Flatbed Trailers are the answer if your cargo is larger than standard containers or enclosed-box trucks can carry. 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 hire flatbed trailers with articulated and detachable components for shipping various types of cargo in one load, or dovetail versions that have a ramp for loading and unloading heavy items.
Freight Rate Central Can Provide Flat Bed Trucking Rates and Trailers
Freight Rate Central works with carriers throughout the US to provide professional, efficient and timely flatbed trailer 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, so 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 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is completely free to use. For customers who require more advice and guidance, contact our agents directly at 1-800-870-6294.
What are the Typical Specs For Flat Bed Trailers?
Flatbed trailers can vary considerably in maximum load 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 11’-6” 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. A drop-deck or step-deck trailer can accommodate cargo up to 10’-2” in height, while a double-drop flatbed can cope with cargo as high as 11’-2”.
How are Flatbed Trailers Used?
Items typically shipped using a flatbed trailer tend to be 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 trailers are 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.
Flatbed Trailer: Typical Variations
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 van of a set number of cubic feet or dismantle items to make them fit onto a standard pallet.
Loading and unloading is straightforward with a flatbed trailer, 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 shipping a great option for cargo that’s on an especially tight schedule.
Anything shipped on a standard flatbed 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 shipment.