When it comes to logistics, flatbed shipping is a game-changer for moving large, bulky, and irregularly shaped items across long distances. These items can range from heavy machinery such as construction equipment and industrial machinery to oversized items like wind turbines and generators.
Flatbed shipping uses a flatbed trailer, which is a type of trailer without sides or a roof. This allows for easy loading and unloading of goods from the side or rear, making it ideal for transportation of items that are too large or heavy to be loaded by manual labor.
One of the most common uses of flatbed shipping is to transport heavy machinery, such as construction equipment, industrial equipment, and agricultural equipment. These items are often too large or heavy to be transported by standard shipping methods, and require the use of a flatbed trailer to accommodate their size and weight.
Another important use of flatbed shipping is to transport oversized items, such as wind turbines, large generators, and other oversized equipment. These items are too large to fit on a standard trailer and require the use of a flatbed trailer to accommodate their size. Additionally, flatbed shipping is also used for the transportation of project cargo, which are items that are too large or heavy to be transported by standard shipping methods. However, when transporting cargo on a flatbed trailer, it’s important to properly secure and protect the load to ensure safety. This is where tarps come in.
In short, flatbed shipping is a vital aspect of logistics that makes it possible to transport large, bulky, and irregularly shaped items efficiently and cost-effectively. So, next time you see a wind turbine or a construction crane on the road, think about the flatbed trailer that made it all possible.
Flatbed Trailers: A Guide to Dimensions
At OTR Freight Solutions, we understand that choosing the right flatbed trailer for your freight can be a difficult task. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand the different dimensions available and choose the best one for your needs.
A standard legal flatbed trailer typically measures 48 to 53 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. It is capable of carrying a load weighing between 46,000 and 48,000 pounds.
Standard Step Deck (Single Drop)
A standard step deck (single drop) trailer typically measures 48 to 53 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. It is designed to transport loads that are too tall for a flatbed trailer and features a lower deck height, allowing for a step-down design. This type of trailer is capable of carrying a load weighing between 44,000 and 47,000 pounds.
A Conestoga flatbed trailer typically measures 48 to 53 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. It is a specialized type of flatbed trailer that features an enclosed tarp system that can be opened and closed to secure and protect the load being transported. This type of trailer is capable of carrying a load weighing between 44,000 and 46,000 pounds.
Hotshot Flatbed Trailer
A hotshot flatbed trailer typically measures between 30 to 40 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. It is designed to transport flat loads and has a flat deck surface without any additional height. This type of trailer is capable of carrying a load weighing between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds.
A double drop, also known as a low boy, is a specialized trailer designed for transporting heavy and oversized equipment. It measures 48 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. With a low deck height, it can carry loads weighing between 37,000 and 40,000 pounds, such as construction equipment and large vehicles. Equipped with safety features like tie-down straps and ramps, it is a reliable and efficient option for long-distance transport.
Removable Goose Neck
A typical RGN trailer measures 48 feet in length and 8.5 feet in width. It is capable of carrying a load weighing between 37,000 to 40,000 pounds, depending on the number of axles and the specific design of the trailer. The low deck height of the RGN trailer also makes it ideal for transporting tall and heavy machinery.