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WHAT IS A CONESTOGA TRAILER

Trailers have evolved over time to suit the many needs of suppliers and comers. A Conestoga Trailer was inspired by old train wagons that were covered with a sheet to secure the goods that were being transported. The trailer has a sliding tarp system that secures the freight when pushed fully. When the system is pushed back, it gives three sides to access the freight faster for both loading and offloading.

A container trailer has walls on all four sides, which offer security and shelter, while the flatbed offers access to all sides of the trailer, so it is easy to load and offload goods. A Conestoga Trailer combines these two types of trailers to offer both a shelter for the goods and unrestricted access to the trailer for easy loading and offloading.

WHY CONESTOGA TRAILERS?

Perhaps the most significant advantage of this trailer is that it maximizes the space for adding freight to the trailer. The best way to understand the advantage of using these trailers is to compare the differences between a typical container trailer and a flatbed trailer.

Conestoga Trailer is especially suited for carrying freight like: steel, wood, heavy machinery, large items, and oversized loads.

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LOADING THE TRAILERS

Forklifts easily load these trailers with goods at the docking station when the tarp system is pulled backward. For this reason, this one trailer can make multiple deliveries at once. This saves a lot of time and money for drivers and suppliers.

The ability to choose between a flatbed and a closed van container is important for many companies. This leaves options open for what the trailer can do. In the case where lumber needs to be transported, the tarp system could be pulled back to give a flatbed trailer, while when there is a need to transport medical or food supplies, the tarp system could be closed.

USE OF CONESTOGA TRAILERS

Ultimately it depends on the main aim or objective that is to be achieved. For third-party logistics companies, they need a trailer with efficient operations and timely deliveries from suppliers to consumers.

For this reason, a Conestoga Trailer is best suited to third party logistics companies. Nonetheless, shippers regularly rent out Conestoga Trailers so as to fit their many supply and demand needs. The trailer remains to be expensive for small and medium-sized enterprises with a need for an efficient supply chain. Even so, they understand the need to have a trailer that could provide good access and shelter at the same time.

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