Flatbed Trucking Company
Titan Worldwide ranks as one of America’s best flatbed transportation logistics companies. Currently, we serve customers in all contiguous US states, Canada and Mexico. There may be some similarities between our flatbed trucking services and what other flatbed trucking companies offer in other places, but our high-quality shipping and logistics solutions set us apart. Our level of customer service is exemplary, and our team is highly qualified to handle your flatbed shipping needs, regardless of the freight involved.
Demand a High Level of Service From Your Flatbed Trucking Company
Our drivers are not only very experienced in flatbed trucking, but we also train them to the highest possible standards. Our staff turnover is lower than normal for this industry and our drivers are very knowledgeable in the Titan Worldwide way of doing things. Titan Worldwide / Flatbed makes over 1,500 safe and on-time deliveries every month.
Because of all of this, and due to our exemplary record of on-time deliveries, our flatbed trucking company has been rated by many polls as being the best of the flatbed and specialized heavy haul companies in the North America.
Add that to that our pad van, blanket wrap, crane van and many other forms of transportation, and TWW provides you with a totally comprehensive trucking and shipping solution to meet every possible need. TWW is more than just a specialized / flatbed trucking company!
Types of flatbed trailers
Average, ordinary flatbed. Essentially a box trailer with no sides, roof, or doors. Often used to haul construction equipment or materials and steel products and machinery.
Dropdeck (step-deck or single-drop) flatbed trailers:
Typically used to haul over-height freight. Step-decks have a bed that drops lower than standard flatbed trailers after the point it clears the tractor, allowing for up to 2 feet of extra overhead clearance.
Double-drop flatbed trailer:
Similar to single-drop trailers, double-drops have a center portion that drops lower than both ends, creating a “well” and allowing for even taller freight to be carried. These have much lower ground clearance than usual. The well also shortens the usable length of the trailer considerably. Often used to carry freight that requires a crane to load and unload.
Stretch, or extendable, trailers:
For loads too long to fit on a standard 48-foot trailer. Can extend up to 80 feet. May require special permits and routing depending on the size and type of freight. Stretch trailers can be found in all varieties of flatbeds.
Benefits of flatbed shipping with TWW
- Dedicated account management
- Online 24/7 access to tracking and tracing
- Expertise and available capacity to drive cost savings
- Industry-leading visibility and reporting
- Access to most equipment including step decks, double drops, RGNs, over dimensional and overweight
- Expedited and flatbed LTL services
Common flatbed shipping questions
- What are the typical dimensions of a flatbed trailer? A legal flatbed trailer is typically 48’ long and 8.5’ wide, with varying deck length for step decks, double drops and removable goose necks (RGNs). When loading a flatbed trailer, shippers need to be aware of the maximum height and width allowed on roads. Our helpful experts can guide you through those determinations.
- What are some common types of flatbed trailers? Legal flatbeds, step decks, double drops and RGNs are some of the most common flatbed trailers used for shipping.
- Are tarps required for all shipments? Not all flatbed loads require a tarp. With this in mind, it’s important to find a truck that is properly appointed should you need one.
- How are products loaded and unloaded onto flatbeds? The process to load flatbed shipments is dependent upon the particulars of the shipping location and the type of cargo being handled. If your goods require the use of a crane for loading, take steps to ensure the appropriate equipment is available when your truck arrives for the most efficient operation.
- Are additional accessories required when shipping via flatbed? Similar to tarps, the required use of items like chains or corner protectors should be conveyed when booking the shipment. This way, your freight service provider can help designate the appropriate truck for your shipment.
Flatbed shipping tips
- Be knowledgeable about your freight: When booking a flatbed shipment, be sure to understand all the particulars of your shipment, including the commodities being shipped, the value, dimensions and weight. If your flatbed shipment is hauling uniquely shaped or heavy freight, then securing, loading, and unloading it might be more physically taxing. This is particularly critical if your freight is pushing the length, height, or weight limits of the flatbed trailer.
- Understand the trailers: Familiarize yourself with the equipment before you book a shipment to make the most cost-effective and safe choices. Extended trailers and conestogas can be harder to find and your freight service provider may need advanced notice when they are required.
- Work with professionals: Think about working with an expert that can help secure capacity and locate the equipment needed to move your freight. It will certainly make shipping a lighter load for you.
Flatbed Transport 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.
- Maximum freight weight of 40,000 – 48,000 pounds
- Maximum Flatbed Trailer Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
- Maximum Flatbed Trailer Width- 8’6″
- Maximum Legal Freight Height- 9 ft
Expandable Flatbed Transport 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.
115 ft Expandable Flatbed
- Maximum freight weight of 36,000 – 45,000 pounds
- Maximum Expandable Flatbed Trailer Length- up to 115 ft
- Maximum Expandable Flatbed Trailer Width- 8’6″
- Maximum Legal Freight Height- 9 ft