Flatbed, Specialized Equipment, and Heavy Haul
We have several experienced dispatchers who can assist you in finding capacity for your customers
Robert Hernandez email@example.com 313-999-3550
Cory Dockendorf firstname.lastname@example.org 320-980-3148
Al Zellmer email@example.com 618-869-2026
Len Colfer firstname.lastname@example.org 732-667-5261 e151
- Origin and Destination. Is either a job site? Any specific pickup or delivery dates/times. How will the freight be loaded/unloaded?
- What commodity are you shipping? Obtain a photo of the freight if available.
- Is the commodity new or used? What is the value of the cargo? This protects You by allowing the dispatcher to make sure that Pinnacle has the appropriate cargo coverage.
- Weight and freight dimensions. Having the correct dimensions and knowing the weight is critical to understanding whether your shipment is legal or whether it requires permits in transit.
- Are there any accessories (dunnage) required for transport? Examples are tarps (what size drop), straps, chains & binders, v-boards or chain-protectors. Will it be supplied by the shipper (free or sold) or is Pinnacle required to bring it/pay for it?
- Does your shipment require one specific type of equipment or can it be loaded on a similar type of equipment? For example, a flatbed load might be able to be loaded on a step-deck or hotshot.
Obtain the information above and contact one of our experienced dispatchers. If they require additional information, they will direct you through the process.
Most Common Trailer Types and their Requirements
Standard Flatbed Trailer
Trailer dimensions: Standard length 48’, Width 8.6’, Standard deck Ht. 5’
53’ trailers are not as common
Trailer restrictions: 48,000 #
Total max. height with cargo is 13.6’
Benefits of a flatbed trailer:
- Simplicity makes them versatile and valuable in the industry.
- You can place oddly shaped items, oversized items, or items that need to be securely strapped to a trailer.
- When your cargo arrives at its location, you can access it from all angles.
Common uses of flatbed trailers:
- Building materials
- Heavy equipment
- Scrap metal
- Super sacks
- PODS type moving and storage containers
Standard Step Deck Trailer/Single Drop Trailer
Step deck trailers have both and upper deck and a lower deck which facilitates carrying of taller cargo without permits. Manufacturers designed them to fit heavy equipment that would not fit on standard flatbed trailers. Some have built-in ramps for easy loading/unloading.
Trailer dimensions: Length 48’, Width 8.6’, Top deck is typically 11’ long and 5’ high and the lower deck is 37’ long and 3’6” high.
Trailer restrictions: 45,000 to 48,000 #, Total max. height with cargo is 13’6”
Common uses of step deck and single drop trailers:
- Drilling rigs
- Heavy equipment
- Storage tanks
- Building materials
Standard Double Drop Trailer/Low Boy Trailer
A lowboy trailer has two drops in the height deck after the gooseneck and right before the wheels. This allows the deck to hang lower to the ground. This lowest portion is known as the “well”.
Trailer dimensions: Bottom well Length 28’, Width 8.6’, and 22” high in the “well”
Trailer restrictions: 38,000 to 42,000# – depending on number of axles used
Total max. height with cargo 13’6”
Common uses of lowboy trailers:
- Industrial equipment
- Shipping crates (wooden crates exiting ports that are loaded with a crane)
- Bulldozers if the trailer has ramps off tail
- Taller goods or items
Conestoga Trailer or Side Kit Trailer
Basically, a flatbed with a rolling tarp-on frame system that protects the cargo, as if traveling in a closed truck. Most commonly used when it is required to load from the sides or top of the truck, is an oversized commodity, or it is necessary to protect the load from weather conditions. Based on the lack of availability of this type of equipment, it can take 3-4 days to find an available truck.
Trailer dimensions: 48’ length is standard
Height of freight limited to peak of bow
Trailer restrictions: 42,000 to 48,000# typically
Removable Gooseneck (RGN)
Optimal for carrying tall and long freight. The front is detachable and it allows the bottom to lower to create a ramp.
Trailer dimensions: 28’ of loading space on the main deck, width 8.5’
Trailer restrictions: Generally 38,000 to 42,000#
Basic Flatbed Accessories (Dunnage)
Straps and Tiedowns
All flatbed carriers have straps on their trailers, although the number of straps is dependent on the carrier. It is very important to know the number of straps needed.
Used much like straps to secure loads. Usually needed on heavier loads such as coils or machinery. They are secured and adjusted using binders or ratchet binders.
V boards/Edge protectors
Used to separate a load from the straps or chains used to secure it. They keep the product safe from possible scratches and also ensure that the product doesn’t damage the straps.
Flatbed tarps generally come in 4, 6, or 8 ft lengths.
Blocking, Bracing, and Dunnage
Used to immobilize a load and keep it from shifting to the front, back, or side. Dunnage or 4×4’s are commonly used.