FREIGHT HAULING TRAILER EQUIPMENT GUIDE

Freight hauling trailer equipment guide for the shipping industry

Once freight comes into the port from overseas, its the trucks that are most common for transporting said freight to its final destination.  More than 80% of the total inland freight volume is moved around the country by trucks.   In order to move this freight, trucks need to have trailers to carry it. There are many freight hauling trailer types on the road, each of which have their own different load capacity and serve an alternate purpose.

Use this guide to compare the different types of trailer equipment. Explore each trailer’s capabilities and determine what is right for your unique freight. Once you’ve identified the right equipment, request a quote, and get your freight on the road.

Flatbed Trailer

The flatbed trailer is the most commonly used trailer in the freight transporting industry.  These trailers are highly versatile which is why they are on the road so often.  From steel coils to construction material, flatbed trailers can carry a maximum of 48,000 pounds.   The lengths vary as follows: 24 feet, 40 feet, 45 feet, 48 feet, and 53 feet, the most common being the 48 feet flatbed trailer.  Flatbed trailers height from the ground typically is 60 inches total, which would be considered dock high in many cases.

Since the deck is flat and open, the cargo may require tarps to protect it from the outer elements.  Tarps range from the standard 4 foot to 8 footers.  Different loads require different tarps.

Legal Flatbed Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Flatbed Freight Dimensions

General Flatbed Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 46,000 – 48,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 48′ – 53′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 8′ 6″

Flatbed Trailer Dimensions

General Flatbed Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′–53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 5′ (dock height)

Expandable Flatbed Trailer

Flatbed stretch trailers are also referred to as extendable flatbed trailers. They are mainly used for carrying excessively long loads that are unable to fit on a standard type of trailer. Known for providing maximum support, these stretch trailers make it possible to avoid the risks of overhanging freight.

Expandable Flatbed Trailer 48-53 | Titan Worldwide

 

 

 

Maximum Expandable Flatbed Freight Dimensions

General Expandable Flatbed Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 46,000 – 48,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 48′ – 53′ to 115′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 8′ 6″

Expandable Flatbed Trailer Dimensions

General Expandable Flatbed Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′ – 53′ to 115′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 5′ (dock height)

115′ Expandable Flatbed 

 

 

 

Maximum 115′ Expandable Flatbed Freight Dimensions

General 115′ Expandable Flatbed Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 36,000 – 45,000 lbs
Maximum freight length up to 115 ft
Maximum freight width 8′ 6″
Maximum freight height 9′

Stepdeck (Single Drop) Trailer / Dropdeck Trailer

stepdeck or dropdeck trailer has no sides, roof, or doors, resembling a platform. This type of trailer is a semi-trailer that has two deck levels, with the higher, shorter one positioned closer to the front. The higher, shorter deck level is designed to clear the edge of the tractor unit but can also drop down in order to handle taller loads. Stacking goods on the lower level is a great way to use the extra space for transporting more products at a time.

Legal Stepdeck Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Stepdeck Freight Dimensions

General Stepdeck Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 44,000 – 47,000 lbs.
Top deck (TD) Length 10′ – 12′
Top deck (TD) Width 102″
Top deck (TD) Height 8′6″
Main deck (MD) Length 38′ – 41′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 10′ 2″

Stepdeck Trailer Dimensions

General Stepdeck Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) – Top Deck 5′
Height (H) – Main Deck 3′ 4″ – 3′ 6″

53′ Dropdeck w/ Sliding Rear Axle

53' Drop Deck with Sliding Rear Axle | Titan Worldwide

Expandable Drop Deck 3 Axle Trailer

Expandable Drop Deck 3 Axle | Titan Worldwide

Stretch Single-Drop Deck Trailer

Stretch Single-Drop Deck | | Titan Worldwide

 

 

Maximum Stretch Single-Drop Deck Freight Dimensions

General Stretch Single-Drop Deck Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 43,000 lbs.
Top deck (TD) Length 10′
Top deck (TD) Width 102″
Top deck (TD) Height 8’6″
Main deck (MD) Length 38′ – 63′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 10′

Conestoga Trailer

Conestoga trailers are basically flatbed trailers with a hard or soft shell giving complete protection to the freight inside. They offer more coverage than use tarps to tie down and protect cargo, and reduce the occurrence of tarps damaging the cargo they’re attempting to protect.

