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Semi Trailers for Transporting Regular and Specialty Cargo
Semi trailers are designed to transport cargo and materials with the help of a heavy duty towing machine such as a tractor or a semi truck. While most heavy hauling trailers can handle everything from steel products to small construction equipment, special designs are needed to safely transport cargo that’s uniquely large, tall, easily perishable or potentially hazardous.
From basic flatbed and enclosed trailers to specialized drop deck and lowboy trailers for transporting especially large heavy machinery, My Little Salesman lists a unique assortment of new and used semi trailer types for sale. Whether you are handling frozen goods, dry bulk, wet materials, or corrosive acids and other dangerous chemicals, we have the right specialized trailers made from stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum.
Choosing Between Semi Trailer Types
Weather, weight and numerous other conditions must be considered when looking at semi trailers for sale. Here are some of the more popular different types of semi trailers:
- Flatbed Trailers – These open trailers have no walls or roof, making them very easy to load and unload and especially well-suited for large items. However, this open design means extra steps are necessary to secure loads, and bad weather can considerably slow down deliveries.
- Drop Deck Trailers – This modified flatbed design has a lower deck for carrying especially large or tall heavy machinery. Stretch Single Drop Deck Trailers – A longer bed with reinforced support.
- Lowboy Trailers – An even lower version of step deck trailers; low boy trailers are reserved only for the tallest and bulkiest of heavy equipment.
- Dry Vans – These enclosed trailers protect the cargo from bad weather. However, the floors can easily become warped or rusted from moisture.
- Dump Trailers – For hauling and dumping gravel, dirt, sand and other fine materials as well as various construction materials. They can dump from the rear (end dump trailers), the side (side dump trailers), or the bottom (bottom dump trailers).
- Refrigerated Trailers – Otherwise known as “reefer trucks”, refrigerated trailers are essentially dry vans that have been modified with a cooling system and extra insulation to keep the cargo at a desired temperature. They are good for food, produce, and certain pharmaceuticals.
- Removable Gooseneck Trailers (RNG) – RNG trailers have a removable front end ramp that allows you to drive heavy equipment straight into the bed for quick and easy loading.
- Specialty Trailers – Specialty trailers are made for hauling fuel and other potentially hazardous materials. They are especially resistant to corrosion.
- Pneumatic Tank Trailer – Made for bulk commodities such as coal, sugar and cement.
- Vacuum Tank Trailer – Similar to the pneumatic tank trailer with the exception of a vacuum system for easy loading and unloading or both dry and wet materials. Primarily used for cleaning out grease traps and septic systems.
How to Inspect Used Trailers for Sale
When buying a used trailer, be sure to check the following:
- Make sure the trailer is the right size for your truck or towing machine, and that it’s the right type for the cargo you are hauling.
- Check the undercarriage for rust or structural damage in the form of cracks or welds.
- For enclosed trailers, make sure the door fully seals, and check for light coming in through the ceiling, floor or sides (it should be dark inside; any light indicates structural damage).
- Check the lights, brakes, and tires for unusual wear and tear.