Truck and Trailer Dimensions

Standard Trailer

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Front View - Trailer Above

"Landing Gear" Below

Rear View

(Note Swing Doors)

  • Used to carry most freight (boxed, crated, palletized, etc.) 

  • Common lengths:  28’, 32’, 36’, 40’, 42’, 43’, 45’, 48’, 53’ 

  • Common widths:  96”  – 102”   (8’—8.5’) 

  • Common heights:  12.5’ – 13.5’ 

  • Common axle/ wheel ratios:  2 axle/ 8-wheel, heavy loads use 3 axle/ 12 wheel or 4 axle/  16 wheel configurations 

Common Dimensions of Standard Truck Trailers

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Reefer (Refrigerated) Truck Trailer

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Refrigeration Unit

Fuel Tank for refrigeration unit

  • Reefers are refrigerated by a unit commonly at the front of the trailer and are insulated to transport perishable goods

  • Common lengths:  28’, 32’, 36’, 40’, 48’, 53’ 

  • Common widths:  96” —102”  (8’—8.5’) 

  • Common heights:  12.5” —13.5”  

  • Common axle/ wheel ratios:  2 axle/ 8-wheel, heavy loads use 3 axle/ 12 wheel or 4 axle/  16 wheel configurations 

Common Dimensions of Reefer Truck Trailers

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Container Skeletal Carrier

40' Container Length

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20' Container 

40' Container Length

  • These trailers are designed to transport international cargo containers that can often range from 20’— 45’ in length

  • Some skeletal containers come in adjustable configurations to accommodate a wide range of containers

  • Brackets mounted on the trailer keep the container in place for roadway travel

  • Common axle/ wheel ratios:  2 axle/ 8-wheel, heavy loads use 3 axle/ 12 wheel or 4 axle/  16 wheel configurations 

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Platform (Flat Bed) trailer

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SIDE VIEW

TANDEM SIDE VIEW

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PLATFORM TRAILER REAR VIEW

  • These trailers are designed to accommodate oversize cargo that wouldn’t normally fit into standard sized freight trailers

  • Platform trailers are also designed for transporting materials that must be loaded/unloaded from the top or side of the trailer

  • Common lengths: 26’, 40’, 42’, 45’, 48

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Platform Dropdeck/Gooseneck Trailers

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Gooseneck Trailer Single

Gooseneck Trailer Tandem

Gooseneck Trailer Rear View
 

  • Designed to accommodate oversized or special cargo much the same as a platform trailer

  • Common lengths: 40’, 42’, 45’, 48'

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