Equipment Types

The most versatile trailer type agreed upon industry wide is the Flatbed.
These trailers have the ability to be loaded in many directions and by many different loading equipment allowing them to become one of the most popular in the Industry

The trailer capacities are as follows:

  • Flatbed Trailers Max Weight : 48,000 pounds.
  • Flatbed Trailers Max Dimensions:
    Max Flatbed Trailer Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Flatbed Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Legal Freight Height- 8.5 ft

Dry Van trailers are generally enclosed and are commonly used to carry and protect the freights from the harmful elements of the weather or the roads. Freights can be loaded on the rear and are commonly loaded using a loading dock. It is similar to a curtain van and it can be loaded from its side too. Legal weight and dimensions are:

 

  • Dry Van Max weight: 42,000 lbs to 45,000 lbs.
  • Dry Van Max dimensions:
    Max Dry Vans Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Dry Vans Width- 8.2 ft
    Max Dry Vans Height- 8 ft

Refrigerated trailer is a temperature-controlled type of trailer. It is generally used for transporting chilled or frozen products. The temperature inside this trailer can be controlled whatever the outside weather is. Freight Rate Central has the refrigerated trailer you need, regardless of the size of your load or the type of cargo you need shipped. Legal weight and dimensions are:

  • Refrigerated Trailers Max freight weight is 42,000 to 45,000 lbs.
  • Refrigerated Trailers Max freight dimension:
    Max Refrigerated Trailers Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Refrigerated Trailers Width- 8.2 ft
    Max Refrigerated Trailers Height- 8 ft

A Lowboy Trailer is an unpowered trailer which is commonly used to haul freight. These kinds of trailers are generally designed to carry and transport taller goods and items. This means that the items to be carried to a Lowboy Trailer are taller than the legal height of items that are commonly carried by flatbeds. Our expert advisors will indicate if you need state permits for your particular load or type of freight. Basically, a lowboy that has two axles can haul around 40,000 pounds. The maximum weight and dimensions are as follows:

 

  • Lowboys Max weight is 40,000 pounds for a 2-axle Lowboy Trailer; additional weight of up to 80,000 pounds depending on the number of axles used (weight of the trailer and weight of the load added together).
  • Lowboys Max Dimensions:
    Max Lowboy Well Length- 24 ft – 29.6 ft
    Max Lowboy Well Height- 18 in – 24 in
    Max Legal Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Legal Freight Height- 11.5 ft – 12 ft
    Max Legal Overall Load Height- 14 ft

Step Deck – Stepdeck Trailers are otherwise known as drop deck types and they are in fact a version of the flatbed trailer design that mainly consists of a bottom and top deck. These trailers are specifically designed to carry and haul freights that cannot be carried or transported on a standard type of flatbed, which is usually due to height restrictions. The maximum legal dimensions and weight for a Stepdeck – Step Deck Trailers are as follows:

  • Stepdecks Max freight weight is 48,000 pounds.
  • Stepdecks Max freight dimensions:
    Max Stepdeck Trailer Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Stepdeck Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Legal Freight Height- 10 ft

These are extendable flatbeds and are otherwise known as flatbed stretch types. They are mainly used for carrying loads or freights that are excessively long and cannot be carried by a standard type of trailer. It is also a type of trailer that provides maximum support, avoiding the possibility of overhanging freight. The maximum legal dimensions and weight for a Flatbed Stretch Trailer are as follows:

  • Extendable Flatbeds Max freight weight of 43,000 pounds.
  • Extendable Flatbeds Max freight dimensions:
    Max Extendable Flatbed Trailer Length- 48 ft – 80 ft
    Max Extendable Flatbed Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Extendable Flatbed Legal Freight Height- 8.5 ft

Stretch Single Dropdeck Trailers are specifically designed to carry and haul freights that are very long for a standard or traditional step deck due to length restrictions. It also provides support thus, preventing overhang. Legal weight and dimensions are as follows:

 

