The right kind of trailer can save a truck driver time on the road and provide safe passage of the transport. This peace of mind is essential in the trucking industry, where you’re required to haul heavy cargo over large distances. There is no one trailer type that is good for all kinds of hauling. Each and every trailer is designed to suit specific cargo. Thus, to choose the right trailer you need to know what each trailer is capable of. Here are some of the different types of trailers available in the trucking industry.
Box Or Enclosed Trailers
This trailer is quite common among truckers. It is a safe option for new truck drivers. Box trailers give additional protection to the cargo as they are enclosed trailers. They protect the cargo from the harsh weather conditions. They can be easily loaded either through the rear or the sides. However, the capacity of a box trailer to haul is limited, due to its enclosed structure. This trailer is typically used to haul delicate or precious cargo.
Flatbed Or Open Trailers
Flatbed trailers are open trailers used to haul large cargo. The versatility of these trailers in hauling weight has made them a popular choice amongst veteran truckers. There are many different kinds of flatbed trailers. There are step deck trailers that have two stations for hauling cargo. There is the extendable flatbed trailer for hauling cargo that is very long. Flatbed trailers offer no protection from the elements, thus, limiting the kind of cargo they can carry. However, this loss of utility is made up by their increased capacity to haul.
While this type of trailers comes under the category of enclosed trailer, it is unique because of its temperature control system. For perishable goods that cannot withstand certain temperatures these trailers are ideal for hauling. Meats and other goods that are temperature sensitive and need to be transported long distances are usually carried in this type of trailer.
These trailers are specialized enclosed trailers, used to carry water, chemicals, sand, or grain. These trailers are specially designed to protect their cargo. They generally require to be cleaned once the transportation is completed. Sometimes hauling on these trailers requires special permits, depending on the nature of the cargo.
These trailers can be either open or enclosed trailers with specialized hauling capabilities. For example, the Side Kit trailer is an enclosed trailer that is covered with plywood or fiberglass. These trailers carry cargo that cannot be packaged or crated. Another example is the lowboy trailer that has a steeper drop deck and is used to haul weights whose height exceeds its own.
It is important to choose a trailer depending on the type of cargo you are likely to haul. Check out our inventory at Heavy Duty Direct for different types of trailers in the trucking industry. Or read our blog to learn more about open and enclosed trailers.