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Truck Trailer Types

Importance of Knowing Types of Truck Trailers

Knowing which truck trailer type is the best fit for hauling your load not only improves the accuracy of the FR8Star freight cost estimate, it also helps interested carriers bid and book accordingly.

Determining which trailer would fit your shipping needs best can be cumbersome. That’s why FR8Star does it for you when calculating a truck freight rate to save you valuable shipping costs and time. The list below features the most common types of truck trailers that FR8Star carriers provide.  See how shippers can benefit from using FR8Star and ship freight hassle-free.

Truck trailer types for shipping freight. Understanding the differences between truck trailer types and knowing which truck trailer could be the right fit for your freight is critical in determining freight pricing. Use FR8Star and get the true cost to ship truck freight with our FREE freight cost calculator.
Types of truck trailers: Flatbed

Flatbed Truck Trailers

Flatbed trailers are multi-functional due to their open deck design. Flatbeds are used to haul truck freight that does not exceed 8’6″ in height.

  • Number of combined axels: 5-13
  • Extendable variants: yes
  • Typical weight allowance: 50,000 – 120,000 lb.

Hot Shot Truck Trailers

Hot Shot truck trailer types are typically used for smaller loads or equipment that would be considered partial loads on a commercial truck trailer. These are the type of truck trailers you see attached to a Ford F-350, Ram 3500 or Chevy 3500HD (in no order of brand preference of course.) Don’t forget, FR8Star offers savings with partial load shipping via hot shot trailers.

  • Number of combined axels: 4-5
  • Extendable variants: No
  • Typical weight allowance: Less than 25,000 lb.
Truck trailer types: hot shot freight is perfect to haul truck loads that weigh less than 25,000 lb. - FR8Star
Truck trailer types: Step deck trailers are great for taller loads. - FR8Star

Step Deck Truck Trailers

Step Deck or single drop decks are truck trailer types typically used for loads that exceed legal height on a flatbed. This truck trailer type would be used for loads up to 10ft in height.

  • Number of combined axels: 5-13
  • Extendable variants: Yes
  • Typical weight allowance: 70,000 – 140,000 lb.

RGN Truck Trailers

RGN or removable gooseneck truck trailers are typically used for wheeled and tracked loads. If the load is above 11’6″, it will require permits.

  • Number of combined axels: 5-13
  • Extendable variants: yes
  • Typical weight allowance: 70,000 – 220,000 lb.
Truck trailer types: RGN trailers can haul extremely heavy and tall freight like heavy machines - FR8Star
truck trailer types: landoll trailers allow for freight to be ramped up onto - FR8Star heavy equipment transport shipping

Landoll - Traveling Axle Trailer

Landoll or traveling axle trailers are typically used for loads that can be rolled on the trailer but won’t fit other trailers such as a shipping container. They are not suitable for docks.

  • Number of combined axels: 6-7
  • Extendable variants: no
  • Typical weight allowance: 50,000 – 110,000 lb.

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