Flatbed Trailer Load is the answer if your cargo is larger than standard containers or enclosed-box trucks. They are designed for cargo that needs to be unloaded from above, from the side or from the rear, using a ramp or crane. Due to the versatility of the platform design, the flatbed trailer makes it possible to transport almost anything by road.
Most commonly, flatbed trailers are based on a single rigid platform. However, it is also possible to find a flatbed trailer load with articulated and detachable components for shipping various types of cargo in one turn, or dovetail versions that have a ramp for loading and unloading heavy items. If you are interested in flatbed trailer shipping, continue reading.
Flatbed Trailer Loads by Freight Rate Central
Freight Rate Central works with carriers throughout the US to provide professional, efficient and cost-effective flatbed trailer loads for shipping from north to south, east to west. Unlike other logistics companies, Freight Rate Central understands that its customers often want a simple, instant and accurate quotation. We offer an instant online quotation system so that customers can quickly and easily assess our shipping prices. The Freight Rate Central automated instant quotation system which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is completely free to use. For customers who require more advice and guidance on flatbed trailer quotes, contact our agents directly at 1-800-870-6294.
What Are Flatbed Trailer Loads?
Flatbed trailers load can vary considerably in max and physical dimensions. While flatbeds are designed to carry a load of almost any size, roads are not so flexible, so the maximum standard width and height for cargo on a flatbed trailer is 8’-6”. Flatbed trailers can carry a load no heavier than 48,000 pounds, and most trailers are between 48’-0” and 53’-0” in length.
Any cargo wider than 8’-6” would be classed as a wide load or heavy haul. Loads over 12′ wide require an escort vehicle in most states. Additionally, over-width shipments can also only be moved during daylight hours, thus restricting the speed at which your shipment can be delivered.
For cargo over 8’-6” in height, consider a drop-deck or double-drop flatbed trailer load. A drop-deck or step-deck trailer can accommodate cargo up to 10’ in height, while a double-drop flatbed can cope with cargo as high as 12’.
How Flatbed Trailer Is Loaded?
Items typically shipped using a flatbed trailer load when the freight is large or wide, or need to be loaded by crane. As a result, flatbeds are commonly used for moving construction materials, tools, machinery, components and equipment.
Beyond these heavy-duty uses, flatbed trailer load is often the most suitable shipping option for moving large quantities of well-wrapped and stackable products. Extendable or stretch flatbed trailers can be used for loads up to 80 feet in length, offering extra security and support.
When planning your shipment timing, please remember that each state might have its own rules and regulations for trucking. Federal regulations are controlled by US Department of Transportation.
What Are Typical Flatbed Trailer Types of Use?
The most obvious advantage of a flatbed trailer is the flexibility of its proportions. As long as your cargo does not dramatically exceed the footprint of the trailer, it is possible to transport almost anything. You do not have to fit your freight into a single flatbed trailer load, just set the number of cubic feet or dismantle items to make them fit onto a standard pallet.
Loading and unloading is straightforward with flatbed trailer types, as items can be lifted off with a crane. This ease of use makes them great for less conventional delivery locations such as construction sites, where a loading dock may not be available. Unloading with a crane can also make for a quicker delivery, making flatbed trailer shipping a great option for cargo that’s on an especially tight schedule.
Anything shipped on a standard flatbed trailer will be exposed to the elements and potential damage from other vehicles. Consequently, your shipment must be able to withstand the elements or be extremely well wrapped and protected. While flatbeds do offer more flexibility in terms of load proportions, there are of course limitations on what even a large flatbed trailer can transport. These restrictions are most commonly based on the size of the roads the truck will need to travel on, so local knowledge, good planning and smart logistics are all critical to planning a flatbed trailer shipment.
Flatbed Trailer FAQ
Should We Confirm Directly With the Carrier
You do not need to confirm with the carrier, and calling them directly after booking with us could result in a double-booking. At Freight Rate Central, it is our job to coordinate logistics, and you can depend on us to manage the carrier(s). Feel free to confirm with us by phone.
I use a Local Freight Carrier. How Can Your Trucking Services Benefit Me?
If you have a favorite local carrier that you usually use, but need to make a removal shipment, then ask them for a quote on the service and compare it to what we can offer you here at Freight Rate Central. You will almost certainly find that Freight Rate Central can get the job done at a lower cost. In general, local carriers are fine for local shipments, but a logistics service like Freight Rate Central can give you a better deal on long-distance and interstate shipping. Try our instant, automated quotation service today.
Can You Arrange For Same-Day Shipments?
Yes, we may be able to arrange a same-day-shipment for you. However, it isn’t guaranteed, as there may not be any carriers in your area who can take the job on such short notice. There may also be timing issues, and you should be prepared for delays. If you need a same-day-shipment, then get in touch as soon as you can and we’ll see if we can help.