What Are the Types of Flatbed Trucks?

What Are the Types of Flatbed Trucks?

Flatbed trucks come in all different kinds.

Flatbed trucks are one common category of freight truck that carries tons of products across the country and the world. Evan Transportation provides trucking services throughout the Midatlantic region, centralized in Maryland. Depending on your freight, you may prefer one type of flatbed truck over another, if not a semi-truck. Below is an outline of the different types of flatbed trucks.

Flatbed Trailers

Flatbed trailers are the standard form of a flatbed trailer. It is a perfectly flat trailer surface with no sides or roof. A standard flatbed truck has more room to load products and makes it possible for cranes to lower products onto its surface. 

Lowboy Trailer

A lowboy trailer has a well and the ability to carry between 40,000 and 80,000 lbs, depending on the number of axles it has. It allows truckers to deliver freight without needing a permit to transport taller products, such as tractor trailers. The typical lowboy flatbed trailer will feature a tri-axle, a fixed neck, and a 25’ well.

Step Deck Trailer

A step deck trailer has a raised platform followed by a much longer flatbed. Like the lowboy trailer, it is ideal for hauling larger or oversized inventory without needing a permit or surpassing height limits on the road. There is also the double-drop step deck trailer, which can accommodate even taller loads.

Conestoga Trailer

The Conestoga trailer is named after the Conestoga wagons, horse-drawn wagons used by Americans in the 1800s for travel. They have retractable tarp coverings on a metal frame with either a step deck, double-drop step deck, or flatbed trailer base. The Conestoga trailer is an excellent option for freight that requires protection from the elements or privacy. Because the tarp roofing and sides are retractable, one still has plenty of flexibility for loading. This trailer can haul between 42,000 and 45,000 lbs.

Removable Gooseneck Trailer

A removable gooseneck trailer is one of the most versatile types of flatbed trailers on the road. Like the name implies, it has a gooseneck-like attachment piece that connects the trailer to the truck. One can remove the gooseneck and lower the deck so that it creates a ramp for easy loading and off-loading.

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