Flatbed trailers are the answer to your freight shipping needs when your cargo is too large for standard containers or enclosed-box trucks.
Flatbed trailers are designed for unloading cargo from above, the side or the rear, using a ramp or crane. The versatility of the platform design makes it possible to transport cargo loads of all types.
Flatbed trucking rates are based on the weight of the freight being shipped, the distance and destination, and fuel costs. It’s important to find the right logistics company to can save you time and money on your shipments. At Freight Rate Central, we work with top freight carriers to always get you our best quote on flatbed shipping rates.
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. By hiring flatbed trucking services through Freight Rate Central, you can take advantage of our bulk pricing discounts.
We understand customers often want a simple, instant and accurate flatbed trucking quote, so we offer an online system for quick and easy access to our shipping prices 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s completely free to use – click “Request a Quote” to get started.
For customers who require more advice and guidance with flatbed loads, call our agents directly for help and the best flatbed freight rates in the industry.
Flatbed Trailer Variations & Benefits
Most flatbed loads are on a single rigid platform; however, it is possible to hire flatbed trailers with articulated and detachable components for shipping various types of cargo in one load or dovetail versions with a ramp for loading and unloading heavy items.
There are several advantages to flatbed hauling.
- 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.
- Flatbed trailers are flexible in their proportions. As long as cargo does not dramatically exceed the footprint of the trailer, it is possible to transport almost anything. There are even flatbed extendable trailers for excessively long loads.
- Loading and unloading are straightforward. Crane access provides ease of use and makes flatbed trailers ideal 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 trucking companies excellent options for cargo on an especially tight schedule.
Contact Our Team Today for More Info on Flatbed Trailers
Contact us to learn more about flatbed trailers, permits and planning – or get an instant quote for flatbed freight rates using our automated online tool.
Select “flatbed truck” from the list of trucking types if you’re quoting for a full truckload, then fill in the origin and destination, the weight and volume and the type of goods being shipped.
Turn your quote into an order by calling us and confirming shipment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Transporting Flatbed Loads
We’ve answered some common questions about flatbed hauling and rates for flatbed loads.
How Are Flatbed Trailers Used?
Items shipped using a flatbed trailer tend to be large or wide — or must 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.
What are the Typical Specs For Flatbed Trailers?
Flatbed trailers are designed to carry a load of almost any size – but roads are not so flexible.
Flatbed trailers can vary considerably in maximum load and physical dimensions, but most are between 48′ and 53′ in length. The standard width and height for cargo on a flatbed trailer is 8′-6″ with a maximum weight of 48,000 pounds.
- Flatbed extendable trailers offer extra security and support and are an option for loads up to 80 feet in length.
- Any cargo wider than 8′-6″ is classed as a wide load or heavy haul. Loads over 12′ wide require an escort vehicle in most states. Additionally, over-width shipments can only be moved during daylight hours, restricting delivery speed.
- Consider a drop-deck or double-drop flatbed trailer for cargo taller than 8′-6″. A drop-deck or step-deck trailer can accommodate flatbed loads up to 10′ in height; a double-drop flatbed can accept cargo as high as 12′.
What Else Is There to Know About Flatbed Hauling?
Flatbed loads are exposed to the elements and potential damage from other vehicles. Consequently, your shipment must be able to withstand weather and road conditions or be extremely well-wrapped and protected.
Although flatbeds offer more flexibility in load proportions, there are limitations on what even the largest 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 successful flatbed hauling.
Flatbed trucking is vital to our economy and all industries within it. Every day, millions of tons of products, machinery and equipment ship across this nation on flatbed trucks. Freight Rate Central is proud to be an integral part of that system.