Conestoga Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Conestoga Freight Dimensions

General Conestoga Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 44,000 – 46,500 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 47′ – 52′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 8′ 8′ 2″

Conestoga Trailer Dimensions

General Conestoga Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 5′

Removable Gooseneck Trailer (RGN)

Both lowboys and RGNs are commercial trailers known for their impressive hauling capacity, especially when it comes to moving tall, heavy freight. But there are some differences to understand to ensure that you are choosing the right trailer for your job.

Often, this class of commercial trailers is used to haul over-sized machinery such as construction and industrial equipment. People are likely most familiar with seeing these trailers moving bulldozers or excavators with “Oversize Load” across the back.

The advantages of using lowboy trailers lie in their ability to transport large loads without additional permits. They can have axles added for increased weight capacity, and the drop-down feature allows for taller equipment to be moved without height permits.

Removable Gooseneck (RGN) Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Removable Gooseneck (RGN) Freight Dimensions

General RGN Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 37,000 – 44,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 24′ – 29′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 12′
Rear deck (RD) Length 10′
Rear deck (RD) Width 102″
Rear deck (RD) Height 10′ 2″

Removable Gooseneck (RGN) Trailer Dimensions

General RGN Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) – Top Deck 5′
Height (H) – Main Deck 1′ 6″ – 2′
Height (H) – Rear Deck 3′ 4″

Double Drop

Double drop trailers are typically used for hauling cargo that can be driven onto the trailer. For example, Titan Worldwide may use them to haul forklifts, cranes, agricultural combines and similar freight.

Double Drop (Lowboy) Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Double Drop Freight Dimensions

General Double Drop Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 37,000 – 44,000 lbs.
Top deck (TD) Length 10′
Top deck (TD) Width 102″
Top deck (TD) Height 8′6″
Main deck (MD) Length 24′ – 29′
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 11′ 6″
Rear deck (RD) Length 10′
Rear deck (RD) Width 102″
Rear deck (RD) Height 10′ 2″

Double Drop Trailer Dimensions

General Double Drop Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) – Top Deck 5′
Height (H) – Main Deck 1′ 6″ – 2′
Height (H) – Rear Deck 3′ 4″

Double Drop Lowboy RGN 2 or 3 Axle

Double Drop Lowboy RGN 2 or 3 Axle | Titan Worldwide

Lowboy

Lowboy trailers are used for the transportation of heavy equipment and other items. As such, they should be made of a material that can withstand the weight of this type of cargo. Typically, freight hauling trailer types such as lowboy trailers are made out of steel or aluminum. The preferred choice is high-strength steel.  The well is defined as the container in the main deck.

Lowboy Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Lowboy Freight Dimensions

General Lowboy Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 40,000 – 80,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length (well) 24′ – 29′ 6″
Main deck (MD) Width (well) 102″
Main deck (MD) Height (well) 12′

Lowboy Trailer Dimensions

General Lowboy Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 48′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 1′ 6″ – 2′

Expandable Blade Trailer

This freight hauling trailer type of trailer provides a specialized solution for hauling wind tower blades. This versatile heavy-haul wind trailer can be adjusted to fit any size or brand of blade. It features a unique hydraulically operated self-steering system which increases safety and efficiency by automatically keeping the axles in line with the kingpin. At 184-feet fully extended, length is not an issue.

 

 

 

Maximum Expandable Blade Freight Dimensions

General Expandable Blade Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 60,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 24′ – 29′ 6″
Main deck (MD) Width 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 12′

Expandable Blade Trailer Dimensions

General Expandable Blade Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 52′ – 134′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 1′ 6″ – 2′

Expandable RGN Trailer

Most standard expandable RGN trailers are used for transporting over-dimensional or heavy-haul freight.  There are many variations of the gooseneck trailer.  Typically, these freight hauling trailer types of trailers will range from 61’5” in length to 92’ 8” for a beam deck trailer.  Lowboy trailers (or Low-Loaders or Low bed) have been around since the 1920’s however removable goosenecks have been around since the 50’s.  Mechanical Folding goosenecks offer a ramp that drops to allow for easy loading.  Detachable gooseneck trailers are great for carrying heavy-duty freight on long hauls.


