5 Tips to Transport a Rock Truck


Written by Trusted Dispatch

March 14, 2023

5 Tips to Transport a Rock Truck

Need to transport a rock truck? It’s not as difficult as you might think! With enough research and a professional driver, shipping a rock truck can be straightforward. In this article, we’ll review our top five tips for transporting rock trucks across North America.

1. Get a Free Quote First

Not sure what to expect in terms of shipment price? A free quote is the best way to get a sense of how much it will cost to haul your rock truck. The price will vary depending on the dimensions of your truck and the distance it needs to travel, which is why we’ve designed an easy-to-use system for instant free quotes. It uses a simple three-step process:

  1. Input the pick-up location
  2. Input the drop-off location
  3. Input the dimensions of your machine (width, height, length, and weight)

That’s it! From there, you’ll get your free quote instantly with an approximate cost for transport.

Don’t know the dimensions of the vehicle? No problem! Trusted Dispatch’s powerful Specs Tool has over 60,000 makes and models of equipment pre-loaded. Just enter your equipment’s make and model, and we’ll find you the closest match!

2. Find an Expert Heavy Haul Driver

When transporting a rock truck, you’ll need a professional to make sure the job is done right. Without an expert heavy haul driver to haul your load, you could run into a number of issues, including safety hazards, damaged equipment, or missed arrival deadlines. 

An expert heavy haul driver should know how to safely transport your equipment, including the type of open deck trailer needed, as well as the laws and regulations for the provinces and states they’ll be travelling through. Always do your research before hiring a driver to transport your rock truck. 

At Trusted Dispatch, we ensure that every driver in our network is professional, qualified, and trustworthy. When you choose us for heavy haul shipping, we’ll connect you with one of our expert drivers who will transport your rock truck safely and efficiently to its destination.

3. Prepare Your Rock Truck Before Shipping

One of the biggest mistakes when shipping heavy equipment of any kind is the failure to prepare it before shipment day. Without ample preparation, your shipment will likely be delayed or need to be rescheduled. 

To prepare a rock truck for shipping, you’ll first want to make sure that it starts. If not, you won’t be able to load it onto the trailer. This is especially important in the colder months, so be extra careful to ensure the vehicle starts if you’re shipping in the wintertime.

You’ll also need to give the vehicle a good cleaning and inspection before shipment day. Wash down the truck and inspect it for pre-existing damage. Take pictures of any damage you find and of the vehicle as a whole. This way, you’ll know if any damage is incurred during shipment. Lastly, the truck should be parked on flat terrain to allow for easy loading.

4. Understand Oversized Load Regulations

Depending on the size of your rock truck, it might be considered an oversized load. Both rigid and articulated rock trucks are often wider than oversized load regulations allow, which means that your driver will need to follow some additional road rules. This might include using a pilot car, acquiring a permit, or route alterations.

It’s important to note that oversized load regulations differ depending on the state or province you’re in. You’ll need to research the rules for every state/province your driver will pass through. Your driver should also be fully aware of these regulations, so double-check with them to ensure it’s all correct.

5. Communicate With Your Driver

Keeping an open line of communication with your heavy haul driver is absolutely vital when shipping large equipment. While you don’t need to be in constant communication with your driver, we highly recommend staying in contact with them throughout the shipment process. That way, you’ll both know immediately if there are any changes to the plan, such as changes in pick-up or drop-off location, schedule changes, or route changes.

At Trusted Dispatch, we’re dedicated to facilitating proper communication between both parties. When you connect with a Trusted Dispatch driver, you’ll immediately be put in contact with them. From there, the two of you will be able to make plans for pick-up, travel, and drop-off. The more communicative you are with your driver, the more pleasant your shipment experience will be.

Heavy Haul Shipping in North America

When you need heavy haul shipping across North America, Trusted Dispatch is here to help. Here at Trusted Dispatch, we believe in honesty, professionalism, and reliability. Our network of professional drivers will get your heavy equipment to its destination as efficiently and safely as possible. Get started today with your free, instant quote!

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