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What is the best flatbed trailer? - Flatbed Trailers Buying Guide

Chapter1: What is flatbed trailer?

Chapter 2: What is the common structure of container carrier trailers?

Chapter 3:How to buy a suitable flat bed trailer?

3.1 Working platform of container flatbed semi-trailer

3.2 Axles and tires of flat top semi trailer

3.3 Suspension of container flabed trailers

Chapter 4: What is the manufacturing process of container flatbed semi-trailer?

Chapter 5: Shipping of container flatbed trailers and marine transportation

3 axle flatbed trailer

3 axle equipment flat bed trailer for sale


Chapter 1: What is flatbed trailer?

Flatbed trailer is usually used to transport 20ft or 40ft containers, they are mainly used for container transportation supporting ships, ports, shipping lanes, highways, transit stations, bridges, tunnels, and multimodal transport.

Use platform trailers to transfer cargo at the shipper's warehouse. Unloaded to the consignee's warehouse, when changing trailer or boat on the way, there is no need to take the goods out of the box and change them.

The size of the container trailer loading area is determined according to the standard container size.A twist lock device for fixing the container is provided at positions corresponding to the four corners of the bottom of the container. Flatbed trailers are special trailers for transporting containers.


Chapter 2: What is the common structure of container carrier trailers?

Common flat top semi trailer has four types according to the number of axles,  which are the 2 axle 40 foot flatbed semi trailers, 3 axle 40ft flatbed trailers, 4 axles 40 foot flat platform truck trailer, and the single point suspension logistics trailer.

According to the different types of transport containers, there are 4 types, 20ft container carrier trailer, 40 foot shipping container trailer, 45ft commercial flat body trailer, and 20/40ft multi-purpose utility trailer.

we can also offer the 48ft, 53ft and other flatbed trailer sizes.

What is the difference between high bed trailer and low bed trailer? Their working platforms are not the same height, flat semi bed trailer is used to transport containers, and low bed truck trailer is used to transport large machines.

What is a Flatbed Trailer(semi flatbed trailer/platform semi trailer)?

high bed trailer VS low bed trailer


Chapter 3: How to buy a suitable flatbed trailer?

Container flatbed semi trailers can be produced by all factories. When choosing a supplier, many customers do not understand the differences between container flatbed.

The easiest way is to look at the weight. The heavier the weight of flatbed trailers, the better the quality. The tri axle flatbed trailers purchased by African customers self weighs is 7.1 tons. If the weight is only 6.5 tons, the cost of this trailer can save more than 1,000 dollars.

Here are a few more important points

3.1 Working platform of container flatbed semi-trailer

The work platfrom is the main load-bearing part, which is composed of the main beam, side beam, cross beam, bottom floor, suspension and so on.

(1) The main beam should pay attention to whether the thickness is an international standard. The international standard for the main beam of a container flat semi trailer is 14/8/16 mm. The steel plate in the middle of the beam is made of Q345B manganese steel, the thickness is 8mm. Many unreliable suppliers will use 6mm main beam to save costs. But the carrying capacity was reduced by 26%. During the transportation of the container, the main beam is deformed, and the container lock may fall off the container lockbox. The container will fall off the flat body trailer in case of emergency braking or turning.
The international standard thickness of the middle part of the beam must be 8mm.

What is a Flatbed Trailer(semi flatbed trailer/platform semi trailer)?

High bed truck flatbed trailer specification, sizes, height, dimensions images

(2) Bottom Floor, many logistics trailer also can transport bulk cargo and other items. The bottom plate of the Titan high bed trailer passes the international standard 3mm thick checkered plate. If it use 2mm thick pattern plate or a 2.5mm bottom plate. It will cost less $ 700. Tri axle equipment trailer weight limit is 60ton capacity.

3.2 Axles and tires of flat top semi trailer


The axles of semi trailers for sale have three types: 13-ton axles, 13-ton axles, and 16-ton brake system axles, 16-ton axles,
The axle of the Titan container flatbed semi trailers is a 13-ton axle and 16-ton brake system axle, which has better braking performance and shortens the braking distance by more than 5 meters.


The 3 axle flatbed trailer uses a vacuum tire with better heat dissipation performance, the model is 12R22.5.

Titan flatbed container uses custom made tires in a tire factory, wear-resistant tires. On Chinese highways, Titan tires can reach more than 300,000 kilometers.

3.3 Suspension of container flatbed trailers

diff suspension types of specialized semi trailers for pickup trucks hauling:

TITAN flatbed trailers common mechanical suspension adopts special high strength steel. 6mm thickness. The center pin diameter is 70mm. Stronger than suspensions in many factories.

And we also have bogie suspension and airbag suspension for you to choose from.

Bogie Suspension Flatbed Trailer

flatbed truck semi trailer for sale with bogie suspension


Chapter 4: What is the manufacturing process of container flatbed semi-trailer?

3.1 Engineers provide drawings based on platform semi trailer data and customer requirements and then distributed the drawings to the workers in the production department.

3.2 According to the drawings of each part produced by the design department, use a CNC cutting machine to cut each part, such as the steel plate for the main beam and the reinforcing plate.

3.3 Welded container flatbed semi trailers work platform, welded side beams, main beams, welded kingpins, welded suspension, welded bottom floor.

3.4 Flatbed trailers derusting, frosting, spraying primer, spraying paint, wax spraying; installing axles; installing tires
Print VIN code, waiting for packing


Chapter 5: Shipping of container flatbed trailers and marine transportation

flatbed trailer for sale

20ft container flatbed semi trailers ready for delivery

Shipping of container carrier trailer

When transporting flatbed trailers, many customers use container transportation, which has low transportation costs and short transportation time. But the bad thing is that the rear of the platform semi trailer needs to be composed.
Some customers are bulk carriers or ro-ro ships. Titan commercial flatbed trailers will spray wax and cover the tarpaulin when the cargo ship is bulking.


How to load and securing a shipping container on a flatbed?

  1. You can use container tipping tilt chassis trailer, it can load by self.
  2. You can use container side loader trailer
  3. You can use container lift fork

TITAN new trailers are durable and cost-effective than used 3 axle 28/45 ft 53' trailer for sale.

Bogie Suspension Flatbed Trailer

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