Trailer Size Cheat Sheet

trailerIn the process of receiving a shipping by truck rate, it is important to know the different size trailers and maximum capacity for a load. Here is a handy list of trailers for shipping:

  • A flatbed can fit a load that is up to 9 feet high, 8 feet wide and 53 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 48,000 pounds.
  • An extendible or stretch flatbed can fit a load that is up to 9 feet high, 8.6 feet wide and 75 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 44,000 pounds.
  • A stepdeck, also called a drop deck can fit a load that is up to 10 feet high, 8.6 feet wide and 37 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 46,000 pounds.
  • A 3-axle stepdeck can fit a load that is up to 10 feet high, 8 feet wide and 42 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 70,000 pounds.
  • A double drop deck can fit a load that is up to 9 feet high, 8 feet wide and 53 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 48,000 pounds.
  • A 35-ton lowboy can fit a load that is up to 12 feet high, 8.5 feet wide and 25 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 44,000 pounds.
  • A 50-ton lowboy can fit a load that is up to 12 feet high, 8.6 feet wide and 25 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 90,000 pounds.
  • A 75-ton lowboy can fit a load that is up to 12 feet high, 8.6 feet wide and 75 feet long. The maximum weight capacity is 105,000 pounds.

When you are scheduling a shipment, speak to a trusted freight forwarder who has experience with trailers.

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