Memorial Day Weekend

The team at Great Western Transportation would like to wish everyone a happy and safe memorial day weekend.

May 26, 2017 | | Category: General

LTL Trucking Ideas

Truckers and logistics provides are always seeking ways to serve the customer and ship goods cheaply and quickly.  Less than Truck Load (LTL) shipping has become more and more popular as a way to save money and move goods efficiently.

The main concept of LTL trucking is that a customer does not have enough goods to fill an entire shipping container or truck. They can pay for the entire thing or wait for another customer to come along that can have the goods delivered to the same or nearby warehouse. That drastically reduces the price for both parties.

Logistics providers are using LTL trucking more and more to serve customer needs. They are also using more sophisticated software to map out their trips, coordinate schedules and combine goods to fill trucks as much as possible while still delivering the materials in the least amount of time.

There are four special types of trucks that ship goods around the country.

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These trucks are obviously kept cool just as a refrigerator is.  They primarily haul perishable goods such as food but sometimes electronics and other sensitive materials.


Trucks that are kept dry are in a way the opposite of refrigerated trucks.  These vehicles are the most common type and generally keep goods free of dust and dirt. They prevent water damage by their thick interiors as well.


These trucks are open and are good for irregular sized equipment that are hard or impossible to fit on a typical dry truck. Goods must be strapped in extremely tightly.

Heavy Haul

These trucks have special chassis to carry especially heavy goods such as industrial equipment. They are reinforced with stronger steel and also have more powerful breaks, engine and other equipment.

Great Western Transportation is a leading, high-quality trucking and shipping provider.  They have expert LTL service. For more information, please contact us.

May 22, 2017 | | Category: General, LTL

Five Tips For Transporting Equipment Bought at an Auction

Buying large equipment at an auction is exciting. At auctions, it’s possible to buy big ticket items in excellent condition, at a fraction of the price you’ll find them at a traditional store. They’re also treasure troves for people looking for specific items that are otherwise out of stock.

But when it comes to transporting these large items, stuffing them into the back of your sedan car isn’t going to do it. Hauling large auction items requires special considerations and care. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you need to transport large auction-bought equipment:

  • Have a plan in advance. If possible, go in knowing what equipment you plan to buy and have a plan set up for transporting it. It’s much easier to set up auction transportation ahead of time.
  • Know what kind of hauling equipment you need. Will your auction equipment fit in a trailer, a u-haul sized truck, or do you need a large truck? Make sure you know how big your items is so you can reserve a proper vehicle.
  • Learn about licenses. You can use your regular drivers license to drive some large vehicles and trailers. However, for commercial large vehicles, you’ll need a special license or to hire a licensed commercial driver.
  • Get a game plan for lifting the equipment. You can’t get large, heavy equipment on a truck with a few strong people. Instead, you need a crane or other heavy hauling equipment. Find out what kind of equipment your item needs to load it onto a truck, and reserve it.
  • Get federal or state permission. If you’re taking equipment between the US and Canada, or over state and provincial lines, check to see if you need special permission from customs, the state or province. This will save time and risks of fines.

Instead of dealing with the stress of hauling your own auction equipment long distance, leave the job to a professional. At Great Western Transportation, we’ll do the hard work for you and get your large auction equipment to your destination in the continental US or Canada. Contact us for more information and a free price quote.

May 5, 2017 | | Category: Flatbed, General

Transporting Heavy Machinery and Getting the Machinery Ready

Plans For Heavy Equipment Transportation

Transporting heavy machinery is no easy task. The logistical aspects of transporting heavy machinery alone can be frustrating, especially with regards to securing the right permits and scheduling the trip.

Even making sure the equipment is ready for its trip can take time, but this is one of the most important considerations. If the owners and operators of the machinery fail to do this adequately, they can end up damaging their equipment along the way. They must at least make sure they cover the basics.

Modifying Machines in Specific Ways

Some machines should have their batteries removed before the transportation process. They might have parts that need to be tightened before a trip. It’s also generally a good idea to get rid of the engine fluids beforehand as well. People who want more considerations that are specific to different machines should read the manuals associated with them to make sure they didn’t miss anything.

Protecting the Machines Against the Elements

Many pieces of heavy machinery are not perfectly resistant to the wind, heat, cold, and the moisture in the air. Certain parts of the machines might be particularly prone to damages associated with the weather. The machinery will be exposed to the open air at different points throughout the journey. It’s important to make sure that the machines get some additional protection from the elements, even if only specific parts need to be protected.

Contact us in order to learn more about the transportation of heavy machinery.

April 28, 2017 | | Category: General, Heavy Haul

3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Flatbed Trucking Company

When you own a construction company or any other type of business where you must transport large pieces of equipment, you most likely don’t have the means to do it on your own. That’s why many businesses with shipping needs rely on the services of a transportation company. If you are in need of flatbed trucking and want to make sure you get the right professionals for the job, make sure you ask the company these three questions before hiring. 

  1. How Long Have You Been in Business? If you have never hired a transportation company before, you might not be aware of the reputable companies that have been in business successfully for several years and the fly-by-night companies that come and go. It is safe to say that you will want a company that has been around for a while, so make sure to ask the company how long they have been in business before hiring. You’ll also be able to find this information by doing a little online digging.
  2. Do You Provide Tarping? Of course it will depend on what you are having shipped, but in some cases you might need a tarp. And if one is needed, you want to know your valuable equipment will be protected. Make sure the company will offer a quality tarp when transporting your equipment.
  3. Will You Use Straps or Chains? Some companies use straps to secure the freight while others use chains. Sometimes a combination of both is used. Both options are fine, but in general chains are stronger. If straps are used, you will want to ask the company what steps they will take to ensure no abrasion will occur, which puts your freight at risk.

