Trailer Options

Understanding the specifications relating to different trailer types and the load capacity they are designed for is key.

Different trailers come with different load capacities as well as load specifics. By reviewing the list below, you can develop a sense of which trailer type will best suit your transportation needs.

Though the facts and figures below can and will help you develop a fair estimate of the kind of trailer that will suit you, our company professionals will be more than happy to give you specific guidance before you book.

Flatbed Trailers

Flatbed trailers are often preferred due to versatility by way of both loading method as well as the kind of loads they are able to carry.

Flatbed trailers have a maximum weight capacity of 48K pounds and can handle the following freight dimensions:

  • Length: 48 – 53 feet
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 8.5 Feet

Dry Van/Enclosed Trailers

These trailers are suitable for moving freight loads that can be damaged by the weather (wind, sun, dust and rain). Both side and rear loading are possible via a loading-dock.

Dry Van trailers can handle a weight limit of between 42 and 45K pounds. Dimensions and Specifics include:

  • Length: 48 – 53 feet
  • Width: 8.2 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 8 Feet

Reefers/Refrigerated Trailers

These trailers are ideal to transport items that are perishable as well as those that require to be kept under a given temperature.

The acceptable freight load for such trailers is anywhere between 43 and 45K pounds.

  • Length: 48 – 53 feet
  • Width: 8.2 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 8 Feet

Lowboy Trailer

Unlike regular flatbeds, lowboy trailers are designed to transport freight loads of greater heights or those exceeding the flatbed height limit.

The maximum weight a lowboy trailer is able to safely manage depends on the number of axels present. The manageable weight range runs between 40K and 80K pounds depending on the number of axels.

Additional specifics include:

  • Well length (max): 24 – 29.6 feet
  • Well height (max): 18 – 24 inches
  • Legal Width (max): 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legal max): 11.5 – 12  Feet
  • Overall-Load Height (legal max): 14 feet

Step-deck/Single-drop Trailers

These trailers are geared to carry specific types of cargo that are may not be permitted on regular flatbeds due to legal limits placed on height.

Step-decks can carry a freight load of up to 48K pounds. Additional fright specifics include:

  • Length: 48 – 53 feet
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 10 Feet

Extendible-flatbed/Flatbed-stretch Trailers

Designed to cater to cargo which has higher length requirements than regular trailers can cater to as well as to provide additional support, extendible-flatbeds can carry a cargo load of up to 43K ponds.

Additional trailer specifics include:

  • Length: 48 – 80 feet
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 8.5 Feet

Stretch-Single Drop-Deck Trailer

Designed to manage cargo which is too long or exceeds length restrictions on standard drop-deck trailer, these trailer types are good to carry a load of up to 45K pounds. Additional length works to prevent overhang.

Cargo size specifics include:

  • Length: 35 – 63 feet (main deck)
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 10 Feet

Stretch Double-Drop Trailers

Also designed to transport oversized cargo that needs additional height allowance, these trailers are sectioned into to beds and can hold up to 45K pounds worth of freight load.

Additional freight specifics include:

  • Length: 29 – 65 feet (main deck)
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 11.6 Feet

Extendible Double-Drop Trailers

These trailers are designed to cater to extra large cargo which requires additional room by way of both height and length. These trailers can come fitted with two to three axels and are able to carry a cargo weight of up to 40K pounds. Additional freight specifics include:

  • Length: 29 – 50 feet
  • Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 11.6 Feet

RGN/Removable-Gooseneck Trailers

These specialized trailers are suited to carrying taller as well as longer freight types. These trailers can be detached on the front end and lowered in order to work as ramps. Standard two axel versions are able to handle freight loads of upto 45K pounds. This being said, RGNs have a maximum of 12 axels increasing load capacity to a staggering 150k pounds.

RGNs might cost more due to their advanced function and design. Additional specifics include:

  • Well Length: 29 feet (main deck)
  • Well Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 11.6 Feet

Stretch RGNs

Identical for the most part to standard RGNs, Stretch RGNs are geared towards catering to loads with greater length requirements. The cargo weight range for these is also between 45K pounds and 150K pounds depending on the number of axels used.

Additional specifics include:

  • Well Length: 29 – 65 Feet (main deck)
  • Well Width: 8.5 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally): 11.6 Feet

Conestoga Trailers

These trailers include are suited for freight cargo that may require additional protection. This is provided via a rolling tarp which is capable of covering the full length of the trailer.

The freight load weight range for these trailers is between 42K and 45K pounds. Additional freight specifics include:

  • Length: 48 –53 Feet (main deck)
  • Width: 8.2 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally):8 Feet

Side-Kit Trailers

These trailers include paneling made of either plywood or fiber glass. These are mainly suited to carry goods that cannot be packed into crates.

Side-kit trailers can carry a maximum load of between 42K and 45K pounds of weight. Additional specifications include:

  • Length: 48 –53 Feet (main deck)
  • Width: 8.2 Feet
  • Fright Height (legally):8.6 Feet

Specialized Trailers

These trailer types are used to carry specific cargo (liquid material for instance). Maximum weight allowed is up to 200K pounds and other trailer specifics depend on what kind of base trailer type is being used as well as on laws which may vary from state to state.

Power Only

This option is for those looking to have pre-purchased or pre-leased trailers transported from point A to B.

Freight specifics and weight limits depend on the kind of trailer that is being towed or carried.