Flatbed trailers are multipurpose open trailers which are used to ship various products and materials. A flatbed is the most basic of trailer equipment out there in the platform transport section. This trailer is excellent for carrying all kinds of freight. From commodities like steel coils, pipe, and lumber to machinery, equipment, and all things in between. Loading is typically done by forklift from the side or overhead by crane. One of the advantages is maximum continuous deck space.
Below you will see equipment dimensions followed by maximum legal commodity dimensions.
|Equipment Dimensions||Commodity Dimensions|
|Trailer Length -48′ to 53′||Width – 8’6″|
|Deck Height – 5′||Height – 8’6″|
|Empty Weight – 32,000 lbs.||Weight – 48,000 lbs.|
|Trailer Width – 8’6″||Length 48′ to 53′|
Legal Restrictions on load size
Understanding the legal restrictions on load size will also help in choosing the proper trailer for your load.
Maximum Load Length – The length limit differs depending on whether the load travels on the, U. S. Highways, Federal Interstate system or State highways. In some circumstances, loads can overhang 4′ off a 48′ trailer. An overhang is not allowed on 53′ trailers.
Loads surpassing 53′ can be shipped on properly permitted stretch trailers. The load maximums apply to the load and trailer together. The height maximum, for instance, is 13’6″ from the ground including both the trailer and the load.
Loads which meet this length, width and height restrictions are considered legal loads. A load that exceeds these maximums can be legally transported by the purchase of permits. For safety reasons, these permitted loads are subject to various restrictions such as date and time of travel, route designation, marking requirements and possible requirement of pilot cars.
If a load is divisible in such a way as to meet the legal load limits, no permit will be granted.
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