Trailer Types2018-07-02T18:53:43+00:00

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Trailer Types

Riteway Transports is a leading freight trucking company that provides a wide range of equipment options in order to meet the needs, requirements and specifications of our customers. Aside from our timely door to door service, we also cover various aspects of a project such as permitting, routing, clearances, inspections, and tarps.

Below is a summarized list of specifications for Flatbed Trucking, and Specialized Trucking Trailers such as Step Deck, RGN (Removable Goose Neck), Lowboys, Dry Vans, PO (Power Only), Stretch Flatbed, Extendable Double Drop, Stretch RGN, Refrigerated, Conestoga, and Over Dimensional freight trailers. This will assist you on how to determine the type and quantity of trailers that you need to carry and transport your load or freight. It is important to notate the total weight of the freight as well as the dimensions of a particular type for proper and accurate Flat Bed & Specialized trucking rates.

Each Flat Bed trucking is different from the other types so the information that you will be seeing here should be used and treated as your general guideline. Typically, most of the platform trailers mentioned here are capable of handling freights that may even exceed the dimensions and weights for a required permit in a particular state and even premium charges that are needed to be obtained prior to your specific type of shipment.

So if you have questions and inquiries regarding Flat Bed trailers then do not hesitate to contact anyone from our team of experienced representatives. We are a freight trucking company dedicated to serving our clients to the best of our ability. Our Freight Agents are quite friendly and professional and we will be more than happy to assist you in your selection of the right and proper type of flatbed trailer or specialized equipment needed for your specific needs.

Moreover, contacting our friendly representatives will give you the chance to know if the kind of trailer you will be using needs state permits in carrying your load or freight. Our team of professionals are extremely well educated, trained and experienced in the field of North American freight transportation.

Important Note:
It is important to note that each type of trailer is not similar to the other types and that the dimension and weight capacity of each are based on the corresponding trucking specifications of a particular semi-tractor and trailer used. For each type of trailer, their corresponding weight and dimension capacity are also listed and the figures are listed approximately. Thus, the numbers or figures that you will see on the list can be used as an estimate guideline for freight and load planning. More importantly, these figures should not be used as your basis in making loading calculations that require accuracy and precision.

Trailer Descriptions/Specifications

Flat Bed Trailer

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Flatbeds are extremely popular and are widely used because they exude a great sense of versatility. Generally, a flatbed is used to load freights on its tip, sides, and rear. With these capabilities, flatbeds have truly become the primary and leading assets of the trucking industry. This kind of trailer has the capability to carry a maximum legal freight dimension and weight which are as follows:

  • Maximum freight weight of 48,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: 8 feet and 6 inches (height), 8 feet 6 inches (width) and 48 feet or 53 feet (length)

Lowboy Trailer

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A Lowboy trailer is an un-powered 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. Basically, a lowboy that has two axles can haul around 40,000 pounds. The maximum weight and dimensions are as follows:

  • Maximum 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)
  • Maximum dimensions: Well Length – 24 feet to 29 feet and 6 inches; Well Height – 18 inches to 24 inches; Legal Load Height – 13 feet and 6 inches

Step Deck Trailers

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Step Deck trailers are otherwise known as drop deck types and they are in fact a version of the flatbed trailers 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 step deck trailer are as follows:

  • Maximum freight weight is 48,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Bottom deck – 37 feet (length), Top deck – 11 feet (length), Bottom deck – 10 feet (height), 8 feet 6 inches (width)

Flatbed Stretch Trailers

Stretch Flatbed truck trailer for transporting and freight hauling special cargo

These are extendable flatbeds and are otherwise known as flatbed stretch types and 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:

  • Maximum freight weight is 43,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 48 feet to 80 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 8 feet and 6 inches (height)

Stretch Single-Drop Deck

Stretch single-drop deck 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:

  • Maximum freight weight is 45,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 35 feet to 63 feet (length), 8 feet 6 inches (width), 10 feet (height); Front deck- 10 feet (length), 8 feet 6 inches (height) and 8 feet 6 inches (width)

Stretch Double-Drop

A stretch double drop trailer is generally used for carrying over-sized shipment. 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:/p>

  • Maximum freight weight is 45,000 pounds
  • Standard freight dimensions: Main deck – 25 feet to 29 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 11 feet and 6 inches (height); Front deck – 10 feet (length), 8 feet 6 inches (width) and 8 feet and 6 inches (height); Rear deck – 9 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), and 10 feet (height)

Extendable Double Drop

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:

  • Standard freight weight is 40,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: main deck – 29 feet to 50 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 11 feet and 6 inches (height); Front deck – 10 feet (length), 8 feet 6 inches (width); Rear deck – 9 feet (length), 8 feet 6 inches (width), 10 feet (height)

Removable Gooseneck or RGN

RGN 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 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 trailers are more specialized so they render a more expensive usage. Legal weight and dimensions of a RGN trailer are as follows:

  • Maximum freight weight is 42,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 29 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 11 feet and 6 inches (height); Front deck – 10 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 8 feet and 6 inches (height); Rear deck – 9 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), and 10 feet (height)

Stretch RGN

Stretch RGN 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:

  • Standard freight weight is 42,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds or more
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 29 feet to 65 feet (length), 8 feet and 6 inches (width), 11 feet and 6 inches (height)

Van or Dry Van (Enclosed Box)

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:/p>

  • Maximum freight weight is 42,000 pounds to 45,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 48 feet to 53 feet (length), 8 feet and 2 inches (width), 9 feet (height)

Refrigerated Trailer

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. Legal weight and dimensions are:

  • Maximum freight weight is 42,000 to 45,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimension: Main deck – 48 feet to 53 feet (length), 8 feet and 2 inches (width), 8 feet (height)

Conestoga Trailer (not shown)

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

  • Maximum freight weight is 42,000 pounds to 45,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 48 feet to 53 feet (length), 8 feet and 2 inches (width), 8 feet (height)

Sidekit Trailer (not shown)

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.

  • Maximum freight weight is 42,000 pounds to 45,000 pounds
  • Maximum freight dimensions: Main deck – 48 feet to 53 feet (length), 8 feet and 4 inches (width), 8 feet and 6 inches (height)

Power Only (not shown)

Power only trailers are special type of trailer that are 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 freight weight and dimensions (state requirements should be strictly followed)

Specialized Trailers (not shown)

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

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