Over Dimensional Freight
Over Dimensional Freight Services
Melton Truck Lines has a team of experts in our over-dimensional department that ease load routings, get permits, streamline guidance, and other special requirements. We are a full-service flatbed and step deck carrier offering both legal and over-dimensional loads to best meet our customers’ flatbed shipping needs.
What is Over Dimensional Freight?
Over-dimensional freight is a shipment that exceeds the standard legal-size criteria for a flatbed trailer. Shipping these loads takes more coordination and planning than a standard flatbed shipment, and regulations for OD loads differ by state. Our experts can help you navigate these barriers and get your over-dimensional freight where it needs to be.
Why Choose Melton for OD Shipping?
- Team of special service coordinators that can help arrange your shipment
- Specialized equipment for hauling OD
- Drivers trained and certified in OD trucking
- Technology and OD freight tracking
Over-Dimensional Load Guidelines
Melton flatbeds can load up to 65-foot-long material, but the load must be under 38,000-pounds to scale legally and must be self-supporting material.
When the size of the load exceeds one or more of these limits, it is over-dimensional. At any time, if a load exceeds 8-feet, 6-inches width, it is considered over-dimensional in every state. Every state has different length limits for combination vehicles, so Melton’s over-dimensional department takes extra care to ensure our unique load is routed and permitted correctly.
Is My Load Over Dimension?
Need Another Shipping Solution?
Do you need a specialized trailer or have different shipping needs? Our sister company, Melton Logistics, can help you find transportation solutions for all your freight needs.
Is my Load Eligible for a Permit?
For a load to be eligible to operate under a permit, it must be a “non-divisible” load. This means that the freight must be one solid piece that cannot be easily disassembled and made into smaller pieces that will fit within the legal-size limits of the trailer. If a load is over 8-feet, 6-inches in width, it must be one piece that cannot be altered to fit within the legal size limits.
Multiple pieces placed side-by-side is considered a “divisible” load and must be made legal; however, this does not mean that we cannot take over-dimensional freight that is in multiple pieces. As long as the piece(s) causing the load to be over-dimensional fit within the definition of a “non-divisible” load, we can take it.