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Step Deck Trailers: Dimensions and Design

Step Deck trailers, also known as drop deck trailers, are designed with versatility in mind. They feature a lower deck at the front and a higher deck at the rear, creating a “step” that allows for greater clearance for taller cargo. This unique design enables the transportation of equipment that might be too tall for standard flatbed trailers. Typical dimensions for Step Deck trailers include:

  • Length: Common lengths are 48 feet and 53 feet, but variations exist.
  • Width: Standard width is approximately 8.5 feet.
  • Lower Deck Height: About 2 feet from the ground.
  • Upper Deck Height: Variable, depending on the specific trailer design.
Transporting a Timberpro Feller Buncher

Weight Limits and Payload Capacity of Step Deck Trailers

Step Deck trailers offer impressive weight-carrying capabilities, making them ideal for transporting heavy and oversized loads. While weight limits can vary based on factors like trailer configuration and local regulations, Step Decks can generally handle loads ranging from 40,000 to 48,000 pounds. These trailers are equipped with multiple axles to distribute the weight and ensure compliance with legal weight limits. We specialize in efficient and reliable shipping solutions tailored to your unique cargo needs. Our step deck trucking services are designed to accommodate a wide range of equipment and materials that require special attention due to their dimensions, weight, or shape. 

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Types of Equipment Shipped on Step Deck Trailers

Our Step Deck Trucking services are well-equipped to handle a diverse range of cargo, including:

  1. Construction Equipment: Bulldozers, excavators, loaders, and other heavy machinery are fundamental to the construction industry. Bulldozers are used to clear land and create level surfaces. Excavators dig trenches, foundations, and other excavations. Loaders help move materials like dirt, gravel, and construction debris. These machines significantly improve the efficiency and speed of construction projects, from small building sites to large infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and skyscrapers.
  2. Agricultural Machinery: Tractors, combines, plows, and more are essential for modern farming. Tractors perform a range of tasks, from plowing fields to planting crops. Combines are used to harvest grain crops efficiently. Plows help prepare the soil for planting. Agricultural machinery has revolutionized farming, enabling larger-scale production and improved yields to meet the demands of a growing global population.
  3. Industrial Machinery: Generators, compressors, and industrial tanks are critical for powering manufacturing processes and industrial operations. Generators provide backup power during outages or serve as the primary power source in remote areas. Compressors are used to create and store pressurized air for various industrial applications. Industrial tanks store liquids, gases, or other materials used in manufacturing processes.
  4. Oversized Cargo: Oversized cargo refers to items that are too large to fit within the dimensions of standard trailers or shipping containers. These items can include industrial equipment, machinery, or components for large-scale projects. Transporting oversized cargo requires specialized logistics, permits, and often custom-designed trailers or carriers.
  5. Large Vehicles: Buses, trucks, and specialized vehicles are essential for transportation and logistics. Buses provide public transportation for people within cities or between regions. Trucks are the backbone of freight transportation, delivering goods across local and long distances. Specialized vehicles, such as emergency response vehicles, cranes, and delivery trucks, fulfill specific functions in various industries.
  6. Structural Components: Steel beams, prefabricated structures, and more are used in construction projects to create the frameworks for buildings, bridges, and other structures. Steel beams provide structural support and stability. Prefabricated structures, such as modular buildings, are manufactured off-site and then assembled at the construction site, saving time and costs.

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Double Drop Deck Trailer

Max Dimensions: 29FT Length, 8.5FT Width, and 11.5FT Height

Max Weight: 45,000LBS


Step Deck Trailer

Max Dimensions: 53FT Length, 8.5FT Width, and 11.5FT Height

Max Weight: 48,000LBS

Removable Gooseneck Trailer (RGN)

Max Dimensions: 53FT Length, 8.5FT Width, and 11.6FT Height

Max Weight: 150,000LBS

Flatbed Trailer

Max Dimensions: 53FT Length, 8.5FT Width, and 8.5FT Height

Max Weight: 48,000LBS

Flatbed spread axle trailer.

Why Choose Our Step Deck Shipping Services

At our company, safety is our top priority. Our experienced drivers are skilled in securing diverse loads using chains, straps, binders, and other tie-down equipment. We adhere to stringent safety standards and regulations to ensure your cargo arrives at its destination intact and secure.

  1. Driver Expertise and Load Securing: Skilled and experienced drivers are an essential asset in your company. Their expertise in securing diverse loads using chains, straps, binders, and other tie-down equipment is vital to prevent accidents and cargo damage during transportation. Properly secured loads not only ensure the safety of the driver and other road users but also prevent costly damage to the cargo itself.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to stringent safety standards and regulations is not just a legal obligation but also a commitment to ensuring the well-being of everyone involved in the transportation process. Regulatory compliance helps your company avoid potential fines, legal actions, and reputational damage. By keeping up with evolving safety standards, you demonstrate your commitment to staying up-to-date with best practices.
  3. Cargo Integrity: Ensuring that cargo arrives at its destination intact and secure is a critical aspect of your company’s service. Properly secured cargo reduces the risk of shifting or damage during transit, safeguarding the value of the items being transported. This commitment to cargo integrity builds trust with your clients and partners.
  4. Customer Confidence: Safety-conscious operations demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of both employees and customers. When clients see that you prioritize safety and security, they are more likely to choose your services. A reputation for reliable and secure transportation can lead to repeat business and positive word-of-mouth recommendations.
  5. Employee Morale and Well-being: Emphasizing safety in your company’s culture shows employees that their well-being matters. A strong safety culture promotes a sense of responsibility, encouraging employees to follow best practices and report any potential safety concerns. This can lead to higher morale, increased job satisfaction, and better retention rates.
  6. Continuous Improvement: Safety and security practices should be viewed as an ongoing process of improvement. Regular training, safety assessments, and feedback mechanisms allow your company to identify areas for enhancement and make necessary adjustments. This proactive approach can prevent accidents and incidents before they occur.
  7. Emergency Preparedness: A safety-oriented approach includes having plans in place for emergency situations. Preparedness can range from knowing how to handle unexpected incidents on the road to having protocols for severe weather conditions or accidents. Being prepared minimizes the potential impact of unforeseen events.

When it comes to transporting specialized and oversized cargo, Step Deck trucking is your solution. At our company, we are committed to providing reliable and tailored shipping services that meet your unique needs. Our Step deck trucking services offer the flexibility and expertise you require for safe and efficient cargo transport. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in moving your valuable cargo with confidence and precision. Your cargo’s journey begins with us.

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Transporting an Excavator

Specs: 23w x 11h
Origin: Miami
Destination: New York
Broker Name: Bob

Transporting an Excavator

Specs: 23w x 11h
Origin: Miami
Destination: New York
Broker Name: Bob

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Once everything is in place, a driver is dispatched to pick up your heavy equipment. Your equipment is safely loaded and secured before setting off.


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