RGN Expandable Double Drop Deck 2 Axle

RGN Expandable Double Drop Deck 2 Axle | Titan Worldwide

 

 

 

Maximum RGN Expandable Double Drop 2 Axle Freight Dimensions

General RGN Expandable Double Drop 2 Axle Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 150,000+ lbs.
Top deck (TD) Length 10’ 7”
Top deck (TD) Width 8′ 6″
Top deck (TD) Height 8’ 5”
Main deck (MD) Length 25′ – 50′
Main deck (MD) Width 8′ 6″
Main deck (MD) Height 12’
Rear deck (RD) Length 21’ 1”
Rear deck (RD) Width 8′ 6″
Rear deck (RD) Height 10’

RGN Expandable Double Drop 2 Axle Trailer Dimensions

General RGN Expandable Double Drop 2 Axle Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 25′ – 50′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) – Main Deck 1′ 6″ – 2′
Height (H) – Rear Deck 40″

75 Ton 6 Axle Front/Rear Steer Dolly and 70 Ton 3 Axle Bunk Trailer

  • 48 degree turning
  • 8″ lift bunks on dolly and bunk trailer
  • No pin removal is required for center bunk over-travel when turning
  • 130 ksi steel construction used for light and low-profile frame

55 Ton Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck

  • 4 beam lowboy style deck design
  • 20″ loaded deck height
  • Main deck (MD) has 25′-7″ well for load

75 Ton Half Schnable with 6 Axle Rear Steer Dolly

6-9 Axle Schnable w Steerable Dolly | Titan Worldwide

 

 

 

 

  • Center load carrying bunk has 22″ hydraulic lift
  • Auto and manual steering on the front (3) axles
  • Caster self-steering axles on the rear (3) axles

130 Ton 22 Axle Dolly and Jeep System

  • (2) 6 Axle 75 ton manual/auto steering dollies
  • 8″ stroke hydraulic lift boxes over dollies
  • Modular design for alternate configurations

6 & 9 Axle High Tonnage Double Drop Expandable (Floor Deck)

6-9 Axle High Tonnage Double Drop Expandable (Floor Deck) | Titan Worldwide

10 Axle High Tonnage RGN Double Drop Expandable

10 Axle High Tonnage RGN Double Drop Expandable | Titan Worldwide

 

10 & 13 Axle High Tonnage Double Drop Expandable (Floor Deck)

10 & 13 Axle High Tonnage Double Drop Expandable (Floor Deck) | Titan Worldwide

10 Axle High Tonnage RGN Double Drop Expandable

10 Axle High Tonnage RGN Double Drop Expandable | Titan Worldwide

 

19 Axle Expandable High Tonnage 

19 Axle Expandable High Tonnage | Titan Worldwide

 

Dry Van (Enclosed) Trailer

Dry van trailers are generally enclosed and are commonly used to carry and protect freight from the harmful elements of the weather or the roads. Your shipment can be loaded on the rear of the trailer, normally using a loading dock. In cases where a loading dock is not available, some trailers come equipped with lift-gates that can help get your freight from the ground to the trailer and back again.

Dry Van | Titan Worldwide

 

 

 

 

Maximum Dry Van Freight Dimensions

  • Maximum freight weight- 45,000 lbs.
  • Length (L)- 52′6″
  • Width (W)- 8’5″ (100″)
  • Height (H)- 9’2″ (110″)
OVERALL LENGTH INSIDE LENGTH OVERALL HEIGHT INSIDE HEIGHT DOOR OPENING OVERALL WIDTH INSIDE WIDTH DOCK HEIGHT LOADING CAPACITY UP TO
45′ 45′ 44′ 6″ 13′ 6″ 102″ 106″ H 92″ W 96″ 92″ at scuff 50″ 45,000 lbs.
48′ High Cube 48′ 47′ 4″ 13′ 6″ 110″ 110″ H 98.3″ W 102″ 98.7″ at scuff 50″ 45,000 lbs.
53′ High Cube 53′ 52′ 4″ 13′ 6″ 110″ 110″ H 98.3″ W 102″ 98.7″ at scuff 50″ 44,000 lbs.

Refrigerated (Reefer) Trailer

Reefer semi trailers are designed to transport products which require to be kept at a specific temperature or temperature range through the entirety of the transit. While reefers are traditionally utilized to keep freight cold, reefers have the ability to be kept at warmer temperatures to protect freight from freezing, or run dry freight with the refrigeration unit turned off.

