Adding Heavy Hauling to Your Towing Business
Adding heavy hauling to your towing business may be right for you. Heavy hauling is a natural extension of any towing company already providing heavy towing and recovery. Many government contracts now require contracted towing and recovery provider companies to maintain lowboy & drop-deck type trailers to efficiently clear wrecks and cargo from an accident scene. Getting that asset working harder for you can deliver financial rewards if you are able to navigate the heavy hauling space including the permit and routing issues that can deliver more headaches than upside. This thought lead to an interesting conversation I had with Ken Preston from Presto Permits at the Baltimore Tow Show.
Ken felt towing companies providing heavy hauling services is made much easier for the busy towing company by outsourcing the complete permitting process. These permit companies can provide you with a host of services that simplify the workload for your team and expedite your ability to respond to immediate and urgent heavy load work. Heavy hauling is a dynamic business after all with frequent changes to schedules, loads and destinations.
Ken offered a few tips for those new to the industry:
- Legal length is 65 feet in most states and can be legal weight but over on one axle. If you can’t shift it, you can permit it.
- Be sure to understand rigging and tarping requirements for various loads as well as pole cars, chase cars and pilot cars.
Finding a Heavy Hauling Permit Partner
Partnering with the big boys or industry leaders in any field often brings a level of confidence that they have experience in all situations but Ken cautions the larger companies often nickel and dime their customers to death. They will charge Resend Fees, Change Fees and upcharge for Pilot Car and Pole Care information as well. He says the advantages of working with a smaller partner allows you to take advantage of Flat Fees, Online Discounts and Prepay Discounts. It is true that some of the smaller providers do specialize in a particular region of the country but most have access to permits for all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. A Google Search for “Heavy Hauling Permits” will give you a list of potential providers so you can shop for price and included services.
Here are some helpful links we discovered that could assist in your permitting research:
- Heavy Haul.net has a great page that details state by state heavy hauling requirements.
- AllPilotCars.com has a page that details state by state pilot car, pole car and chase car requirements.