Transporting a Monster Truck Highlights Full Tilt’s Expo Logistics and Trade Show Logistics Experience.
Planning every aspect of your trade show logistics or expo logistics is sometimes a nightmare. It’s essential to communicate with each venue and the event staff, all while making sure critical event deadlines are met at each stop. These are just a few of the significant responsibilities Full Tilt Transportation can help you excel at.
One vital aspect of a successful tour, show or exposition is getting everything from one location to the next in a safe and timely manner. You need a transportation company that thrives under pressure and takes pride in exceeding your logistics expectations and deadlines every time.
It takes the experience to be an expert in concert, expo and trade show logistics.
You know that when it comes to meeting deadlines and getting the job done right that you need experience, flexibility, customer service, and frequent communication. These are all factors that separate good and bad logistics and transport companies from one another. Chances are good that you have critical time requirements. If your logistics company can’t meet a deadline, everyone suffers.
Monster Jam is an example of logistics done right. Recently, Full Tilt Logistics is actively coordinating with Monster Jam and providing logistical support. Our prime objective is to ensure that the tour’s equipment gets from point A to point B in the most efficient and economical way possible. Like many clients, Monster Jam’s standards and expectations are demanding, regardless we are up to the challenge. Full Tilt’s dedicated drivers work full time for Monster Jam, moving their equipment across the country. We regularly shuttle equipment to and from event sites and make sure all of the logistics are in order.
What is Monster Jam?
Monster Jam is often referred to as the “super bowl of monster trucks,” featuring drivers who compete in Racing and Freestyle Championships. A Monster Jam engine will generate 1,500 horsepower, thanks to a blower that forces air and fuel into the engine. It is powered by methanol fuel, consumed at the rates of three gallons a minute from a specially constructed safety cell. The truck utilizes a four-link racing suspension with four main bars that link the front and rear axles to the frame. It rides on clusters of nitrogen-charged shocks that offer 30 inches of travel in the suspension.
At Monster Jam shows, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition – Racing and Freestyle. The smaller shows feature a wheelie competition and or a donut contest. The goal in the wheelie competition is to hit a ramp and get big air while remaining perpendicular to the ground. In the donut competition a driver tries to spin their truck until he/she gets dizzy, the truck can’t go anymore, or they think they have a high enough score to win. Side-by-side racing or traditional heads-up tournament racing requires that the first truck to cross the finish line can’t move onto the next round until it is eliminated or wins the racing trophy by winning the Championship race. The freestyle competition allows drivers two minutes on an open floor to show off their skills as they drive the trucks over cars while completing stunts and tricks with their trucks.
Monster Jam tours around the world.
The event itself dates back to 1992, but today the show is massive. Monster Jam travels throughout the United States and Canada putting on massive shows to sold-out arenas. Monster Jam holds shows throughout the year, with more shows during the winter than the summer. Locations also range around the world. Europe, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and recently Japan have all played host to Monster Jam. The culmination of all this global action occurs in Las Vegas at the Monster Jam World Finals where the best of the best come out to compete.
Monster trucks by the numbers:
Moving Monster Jam Equipment is a massive undertaking. Putting things in perspective is important here. Each Monster Jam truck is approximately 10.5 feet tall, 12 feet wide, 17 feet long and weighs 12,000 pounds. The BKT tires are 66 inches in diameter and 43 inches wide, inflated to 16-20 psi pressure and (with wheel) weigh 800 pounds each. The driver’s compartment is a steel safety structure, built from tubing and mounted to the truck frame. The truck bodies are custom-built and constructed of fiberglass. To move these requires some specialized consideration.
How do you transport a monster truck?
Monster Truck logistics needs are similar to trade show logistics needs. Both typically entail the movement of large, oversized or specialty pieces of equipment on tight deadlines. On average Monster Jam drivers are on tour for around 25 weekends out of the year. However, some do as many as 40 weekends. This means that teams are constantly on the move and required to meet strict deadlines.
But how do you transport something as massive as a monster truck? You won’t find a monster truck rolling down the highway, so how’s it done? To transport a monster truck requires a specially prepared trailer. These trailers are massive and include spare parts and as many as two trucks. Fitting the truck inside of the trailer requires removing the monster sized tires. These are massive and require some special handling. The actual truck component of the monster truck rides on a toter-tire. These are considerably smaller, making it easier for the truck to fit inside of the trailer. Depending on the setup most everything travels in one or two enclosed trailers.
Connect with Full Tilt Logistics
Streamlining, consolidating and outsourcing your logistics processes can result in huge long term financial savings and better overall client service. Connect with Full Tilt Logistics and learn what a dedicated expo logistics and trade show logistics transportation company can do for you. We’re here to help you achieve your overall shipping needs across the United States. We are always happy to answer any and all shipping and logistics related questions and provide you with the best customer service!