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Used Flatbed Trailers For Sale

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Most flatbed trailers come in two standard sizes either 48x102 or 53x102. There are other sizes such as a 45x102 or 48x96 or 53x96 but not a whole lot of supply or demand for the 96 inch wide trailers. 45x102 flatbeds are not widely popular, but most local haulers use this size to install a Princeton or Moffett kit on the back to be able to haul a forklift for local or short hauls.

Forklifts can be as long as 8-10ft, so the shorter 45ft flatbeds are needed to be axble to have a forklift on the rear and not be over length. The axle spread on flatbed trailers is essential for many reasons as well. On a 45ft flatbed that will have a forklift kit on the back, the trucker would need to have sliding tandem axles where both axles slide together or a sliding rear axle or a set forward rear axle

This axle spacing is necessary to have the room to install the forklift kit on the rear. On a 48ft or 53ft flatbed trailer, the axle spacing is needed for different reasons depending on the application used. Each axle spacing is desired for various reasons. Trucking is a game of pounds and inches a lot of the time, and with a spread axle, the trucker is allowed to carry more weight in some states versus a closed axle. The more weight the trucker can take the more versatile the tractor truck and semi-trailer combination become and the more loads that are available. Each state has different rules and laws on how much weight can be carried, axles allowed, spread or fixed, et cetera.

Truckers could prefer axle spacing for other reasons such as city driving with tighter turns you might prefer to have a closed axle flatbed over a spread axle flatbed. Many different variations and customizations can be made to the axles. Truckers can have lift axles or dump valves or sliding axles or traveling axles seen on Landoll style trailers. If you went to a truck stop and talked to ten different drivers about axle spacing you would probably get ten different answers on what they prefer and why. Flatbed trailers come with varying ratings of GVWR as well which play into how much weight can be hauled. 80,000 GVWR is most common while some manufacturers like Reitnouer flatbed trailers have models that go as high as 110,000 GVWR. Frame ratings usually set in at 80,000 pounds evenly distributed for most flatbed trailers. The empty weight of flatbeds is essential as well. The lighter the used or new flatbed is, the more cargo weight that can be carried. When you have 80,000 gross pounds to work with the weight of everything matters. Semi truck weight plus semi-trailer weight subtracted from the 80,000 total weight number allowed in most cases leaves a trucker with the amount of cargo left able to haul. Truckers can get overweight permits to go over the 80,000-pound limit but in some states, you may also need more axles. Flatbed trailers are usually either all aluminum or have a steel frame (i-beams) and aluminum floor and outer construction. Flatbed trailers that have a steel frame, aluminum exterior construction, aluminum rub rails and aluminum floors are considered combo flatbeds.

To some combo might have a different technical meaning but that’s what we believe a combo flatbed is for the most part. Wood floor flatbeds are out there as well as steel floor or rubber or whatever else a flat deck trailer can be floored with. Flatbed trailers are the most popular open deck hauling trailers that can be used to haul a variety of loads. For super long loads there are even extendable flatbed trailers that extend out to 80ft and other specialty types like chassis trailers or Schnabel trailers. Whatever your used flatbed trailer needs are let us know and we will work hard to get you what you need.


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