Two of the most common types of trailers that carriers transport are flatbed trailers and dry vans. These different types are used for different materials. They require different skills to transport successfully, and as a business owner, it pays to be familiar with both types so that you can contract with a company who will deliver your product safely. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Dry vans are basically huge empty boxes. They have doors on the back and are used to haul large loads of boxed materials. Cargo that gets shipped on this type of trailer includes groceries and other consumer goods. Similar to the standard dry van is the reefer, which is pretty much a refrigerator on wheels. Reefers transport food items that need to be kept at a certain temperature. Dry vans and reefers are both used for cargo that can’t be exposed to the open air. If you need to have products shipped to a retail store or grocer, you will likely be using one of these trailers. Your driver should have the expertise to make sure that your product arrives at its destination without getting damaged during the trip. If you’re transporting food or other perishables, he or she will also probably need to check the load periodically to make sure that the temperature on the trailer is at the correct temperature.
Flatbed trailers, on the other hand, are used to haul large items like steel, metal, and wood. They are industrial trailers, and they usually transport building materials to construction sites or other similar jobs. Flatbeds often require that your driver secure the load with tie-down straps before hitting the road. If it rains, the load may need to be covered with a tarp. However, for the most part, flatbeds are used to haul products that aren’t terribly sensitive to the weather. If you’re sending a product on a flatbed, your main objective will be to find a driver who can get your load to its destination safely, without losing anything off of the trailer due to a bad tie-down job.
As you can see, there is a trailer suited to anyone’s needs, no matter what they may be. It’s important to work with someone who knows what they’re doing and how to ship products properly, especially if you’re concerned about the safety of your products. Partnering with a trucking firm will ensure that your products are shipped safely and quickly without you having to even lift a finger. And a local one (like us) is even better because you can always ask us questions or check up on your products without going through an automated system.