"What Kind of Truck Do I Need?" We Break it Down For You
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"What Kind of Truck Do I Need?" We Break it Down For You





Shipping for the first time and not sure what is the best vehicle to get the job done right?

There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best truck for your needs. First, it’s a good idea to take a long, hard look at your load and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are my products perishable? 
  • Do they require a specific climate?
  • Am I shipping Less Than Load (LTL) or Full Truckload (FTL)?
  • Am I shipping oversized cargo?

All of these questions can help you narrow down the choices. After all, there are refrigerated trucks, flatbed trucks and dry vans to choose from. 

We’ll give you a detailed breakdown of all 3 so you can make the best decision on a truck that will save you time and money.

1. Reefer Trucks

If you are looking to ship goods such as food, produce, medicine or beverages, then a reefer is what you need to keep these items from spoiling. 

What is a reefer truck?

Reefers have climate-controlled settings built into the trailer, so you can keep the trailer at a specific temperature for long periods of time over the road.

What size reefer do I need?

Reefer container dimensions vary, depending on the manufacturer and age of the reefer. Overall, the most common sizes are 20’, 40’ and 53’. Obviously you’ll choose the size that corresponds best with your load capacity.

2. Flatbed trucks

Moving a mobile home? A giant statute? Construction machinery? There’s no way that these oversized items will fit inside a dry van. And, that’s where flatbed trucks come in handy.

What is a flatbed truck?

Instead of a covered trailer, flatbeds are exactly that- a flat, open-air trailer. These trucks are used primarily for heavy haul trucking when the items being transported are very heavy with unusual dimensions.

If you’re shipping oversized cargo, you’ll want to get in touch with a shipping company that specializes in heavy haul services, because you’ll need an experienced driver, professional packaging, and oftentimes specific regulations must be followed, depending on the state.

3. Dry Vans

The most versatile type of long haul truck is a dry van. These vehicles can be used to ship most goods, except perishables, because they are NOT temperature controlled.

What is a dry van?

A dry van is a covered trailer designed to protect cargo from the elements. They come in many sizes, depending on your load capacity and are suitable for both LTL and FTL shipping.

What size dry van do I need?

You’ll want to be careful when planning your shipment by choosing a dry van based on capacity. For example, if you load up a large trailer with a couple of pallets, you’ll most likely pay for wasted space. 

You can opt for a smaller van if you want to keep your load private, or you can coordinate with other shipments to help fill a large dry van. This is an efficient way to save on fuel, driving and money.

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