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Step Deck / Drop Deck Trailers for Safely Transporting Tall Loads
Also known as step deck trailers, a drop deck trailer is an open semi-trailer without sides, doors or a roof, and usually ranges from 40ft to 53ft long, with 48ft and 53ft being the most common. An "extendable step deck trailer" can be extended and retracted for extra large and demanding loads and can reach lengths of 72ft. Whereas a flatbed trailer has a single floor, a drop deck trailer has two decks – one for average loads, and a second deck that is even lower to accommodate tall equipment. A conventional stepdeck will have a deck height of usually 40-42″, and a "low profile" deck could be anywhere from 32-36″. Most trailers cannot transport anything above 8’5, but a drop deck trailer can handle loads up to 10’2 in height. Drop deck trailers are often equipped with beavertail and ramps on the end to assist with loading and unloading of heavy equipment.
Whether you need to securely transport tractors, small bulldozers, or tall and heavy freight, My Little Salesman has the right assortment of new and used drop deck trailers for sale.
The Difference Between Single Drop Deck and Double Drop Deck Trailers
Drop deck trailers and double drop deck trailers follow the same basic two-deck design. The main difference, however, is that a double drop deck trailer goes even lower than a drop deck trailer (but not as low as a “lowboy trailer”, which is the lowest trailer of them all).
- Single drop deck trailers have an upper deck that can handle loads 8’5 in height, and a lower deck that can handle 10’2 loads.
- Double drop deck trailers have an upper deck that can handle 10’2 loads, and a lower deck that can handle 11’6 loads.
Always check the height of the equipment before deciding on a step deck trailer for sale.
Aluminum vs Steel
Aluminum drop deck trailers are more durable than steel, but also more expensive. There is also one other unique difference between the two: height. Aluminum step deck trailers are approximately one inch taller than steel trailers, which can make a huge difference with certain types of heavy equipment. If you want the absolute lowest new and used drop deck trailers for sale, go with steel.
Steel and aluminum combinations are also available for a balanced mix of durability and affordability.
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