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Are you looking for a new trucking provider? If so, it’s very important for you to find the right truck to haul your load to avoid potential issues. You need a truck that is designed and built for the type of load you want to haul. Not sure where to start? Here are several questions you should ask yourself before you contact a trucking provider:

Question #1: What type of product do you need to haul?

Ultimately the type of truck you rent will be dictated by the type of product you would like to transport. If you need to transport frozen goods you will need a refrigerated truck, whereas electronic components may need another type of truck. Once you know exactly what you need to move, a trucking provider can provide suggestions on which truck is the best option.

Question #2: How will you package the cargo?  

Another question you should ask yourself is how the products will be packaged. The shape and size of the containers will determine how much cargo space you’ll need. If you have to haul food you should also take into account how the packaging will affect its temperature.

Question #3: Do you know how much the cargo weighs?

The weight of the products should also determine the type of truck you use. Gather all the products and weigh them on a scale or try to come up with an estimated weight. Your trucking provider can also  analyze the weight of your products and come up with a plan on how to transport and load them into the truck.

Contact Great Western Transportation

Once you answer these questions you should be able to determine the best hauling option for your company’s products. For more information about our hauling services, please call us toll free at (800) 972-8484 today.

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North America is a big place with a lot of wide open space, and with a lot of open space there is a lot of room for expansion.  Cities continue to sprawl out from their centers and with that kind of growth comes the need for excavation and construction.  When new neighborhoods are built it’s not like the equipment needed to level the land, haul off dirt, or dig basements is already there.  It has to come from somewhere.

As cities grow, they usually spread outward, and often follow the contours of the land.  Geological features such as lakes, hills, rivers, and even railroad grades can affect just where things are built.  But one thing is generally certain, wherever you are building is going to require a way to get your equipment there.  Trucking is crucial in new construction.  Whether it is bringing in new construction materials or hauling out demolished materials trucks are necessary.

Over-sized construction equipment cannot simply be driven in on its own. Some pieces of equipment are not even self-propelled! Due to weight limits for bridges, the structural integrity of asphalt, and simply the hazard of creeping along in a large, dangerous piece of equipment, you will need trucks to haul in these vehicles and equipment.

Great Western Transportation can help you with your over-sized vehicle and construction equipment needs.  Here are just a few applications for trucking in construction:

  • Excavators
  • Front end loaders
  • Graders
  • Dump trucks
  • Cranes
  • Powerplants
  • Raw materials
  • Lumber
    • Steel beams
    • Roofing materials
    • Concrete
    • Spools of wiring
    • Pipes and sheet metal
    • Landscaping
  • Operations/foreman modulars
  • Scrap and debris
  • Port-o-lets
  • Water tanks

So whether it is heavy payloads such as a D6 Caterpillar or a truck load of roofing tar, a heavy hauler truck or flatbed is exactly the right tool to get the job done.  Great Western Transportation is your go-to source for providing professional, skilled, and reliable service for your construction needs. Wherever there are roads, we’ve got you covered.

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Before transport can successfully be completed, you will need to determine what your shipping options will be and what shipping method will be better suited for your transportation needs. We are sure you are aware of this by now, but there are multiple options you can choose from, including dry freight trucking, flatbed trucking, heavy haul trucking, and more. It will be a smart idea to become familiar with all the shipping modes and the guidelines and requirements that will come with each one.

Dry Freight Trucking: What is It?

Dry freight trucking is one of the most trusted methods of transportation that are available to you. Dry freight trucking continues to be a popular transportation mode because of the increased demand and the high availability, in addition to the many benefits of having goods and products safely enclosed in a trailer.

What can be carried with dry freight shipping?

Dry freight trucking can be used to carry the following:

  • Building materials
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Non-perishable beverages
  • Clothing

Why is dry freight trucking a preferred transportation method?

