For most freight that will weigh over 10,000 lbs, truckload shipping is the way to go. There are a number of different trucks available depending on the commodity and weight of your shipment.
Dry Van – The most common unit used in the shipment of dry goods. Up to 53 feet in length and 102 inches high.
Refrigerated (Reefer) – If your shipment consists of product that requires a climate controlled environment such as refrigerated produce, frozen foods, or temperature sensitive products such as live plants or flowers then a reefer is the way to go. Although interior dimensions vary, the most common measurements are 96.5 inches wide, 101 inches high, and either 48 or 53 feet in length.
Flatbed – Often used for construction equipment, building materials, manufacturing equipment, large or oddly shaped items; a flatbed picks up where a dry van often leaves off. When requesting a flatbed load, be sure to indicate if the item being transported needs to be tarped or not.
Step Deck – Like a flatbed, but best suited for loads that need to be closer to the ground to accommodate a forklift during loading and unloading.
Removable Gooseneck – This is a trailer that has an extremely low deck and which is generally used for hauling the type of freight that can be pushed or driven onto a trailer.
Conestoga – A marriage of flatbed and dry van. This trailer has the frame of a flat-bed but then has a moveable, frame mounted tarp system. This trailer is very handy when you have varying pallet and unit sizes which are difficult to maneuver into place, but you want the protection of a dry van during shipping.