An Overview of Transloads, Load Recovery and Load Swaps

December 11, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

When you’re looking for a mobile mechanic in Flagstaff, AZ that you can trust for ongoing service and potential emergency situations, it can be helpful to look for other types of services and benefits they provide as well. Three such examples are transloading, load recovery and load swaps.

But what exactly are these three services? Here’s a quick look.


Transloading is the process of transferring a shipment off of one mode of transportation and on to another. The most common scenario in which it is used is if a single mode of transportation cannot be used for the entire trip. You’ll find this when goods must be shipped internationally, for example, or if you need to cross bodies of water. It’s also commonly used for shipping bulk material. Coal, for example, might be loaded at the mine initially, and then transferred to a ship.

Transloading does carry a higher risk of damage to the goods simply because it requires more handling of those goods. This means that, at any facilities at which transloading occurs, it must be done professionally and in ways that minimize the amount of handling of those goods. There are many different types of specialized handling equipment and facilities used by shipping and logistics companies to get this done as efficiently and safely as possible.

Load recovery

Load recovery is the process of recovering a truck’s load that has been split after a wreck. When large trucks get into accidents, there’s always the risk of the loads they were carrying falling out and getting damaged on the highway. This is especially true for vehicles that do not have closed cabins, such as flatbeds hauling large stocks of building materials and other such items.

Load recovery can require the use of some very large, heavy-duty equipment, including cranes and forklifts, and it can take some time to get the area completely cleared and the load fully recovered. But it is an absolutely necessary process after any trucking accident that results in the load being split, damaged or strewn about.

Load swaps

Load swapping is exactly what it sounds like—the process of swapping loads or trailers. This often occurs after a vehicle has been in a wreck and a new trailer needs to come in and take care of the load to get it to its final destination. There are also some circumstances in which the vehicle itself is fine, but the load it was carrying has been damaged and needs to be replaced.

In either circumstance, this typically happens at a warehouse. We have a facility that can store cargo if need be, and our team helps with swapping loads after wrecks to make sure truckers are able to get back on the road and complete their journeys.

These are just a few examples of some of these extra services you might not think to look for in a mobile mechanic in Flagstaff, AZ, but that can be extremely beneficial. Contact Maclin Truck & Trailer today to learn more.

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