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Wide Load and The Law
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Week N Warrior (MS/MO)    Posted 04-10-2003 at 05:54:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a playhouse I want to take to Missouri.
It's 8'X10' but with the over hang the 8' goes on out to 10' also.
I need to take it threw Mississippi, Arkansas & Missouri.
About a 400-mile trip.
I emailed all three states. Missouri sent me a copy of the law that basically says under no circumstances can you be over 8' wide. Arkansas sent me a number to call (Havenít called it yet). Mississippi didn't reply.
I know wide loads (Mobil homes and such) are moved down the road every day. Any body know what needs to be done to do it? Iíll be using my 2-ton truck to move it.
I hate to leave it behind. I made it really nice.
And with all the other things I need to do in Missouri like build a shop, storage shed, machine shed and add on to the house, I'll never get around to building another. At lest not until my girls are grown anyway. And they sure want me to bring it.


David    Posted 04-11-2003 at 12:17:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hauled wide loads for years. For your item I believe all 3 states will require permits, oversize load signs and possibly a cash bond in Mississippi. They will measure it (often do) at the widest point. If it's over the stated width, you are shut down. It will be your responsibility to KNOW what hours and conditions you may travel. Each state has very different hours and even some cities such as Memphis. You will be reqiured to stop at scales. Be prepared to show your drivers license, truck registration, trailer registration, permits and proof of insurance. Each state might require different levels of insurance. In most states lighting requirements are different but your three will require a flashing light. In some states every light, weather in use or not, must be operational.
I hope this helps. It's not as bad as it sounds if you get everything straight BEFORE you start.

newgen    Posted 04-10-2003 at 22:22:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try calling Transciever-they're a permit service. They can tell you exactly what you need and order it for you. You will need to have the exact dimensions and also your truck information \when you call. The # is 800-749-6058-or 800-749-6019. One of these is the special hauling division you need, but the people at the other one will transfer you over if you get the wrong one. Hope this helps.

JK-NY    Posted 04-10-2003 at 18:02:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

Be sure to stay under 13'6" high.Stay off toll roads, you might not fit thru thetoll booth>I'd consider cutting the overhangs off or cut some off to get pretty close to legal width which is 102" on interstates, this can vary on state and secondary roads. Or look into the permits if you dont want to modify the building. I wouldnt chance going the distance you are and crossing state lines without having things in order. Good luck

Gus    Posted 04-10-2003 at 17:17:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think of a way to cut off the overhangs. I have put built-up overhangs on houses that didn't have them to help shed water. Some modular homes come with hinged overhangs. At the site they fold them down and finish shingling.

bob ny    Posted 04-10-2003 at 12:54:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
the advice about moving the house without a permit is bum if you get stopped it will cost you a bundle in fines and also to be towed to a place to set while you purchase the permit try going to a trucking company and ask them when you need a permit and where and how much

markct    Posted 04-10-2003 at 19:26:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
well we all take chances, i was just sayint that was what i would do personaly, it all depends how much of a risk taker this guy is, i have moved many things overwidth and never had a problem, especialy if it is a farm related thing no one will usualy bother you, how many guys trailer 9ft wide haywagons on goosnecks to get them home or heck i have been all over the place flat towing my 9ft haybine,i once towed a 10ft wide boat for a friend about 40 miles, some of which interstate highway,did nothing but put a wide load banner on the back and flags on the corners and took the trip on a sunday morning when traffic was light,we didnt even have the trailer registered just plates from my equipment trailer on it,had a cop follow us for a little while but he didnt pull us over or anything so i guess we couldnt have been doing anything too terrible

bob ny    Posted 04-11-2003 at 04:58:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
i guess it depends on where you live in nys we have a very large law inforcement budget and the more fines people pay the closer we get to balancing it we in the farm areas have to support the big cities plus what cop would try to give someone a ticket in the slums of nyc or any other city in nys

markct    Posted 04-11-2003 at 09:18:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
yea thats true bob, i am not saying any of what i did was legal, just that i got away with it and would do it again most likely. im sure some places are worst than others

markct    Posted 04-10-2003 at 07:39:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
well the max width is 8ft 6 actualy, look at alot of car trailers,they are 102 inches wide, and even some new truck van bodies and trailers are 102 inch wide. but either way your shed would be over that width with the overhang. personaly i would just take and load it up and go for it. i have moved many things over 8ft6 and never had a permit and have never been hassled about it. my father even moved a 12 x 14 shed on an equipment trailer once, as long as it looks safe then no one will usualy give you a problem, and like you said its just the overhangs that are overwidth so i doubt anyone would even hardly notice it. by the time ya go thru all the stuff to get permits it probably would be easier to build a new shed. the one thing to be absolutly ceartain of is that it isnt over height,a that could cause you alot of trouble if you catch a low wire or hit something,and watch out pulling into the gas stations cause some of those overhangs are pretty low. and when ya take the trip try to do it when there isnt tooo much traffic and stuff and ya should be fine. good luck

sHan    Posted 04-10-2003 at 07:34:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
check with the DOT (depertment of transportation) in each state you can call the 1-800 info on the phone and ask for the state you want and tell the operator you are looking for the DOT # when you get them on the phone tell them your situation and check if you need any special permits here in IL they send me maps about twice a year with updated road coverage for hauling oversized loads they told me here it didnt cost me anything for the permit just had to have it i was hauling 1/2 a garage at a time it was 12x28 per 1/2. just my 2 cents shan

screaminghollow    Posted 04-10-2003 at 06:53:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're right. Missouri is misleading you. My wife formerly worked at a place that kept track of the laws for each state on moving wide loads. (Special Carriers and Rigging Assoc. in Fairfax Va.) Some states require special escorts, even police to accompany you, sometimes, the utitlity company also has to be notified because of the possibility of moving low wires. I'm not sure who you called, the Dept of Highways or the State police. But if one gave you that bogus answer, I'd try the other. Could be that you need a special hauler's license etc. (How hard would it be to split the playhouse so it isn't over 8 feet. My neighbor moved a small shed on a roll back It was 16 x 12. He cut the thing in half into two 8 x 12 sections and put it back together after he moved it here. But he only moved about twenty miles)

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