Dry Van Trailer

What to Consider When Choosing a Dry Van Trailer

The life of a dry van trailer ends and now you’re on the hunt for a replacement, but where to start? There are several factors to consider when spec’ing a dry van trailer, from maintenance costs to payload and weight, as well as fuel-economy regulations. Here are some quick tips that will not only extend the longevity of your investment, but will help you to save money and hassle in the long run.

It’s all about priorities with weight load:

  • The ability to save weight is in high demand when it comes to hauling so that more can be carried. There is no “wonder trailer” that can withstand loading challenges or weigh less compared to other trailers. The key is to focus on what you want your dry van trailer to accomplish overall and make a list of priorities.

Give your old trailer one last glance:

  • You might be surprised at what you find. Where do you notice the most wear and tear? Observing these small details can help give you an idea of what areas need more attention and how you can incorporate this into your new purchase.

Make sure a trailer’s floor rating fits the application:

  • Testing a floor rating by overloading a dry van trailer is asking for trouble. Be careful to choose a trailer with a floor that will not only hold loads, but won’t break from added pressure while a shipment is being loaded or unloaded.

Avoid spec’ing a new trailer like your old one:

  • The technological world of logistics is changing rapidly, which means there are always new, innovative trends and equipment available on the market. Don’t make the mistake of looking for a trailer identical to your last, do your research to see what’s now being offered and how it can improve the efficiency of your business.

Think about lifespan:

  • One way to save big on money and maintenance is to take into account the lifespan of your dry van trailer. How can you extend the longevity from seven to 10 years? Take some time to go over plans and quality equipment that offer peace of mind for the future, such as long-life lighting systems, wheel-ends with proper warranties and solid flooring.

Have questions about intermodal drayage and long haul trucking in Jacksonville, FL? Call US1 Network today and we can provide knowledgeable answers and services.

Courtney L.
November 28, 2016
November 29, 2016
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