Different Types Of Trailers And Selection Guide

Transporting huge amounts of goods wouldn’t have been possible without trucks. Trailers and their different types help move almost all types of goods. With modernism, trailers have emerged, featuring other things such as extendable beds, drops, and more. This ensures a much safer transport than ever before.

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Before opting for any flatbed trailer blindly, why not read about the different types of trailers. We will be discussing them here and how you can select the one that best fits your needs.

Flatbed Trailers

Flatbed trailers are flat and open from all sides. This makes it easy to load or unload from them. Flatbed trailers come in different sizes ranging from 24 feet up to 53 feet or more. Its maximum width is 8.5 feet.

Flatbed trailers have a capacity of up to 48,000 pounds. A tarp is usually used to cover the materials. A lumber or steel tarp can be used to protect the goods from dirt, rain, and damage.

Step-Deck Trailers

Step-deck trailers are also known as drop-deck trailers. They have two deck levels, an upper level, and a lower level. Step-deck trailers help load taller items and have ramps for loading and unloading. Step-deck trailers are closer to the ground than flatbed trailers. This gives a margin for carrying more elevated loads safely.

Step-deck trailers also have a capacity of 48,000 pounds. It has load levers that can be used to even out the lower deck with the top. This converts them into flatbed trailers.

Enclosed Trailers

Enclosed trailers are also called dry vans. They have an enclosed box to transport goods from tools, machines to band equipment and more. Your goods are enclosed in a container that protects them from weather conditions and theft.

Enclosed trailers are more affordable than most of the other trailer types. You don’t have to worry about the additional cost of tarps. You can also use the space inside to build shelves. However, the maximum weight capacity for such trailers is 43,000-45,000 pounds.

Extended Flatbed Trailers

Extended flatbed trailers can create more room for storing goods. They are extended by releasing the pins that join the beds. So, a 43 feet long flatbed trailer can be extended up to 80 feet.

Extended flatbed trailers are similar in structure to flatbed trailers. They don’t have sidewalls or enclosed boxes. Extended flatbed trailers are used to transport large goods for long distances. The weight capacity of extended trailers is around 43,000 pounds.

Lowboy Trailers

Also known as a double drop. Lowboy trailers have two drops, one behind the gooseneck and the other one before the wheels. They are usually used for moving heavy machinery such as excavators, bulldozers, etc. The maximum weight capacity for lowboy trailers is 40,000 pounds.

Lowboy trailers support height. It can store items as tall as 14 feet. That’s why it is suitable for the transportation of big machinery.

Removable Gooseneck Trailer (RGN)

RGN trailers are ideal for carrying long and tall freight. They help to remove massive loads. They allow trailers to be lowered to the ground while unloading the machinery. This gives convenience to unload as it creates a ramp. The maximum weight capacity of an RGN trailer is 42,000 pounds, and the maximum height that it supports is around 12 feet.

The difference between a low boy and an RGN trailer is that you can easily load and unload with an RGN trailer. However, if you are looking for a less expensive trailer option, lowboy trailers may be a perfect choice for you.

Selection Guide For Trailers

While choosing the type of trailer, consider the following few points:

  • What do you need to transport? Is it heavy machinery or gear?
  • What is your budget capacity?
  • Do you want to cover your stuff overnight?
  • Deal with reliable and well-known service providers
  • What size would you need to transfer your goods?
  • If you want to have more security, buy a closed cargo trailer
  • Don’t ask for a ramp if you don’t need one

Final Words

Several other types of trailers, such as multi-car trailers, Conestoga trailers, side-kit trailers, and specialty trailers, are there to serve different purposes. It will be easier for you to decide what you need after knowing about the different trailer types.

For more consultation about different trailer types and what one can best suit your needs, contact DSONS Transport. They are experts in providing freight management and transport services across Edmonton.

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