As you navigate the world of freight shipment, it’s important to realize that there are many different types of trailers, and each type differs in their application and even weight specifications. Not all containers are created equal, and you’ll need to find the right freight carrier to fit your needs and properly accommodate your freight. We’ve put together a short guide on the most common types of trailers so that you can know what trailer will best suit your freight.
Flatbed trailers are very common. These open containers are very versatile because there’s no containing box covering the cargo that’s being shipped. Flatbeds can be used to transport anything from lumber to steel beams, and their length typically ranges from about 48 ft-53 ft. Flatbed trailers are often an attractive option for trucking companies because they allow for easy loading and off-loading. However, because they lack a containing box, goods are exposed to the elements, making them a poor choice for fragile or more delicate goods that could be damaged by rains or outdoor elements.
Dry vans are used by trucking companies to transport goods while keeping them sheltered in a waterproofed environment. These freight containers are perhaps the most commonly seen, and are essentially a flatbed with a box around it. The weight limit for dry vans typically ranges from 42,000 to 45,000 pounds, and these are a popular choice for retailers shipping foods, clothing, or electronics, as they offer protection from the environment.
Refrigerated trailers are an ideal choice for freight that requires a temperature-controlled environment. Refrigerated trailers are typically dry vans that have been outfitted with cooling systems. These cooling systems operate on secondary fuel supply, and can even be partitioned for zoned temperature control. If you are shipping perishable food items, medical supplies (pharmaceuticals), or chemicals, a refrigerated trailer would likely be an ideal choice.
Lowboy trailers are similar to flatbed trailers but offer a much lower deck height—making them ideal for very heavy oversized loads. Lowboy trailers lower the overall height of a load, making it possible to avoid expensive permit requirements from oversized load restrictions. They also fit under most bridges.
Choosing the right freight carrier can make all the difference in having a positive shipment experience. At Comet Delivery Services, our goal as a trucking company is to make your trailer selection process as stress-free and organized as possible. We are a trucking company that remains committed to helping our clients navigate every detail, freight carrier selection to permitting. To learn more about our available trailer types, contact us today!