Flatbed shipping is transportation for cargo that may not require the enclosure of a dry van, cannot be loaded or unloaded from a dock or does not fit within the dimensions of standard truck trailers. A flatbed’s design allows for cranes and forklifts to load goods from all angles.
A step deck trailer is a trailer designed specifically for tall freight, hence the lower deck. With a step deck, the maximum height of freight becomes 10’2”, instead of the regular 8’6” on traditional flatbeds. When combined with ramps, the lower deck of a step deck allows for transport of vehicles, farming equipment, or construction equipment.
A Conestoga trailer is one of the most versatile types of trailers available. It is a flatbed trailer, but with an accordion-style tarping system that simply pulls over the freight. So, you get the ease of freight loading that a flatbed provides with the load protection provided by the cover.
Hotshots are the name given to short flatbed goose-neck trailers pulled by medium-duty trucks. These trailers vary, ranging from 15ft to 40ft in length, and have a maximum cargo capacity of 18,000 lbs. Like step decks, these trailers can also be used in vehicle transport when combined with ramps. Hotshots are also far better for navigating small roads and tight locations.