At Colorado Springs Hauling, we get a lot of questions about hauling bulky loads. It’s the time of year when we start planning our fair weather projects, whether it’s spring cleaning, removing yard waste, junk removal, or having building materials and construction equipment deliveries for that home improvement or commercial construction project.
To assist you and your planning efforts, we’ve compiled a list of hauling frequently asked questions (hauling FAQ) that seem to come up again and again.
1.Think about how much your payload weighs
We’ve seen pick-up trucks with yard waste loaded down so much with yard waste, the wheel wells are rubbing on the tires. Very dangerous. So, when you plan to transport anything in a car, truck, or van, you need to estimate how much cargo and passenger weight your vehicle options can safely convey. Loading down any vehicle without knowing how much weight it can transport can result in a vehicle that doesn't handle well and may be unsafe to operate.
2.Check your tire pressure
Your tires keep you connected to the road. When you increase the weight in your vehicle, the ability to control the vehicle and drive safely may become more difficult. Steering may become less responsive, and underinflated tires may overheat. Increasing the tire air pressure will help the tires safely adjust for the payload. Your owner's manual is a good resource for determining how much air to add for the additional weight.
3.Use roof racks and trailers
A good way to extend your load carrying ability is to use a roof rack or trailer. First, make sure the load fits properly within the dimensions of the roof rack or trailer. Items that exceed the boundaries of the carrying device can easily catch on something and get pulled off or cause an even more dangerous situation. To ensure the best vehicle handling, you want the center of gravity to be as low as possible. To achieve this, place the heaviest objects as low as possible.
Check your roof rack manual to see if the rack is rated to handle the weight you’re going to haul. Factory-installed racks usually will have a sticker to inform you of the load limit. Not all after-market roof racks will have the sticker, but may have an online information website or a customer service number you can call. For vehicles rated to tow a trailer, one option is to rent a utility trailer. Many vehicles with trailer-towing packages can safely handle towing a utility trailer. But, make sure you know the maximum towing weight you can handle by checking the specifications of the towing package.
4. Secure the load
Tie down straps and load covering tarps are essential when conveying any bulky load. No matter what type of hauling you’re doing, you always want to be extra sure that your load won’t come loose while underway. Tie-down straps are available in a wide variety of sizes and for many weights. You can never make a load “too secure”. If possible, secure the load in a “X” crossover configuration.
Always take into consideration whether or not to cover the load with a cargo net or tarp to ensure everything stays in place. Many people overestimate the stability of the load and try to haul potentially loose loads without covering them. The forces acting on the load while driving are quite significant and can easily send even large items overboard. Be cautious when transporting any load. Stop and check the load periodically to ensure it is still secure. Also, do not forget to attach a warning flag for loads extending beyond the back of the vehicle. A red flag will not only warn other drivers of the load, but will also help them with determining a safe distance to follow you.
5.Use the proper lifting equipment
If you aren’t a professional mover or hauling trucker, many of us don’t realize the importance of using lifting tools and equipment when loading a vehicle, roof rack, or trailer.
- Hand truck. A hand truck can make will make moving bulky items much easier. You can either rent or purchase a hand truck at very affordable prices. This one piece of equipment is usually a well worthwhile investment.
- Dolly. A four-wheel wooden dolly (usually comes carpeted on the ends) can help you move items that weigh as much as 1000 pounds and are also a very affordable and wise investment.
- Moving Blankets and Tarps. Moving blankets will help keep your load in place and if you’re moving multiple items, it will keep those items from rubbing against each other. Essential equipment for items you don’t want damaged during the move.
6.Know when to super-size
If your estimated load weight exceeds the capacity of your vehicle, you’ll have to start considering a larger vehicle – like a rental truck, or multiple trips. Some truck rental companies have guidelines on their website for judging the size of truck needed. Bulky items don’t always stack and pack in a convenient way resulting in needing a larger transportation vehicle. Always check the cost effectiveness of getting a larger vehicle to plan for this inevitable unused space due to packing.
7.Know when to get help
Many of us believe we can DIY the hauling job ourselves. But don’t push it if you don't have the appropriate equipment for the job. Have you seen the guy trying to haul a mattress tied on top of his Camaro? Really not the best idea, right? Having household products delivered, getting building materials hauled to your project, or hiring a junk or garbage removal service can be a very affordable option. Colorado Springs Hauling will provide you a free estimate, so well worth your time to investigate to help save you time, make the job much easier and convenient, and done professionally.
Always eager to hear from our customers. If you have questions or topics you’d like us to address, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are your partners in hauling, Colorado Springs Hauling, http://cspringshauling.com