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Choose the Right Trailer to Haul Your Construction Equipment

Choosing the best trailer to ship your construction equipment is imperative for a safe transport. This is not only for your construction equipment, but for the team involved in transport. Read more on how to choose the best trailer for construction machinery transport.

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How to Choose The Best Trailer: Your Construction Equipment Transportation Guide

Flatbed trailers are good for hauling smaller pieces of construction equipment. Height restrictions come into play here. Nothing taller than 8 ½ feet travels on a flatbed trailer. Plus, you’ll need a viable method of loading your equipment on a flatbed trailer. Ramps won’t work because the flatbed is too high off the ground.

Step-deck trailer transport allows you to drive your equipment aboard. Ditto for RGN trailers. Step-decks load from the rear, while RGNs load from the front. Either way, it’s a whole lot easier to drive your self-propelled construction equipment on board a trailer than it is to lift it aboard.

Anything that’s oversize must travel on a specialized RGN trailer, like a lowboy or a multi-axle trailer. The largest RGN trailers have more than 20 axles and stretch to more than 65 feet. Cargo weighing up to 150,00 pounds or more can be transferred on a specialized RGN trailer.

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Step Deck Trailers: Excellent Choice for Mid-Size Construction Equipment

Step-deck trailers can transport a maximum of 48,000 pounds. A step-deck trailer can transport cargo that doesn’t exceed 10 feet in height or 8 ½ feet in width. Step-deck trailers usually are 48 feet long, which includes an 11-foot deck and a 37-foot well.

Step-deck trailers allow you to drive or tow your equipment aboard using ramps. Since the ramps are fairly steep, machinery with little ground clearance is difficult to load on a step-deck trailer. Step-deck trailers are more adaptable than flatbed trailers to your construction equipment’s dimensions.

For construction equipment, step-deck trailers can be used to transport:

• Easier to load via forklift

• Can transports taller loads without requiring additional permits

• Suitable for towing a wide variety of equipment

• Goods can be stacked on the lower level to transport more at a time

• Backhoe loaders

• Bulldozers

• Construction forklifts

• Mini excavators

• Skid steers

• Trenchers

• Wheel loaders

Small-to-mid sized backhoes, dozers and wheel loaders fit great on step-deck trailers. Though your mini-excavator might fit on a flatbed trailer, it’s a lot easier to drive in onto a step-deck trailer. Telehandlers, rough-terrain forklifts and self-propelled trenchers are made to travel on step-deck trailers. Skid steers too tall for flatbed trailers often ship aboard step-deck trailers as partial loads.

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5 thoughts on “Choose the Right Trailer to Haul Your Construction Equipment

  1. You mentioned that flatbed trailers generally range between 48 and 58 feet long. Is there such a thing as a mini trailer for transporting smaller equipment? My brother has a small landscaping company, and he just needs a small trailer for the mower and trimmer.

    1. Hi Shaylee! Thanks for reaching out. If you give us a call, one of our transport specialists will be happy to help you determine the best trailer for the mower and trimmer. (800) 908-6206

  2. It’s interesting to know that flatbed trailers can be up to 8 1/2 feet tall. One of the hurdles I’m trying to figure out right now it how to transport a 6-feet statue from my garden to my family’s vacation home two cities away. Heavy hauling services seems like a very convenient way to do that.

  3. My dad needs to transport a lot of farm supplies to his farm, however, our truck is too small. It was mentioned here that, flatbed trailers can take a maximum weight of 48,000 pounds. Furthermore, having the right type of trailer can help achieve a successful haul.

  4. I didn’t know that RGN trailers were good for heavy lifting. Construction sites always seem to have crazy amounts of machines. I wonder if a flatbed truck could be used to transport some of this equipment.

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