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How To Move Heavy Machinery

When you have a car or a bike, you can transport them easily but transportation gets difficult when the cargo in question is heavy machinery which does not have wheels and an engine that can drive it to the destination. However, moving heavy machinery is not a difficult task when you know how to do the job.

 

Using a Flatbed

Flatbeds are used extensively for transporting difficult items as the items can be loaded and unloaded easily. As the name suggests, these kinds of haulers have an extremely flat or a level bed and it can hold an incredible amount of load. Companies however should check whether they can handle the weight of the machinery and whether the equipment they have for loading and unloading is suitable for your machinery. When you want to transport heavy machinery overseas with this method, you might be charged per cubic meter or by cubic feet. This may work out to be too expensive and not an advisable option.

 

Using a Special Trailer

Another common transportation method is the use of special trailers but they can be a little bit more difficult than using flatbeds. However, this is the preferred option if the machinery is too heavy or too big. When you use a special trailer, you will also need a special permit for your oversized load which can be easily arranged by your auto transporter. If the load is simply too large, consider dismantling it so that it can fit into the trailer easily. Always make sure that only professionals do this job or your machinery may well go to the junkyard. When done correctly, this can be a cheaper way to transport your machinery, especially when the destination is overseas.

 

Towing

When the distance that has to be covered is considerably less you can tow the machinery. The machinery will have to be secured well and you will have to prepare the machine to be in a suitable condition for towing.

 

Making the Job Easier

Heavy machinery is not a job that can be taken lightly but with the proper equipments, the job can be done easily and smoothly. Tools such as ramps and cranes which are available both at the pickup area and the delivery place will make the job successful.

 

Choosing the Company

Choose a company that has an excellent track record so that you can be sure that only experienced personnel will handle your equipment. You can ask to see their credentials and even take a look at how they deal with other machinery. The company should also have a 24 hour GPS tracking system so that you will know that your cargo is safe and on its way.

 

Leaving it to the Experts

There is no greater joy than leaving all the heavy and hard work to the experts. You can then take the rest of the day off and do something you enjoy. Before starting on the journey make sure all the paper has been done and the insurance registered.

How to Move an RV Across the Country

People can easily transport a car these days but when it comes to an RV, it seems to be a humongous job.  However, the job is not as difficult as it may look for most people get put off by the sheer size of the vehicle. So here is how you can get the job done easily.

 

Change the Way you Think

Do not think of the job ahead as an “RV” but as an oversized car that has to be transported.  With a little hard work, you can easily manage to get the job done and if the RV is in running condition, then the job gets even easier.

 

Shipping RV Overseas

Most companies use the famous Roll-On and Roll-Off method as it is easy and cost effective. Your transportation agent will be able to inform you about all the necessary paper work to be done and about the preparations needed for customs clearance. Sometimes a flat rack container is also used where the RV is loaded onto the flat rack and loaded onto the transportation vessel.   In case the RV is not in a running condition, then you will have to hire a specialized container that is big and powerful enough to tow your RV to the port.

 

Driving it to the Destination

This option might work if you need to drive it to the destination and the RV is in a good working condition. Another driver and you can easily drive it to the destination. However, if the other driver is not a friend or part of the family, ask for credentials. Most transportation companies will also deal with employing drivers. Going through them is safer as they would have checked out the driver’s credentials and experience. Make sure that you have your license and if you are not holding an American license, at least have an international one.

 

Double Check your Decision

Transporting an RV is a huge responsibility and so you must make sure that the company that you have decided to hire has all the credentials as well. Make sure that they have their DOT and MC numbers so that you can be sure that they are licensed to transport cargo such as your RV. Also make sure that the company has satellite tracking and can give emergency help in case of accidents any time during the transit. Also be wary if they give a quote that is ridiculously less than their competitors. Cheap may not be the best as it could be a company that hires inexperienced drivers. In such cases, your RV might be heading for trouble instead of the port.

 

Prepare your RV for Transportation

There are several things that have to be attended to before you can declare that the RV is ready for transportation such as the following –

  • All opening have to be locked and secured. You can even use tapes if you have to as the main idea is to keep them from opening during the journey.
  • Do not let any loose things be in the RV and that includes your personal items as well.
  • Disconnect and dismantle, if necessary any electronic devices.
  • Give a thorough check-up before you take the RV to the port. This includes checking the tires, signals, brake fluid and even the headlights.

Tips to Transport Your Boat with Ease

A yacht or a boat is not an item that can be transported easily and it requires a lot of preparation. Moving a yacht is not like moving a car and one has to start the planning at a very early stage. Most of the preparations will have to be done by the owners but when you know what has to be done and how it has to be done, the job gets easy.

 

A Yacht Transport Company

There are many companies that claim to be genuine yacht transport companies but they all turn out to be scams. Unfortunately, people find out about them only after they have paid the money. Some have been fortunate enough to have had their yachts transported but at a heavy price which could have been avoided had they done their homework. So be alert to any suspicious talks or actions from the auto transport company and thoroughly check them out before you hire them. Never pay them before the job is done and if the company insists on a pre-payment, go to the next company on your list.

 

Qualities of an Ideal Yacht Transport Company

A good yacht transport company must have experience working with ports, marinas and boatyards. They must also have a good working knowledge of permit agencies and ideally should also have worked with DOT.

 

Preparing the Boat

Boats and yachts are bulky vehicles and come in all sizes and shapes most of which can easily topple over if not handled carefully. Most yacht transportation drivers may simply refuse to move your boat if they feel that it is unsafe. Rather than being upset about the delay, be glad as this will show that the driver is experienced and will not undertake any hazardous journeys. So here are a few points to keep in mind for the preparations –

 

-          The boat is now out of the water and so has to be securely supported, stabilized and balanced.

-          The weight must be equally distributed during transit.

-          Anything that can come loose, is easily shaken off or is likely to fall off must be dismantled. Now you can secure everything else that can fall off but cannot be dismantled.

-          Secure all openings such as hatches and windows with tapes if necessary.

 

If you feel that you are not up to the job, do not worry as there are many boatyards which can do the job for you.

 

Getting Voyage Insurance

Most boat transporters will give you an insurance policy specially designed for voyages. However, the policy is not very expensive and even when combined with the price of transportation, you will find that it is reasonable. The insurance will cover things like –

 

-          Machinery which is in operable conditions

-          Debris that might have accumulated during transit

-          Any physical loss can claim a deductible of five thousand US dollars even if you did not insure for that amount

 

Things To Be Bone Before the Voyage

Be sure to inform the transportation company about the boat and its specifications so that they can also prepare. Boat transporters will have to transport several boats at the same time and they will have to prepare spaces for them depending upon this information.

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