Various trailer types you can use for deliveries

Various trailer types you can use for deliveries 

If you need to deliver certain items, one trailer just won’t cut it. This is because different items require different trailers that can not only fit them but also ensure their individual safety. There are a lot of trailers to choose from, so make sure that you learn each of them.

Today at Jaguar Trailers, you’ll find each of these types to help you safely deliver your customers’ items. After all, you want to keep them happy for repeat business. 

Expandable Drop-Deck 

This trailer is ideal for hauling incredibly long freight. Drivers can do this by extending the middle portion of these trailers from its original length of 38 feet to a maxed-out length of 65 feet. Meaning, regardless of the equipment’s length, these trailers can send them to their destination. 

The maximum weight these trailers can carry is 43,000 pounds, while the maximum legal height is 10 feet. Ideal for delivering large machinery and extra-long raw materials, these trailers can be extra helpful when used in the right solutions. 

Removable Gooseneck Trailers (RGN)

This is one of the most common trailers. Known for having different variants, they can be used in similar ways to other trailers in this list. Since the delivery industry needs a lot of options to choose from, RGNs are helpful options to consider. 

The gooseneck that connects the trailer to the semi-truck can be removed, allowing drivers to place the front of the trailer on the ground. This gives drivers the opportunity to load and unload various equipment for hauling large machinery and equipment to their destination.

Standard RGN

The most commonly used RGN trailer, the standard RGN is traditionally used with two or three axles to accomplish the various weights of products being delivered. 

They’re easy to use for carriers because they can move around large industrial equipment. To do so, simply load the equipment into this trailer and secure the equipment properly to it. This removes the need for expensive crane and forklift services for the loading and unloading of the equipment.

These RGNs are used similarly to a double drop trailer. Meaning, their weight and height restrictions are similar to those of a double drop trailer. Once again, like their double drop counterparts, the amount of well-space needed is an essential factor if these trailers should be used. When a load exceeds the 30 feet length requirement, this RGN becomes unusable. 

Expandable RGN

For extra space, this expanding trailer is perfect for the job. Sharing similarities with the extendable double drop trailer, the expandable RGN is ideal for extra-long freight activities.

Having the ability to expand to more than 50 feet of its original length, the expandable RGN gives truckers the ability to drive around even the most massive equipment, materials and oversized freight.

Depending on the axles used, the weight of these trailers can be significantly heavy. It’s known to have a weight range of 42,000 pounds (three axles) to 150,000 pounds (15+ axles).

Hot Shot 

This trailer is rising in popularity for truckers around the world. They’re known for their low-lying flatbeds, the Hot Shot trailer can be pulled with pickup trucks categorized from classes 3-6. Due to this, carriers with hot shot trailers don’t use the usual semi-truck because it can be pulled using a specialized pickup truck.

They’re also known to be more cost-effective than your traditional semi-truck flatbed trailer, especially for short-distance delivery. Countless corporations specializing in short distance deliveries have been using Hot Shot trailers with positive results. 

When it comes to its size, most Hot Shots are measured 30-40 feet in length and rest between 3 feet, 4 inches and 3 feet, 6 inches above the ground. Due to them being much smaller than the rest of the trailers in this article, they can only carry smaller amounts. The usual 40 foot Hotshot trailer is only capable of no more than 16,500 pounds of freight.

Though they’re not able to carry larger items, they make up for it in convenience and cost-efficiency. Making these trailers an ideal alternative for companies who need to haul items that would otherwise lead to less-than-truck loading capacities of larger trailers. 

Double Drop/Lowboy Trailers

These trailers are closer to the ground than any of the trailers on this list. This closeness is caused by the fact that the two drops that occur behind the trailer’s gooseneck and before the back wheels. Meaning, this special shape allows trailers to carry massive pieces of machinery.

Its known strength limit ranges between 40,000-80,000 pounds (depending on the number of axles), Double Drop can carry really heavy loads. However, due to the shape of these trailers, the load capacity is limited to the well-space which typically measures 29 feet in length.

The maximum legal height this trailer can carry is 11 feet and 6 inches before they’re considered as ‘overly dimensional’. This advanced height capacity ensures that this trailer can carry the load of any large equipment of various corporations. 

Drop-Deck/Step-Deck Trailers

These trailers are an ideal alternative to the flatbed trailer if the height of the load is taken into consideration. Its simplicity and its height capacity make the drop-deck trailer a popularly common method of transport. 

With an upper deck and a near-ground rear area, drop deck trailers can carry loads of up to 10 feet, 2 inches in height before getting called out for being over-dimensional.

These trailers are measured at 3 feet, 6 inches at their lowest point. The 53 foot variant of this trailer the lengths of the upper and lower decks are 10 feet and 43 feet respectively.

Due to their versatility and ability to carry taller loads, these are popular options among many truckers. These are best known for their hauling of agricultural and building materials, and also the different types of machines that fit beneath their 10 foot, 2-inch ceiling.

Refrigerated Trailers

These trailers were designed to carry and move around freight requiring temperature control. Thanks to their temperature control and insulated walls, make them the only trailer that can haul items with an expiration date. From fruits to pharmaceuticals, the refrigerated trailer can carry them all.

These trailers have a maximum weight capacity of 42,000-45,000 pounds. Due to their walls, the maximum height they’re allowed to carry is 8 feet and the maximum width is 8 feet, 2 inches. However, they can’t handle any commodity that’s longer than its deck. 

Dry Van Trailers

When shipping pallet-based, boxed or loose commodities are ideal to deliver them. Usually measuring at 53 feet, this trailer is the one you’ll find commonly along the road. 

For the most part, they’re usually shipping items that are commonly used every day. Even the largest corporations like Walmart, Target and Procter & Gamble, use this trailer to transport their inventories. Clothing, non-perishable items, and household items are usually being transported by these trailers. 

With the box-like shape and the ability to back right into the bay of a loading dock, a dry van is an ideal equipment type for any shipper/receiver working from a loading dock.

Best known for their enclosed container that keeps materials safe, a dry van has a maximum capacity of a range of 42,000-45,000 pounds. However, it’s important to take note that the encasement of the inner cargo and the incapability of their floors to support a lot of weight, these trailers are not ideal to carry oversized loads. 

Standard Flatbed Trailers

Including the dry van, a standard flatbed is one of the most common types of trailers. They usually come in in several different sizes (including 24, 40, 45, 48 and 53 feet). 

These are known for their versatility. These are often used to haul steel construction equipment, lumber and other open-air commodities, its openable back and sides make it easy for the loading and unloading by forklift or overhead crane.

The maximum height and weight that can be carried by this transport is 8 feet, 6 inches. The flatbed trailer is 5 feet off the ground and can carry a maximum capacity of 48,000 pounds.

Due to not having a container to house its contents, a standard flatbed trailer is used to haul oversized freight as long as the necessary permits are acquired and the proper routes are followed.

What trailer is best for your shipment?

Now that you’ve fully understood the different types of trailers and what they’re used for, you’ll be able to weigh down the options and choose which one of them would best fulfil your needs. 

When choosing which one you need, always remember to keep capacity, budget and length of the haul. To learn more about trailers and which ones are best for you, make sure to frequently visit our blog here at Jaguar Trailers.

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