Explaining the different types of trucks


We’ll be examining closely different types of trucks and their usability. And how some  trucks are made specifically for certain products. In our other blogs, we talked about the following types of dispatch services:

We’ll be talking in depth about different types of trailers in this article. Let’s get started!



Dry van

Dry Van can handle different types of cargo such as clothing, non-perishable food, electronics, construction materials and much more. If the goods require temperature to be maintained, then Dry Van is not suitable (See Reefer containers for that) Dry Van maximum freight weight is 42,000 lbs. to 45,000 lbs.

Reefer containers

Refrigerated trailer is a temperature-controlled type of trailer. It is generally used for transporting chilled or frozen products. The temperature inside this trailer can be controlled whatever the outside weather is. Reefer containers are always on the demand due to the constant demand of food or frozen products, regardless of the season. More about Reefer containers here Legal weight and dimensions are:

  • Refrigerated Trailers Max freight weight is 42,000 to 45,000 lbs.

Refrigerated Trailers Maximum freight dimension:
Maximum Refrigerated Trailers Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
Maximum Refrigerated Trailers Width- 8.2 ft
Maximum Refrigerated Trailers Height- 8 ft


Flatbed trailers

One of the most popular types of trailers used. Goods that are not vulnerable to weather conditions are generally transported using Flatbed trailers. With these capabilities, flatbeds have truly become the primary and leading assets of the trucking industry. More about Flatbed here

This kind of trailer has the capability to carry a maximum legal freight dimension and weight which are as follows:

  • Flatbed Trailers Maximum freight weight of 48,000 pounds.
  • Flatbed Trailers Maximum freight dimensions:
    Maximum Flatbed Trailer Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
    Maximum Flatbed Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
    Maximum Legal Freight Height- 8.5 ft

Stepdeck trailers

Step-Deck – Stepdeck trailer can be categorized as a type of Flatbed trailer, with an extra ‘step’ on the surface. Stepdecks are used to transport tall or goods with height that cannot be transported using a Flatbed due to height restrictions . The maximum legal dimensions and weight for a Stepdeck – Step Deck Trailers are as follows:

  • Stepdecks Maximum freight weight is 48,000 pounds.

Stepdecks Maximum freight dimensions:
Maximum Stepdeck Trailer Length- 48 ft – 53 ft
Maximum Stepdeck Trailer Width- 8.5 ft
Maximum Legal Freight Height- 10 ft


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