Dry Van: 48’ & 53’
Sometimes called a “van” or “box trailer”, these trailers are used for the transport of freight that must be kept dry. They are normally loaded from the rear by forklifts or pallet jacks. They are available in 48’ or 53’ lengths, with the latter being the more common.
Flat Bed: 48’ & 53’
Common trailers used for the transport of materials when the load height is not an issue. Loading is usually done by forklift from the side or overhead by crane. One advantage is maximum continuous deck space. The flatbed is generally 48’ long and most are 102” wide. Typically, the flatbed trailer is between 60” and 62” high. The maximum height of the freight that can be loaded is 8’6”.
Drop Deck: 48 & 53’
These trailers are also referred to as a singledrop trailers. They are used to haul many of the same types of freight as a flatbed. The advantage is that this trailer can haul a higher load without having to buy permits for the load. Most trailers are 48’ long. It is also available in a 53’ length. The upper deck is usually either 10’ or 11’ long. On a 48’ trailer, the lower deck would either be 37’ or 38’. The typical stepdeck trailer is 39” or 40” high at the rear. Occasionally, these trailers are 42” high. The construction of the stepdeck makes it a heavier trailer than a flatbed.
B- Train: 28’-28’ (Michigan) or 28’-32’ (super B)
Double Drop / RGN: (extendable up to 52’)
Typical trailer wells: 24’, 26’, 28’, 31’. This type of trailer has the advantage of being able to detach into to 2 pieces, allowing for loading of equipment that require to be driven onto the trailer. The well is 18’’ from the ground allowing for taller freight to be loaded.
This type of trailer is the lowest to the ground available, with a 12’’ ground clearance. Used for very high loads. This is a specialized trailer and carries a premium rate.
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