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This page is comprised of resources to help with the planning and execution of domestic and cross-border shipments. We welcome suggestions and if you know of another trailer type that you'd like to see please email us at info@transportersource.com.

HOME » COMMON TRAILER TYPES

Van / Box
The most common type of trailer can haul almost anything that can fit inside. Standard lengths in North America are 28, 40, 48, and 53 feet.

Bus
A bus bodied trailer hitched to a tractor unit to form a trailer bus, a simple alternative to building a rigid bus.

Curtain sider
A curtain sider is similar to a box trailer except that the sides are movable curtains made of reinforced fabric coated in with a waterproof coating. The purpose of a curtain sider is to allow the security and weather resistance of a box trailer with the ease of loading of a flatbed.

Reefer
Box trailer with a heating/cooling unit (reefer) attached. Used for hauling produce, ice cream, etc.

Tanker / Bulk
Used for hauling liquids like gasoline, milk, etc.

Dry Bulk / Pneumatic
Resembles a big tanker, but is used for sugar, flour and other dry powder materials.

Flatbed
Consists of just a load floor and removable side rails, and a bulkhead in front to protect the tractor in the event of a load shift. Can haul almost anything that can be stacked on and strapped down.

Lowboy
Type of flatbed in which the load floor is as close to the ground as possible. Most commonly used to haul heavy equipment, cranes, bulldozers, etc.

Car carrying trailer
Carries multiple cars; usually new cars from the manufacturer.

Drop-deck trailer
A Drop-deck trailer is a trailer on which the floor drops down a level once clear of the tractor unit, the most common types of drop-deck trailer are flatbeds and curtain siders.

Double Decker
Double deckers or deckers are trailers with either a fixed, hinged or moveable second floor to enable them to carry more palletised goods, in general a double decker can carry 40 pallets as opposed to 26 for a standard trailer. Double deck trailers are generally a stepped box or curtain siders, with box trailers having either a fixed or movable (floating ) deck and curtain sides having either a fixed or hinged second deck, this hinged seconed deck generally swings into a position down the length of the trailer and can be divided into 2 or 3 sections to allow greater load flexibility.

Sidelifter / Sideloader
Semi-trailer with hydraulic cranes mounted on tracks at both ends of the trailer allowing for the loading and unloading of different sized shipping containers without the need of a forklift or other container handling equipment.

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