  • Stretch Single Drops Max freight weight is 45,000 lbs.
  • Stretch Single Drops Max freight dimensions:
    Max Stretch Single Drop Trailer Length- Main Deck 35 ft – 63 ft
    Max Stretch Single Drop Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Stretch Single Drop Legal Freight Height- 10 ft

A Stretch Double-Drop Trailer is generally used for carrying oversized shipments. Its lower deck allows you to load products that can be as tall as 10 feet. It also comes with a so-called “well,” a longer piece at the trailer’s back deck and middle portion. The well usually measures from 25 feet to 29 feet. Legal weight and dimensions are as follows:

  • Stretch Double Drops Max freight weight is 45,000 pounds.
  • Stretch Double Drops Max freight dimensions:
    Max Stretch Double Drop Trailer Length- Main Deck 29 ft – 65 ft
    Max Stretch Double Drop Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Stretch Double Drop Legal Freight Height- 11.6 ft

The Extendable Double Drop Trailer is commonly used to carry and haul freights that come with excessive length and can never be carried by a standard double drop trailer. Depending on the fright’s weight, this trailer can either have 2 or 3 axles. Legal weight and dimensions are:

  • Extendable Double Drops Max freight weight is 40,000 lbs.
  • Extendable Double Drops Max freight dimensions:
    Max Extendable Double Drop Trailer Length- 29 ft – 50 ft
    Max Extendable Double Drop Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Extendable Double Drop Legal Freight Height- 11.6 ft

RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers are excellent for carrying tall and long freights. It comes with a detachable front, allowing the trailer to be dropped on the ground in order to create a ramp. It is capable of hauling and carrying freights weighing up to 150,000 pounds. It can go from 3 axles up to 20 plus axles for heavier shipments. RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers are more specialized so they render a more expensive usage. Legal weight and dimensions of a RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers are as follows:

  • RGN’s Max freight weight is 42,000 pounds.
  • Removable Gooseneck – RGN Max freight dimensions:
    Max Removable Gooseneck – RGN Well Length- Main Deck 29 ft
    Max Removable Gooseneck – RGN Well Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Removable Gooseneck – RGN Legal Freight Height- 11.6 ft

The Stretch RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailer is designed to carry and haul freights that are too long to be carried by a standard type of RGN. Depending on the weight of the freight, axles may range from 3 axles or higher. This means that the heavier the load is the more axles are to be used. Legal weight and dimensions are:

  • Stretch RGN or Removable Goosenecks Max freight weight is 42,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds or more.
  • Stretch RGN Max freight dimensions:
    Max Stretch RGN Length in Well- Main Deck 29 ft to 65 ft
    Max Stretch RGN Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Max Stretch RGN Legal Freight Height- 11.6 ft

Conestoga trailers come with a rolling tarp system that is used to cover and uncover the trailer and gives protection to the freight.

  • Conestoga Trailers Max freight weight is 42,000 lbs to 45,000 lbs.
  • Conestoga Trailers Max freight dimensions:
    Max Dry Vans Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Dry Vans Width- 8.2 ft
    Max Dry Vans Height- 8 ft

The Sidekit trailer is equipped with a panel made from either plywood or fiberglass and commonly used for carrying goods that can never be packaged or crated.

  • Sidekit Trailers Max freight weight is 42,000 lbs to 45,000 lbs.
  • Sidekit Trailers Max freight dimensions:
    Max Sidekit Trailers Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Max Sidekit Trailers Width- 8.2 ft
    Max  Sidekit Trailers Height- 8.6 ft

The power only trailer is a special type that is generally used in towing various types of trailers, and it usually comes with a fifth wheel hitch, pintle hitch, and ball and hitch. Only four axles are allowed when the freight is overweight.

  • Maximum Power Only freight weight and dimensions depend on the type of trailer that is being towed / hauled (state requirements should be strictly followed).

Specialized trailers are specifically made for certain types of freights and are commonly used with perimeter, double gooseneck, and dolly trailers.

  • Specialized Trucking Trailers max freight weight is 200,000 pounds or more.
  • Maximum Specialized Trucking Trailers dimensions (depends on the regulations imposed by the state/s)