Flatbeds are one of the most commonly used trailers due to their versatility. A flatbed trailer can be loaded from the top, sides, or rear of the trailer making it a primary and common asset to the flatbed trucking industry. This trailer can accommodate freight with the maximum legal weight and dimensions shown below.
Sometimes called a low-bed trailer, float, or low-loader, Lowboy trailers are a type of transport platform introduced in the 1920s as an option for hauling oversized freight. (Curiosity piqued? Check out this article on the “History of Heavy Haul”).
What’s unique about a Lowboy? Lowboy trailers have one drop after the gooseneck (the projecting front end that connects the trailer to the truck’s cab.)
Lowboy trailers are usually loaded from the back or the side and sometimes require additional equipment for loading and unloading.
A two-axle lowboy can support 40,000 pounds. Adding more axels increases the weight limit to up to 80,000 pounds making it possible to move heavier equipment without extra permitting.
The length of a lowboy ranges from 24 feet to 29.6 feet. Large construction bulldozers can easily fit.
The legal load in the trucking industry
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