Flatbed trucking is one of the most popular ways to move freight domestically. Use our blog post to learn everything you should know about flatbed trucking if you are just getting into the shipping industry or if you ship cargo frequently.
What is Flatbed Trucking?
Flatbed trucking is a unique type of cargo transportation for oversized items that do not fit in an enclosed trailer. Because there are no walls or ceilings on a flatbed trailer, the cargo must be meticulously strapped down and secured to prevent any movement during the transportation. Flatbed trucking is necessary for several items and in many cases, it is the only means of transportation for some of the cargo that needs to be shipped, unlike most other cargo types that can be moved in a variety of ways.
Many drivers of flatbed trucks dedicate their career to flatbed trailer driving, as it requires the specific skillset needed to correctly secure the cargo onto the flatbed. Additionally, there are many types of cargo that are moved via flatbed trucking that require frequent movement so many flatbed truck drivers will work for the owners of the item and will be responsible for bringing it to and from a new job.
What Types of Items are Shipped on Flatbed Trucks?
There are many different types of cargo transported on flatbed trucks because of their size and shape including but not limited to:
- Mobile homes
- Over-sized piping
- Steel coils
- Tow trucks
- Heavy machinery
- Construction equipment
- Steel frames
How Big are Flatbed Trucks?
Flatbed trucking trailers are between 48 and 53 feet long and up to 102 feet wide. Any trailer larger than these dimensions would be considered a wide load and would require a special permit. Flatbed trailers are built with a hardy aluminum and supported by wooden floors, some of the most reliable materials for transporting cargo safely.
The weight limit for flatbed trucks varies by state, something that must be considered when moving cargo across several state lines, but typically speaking, the gross weight of the trailer, cargo, and cab cannot exceed 80,000 pounds. Any amount over that limit will require a specific permit.
Do I Need a Flatbed for My Cargo Shipment?
If you aren’t frequently moving cargo in your line of work, it can be hard to tell what necessitates a flatbed trailer and what doesn’t. Working with a trusted logistics manager is the best way for you to learn what type of shipment makes the most sense for your cargo. Contact us today at LogiWorld and we’ll answer any and all questions you have about your shipping options!