More often than not, every time you drive down the highway you’ll see a number of flatbed trailers carrying shipments. That’s because flatbed trucks and trailers are an incredibly important and versatile part of the shipping industry.
They can ship nearly anything, though they’re especially good for large cargo. Flatbed trailers are typically used for both large and wide items, as well as items that need to be unloaded from above, the side or rear, and using a ramp or crane.
Most flatbed trailers are between 48’ and 53’ in length. The maximum width and height for cargo being transported by flatbed is 8’6’’ (though it can be expanded to 11’), and the most cargo can weigh is 48,000 pounds. The trailers can be straight across or articulated, and come in a variety of sizes.
If your cargo is wider than the maximum 8’6’’, it will be classified as a wide load or a heavy haul, and may require an escort vehicle depending on the state laws. Wide loads and heavy hauls can only be moved during daylight hours, so shipping speed will be affected.
Tall cargo (over 8’6’’) will need to be transported on either a drop-deck (10’2’’) or a double-drop (11’2’’) trailer.
Some of the most common items shipped on flatbed trucks are:
• Commercial heating and air conditioning units
• Electrical transformers
• Oil, gas, and petrochemical equipment
• Steel and raw materials
• Construction site supplies and equipment
• Large machinery and equipment
• Formed concrete items
• Large beams and trusses
• Large quantities of wrapped and stackable products
While flatbed trailers are a great way to ship large cargo, it is important to note that a standard flatbed trailer will not be covered, so your shipment will be exposed to the elements and other vehicles on the road. If your items are too delicate to face the elements, consider one of the many other shipping options on our services page, or contact us to determine the best shipping method possible.
Though Freight Rate Central is centrally located in Idaho, we service all across the United States. We aim to provide the most efficient and economical shipping for all of our clients, and work with a number of servicers to ensure you get only the best rates no matter your shipping needs. We take care of the details both big and small, so you can rest easy with your shipments in our hands. Contact us today at 855-FRC-SHIP (855-372-7447) to learn more about our services, or visit us online to request a free quote.