Types of Trailers for Heavy Equipment Transport

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William Thomas / September 2022

Heavy equipment transport trailers are integral components when it comes to towing overload and weirdly shaped freight. Numerous industries, including agriculture, construction, and defense, rely on these trailers when moving heavy machinery between job sites. The trailers come in a wide range of options, each uniquely designed and built for different freight capacities and special purposes. The hack is choosing one whose ability best matches your cargo towing and delivery needs.

Three Main Types of Trailers for Heavy Equipment Transport

Shipping a semi trailer

Flatbed Trailers

The flatbed trailer is perfect when it comes to trucking compact loads. There are many reasons why these trailers have gained so much traction in the logistics industry. For starters, they exude a great sense of versatility and can conveniently transport loads weighing up to 48,000 pounds. The trailer’s length generally ranges from 48 to 53 feet and can therefore haul cargo that is up to eight and a half feet long. Besides, they have a flat level surface, making it easy to safely load, secure, and offload the cargo upon delivery.

Flatbeds can quickly load cargo from their tips, sides, or rear-end. However, these trailers do not dropdown. As such, cranes, forklifts, and loading docks go a long way in facilitating easy cargo loading during pick-up.

What are the Examples of Flatbed Cargo?

  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Tubing
  • Steel Products

RGN Trailers

Removable gooseneck trailers are fitted with a hydraulic-powered gooseneck, which easily disconnects from the trailer body. Once detached, the trailer’s front deck drops to the ground creating a shallow slope for easy loading and offloading of heavy equipment. RGN trailers can help you hold your heavyweight cargo closer to the ground during trucking. They also come with an extra trailer option, which increases the trailer length to 74 feet, providing additional space for large-sized cargo. Resultantly, this alleviates problems related to height permits and restrictions. Also, it gets easy to load the cargo to the trailer without cranes and forklifts, making the process safe and economical.

RGN trailers are incredibly versatile and can be used to transport numerous heavyweight and weirdly shaped equipment. RGN trailers are popular for towing such loads as specialized vehicles, combined harvesters, boats, mining machinery, and off-highway trucks. They also transport tanks, forklifts, and a wide range of construction materials and equipment.

Step Deck Trailers

Step-deck trailers offer numerous trucking advantages over their RGN and flatbed counterparts. They are overly versatile and can conveniently ship a wide range of heavy equipment. A step deck does not have any restrictive sides or roof and can quickly ship heavy loads weighing between 45000Ibs and 62000IBS. One of the most significant advantages of these semi-trailers is their capacity to haul higher goods without necessarily applying for additional permits. This is attributed to the fact that these trailers are designed and built to hold heavy equipment lower down, thus avoiding issues with height restriction. Besides, being closer to the ground means the loading crew does not have to lift the forklift too high while loading or offloading your freight. The loading process is, therefore, made easier, more convenient, and safer.

Semi trailer loaded on an rgn trailer

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What to Consider When Choosing a Heavy Duty Trailer

  • If you are looking for a heavy-duty trailer for your oversized load, you probably have numerous options at your disposal. All the same, doing enough due diligence will help you avoid unnecessary costs and damage possibilities. Besides, not every heavy hauling company has the necessary trailer to handle your cargo. Before deciding on the ultimate trucking option, you should consider:
  • Your freight dimensions vs. the trailer capacity: The size and weight of your load are major determinants of the type of trailer you choose.
  • Your Budget: When choosing the right trailer for your heavy load, it is natural to get lured by cheaper options. Nevertheless, you should not compromise other crucial factors, such as safety and reliability.
  • Convenience: While towing your heavy equipment, go for trailers that guarantees you the utmost safety. For instance, the best trailer should come with the much-needed forklifts, quality chains, and ropes for easy securing of the load. All the same, you should consult your logistician to guide you on the best towing option for your freight.

To ensure safe and quick delivery of your equipment from the pick-up point to your doorstep. You need to work with an experienced and well-equipped trucking and shipping company. Here’s where Heavy Equipment Transport comes in. We pride ourselves on working with a team of qualified truck drivers and logisticians dedicated to meeting and exceeding our clients’ shipping needs.

William Thomas

William Thomas

Heavy Transport Specialist

Being able to lead a team of such talented logistics agents has been a wonderful experience over the past ten years. If you would like to know anything more about the heavy equipment transport services we offer, don't hesitate to give us a call!