Flatbed trailers are widely regarded as the most versatile and commonly used trailers on the roads due to their ability to transport a wide range of goods.

Flatbed trailers, characterized by their lack of walls, are designed for general freight transport. They come in different sizes, weights, and capacities depending on the manufacturer and the type of freight being carried. Typical dimensions of flatbed trailers vary, but most standard types feature a flat deck without sides or a roof, typically spanning between 48 and 53 feet in length.

Understanding the different characteristics of flatbed trailers is essential for making an informed decision on which type best suits your needs.

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Different Type of Flatbeds

Standard Flatbed Trailer

The standard flatbed trailer is the most common type, known for its versatility and practicality. Designed with a flat deck, with no sides or roof, it allows loading and unloading from any direction streamlining the logistics process and maximizing efficiency. The standard flatbed is suited for hauling cargo like steel, lumber, and heavy machinery. Typically spanning between 48 to 53 feet in length, it strikes the balance between ample cargo capacity and maneuverability. This optimal size enables it to navigate different terrains and navigate tight spaces while accommodating substantial loads.

Transcraft flatbeds and drop decks

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Lowboy Trailer

The lowboy trailer’s lowered bed, positioned in front of the rear axles, is ideal for transporting oversized cargo like construction equipment. Its design significantly reduces the trailer deck’s height, facilitating the transportation of taller and heavier loads that pose challenges with traditional trailers. This optimized weight distribution minimizes the risk of axle overload, ensuring compliance with transportation regulations. Consequently, the trailer’s safety is enhanced, contributing to reduced maintenance costs and downtime.

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Drop Deck

A drop deck trailer, also called a step-deck, is designed to transport taller cargo exceeding maximum height restrictions. With retractable features and two deck levels (upper and lower), it lacks a roof, sides, or doors. These trailers allow for shipping heavy cargo within federal regulations, eliminating the need for extra permits. Equipped with flip axles and ramp capabilities, they facilitate the transportation of heavy and extra-tall cargo, with a maximum cargo height typically ranging from 13’6 to 14′. The lower deck level, or “well,” is closer to the ground, enabling easier and safer forklifting and loading/unloading processes.

BWS Highway Drop Deck Trailer

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Removable Gooseneck Trailer (RGN)

Removable Gooseneck (RGN) trailers are specialized for transporting heavy, non-stackable cargo. Engineered with a detachable gooseneck, they facilitate easy loading and unloading of machinery. Ideal for construction, industrial, and oversized cargo, RGN trailers offer enhanced versatility and increased payload capacity due to their lower deck height. They also improve safety by providing better stability during transportation. The RGN trailer decks typically don’t exceed 30 feet.

Removable Gooseneck Trailer (RGN)

Choosing the Right Flatbed

Choosing the right flatbed trailer is crucial for efficient and safe cargo transportation. Factors such as cargo weight, dimensions, haul distance, and legal regulations shape this decision. A thorough assessment of cargo specifications, logistical needs, and regulatory compliance helps align the choice of flatbed trailer with industry requirements, optimizing transportation operations, enhancing productivity, and ensuring safety standards are upheld throughout the journey.

At TEC Equipment, we offer a wide selection of new and used flatbed trailers from top brands. We are authorized dealers for Wabash, BWS and MAC Trailer flatbeds, and carry a wide selection of used flatbeds. With multiple material options and a variety of load configurations and capacities, we can get you the flatbed semi trailer you’re looking for.