Flatbed Shipping

Shipping Freight on a Flatbed

Flatbed trailers are a key part of the shipping world, providing impact that stretches across several different industries. Flatbeds come in various setups that target different needs and regulations. Flatbeds help move freight that would otherwise be unmovable. This blog will provide further information on flatbeds and their importance in the Canadian shipping industry.

Benefits of Flatbed Shipping

Flatbeds provide various benefits that make them a desired way to move a wide variety of freight. The following of some of the key benefits:

  • Accessibility: Flatbeds provide an incredibly accessible way of loading and unloading. Due to their open setup, flatbeds can be loaded from the back, side and tip. This helps ensure that loading and unloading even the heaviest of freight a little easier.
  • Durability: Flatbeds trailers are built to last. Manufacturers know that flatbeds are going to face some of the harshest conditions and they take this into account when building them. 
  • Widespread Options: Flatbeds are built in several different ways. Freight can be matched up with a trailer that aligns with the type of freight. It is important to play close attention to the weight and dimensions of freight to ensure that you are within regulations. 

Flatbed Shipping in Canada

Flatbeds are a very common sight on the roads and highways of Canada. The connection between the flatbed industry and the building industry play a massive part in that. This has has seen a certain degree of amplification as of late due to the pandemic. 

Western Canada to Ontario

A lane in the Canadian shipping industry is Western Canada to Ontario. Western Canada is home to various manufacturers that make goods that are very important to businesses across Canada. Ontario is a destination for these these products and with that.

Types of Flatbeds

Standard Flatbed Trailer

Standard flatbeds are the most identifiable type. They are a simple flat deck with no special characteristics. They commonly are used to move freight that does not need any special configurations. 

Length: 48-53ft

Height: 8.5ft

Width: 8.5ft

 

Extendable Flatbeds

Extendable flatbeds are almost exactly as they sound. They look very similar to a flatbed but have the ability to be extended up to 80ft. 

Front Deck: 

Length: 48-80ft

Height: 8.5ft

Width: 8.5ft

Single Drop Flatbed
Single drop flatbeds, also referred to as drop deck trailers are flatbeds that have a lowered deck. The drop is in place to allow for taller freight while still staying within the regulations. 

Front Deck:

Length: 11ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 8.5ft

Lowered Deck: 

Length: 37ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 10ft

Extendable Single Drop Flatbed
Extendable single-drop trailers are designed for freight that is too long for a standard length step deck. They look very similar but the main deck can be extended up to 63ft.

Front Deck:

Length: 10ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 8.5ft

Main Deck:

Length: 35-63ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 10ft

Double Drop Flatbed
The double drop trailer shares many characteristics of the single drop trailer but has two drop points rather than one. The first drop comes after the gooseneck and the second before the back wheels. The are often referred to as a lowboy trailer. 

Front Deck:

Length: 10ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 8.5ft

Main Deck:

Length: 25-29ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 11.5ft

Rear Deck:

Length: 9ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 10ft

Extendable Double Drop Flatbed 
Extendable double drop flatbeds are used for freight that is too long to haul on a standard double drop trailer but still needs the added height clearance. The main deck can be extended up to 50ft.

Front Deck:

Length: 10ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 8.5ft

Main Deck:

Length: 29-50ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 11.5ft

Rear Deck:

Length: 9ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 10ft

Removable Gooseneck Trailers (RGN) 

Removable gooseneck trailers are an important piece of the heavy hauling part of the flatbed industry. RGN trailers can be configured with up to 20 axles, with the ability to carry freight up to 150,000 pounds. Along with this, the front of the trailer detaches which allows for loads to be driven onto the trailer. 

Well length:

Length: 29ft

Width: 8.5ft

Height: 11.5ft

Conclusion

Flatbeds importance in the transportation industry is immense. They provide solutions to various issues and provide options for freight that would otherwise be unmovable. They have and always will be a vital part of industries all across Canada.

We thank you for your time. Flatbed shipments to and from Ontario are something we have vast experience in. We strive to provide excellent option through the use of our vetted carrier list. We are always open to answering any questions and work our hardest to provide great services to our customers. Reach out to us today through ShipOntario@wood-hall.com or give us a call at 519-213-1000!

The Team at ShipOntario,

A Division of Wood-Hall Logistics

Shipping on a Flatbed