Flatbed trucking is a practical option to transport the large, bulky goods that need the open space of a truck trailer or need to be lifted by a forklift or crane. Some of the common items to transport include plumbing supplies, machinery, airplane wings, lumber and cars. Here are a few pros and cons related to flatbed transportation:
Ease of loading
The open nature of the flatbed trailer is appreciated for the complete ease in loading. The enclose trailer has a confined space and this can make it very difficult to load large items, such as a prefabricated roof. However, the flatbed has the ability to give complete freedom on what can be loaded and will accept the largest pieces of plumbing supplies or lumber. Also, on arriving at the intended destination, the unloading process is much easier and completed in a relatively short time.
Variety of materials
The flatbed trailer is a useful option if planning to transport a high volume of different materials on a single trip. This makes it possible to easily move materials for interior work, basic framing lumber and other essential supplies for a housing project. A great benefit of this is the ability to cut shipping costs for faster project completion and higher profit margin.
No loading dock
While the dry vans are the most popular option for transporting goods of all types, they do have certain limitations. A major issue with this type of van is the need to have easy access to a loading dock to quickly load and unload its contents.
However, the flatbed trailer does not have this type of restriction. It has the ability to deliver loads to virtually any location. This can include a residential neighborhood or a large construction site. The greater flexibility in use makes them more appealing to the contractors and lumber shippers.
Are there any negatives?
In addition to the positives of using the flatbed trailer, there are also a few negatives that are worth mentioning. A trucker in control of a conventional trailer only has to be concerned with damage goods in the event of a load falling over. But, with the open nature of the flatbed, there is the potential to cause significant damage to not only the load, but also those nearby if anything should fall off. For this reason, it is essential that the flatbed trucker is a skilled, detail-oriented, and organized person.