 48 contiguous states and Canada, that can take some extra due diligence. One aspect of those laws we have to consider is the legal size of trailers that are allowed in a state or country. When we have to move trailers that are considered over-dimensional and therefore not legal according to a state’s laws, that requires getting special permits.

What is Standard? What is Over dimensional?

But just what is considered standard? What is considered over-dimensional and where are those trailers legal? Standard trailers are 53 feet long and 13 and a half feet high. These trailers are mostly legal throughout the 48 contiguous states and Canada.

There are two types of over-dimensional trailers. The first are 57 foot long trailers. These longer trailers are legal in the southern states. Once you reach the area where you cross I-40, they are no longer considered legal.

The other type of over-dimensional trailers are 14 foot trailers. These taller trailers are only legal up and down the West Coast of the United States. 

What to Consider?

Often, these oversized trailers are built in a state in which it is not legal to drive them. When this happens, special consideration needs to be taken in order to move these finished trailers to their destination. For example, many of the 14 foot trailers are built in Indiana, where they are not legal. In order to get these over-dimensional trailers from the Midwest to the West Coast, we need special permits.

Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s: Special Permits

When you work with Nationwide, we ensure that all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. If a special permit is needed, we make sure that those are in place and ready to go before a trailer is moved. Good communication is a key part of making sure those special permits are in place. At Nationwide, open and honest communication is a huge part of what we do!

Our Commitment to You

Coordinating all the aspects that go into moving trailers is like choreographing a complex group dance. But at Nationwide, it’s what we love to do! Our dedicated and efficient team is detail-oriented, making sure that all the details are examined and any special permits are ready to go. We pride ourselves in having common knowledge across the entire team so that if you have a question or concern, any one of our team members can get you the information you need. Our business is a family affair and our customers are part of that family! Our promise to you is that we will always operate with integrity and transparency. We may be a small family-owned company, but we deliver huge results with our fast network of connections, digging into all the details to make your experience seamless!