Types of Trailers in Logistics

14 Nov 2019 Freight Shipping

Knowing the different types of trailers available for shipping will help you make an informed decision about which mode of transportation will work best for your freight. At C&D Logistics, they understand the importance of choosing the right equipment for transporting your products, which is why our fleet contains a wide range of different trucking options.

Common Trailers Use in Logistics

Some of the most common types of trailers used in logistics include:

Flat Deck Trailer

One of the most common types of trailers is a flat deck as it can be used to transport all kinds of bulky, heavy, or large pieces of equipment. The loading options with these trailers also vary and allow for loading from the sides or above. Although this trailer does not provide shelter for cargo during transportation, our carriers are happy to tarp your goods to keep dirt and moisture away on the road.

Step Deck Trailers

Similar to flat deck trailers, step decks allow for the easy transportation of heavy equipment, while also providing the added bonus of being able to transport taller loads. In most cases, step deck trailers are used to move tall machines or loads that require an additional height clearance.

Double Drop Trailers

If the height clearance on a step deck trailer is not enough, a double drop can be used to provide extra clearance for otherwise oversized loads. Double drop trailers are also available in a removable gooseneck model that makes it easier for machines to be driven up onto the deck of the truck.


Super B trailers and B-trains are a variation on the flat deck that allows for two smaller decks to be combined rather than using a single trailer. This type of trailer is able to be loaded with 30% more weight than a traditional flat deck and works well for maneuvering into tight spaces as each deck can be loaded separately.

Temperature Controlled Trailers

Temperature controlled trailers or “Reefers” are most commonly used for transporting goods that require the products to be kept a specific temperature – either warmer or cooler than ambient temperature. These trailers are predominantly used for food products, medications, liquids or chemicals, and floral products.

Dry Vans

Primarily used for retail applications, dry vans are full sized, enclosed trailers which are perfect for transporting boxed or skidded freight. They are designed to allow for the safe and dry transport of even the most delicate products.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of trailers in logistics, or if you are interested in one of their freight services, please contact C&D Logistics at 604-881-4440 or by filling out a contact form on their website. You can also stay up to date with the latest news by following them on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.