What is Power-Only Trucking?
This service is an industry term that is used when an independent truck driver uses his truck tractor to transport your trailer that you have either leased or purchased from the manufacturer or auction. Since more logistics companies move about three times the amount of trailer’s as tractors, there is usually a need for power-only shipping bc of the vast demand of trailer moves. It is a great transport method for cost effectiveness and efficiency.
When would you need power only transport services?
A lot of times trailers are actually used as storage rather than just moving cargo from point A to B. The potential issue you run into is its a bit more of a challenge to find a trucking company that will just leave their trailer without charging their down time not making money out on the road. Power-Only trucking now becomes a trend that addresses this issue for the client and the cargo haulers.
There are situations where some trailers are designed to remain static in one place for a duration of time. If you own any of the following trailers, power-only shipping might be the most ideal option for you.
- job sites, both for offices and equipment storage,
- heavy equipment that is occasionally moved,
- hosting modifications to run specialized equipment,
- exhibits and promotions,
- or disaster relief or mobile operation centers.
Each of these situations feature scenarios where having a trailer full time is necessary, but running a tractor is neither necessary nor cost effective. The cost of staffing a driver alone would be excessive without even mentioning the cost to purchase and maintain a tractor. Power-only shipping is instead, considered a rather thrifty option for someone who requires it. The market is large and competitive; there are many drivers willing to take on a power-only haul when if they have no other work at the time. There are also many power-only haulers who operate solely in this market, and possess specially fitted tractors that are capable of hauling nearly any type of trailer.
How do you use power-only shipping?
How does a power only truck work for several different trailer combinations? These trucks utilize an adjustable fifth wheel that helps the truck fit to your trailers dimensions and specifications. Depending on the weight loads and standard size load versus oversize loads, standard axle units as well as four-axle units can be available to suit your needs. Knowing certain specifications about your load and weight will help smooth out some of the guesswork when choosing which power only truck will work best for you. This service is great for companies that have more trailers that need moved than trucks available to move them. It also works great for companies that have unexpected cargo that needs moved but nobody available to transport with their trucking resources.