How to Choose the Right Trailer for Heavy Cargo Shipping

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How to Choose the Right Trailer for Heavy Cargo Shipping

When it comes to shipping heavy cargo such as trucks, buses, camping trailers, mining or construction equipment, it’s crucial to choose the right trailer for safe transportation. Therefore, the first thing you should ask when hiring a heavy cargo shipping company is the kind of trailer they would be providing for transporting your heavy duty goods and materials.

Different types of trailers are now available to ship heavy equipment and you should know the features, advantages, and disadvantages of each type to make an informed decision. In today’s blog post, we’ll guide you through the different types of heavy equipment trailers to help you choose the right option according to your needs.

  1. RGN or Removable Gooseneck Trailers

These trailers can carry 42,000 lbs of weight and carry cargo with a height up to 11 ½ feet and width up to 8 ½ feet.  The front part of this type of trailer can be removed or detached to lower the trailer towards the ground. This makes loading and unloading of self-powered cargo on and from them much easier. Some of the common types of cargo suitable for hauling in RGN trailers include trucks, excavators, pipelayers, scrapers, graders, trenchers, loaders, and other oversized machinery.

These trailers come with the option of attaching multiple axles to the side or to the rear section to support heavier loads.

  1. Flatbed Trailers

It’s one of the most commonly used containers for shipping heavy equipment. It’s suitable for all standard heavy equipment shipping needs as these trailers come in a wide variety of sizes and capacities allowing up to 48,000 lbs of weight for hauling. Loading and unloading of goods are also easy with flatbed trailers when you use a crane or forklift.

However, if you’re shipping construction equipment, keep in mind that flatbed trailers can’t accommodate goods taller than 8 ½ feet and wider than 8 ½ feet. Mini excavators, trenchers, street sweepers, forklifts, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, and skid steers are some of the construction equipment that can be transported in flatbed trailers.

  1. Step Deck Trailers

This type of trailer is suitable for heavier or mid-size equipment with dimensions no more than 10 feet in height and 8 ½ feet in width. Like flatbed trailers, these trailers also can carry up to 48,000 lbs of weight. With step deck trailers, you can either tow your equipment or drive them aboard. They’re an ideal choice for hauling self-propelling trenchers, rough-terrain forklifts, and telehandlers. You can also consider hauling small-sized heavy equipment suitable for flatbed trailers to be transported in step deck trailers. This is because it’s easier to drive in heavy equipment than lifting them to load.

You should be clear about the purpose you want a trailer to serve when determining the right type for your business needs. Evaluate your choice based on factors such as the size and capacity you need for your cargo, whether the trailer needs sides, a top or ramps, where it’ll be stored, the legal limitations on cargo dimensions in your state or destination location, and other requirements.

Selecting the right trailer for hauling heavy cargo is the key to successful transportation. A reputed heavy equipment shipping company can also help you make the right choice before shipping with them. At Viamar, we have over 35 years of experience in international shipping of heavy cargo. Call us at 1-800-277-7570 or write to us for a free quote.

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