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Common Types of Freight Trucks

Dry vans are the most common type of freight trucks that you will see on the road!

When it comes to transporting freight, there are a variety of different truck options available. This is because there are so many different types of products that need to be transported and they all can’t use the same truck style. If you are trying to figure out which truck is best for your specific freight, here are some common types of freight trucks.

Flatbed Trucks

These freight trucks have an open trailer with no sides or top, which is where the name comes from. The trailer is completely flat and leveled which makes it a lot easier to load and unload freight. Flatbed freight trucks are good for large, heavy items that wouldn’t fit in an enclosed trailer. The freight is secured with straps, tarps, or other devices use to tie and secure it in place. These are typically used for construction materials, large parts, and oversized loads.

Reefer Trucks

Also referred to as refrigerated trucks, reefer trucks are ones that have temperature control settings inside of the trailer. Have you ever wondered how perishable food items make it through multiple hours on the road? Reefer trucks make this possible by keeping the trailer compartment cool enough to keep the food fresh. These freight trucks are also used for pharmaceuticals, chemicals and other HAZMAT materials that need to be kept in a certain temperature.

Dry Vans

These are the most common type of freight trucks that you will see on the road. They are the standard 53 foot trailer just like the ones you see for places like Walmart and Target. They are referred to as vans because the trailer is completely closed off which protects the freight from various weather elements. Dry vans are used for a variety of freight such as home goods, electronics, and pretty much any products that don’t need to be refrigerated.

Step Deck Trucks

These freight trucks look similar to a flatbed truck, except that the trailer isn’t completely leveled. The biggest difference between a step deck truck and a flatbed truck is the fact that the step deck truck is a step down, meaning it sits closer to the ground. This type of freight truck is used for items that are taller, allowing them to sit lower so that they will miss any hazards such as bridges and tunnel clearances.

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