Heavy Hauling & Towing

Heavy Hauling & Towing2022-08-05T21:46:38+00:00

JD Services will manage the safe transportation of your shipment from start to finish.

We accomplish this by obtaining permits required by any cities, counties and/or states and also arranging for any pilot cars or other escort vehicles and all additional equipment required to move your heavy haul load in a safe manner. One inch can make a big difference! In one state you might be legal or only require permits, while in another state you may need escorts in addition to permits.

States require that certain oversize loads have certified Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators (P/EVO) to protect the load they are carrying, as well as other drivers. The purpose of a P/EVO is to safely escort an oversized load from its originating location to its final destination without damaging the load, motorists, highways, roads, bridges, control devices, signs, wires, overhanging objects, public or private property.

Some terminology that may be useful to know:

Drop Deck Trailer2022-07-13T20:38:42+00:00

Trailers built with a drop in the deck height. The upper part of the deck drops in height directly after it clears the back of the driving unit and sits on the back of the tractor unit.

Extendable Drop Deck Trailer2022-07-13T20:39:10+00:00

Has the same basic design as a drop deck, however, the trailer’s body can extend for loads that are long and cannot extend over the back end of the trailer, yet still require the support of the trailer under its entire body.

Gooseneck Trailer2022-07-13T20:39:35+00:00

Connects to the hauling unit by a permanently attached modifiable bar that is affixed to the bed.

Lowboy Trailers2022-07-13T20:40:01+00:00

A trailer with a very low bed and two height drops in the deck, allowing a maximum capacity of up to 12 feet in height.

Step Deck Trailer2022-07-13T20:40:25+00:00

Otherwise referred to as a drop deck or lowboy trailer, is a commercial trailer designed to carry tall cargo that exceeds the legal height limit if transported on a traditional flatbed trailer. Transporting tall cargo on a step deck prevents drivers and operators from having to obtain permits.


While dunnage isn’t a typical vocabulary word used in the average conversation, it is a common term for most shippers. Used to describe the packaging materials that keep goods in place during shipping like bubble wrap, kraft paper, crinkle paper, plastic bracing, fillers, planks, blocks, and boards, dunnage is any material used to help secure and support packages throughout the shipping and handling process. In Heavy Hauling, dunnage will be made from sturdier materials, such as wood, heavy-duty plastic, or metal.


The commodity footprint is a term used quite often and with a lot of confusion. Basically, it means the amount of space the commodity is using to sit or is touching on the trailer. This becomes very important when dealing with a step deck or double drop trailer where there are upper and lower decks.

Some questions we may ask you in regard to your heavy haul trucking job:

Are you moving a Machine or Wheeled Vehicle?2022-07-13T20:44:46+00:00

It makes a big difference on what type of trailer equipment we use. If it’s a wheeled or tracked vehicle, chances are it will need to be driven on. Perhaps a step deck with ramps will work, but weight and ground clearance can be limiting factors.

If it IS a wheeled vehicle, does the vehicle work?2022-07-13T20:45:10+00:00

If it doesn’t work and it has to be pushed on the trailer, that could get tricky if not dangerous! Don’t forget to take both the pickup and delivery sites into consideration.

If you have a machine how is it going to be lifted?2022-07-13T20:45:32+00:00

Does it have D-rings to lift with chains? Will it be lifted by forklift? When it sits on the trailer does it need dunnage, blocking or will it sit flat on the trailer deck.

If blocking is required, how much and at what height will it increase the overall height of the load?2022-07-13T20:46:04+00:00

Dimensions should be discussed as it is going to sit on the trailer. A piece of equipment that stands on the ground which has a 7’ wide diameter and stands 16′ tall, is going to be shipped as 16′ long x 7’ wide and 7’ high and require a flatbed trailer. It’s not uncommon that someone will say the tank is 7’ in diameter but forget to factor in any legs, cradles, vents, or other components that might stick out of the top, the sides, or underneath. All these things will change the overall hauling dimensions.

Below is a list of common heavy haul examples:

  • Aggregate Equipment
  • Air Exchangers
  • All Yellow Iron
  • Backhoes
  • Boats
  • Boilers
  • Bridge Beams
  • Compactions
  • Compactors
  • Compact Track Loaders
  • Compressors
  • Concrete Pre-Casts
  • Condensers
  • Construction Tractor
  • Control Buildings
  • Cooling Towers
  • Cranes: truck, crawler lift, pedestal, tower or ring horse
  • Dehydration Equipment
  • Domes
  • Dozers
  • Excavators
  • Frac Tanks
  • Generators
  • Grinders
  • Hydraulic Gantry
  • Injection Mold Machines
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Mining Equipment
  • Motor Backhoes
  • Motor Graders
  • Motor Scrapers
  • Off Highway Trucks
  • On Road Trucks
  • Planes
  • Piping
  • Skid Steers
  • Skip Loaders
  • Stamping Presses
  • Steel Drums
  • Terex, Manitowoc, Mt Clemens cranes
  • Transformers
  • Turbines
  • Wheel Loaders
  • Wind Energy Equipment

If you do not see the equipment you would like transported on the list above, chances are JD Services can still help! Call our office today for a free quote.


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