There are multiple reasons why companies decide to use dry freight trucking as their go-to transportation method, including the following:

  • There will be fewer concerns about the security of the goods because they will be in an enclosed trailer
  • Dry freight trucking is a very flexible method of transportation
  • The load mode that is used in dry freight trucking will save you a significant amount of effort

Moving dry shipments will allow for less than load (LTL) trucks to be filled easily. Dry goods have become more common because they do not require any type of unique handling or temperature controls.

In order for you to have your goods delivered on time to the right destination, it is important that you carefully determine the right shipping method for delivering your goods. Teaming up with the right transportation provider will allow you to have the services that fit the specific needs of your business.

The post Dry Freight Trucking: The Flexible Shipping Method You Need appeared first on Great Western Transportation.

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When it is time to transport large items of machinery or construction equipment over long distances, you can certainly find yourself standing in front of a difficult process. However, you will not have to take on this task alone. When you have the right heavy equipment transportation team on your side, the once complicated process will become a smooth and quick process. As a transportation team at Great Western Transportation, we want you to know that there are some items that you should always have moved using specialized equipment.

Excavators, Dozers, Etc.

Dozers, excavators, and other types of heavy machinery are essential for construction and other industries. While these types of machinery are great for getting the job done on an industrial site, they should not be driven on the highway. When it is time to transfer your heavy machinery equipment, you should team up with a heavy equipment transportation service so you can avoid damage to your equipment, not to mention a serious accident on the highway.

Overweight Equipment

There are various types of industrial equipment that will exceed the weight limits that have been established. Industrial equipment like steel beams will require the use of permits and transportation equipment that has enough strength to safely transport them. When you work with professionals throughout your heavy equipment transport process, you will be assured that every part of the move will be done in full accordance with all safety regulations.

Portable Buildings

Many construction sites will have portable buildings that they have turned into an office. These portable offices can be essential to the construction industry and other industries that are constantly moving from one location to the next. While transporting these buildings can prevent a variety of challenges, including logistic challenges, the right transportation service will have all the tools that are needed to safely load a portable building and transport it to the right destination.

The Great Western Transportation team provides service across the United States and Canada. 

The post Heavy Haul Trucking: Do You Need A Transportation Service? appeared first on Great Western Transportation.

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The emergence of refrigerated trucking will leave its impact on business logistics for the rest of time. Refrigerated trucking has made it possible to transport foods and other goods that are susceptible to spoilage after traveling for long distances.

In the beginning, ice blocks were placed in the back of the refrigerated trucks and vans as a way to cool the goods. Things are certainly different now because refrigerated transport has become advanced enough to hold a variety of goods and cargo, and sometimes this will include prescription medication.

At Great Western Transportation, we love sharing news and other information that are relevant to our industry. Today, we want to provide you with a few fun facts about refrigerated trucking that you may not have known.

The Start Of Refrigerated Trucking

Refrigerated trucking was introduced in 1842 by the Western Railroad of Massachusetts during the winter season. During this time, railroad cars were used to haul goods. Eventually, the train cars started to use ice, but this method would only work when the weather was cold because warmer weather would cause the ice to melt.

Can You Imagine This?

Can you imagine living in a world where you could only travel 50 miles with produce or other food because it would spoil if you drove a longer distance? Can you imagine a time when you could only eat food that was in your local area and in season at the time? Well, this was the world many people lived in before there was refrigerated trucking. Produce was not able to travel far before it spoiled and consumers could only eat would could be grown locally.

More Fun Facts About Refrigerated Trucking
  • The 1940s marked the introduction of mechanical refrigeration units
  • Refrigerated trailers are referred to as reefers in the transportation industry
  • Refrigerated trucking can be used to haul medications, produce, fresh goods, art, and more
  • A refrigerated truck that is maintained properly can drive up to more than a million miles

Transportation that requires refrigerated transportation is going to need the experience and professionalism of a service that will get the job done the right way. Great Western Transportation is committed to providing you with the quality service you need for your upcoming transport.

The post Refrigerated Trucking: Did You Know This? appeared first on Great Western Transportation.

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