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Double Drop Deck Trailers: When Should You Use Them For Shipping?

One of the most important decisions that you will have to make before shipping your freight is choosing the right truck to handle your product, but you do not have to make the decision alone. At C&D Logistics, we understand how important it is to choose the right truck for each and every load. That is why we always help our customers match the best truck to their specific needs. Whether your business needs help with Canadian freight shipping or international freight shipping, our team of freight shipping experts are here to help.

What is a Double Drop Deck Trailer?

Double drop deck trailers are similar to drop deck trailers, with one major difference: they drop below the trailer axles, not just the truck axles, creating a well between the gooseneck and the first trailer axle. There are two common types of double drop trailers: fixed neck double drop and removable gooseneck double drop. The fixed neck double drop trailer has a gooseneck that is permanently attached to the well of the trailer, while the removable gooseneck double drop trailer has a neck that can be removed. All double drop deck trailers are made out of steel, aluminum, or a combination of steel and aluminum.

When Should You Use a Double Drop Deck Trailer for Shipping?

Double drop deck trailers are ideal for load proportions that are just barely above the legal parameters of an over-dimensional shipment because this type of trailer is specifically designed to carry taller freight. Double drop deck trailers achieve maximum legal load heights by bringing the height of the cargo bed as low as 18 inches off the ground, adding a considerable 3 feet to height clearance. This means that you will be able to legally ship freight with a height limit of 11 feet and 6 inches. This type of trailer also has a much lower center of gravity compared to standard flatbeds, which most drivers tend to find safer.

Double drop deck trailers have the same applications as flatbeds with an added height clearance. This includes shipments that:

  • Are large and heavy
  • Have abnormal proportions (e.g. height)
  • Need to be loaded by a crane
  • Are impervious to the harsh environment of transit (e.g. prolonged sunlight, wind, rain, snow, etc.)

Double Drop Deck Trailer Shipping Services

If you are looking to move a load that is just barely above the legal parameters and you are looking for a shipping company that offers double drop deck trailer services, we can help. At C&D Logistics we can help you match the perfect truck with your load, and with our personalized quotes offered within 30 minutes your freight will be on the road in no time.

If you would like to learn more about double drop deck trailers and when you should use them for shipping, or if you are interested in one of our other services (international freight shipping, logistics services, or specialized freight shippingcontact C&D Logistics at 604-881-4440 or by filling out a form on our website. You can also stay up to date with the latest news by following us on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.