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Dry Van Trailers for Dry Van Trucking
Dry van trailers are enclosed semi trailers with a roof, four walls and either a wooden or metal floor. Although these roomy rectangular boxes don’t offer temperature control features or insulation, they are nonetheless excellent for transporting large freight such as heavy machinery and basic consumer goods like clothing, furniture, electronics, and packaged foods. Dry van trucking trailers have become extremely popular for local and long-distance routes thanks to their large and versatile design which protects against bad weather, in-transit damage, and theft.
Dry van trailers are one of the most popular designs in the trucking industry, which is why you'll find a tremendous listing selection of new and used dry van trailers to choose from that can get your cargo to its destination safely and on-time. Whether you are transporting heavy machinery, clothing, electronics, or anything else, you can always trust your cargo with a dry van trailer.
Choosing the Right Dry Van Trailer
Always choose a dry van trailer that is slightly larger than what you need. This is for two reasons: first, your business will expand eventually, and buying something larger now will keep you from having to buy something even larger again just a short time later. Second, you don’t want to constantly drive your dry van at its maximum capacity (it’s bad for the engine and suspension), so always leave a little extra room.
Dry van trailers can have swing doors or roll doors. Swing doors open widely for easy loading, but since the door swings out, they are not always practical for tight spaces. Roll doors, on the other hand, slide open vertically; they open faster than swing doors, but they can cause problems when unloading extremely tall cargo (since the door tracks take up additional space).
What to Look for When Choosing a Used Dry Van Trailer
- Check for any illumination through the walls (a sign of interior holes or weak areas)
- Look for rust along the locking mechanisms, floor and rear step
- Make sure all surfaces are level to ensure the safe transportation of cargo (uneven surfaces could be caused by water damage, which can warp the walls and floor)
- Check for any mold or mildew along the wooden walls or floor (a sure sign of water damage)
- Try to look at the route logs if possible to ascertain how often the dry van trailer was used and what type of cargo it was transporting (the heavier the cargo, the more wear-and-tear)
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