Reefer Semi Trailer Dimensions

  • Length(L)- 48′ – 53′
  • Width(W)- 102″
  • Door Height- 110″
  • Height(H)- 13’6″

Reefer Typical Freight Maximum

  • Freight Width- 96″ – 98″
  • Freight Height- 103.5″
  • Freight Weight- 44,000 lbs
  • Pallet Count- 24
OVERALL LENGTH INSIDE LENGTH OVERALL HEIGHT INSIDE HEIGHT DOOR OPENING OVERALL WIDTH INSIDE WIDTH DOCK HEIGHT LOADING CAPACITY UP TO
48′ 48′ 46′ 6″ 13′ 6″ 103.5″ 101.8″ H 98.3″ 102″ 97″ at scuff 47″ 44,000 lbs.
53′ 53′ 51′ 6″ 13′ 6″ 103.5″ 101.8″ H 98.3″ 102″ 97″ at scuff 47″ 43,500 lbs

Straight Truck (Box Truck)

A straight truck, also known as a cube truck, cube van, box van, or box truck, is a truck that carries cargo on the same chassis as the power unit and cab. These types of trucks are often used to move furniture, home goods, and smaller items, or for “hot-shot” expedited freight deliveries.

Straight Truck w Lift Gate | Titan Worldwide

 

 

 

 

Straight Truck Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Weight/Capacity- 14,000 lbs.
  • Maximum Pallets- 12
  • Volume- Approximately 1,700 ft. cubed

Straight Truck Trailer Specifications

General Straight Truck Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 22′ – 26′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

Straight Truck Options

  • eTrack
  • Lift gates
  • Refrigeration
  • Vented trailers

Common Commodities Hauled on a Straight Truck 

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Furniture
  • Local vendor material
  • Office material

LTL Pup Trailer

Pup semi trailers are designed to pick up and deliver local palletized freight. The reduced length of pup trailers allows for easy maneuverability in/out of non-commercial areas not suited for larger trailers. Pup trailers are the most common type of equipment with a lift gate affixed to allow unloading / loading at locations with no dock or proper freight handling equipment.


LTL Pup Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Weight/Capacity- 22,000 lbs.
  • Maximum Pallets- 14
  • Volume- Approximately 2,000 ft. cubed

LTL Pup Trailer Specifications

General LTL Pup Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 28′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

LTL Pup Trailer Options

  • eTrack
  • Lift gates
  • Single, tandem, or triple
  • Vented trailers

Common Commodities Hauled on a LTL Pup Trailer

  • Wide range

Intermodal (Container) Trailer

Intermodal (container) semi trailers are designed to transport palletized shipments which require a fully enclosed trailer. Intermodal containers are specifically useful for products with no time sensitivity in order to capture the cost savings of rail transit. These cost savings are the most substantial when shipping in/out of major market lanes over 1,500 miles.


Intermodal Semi Trailer Dimensions

  • Length(L)- 53′
  • Width(W)- 102″
  • Door Height- 109″
  • Total Height- 114″

Intermodal Typical Freight Maximum

  • Freight Width- 98″
  • Freight Height- 109.5″
  • Freight Weight- 42,500 – 43,000 lbs
  • Pallet Count- 26
OVERALL LENGTH INSIDE LENGTH OVERALL HEIGHT INSIDE HEIGHT DOOR OPENING OVERALL WIDTH INSIDE WIDTH LOADING CAPACITY UP TO
20′ 19′ 10″ 19′ 4″ 8′ 6″ 7′ 9″ 7′ 6″ H 7′ 8″ W 8′ 7′ 8″ 1,170 ft. cubed
40′ 40′ 39′ 6″ 8′ 6″ 7′ 10″ 7′ 6″ H 7′ 8″ W 8′ 7′ 8″ 2,390 ft. cubed
40′ 40′ 39′ 6″ 9′ 6″ 8′ 10″ 8′ 6″ H 7′ 8″ W 8′ 7′ 8″ 2,700 ft. cubed
45′ 45′ 44′ 6″ 9′ 6″ 8′ 10″ 8′ 6″ H 7′ 8″ W 8′ 7′ 8″ 3,000 ft. cubed
48′ 48′ 47′ 6″ 9′ 6″ 8′ 10″ 8′ 6″ H 8′ 2″ W 8′ 6″ 8′ 2″ 3,480 ft. cubed
53′ 53′ 52′ 3″ 9′ 6″ 8′ 10″ 8′ 10″ H 8′ 2″ W 8′ 6″ 8′ 2″ 3,800 ft. cubed

Drop Deck / eVan Trailer

Drop Deck / eVan Trailer Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Volume- 4,400 ft. cubed

Drop Deck / eVan Trailer Specifications

General Drop Deck / eVan Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 45′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

Common Commodities Hauled on a Drop Deck / eVan

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Water heaters

Open Top Trailer

Open Top Trailer Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Weight/Capacity- 50,000 lbs.
  • Volume- Approximately 3,000 ft. cubed

Open Top Trailer Specifications

General Open Top Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 28′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

