Loading and Shipping Your Log Home:

Dropped deck trailer being loaded.

One aspect that I have not seen discussed very much is how your log home gets to you. Most log home companies do not have their own transport. This means that you will need to factor the cost of transport into your budget. Very few companies can include the cost of shipping in their log package price due to the variables that change too often. But your builder will arrange for the transport and ensure that the log package is complete and shipped properly.

We had to help the trailer around the corner of the tight driveway.

One critical piece of information that you will need to give to your log builder is; can highway transport trucks make it to the job site? Just because a dump truck can make it doesn’t mean a transport truck can. There is one way to determine if the trucks will make it. Take a 100’-00” tape measure and pull it out fully extended. Then you and a partner walk the centerline of the path, with the tape stretched between you, that the trucks would take. If the tape stays over the driveway all the way to the house site, then the trucks can make it too.

Loading the next trailer. Note the padding around the bunks.

The next thing that the builder will have to determine is how many transport trucks will be needed to ship the log package. There are several things that must be factored into this. How many logs are there, what size are they, what species are they, and how dry are the logs? This will determine how much weight needs to be moved. Your log home designer and log builder will have worked together to ensure that there are no issues with over length loads.

Arriving at the job site to start the setup.

The trucks are going to be loaded in reverse order. The first truck loaded will be the last one to arrive. As the logs are loaded, care will be taken to ensure that the logs will arrive as clean and mark free as possible. The loads should be wrapped with plastic before the trucker uses his usually dirty straps and tarps to secure the load. The last truck loaded will be the first to roll out and the trucks should be staged so that they arrive spaced a day apart for each load. In the cost of shipping there should be allocated time for unloading, make sure that you get what you pay for. Hiccups do happen though, your contractor should have a place that the last few logs can be moved off the trucks and kept clean and off the ground.

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