What is Dry Freight?
Dry vans are mainly used for products that can not get wet and are non-perishable.
the most commonly used are 48'and 53' trailers.
Types of loads:
Can be anything from non-perishable foods, consumables to building materials, clothing or any retail good.
What is a flatbed?
A flat bed is a type of truck that does not haul a trailer like dry vans but instead is a type of trailer. With a flat back it can be used to transport construction equipment or oversized loads.
- Standard Flatbed
Normally these are used for freight that does not need to be protected from weather and wont fit into a dry van. They are typically 42', 45', 48' or 53'.
- Step Deck/Drop deck
These are very similar to flatbeds except that they are designed to move equipment above the legal height of 8'6". These have ramps on them to drive equipment onto the trailer. Drop Decks can carry up to 10'6" without it going into over dimensional
A flatbed that is covered with a curtain, extending from the back to the front covering all the sides and the top.
Types of Loads:
anything from construction materials to large equipment and machinery can be fit onto a flatbed. Basically anything that can not fit into a dry van should be transported using flatbeds.
What is a Reefer?
A reefer is a refrigerated truck and it does exactly as it sounds, it is used to transport goods that are perishable or are very temperature sensitive.
Reefers are either 48' or 53' and have a system that keeps the goods either cold or warm ranging from -20° degrees to 90°+ degrees.
Types of Loads:
anything that is perishable such as food or consumables that must stay at a certain temperature.
What is LTL?
LTL or less-than-truckload is when a shipper wants to move a product that is less then the trucks full capacity and does not want to pay the price for a full trailer. LTL is best used for a customer wants to move small amount of products for a reduction of the cost. Using LTL several customers can have their products on one truck. LTL and FTL shipping are determined by the amount of product instead of the type of product.
LTL carriers are commonly use enclosed or covered van trailers with rollup doors to transport goods, and can use climate controlled trailers as well.
Types of Loads:
Small freight is commonly moved with LTL anything that is small and palletized can be moved as well as shipping crates, these are normally.
What is Intermodal?
Intermodal specializes in using trains and utilizes different modes of transportation to get your products to its destination. The process usually starts with a truck moving your freight to a rail and then from the rail it is moved back on to another truck to complete the delivery.
Why choose Intermodal?
Intermodal is the way to move your freight, it is safe, reliable and most importantly affordable.
- Affordable: Intermodal transportation has flexible rates, and when moving long hauls it is significantly cheaper than trucks due to fuel expenses. Trains have the ability to move one ton of freight 470 miles per gallon.
- Safe: Shipping with rails is the safest way to move freight. It is constantly monitored by the rail police to insure all services are consistent. There are less risks of road accidents and cargo damage.
- Reliable: Intermodal saves you time and keeps you stress free, it avoids all the problems on the road. Instead of dealing with traffic, weigh stations and the unpredictable, intermodal moves freight from origin to destination with less distractions and delays.
Intermodal is able to move all kinds of trailer types, anything that can be moved by truck can also be moved by intermodal trains.From 53' vans to reefers and even containers.