Common Commodities Hauled on an Open Top Trailer

  • Garbage
  • Scrap metal

Curtain Side Trailer

Curtain Side Trailer Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Weight/Capacity- 53,000 lbs.
  • Maximum Pallets- 26
  • Volume- Approximately 3,800 ft. cubed

Curtain Side Trailer Specifications

General Curtain Side Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 45′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

Curtain Side Trailer Options

  • Aluminum roof
  • Slide rail
  • Sliding roof

Common Commodities Hauled on a Curtain Side Trailer

  • Building materials
  • Lumber
  • Metal products
  • Piping
  • Windows/doors

Tanker Trailer

Tanker Trailer Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Volume- 3,000–6,000 gallons

Tanker Trailer Specifications

General Tanker Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 40′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 13′ 6″

 

Tanker Trailer Options

  • Bulkheads 1–7
  • Center unload
  • Rear unload
  • Insulated
  • Non-insulated (skin)

Common Commodities Hauled in a Tanker Trailer

  • Oil
  • Gas
  • Liquid sweetener

Hopper Trailer

Hopper Trailer Maximum Freight Dimensions

  • Volume- 2,100 ft. cubed

Hopper Trailer Dimensions

General Hopper Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 40′ – 53′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 11′ 6″

 

Hopper Trailer Options

  • Hoppers (for unloading)
  • Platforms
  • Pneumatic end dump
  • Traps (for loading)

Common Commodities Hauled in a Hopper Trailer

  • Grain
  • Gravel
  • Wheat

Hotshot Trailer

Hotshot trucking is becoming an increasingly popular way for flatbed trailer owners to make a living while on the road. Hotshot truckers often drive class 3, 4, 5, or 6 rated pickup trucks (instead of full on semi-tractors), so generally it’s a more cost effective and accessible way to get into the industry.

Hotshot truckers will often do “for hire” freight jobs, usually as an expedited delivery for an individual customer. Common hotshot loads may include construction materials, heavy machinery or equipment, farm materials, or other time-sensitive materials. Hauls can range anywhere from short local distances to even across country if necessary.

Hotshot Trailer Dimensions | Titan Worldwide

Maximum Hotshot Freight Dimensions

General Hotshot Capabilities Dimensions
Maximum freight weight 10,000 – 18,000 lbs.
Main deck (MD) Length 30′ – 40′
Main deck (MD) Width 100″ – 102″
Main deck (MD) Height 9′ 6″ – 10′

Hotshot Trailer Dimensions

General Hotshot Trailer Specs Measurements
Length (L) 30′ – 40′
Width (W) 102″
Height (H) 3′ 6″

Power Only

Most types of trucking trailers have an often over-looked and under used function: storage. Power-only shipping is a trucking industry term for using an independent driver’s or a logistics company’s tractor to move your trailer that you have either purchased or leased.

Drive Away

In Drive-Away you will not, as a general rule, be wagging a trailer around behind a semi truck and “bumping docks” as it is termed.  This just means to back a trailer to a loading dock to facilitate the loading or unloading of goods.

In the Drive-Away industry there are three distinct ways of doing the work. They are:

  • SINGLES:  Singles is when a bobtail truck is moved.  This is the semi truck tractor all by itself.  Some Singles drivers pull a vehicle behind the semi truck so they have transport to the next job.  Other drivers depend on public transportation, such as taxi service, rental car agencies, airlines, bus, or the kindness of strangers to get them to their next destination.
  • BOOMS:  Boom drivers take two trucks, one facing backwards with the rear axles raised off the ground and they attach a device to the front truck they will drive.  Some Boom drivers have their “chase” vehicle, as it is called, attached to the front bumper of the rear truck and it is pulled along.  The “chase” vehicle is then used to get the person to the next destination.
  • DECKERS:  Decker drivers have three or more trucks all facing the same direction.  The steering axles of the mounted trucks are raised above the frame of each truck in line before it.  Some Decker drivers have a ramp assembly that is attached to the last truck and their “chase” vehicle is driven then secured to the rear frame of the last truck.

There are some outside costs involved in which ever set up the driver decides to use.