Looking for a flatbed trucking service? Contact us today!

April 14, 2017 | | Category: Flatbed, General

How to Use Power Only Trucking Effectively

Companies are always looking for reliable, cost-effective solutions to increase business and make a profit. Power-only trucking helps reduce expenses while allowing you to move your products across the country to fulfill orders and meet shipment deadlines. Great Western Transportation has the availability to trucks and drivers you need to get your trailers to their destinations without the expense of hiring teams of over-the-road drivers. We supply single and team drivers to get your load from point A to point B quickly and safely. Whether your endpoint is the continental US or Canada, our drivers will pick up your trailer and deliver it to your destination in a timely manner.

Increase Efficiency 

It is easier to meet deadlines and move shipments across the country when you know you have reliable, time-conscious drivers on hand. This gives your employees the ability to load the trailer and get it ready to go before the driver gets there. When they arrive, they pick up the trailer and go. This reduces wait time during loading and makes it easier to meet shipment deadlines. Your customers receive their goods on time and you know the products are loaded and packed to your specifications. 

Cost-effective Shipping Solutions

Equipment, drivers, fuel, and the ever-increasing cost of repairs make owning and maintaining OTR trucks an expensive prospect for many businesses. New and small companies find it hard to own or operate these vehicles and turn a profit. Hiring out the delivery process saves time and money on repairs, maintenance, and insurance, not to mention the increased fuel expenses. Outsourcing the drive to a power-only trucking firm helps to reduce these costs as well as employment expenses.

Our drivers serve a wide range of industries from entertainment to government and military transport. We have specialty trailers and sliding fifth wheels to provide the safest, most reliable delivery possible. Contact our Great Western Transportation team here in Pleasanton, CA, to get the quote you need to save time and money for your business.

April 6, 2017 | | Category: Power Only Trucking

10 Keys to Safely Transporting Equipment Bought at an Auction

Auctions have become an increasingly popular source for equipment of all types. As more consumers and resellers turn to auctions as a cost-effective source for medical equipment, farming machinery and construction equipment, there is a growing need to secure a trusted mode of transportation for these valuable items. Below are 10 keys to success for transporting equipment purchased at an auction.

1) Obtain the accurate dimensions of all equipment purchased in advance. These details help ensure that a properly sized vehicle is used to deliver your equipment.

2) Confirm the delivery address, telephone number, and delivery contact person. Accurate contact information is critical for equipment deliveries. In addition to facilitating delivery, a transportation provider will need a means of reaching you if there are delivery delays due to an accident or poor weather conditions.

3) Specify the availability of a loading dock if one is required for delivery. Loading docks make the delivery of heavy equipment easier for transportation companies. Make sure your transportation agent knows in advance whether your facility has a loading dock

4) Determine whether you will need a high cube truck or trailer. If you have purchased items that exceed eight feet in height, you may need a high cube truck or trailer to accommodate the additional height.

5) Ensure that items have been properly packaged for safe transport. Packaging is critical when transporting valuable equipment. Make sure that items have been properly crated or tightly secured using straps and blankets.

6) Outline any special delivery services required. Not everyone who purchases equipment has a loading dock or receiving staff who can facilitate a delivery. Find out in advance if lift-gate or white glove delivery is required.

7) Make sure that personnel is available on the scheduled delivery date. Failure to have staff on hand to receive delivered equipment may result in delays and additional charges.

8) Do not sign for delivered equipment that appears to be damaged. Once you confirm receipt of the equipment with your signature, it becomes more difficult to receive compensation or support for any damage incurred during transportation.

9) Take photos of any damaged crates or items. Having photos of damaged equipment can facilitate claims processing. Be sure photos of damaged boxes, crates, or cartons are clear.

10) Seek the guidance of a trusted transportation service. The best step you can take to ensure safe delivery of equipment bought at an auction is to enlist the help of a transportation specialist.

March 31, 2017 | | Category: Flatbed, Heavy Haul

What You Need to Know About Heavy Haul Trucking

Heavy haul trucking is usually considered as merely hauling of overweight shipments or freight, but in the real sense, there is more than what meets the eye. Heavy haul trucking is hauling of oversized, overweight, and over dimensional freight with the use of special trailers engineered to meet these specific requirements of such hauling tasks that require permits from the relevant authorities.

On top of being overly costly, limited availability, and time-consuming, heavy haul trucking is often a complicated and a dangerous affair to undertake. With even the state of the art equipment to carry out the task, you cannot eliminate completely the dangers involved, as there are still many things that could go wrong. Due to such uncertainties, it is, therefore, compulsory to ensure the staff operating these specialized trailers is the best of the best, leaving nothing to chance.

Some of these exclusive trailers include; double drop, flatbed, drop deck extendable, multiple axles, and removable gooseneck (RGN), among other specialized equipment. Each of these trailers fit a specific purpose, hence it is good to evaluate the task at hand before deciding which trailer to opt for.

As a safety precaution, during most heavy haul trucking there is usually an escort which guides the trailer and ensures the safety of the freight being shipped. The routes taken are also predetermined, and as such indirect routes that offer less damage to the shipment and with less traffic congestion will always be used. Also, heavy haul trucking is usually done during the day as a means to reduce probability of an accident or damage to the shipment.

March 23, 2017 | | Category: General, Heavy Haul