If you are a Step Deck Carrier, or you have loads requiring step deck trailers, you have come to the right place.
If you are looking for loads, our "Visitors View Loads" page displays loads from a number of preselected companies and the contact information is included. In addition, you can view by state ALL loads currently posted for step deck, double drop deck and gooseneck trailes but you will need to subscribe to have access to the contact information. StepdeckCarriers.com, Freight-Terminal.com, HotshotCarrier.com and LoadSolutions.com are all Internet Freight Terminal loadboards and a subscription to any of our sites includes member access to the others.
Its also a good idea to add your company profile to our Guestbook to let other know you exist and you can enhance your entry by sending us a picture to be included FREE with your entry.
POST YOUR LOADS FREE: If you are trying to move loads and you need a step deck, double drop or gooseneck trailer you are welcome to setup a free posting account HERE. Your postings and the contact information will be included in the listing of loads from preselected companies that appear on our "Visitors View Loads" pages and, of course, they will also be available for our subscribers. In addition, stepdackcariers.com is an Internet Freight Terminal website so your postings will also appear on the freight-terminal.com loadboard.
Also, to find potential carriers, please visit our Guestbook. It has entries from companies from all parts of the country who have step deck trailers and there is a good chance you will find some who can help you move your freight. If you need drop deck trailers on a regular basis, please add your company profile to this page to let others know about your needs.
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Step Deck Trailer Specifications
Understanding the legal restrictions on load size will help in choosing the proper trailer for your load.
Flatbed trailers are used in the transport of materials when load height is not an issue. Loading is usually done by forklift from the side or from a loading dock or overhead by crane. One advantage is maximum continuous deck space. The flatbed is generally 48' or 53' long and most are 102" wide. Typically, the flatbed trailer is between 60" and 62" high. The maximum height of the freight that can be loaded is about 8'4".
Stepdeck trailers are also referred to as a "singledrop" or "dropdeck" and "RGN" trailers.
Singledrop trailers are used to haul many of the same types of freight as a flatbed. The advantage is that this trailer can haul a higher load without having to buy permits for the load. Most trailers are 48' long but are also available in a 53' length. The upper deck is usually either 10' or 11' long. On a 48' trailer, the lower deck would either be 37' or 38' and can legally handle loads up to slightly over 10' high. The typical stepdeck trailer is 39" or 40" high at the rear but occasionally these trailers are 42" high. The construction of the stepdeck makes it a heavier trailer than a flatbed. The typical stepdeck can usually transport 44,000 to 45000#.
Doubledrop trailers are used to haul excessively high loads without permitting because the lower deck height is often 20" to 22". They are generally 48' in length and the payload will vary from trailer to trailer. A disadvantage is that they can be difficult to load. They are similar to a removable gooseneck trailer (RGN) but is not as common as the RGN.
Removable Goose Neck or RGN trailers are a type of doubledrop trailer that is generally 48' long and is also used to transport tall loads. It is known by various names including RGN and detachable trailer. It has the unique advantage of being able to unhook into 2 pieces allowing for the loading of certain types of equipment. Between the front and rear upper decks is a low deck area referred to as a "well". The well is typically 29' 6" in length and is usually around 20" to 24" off the ground allowing for the transport of freight that is around 11' 8" in height. This is a specialized trailer and usually carries a premium rate.
Our Guestbook contains entries from Stepdeck Carriers from around the country and it is a good place to add a profile about your company (FREE) so shippers who are looking for a stepdeck trailers can find you.