  • SINGLES:  A tow bar/hitch is attached to the front frame of the “chase” vehicle.  These devices come in a myriad of combinations.  Attach with a ball and hitch, attach with a pintle hook and ball, attach with a fifth wheel pin and is stubbed into the fifth wheel of the semi truck.  These devices have DOT Certifications and Specifications that need to be adhered to for safety on the highway.
  • BOOM:  Booms come in an assortment of types as well.  There are “telescoping” booms, which in effect just means the boom pieces slide in and out of each other  for ease of use.  There is a “static boom” which is long and does not have the ability to decrease in size.  Then there is the “sectional” boom which comes apart in many pieces for ease of storage.   These booms also must meet DOT Certifications and Specifications for highway safety.
  • DECKERS:  Deck drivers have an assortment of “J” bolts, or “J” pins, saddle mounts, and other equipment that is attached to the rear frame member of the truck it is either following or attached to.  Devices are added to the undercarriage of each truck that is going to be towed on the rear axle.

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

A hazardous material “HAZMAT” is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors. Hazardous materials professionals are responsible for and properly qualified to manage such materials. This includes managing and/or advising other managers on hazardous materials at any point in their life-cycle, from process planning and development of new products; through manufacture, distribution and use; and to disposal, cleanup and remediation.

Hazardous materials are defined and regulated in the United States primarily by laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Each has its own definition of a “hazardous material.”

Single-Vehicle Hotshot Trailer

Car shipping truck companies tend to offer this type of service for short distances. For this service a dually truck with a tow trailer behind is what’s used. A dually is a pickup with dual rear wheels on both sides. Behind is a goose-neck trailer that’s just big enough to haul one vehicle. Another occasion that might call for a single vehicle hotshot trailer is when an expedited service is necessary. On this particular occasion, it’s used for long-distance deliveries.

Single-Level, Multi-Car Trailer

If more than one car needs to be transported, car shipping truck companies often offer this service. Goose-neck trailers are again used for these car transport services, but in this case they’re big enough to carry between two to six vehicles. These might be cars, trucks, small RV’s or a combination of all three. A car hauler might also use a semi rather than a dually, if the trailer is a little larger. A 90-foot car shipping truck struggles to make deliveries in narrow city streets. A much smaller car transport carrier, on the other hand, won’t have such a problem.

Multi-Level, Multi-Car Trailer

If you encounter a shipping auto hauler when you’re out on the road it’s more likely to be this type. It is the standard method for transporting your car. For most situations, shipping truck companies use this type because it’s economical, cost-effective, swift and reliable.

Enclosed Car Trailer

Enclosed transport services, on the other hand, use a transport truck trailer that’s more like a shipping container. Vehicles being moved are completely enclosed and protected from the weather and any traffic grime. A shipping car hauler is the most popular choice for owners of custom, antique, classic, high-end and luxury cars.

When your car is being transported using an enclosed trailer, there are several options to choose from.

Single-Level, Single-Vehicle Enclosed Trailer

If you’ve got a particularly valuable or precious motor, you might choose to use car shipping truck companies that offer this service. Both bumper pull and goose-neck trailers are used to provide this service. A dually truck is used for pulling. As with the open version, it’s used mostly for short distance or expedited deliveries.

Single-Level, Multi-Vehicle Enclosed Trailer

Enclosed car trailers aren’t limited to transporting just one vehicle. There are versions that can carry up to three. When more than one vehicle is being hauled, however, it’s usually done by a semi.

Multi-Level, Multi-Vehicle Enclosed Trailer

When a car transport company needs to haul more than three motors in an enclosed trailer it uses a multi-level, multi-vehicle enclosed trailer. Enclosed car transport loading takes place using adjustable deck ramps.

You might also be interested to learn that car shipping companies are also able to offer a variety of different freight hauling trailer types of enclosed carrier. They can be hard or soft-sided. A soft-sided car transport trailer, also known as curtain-sided, will have vinyl side curtains that are PVC-coated. Because these curtains can be lifted when a vehicle is loaded and unloaded, it makes securing the cargo much easier. That being said, these car shipping trucks tend to be hard-sided.

Cargo protection

Tarps are available in several sizes to accommodate different sized loads. The most common tarp sizes are 4′, 6′, and 8′ long. Product height will determine the tarp size to fit your needs (i.e., if 8′ is needed, use an 8′ tarp).

Cargo securement

  • Chains
  • Straps
  • Binders
  • Coil racks
  • Dunnage
  • Pipe stakes

Specialized equipment

  • Stretch trailers
  • Curtainside
  • Moffet
  • Maxi
  • B-Train
  • Landoll

Trailers vary depending on the load requirements and state regulations. These are standard equipment dimensions (these dimensions are provided for general information purposes only). Permits may still be required for your freight, but regulations vary from state to state.  To find state regulations for loads exceeding the legal dimensions, click here.

What can we do for you? Find out more!

Lets Get Started