Trailer Selector Guide

Trailer Selector Guide for Freight Shipping

It is important to select the best type of trailer for each freight shipping service in order to ensure safe and legal transport of your freight. When determining the best trailer, your decision will be based on the total freight weight and dimensions of your shipment as well as the type of freight that is to be shipped. Our guide below shows general freight dimensions and weights for each trailer type. This offers rough guidelines for planning.

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The information below shows the total freight weight and dimensions that each type of trailer can transport legally, without additional state highway permits, and it does not include information for heavy haul trucking or oversize load trucking service. It is intended to act as a basic guide when selecting the appropriate trailer for your freight shipping service.

  • Choosing a Trailer For Your Freight Heave & Oversize Shipping Service

    When selecting the best trailer for your cargo delivery service, you will have the choice between diversities of types and styles of trailers. It is imperative to choose the most suitable type of trailer for each freight shipping service in order to ensure safe, proper, and timely delivery. The types of trailers available to you include:

    • Flatbed Trailers
    • Drop Deck Trailers
    • Lowboy Trailers
    • Enclosed Box
    • Dry Van Trailers
    • Stretched Flatbed Trailers

    Types of Trailers

  • Flatbed Trailer

    This is a standard trailer that is commonly used for flatbed trucking service, transportation and shipping. It can be used for heavy and oversize freight shipping services of standard size machinery, equipment, or other types of heavy freight.

    Maximum Freight Weight:    

    48.000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:          

    Length 48 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)

  • Single Drop-Deck/Step-Deck Trailer

    A single-drop deck trailer accommodates freight shipments that are slightly taller than standard size, up to 10 feet on the main deck. This is ideal for a variety of types of flatbed trucking or oversize trucking service.

    Maximum Freight Weight:     

    48.000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Main Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 37 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 10 feet (120″)

    Front Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 11 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)


  • Double Drop-Deck Trailer

    This trailer is another option for oversize trucking shipments. It can be used when your freight is slightly taller or up to 11.5 feet in height.

    Maximum Freight Weight:     

    45,000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Main Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 29 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 11.5 feet (138″)

    Front Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 10 feet

    Length 8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)

    Rear Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 9 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 10 feet (120″)


  • Double-Drop Trailer with Detachable-Deck/Lowboy

    A lowboy or double-drop trailer with detachable deck can be used for oversize trucking service when your freight is extra tall. It can accommodate freight shipping service for shipments that are up to 12 feet in height.

    Maximum Freight Weight:     

    44,000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Main Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 29 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 12 feet (144″)

    Front Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 10 feet

    Length 8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)

    Rear Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 9 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 10 feet (120″)


  • Enclosed Box/Dry-Van Trailer

    Dry-Van trailers can be used for the freight shipping service of a variety of types of items. These enclosed box trailers will protect freight from the weather and can be used for transporting large items or items that are packaged on pallets.

    Maximum Freight Weight:     

    45.000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:    

    Length 52.5 feet

    Width  8 feet 5 inches (100″)

    Height 9 feet 2inches (110″)

  • Stretch Flatbed Trailer

    This trailer can be used for oversize trucking service when you need to ship freight that is standard height but requires a longer length trailer.

    Maximum Freight Weight:

    45.000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Length 45-80 feet

    Width  8 feet (96″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)

  • Stretch Single-Drop Deck Trailer

    A stretch single-drop deck trailer can be used to accommodate freight that is an extended length, from 38 to 63 feet long, and slightly taller, up to 10 feet in height.

    Maximum Freight Weight:     

    43,000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Main Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 38-63 feet

    Width  8 feet (96″)

    Height 10 feet (120″)

    Front Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 10 feet

    Width  8 feet (96″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)


  • Stretch Double-Drop Deck – 2 or 3 axle (depending on weight)

    This trailer is ideal for oversize trucking as it can be used for large freight shipments that are anywhere from 29 to 50 feet in length and up to 11.5 feet in height.

    Maximum Freight Weight:  

    40,000 lbs.

    Maximum Freight Dimensions:

    Main Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 29-50 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 11.5 feet (138″)

    Front Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 10 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 8.5 feet (102″)

    Rear Deck Max. Dimensions

    Length 9 feet

    Width  8.5 feet (102″)

    Height 10 feet (120″)


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