Common Truck Trailer Sizes and Types

RCX Solutions is dedicated to meeting your ground freight shipping needs, from truckload and LTL shipments to partial and specialized moves. We have access to a wide range of truck trailers to ensure that your freight can arrive at its intended destination safely and on schedule. Below are examples of the most common trailers we use to accommodate freight of all sizes and shapes.

For a more detailed look at freight dimensions and weight restrictions, download our free truck trailer sizes guide.

Dry Van Trailers

Dry Van Trailer
Dry van trailers are the most common type of trailers on the road. This versatile shipping workhorse is ideal for a variety of loads that must be protected from the elements. When planning your shipping options, pay close attention to the suspension systems of dry van trailers; an air-ride suspension offers a more cushioned ride for delicate cargo than spring-ride suspensions. You should also be aware of whether a dry van trailer has swing doors or roll doors. While swing-door hinges open wide for loading, segmented roll doors slide vertically and can pose challenges for large cargo.

Flatbed Trailers

Flatbed Trailer
With four unique flatbed configurations available, these trailers are designed to haul some of the most diverse loads in the shipping industry. While flatbed trailers can haul containers and freight that would not typically fit in a dry van trailer, their lack of cover requires some unique considerations. For example, some flatbed shipping is highly dependent on the weather, and oversized loads can require pilot vehicles and additional signage to ensure safety. Depending on your cargo, these factors can affect your schedule and overall cost.

Reefer Trailers

Reefer Trailer
Refrigerated or “reefer” trailers can haul the same dry goods as a dry van trailer, but they also offer the ability to carry perishable commodities over long distances. The built-in refrigeration unit and insulated trailer can maintain the freshness of food products while they are in transit. Most refrigerated loads are separated into two classes: chilled and frozen. Pay close attention to the ideal temperature range for your cargo and communicate this to your carrier when shipping with a reefer trailer.

For more insight into the ideal trailer size and type that will work best for your shipping needs, download our free guide!

Over-the-Road Trucking Rates

Over-the-road trucking rates fluctuate constantly, so contact a representative at RCX Solutions now by calling 877-578-6517 or requesting a shipping quote here on our website if you have questions after downloading our guide.

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