Flatbed trucking is a generic term for types of trucks that haul a wide range of large, heavy, or unconventionally shaped cargo such as piping, I-beams, cable reels, steel coils, etc. The body of a flatbed truck is comprised of an entirely flat, level bed with no sides or roof. Large items, including heavy machinery and building materials, are often transported with a flatbed trucking service. Flatbed trucks are widely used due to their versatility to haul items that do not fit into an enclosed trailer. Perishable freight is about the only thing that cannot be moved with a flatbed truck.
Advantages of a Flatbed Trucking Service
Most flatbeds have a flat deck or the step deck (also known as a drop deck). Some flatbed trucks have double step decks, perfect for oversized cargo. A step deck can accommodate much taller loads than a box, van, or normal flatbed truck. To ensure safe transport, cargo is often secured on the flatbed truck using ropes, chains, and straps. Side rack kits or walls with fixed canvas tarps can be added to flatbed trucks. Curtain side trailer covers and curtain side tarp systems roll forward and backward on the trailer to cover up freight and protect it during poor weather conditions. Due to the design of flatbed trucks, cranes and forklifts are able to quickly load and unload goods from the rear, top, and both sides. Because flatbed trucks often have ramps, they are ideal for loading and unloading at construction sites and shipping points, which generally do not have docks.
Flatbed Trucking Service with East Coast Transport
When it comes to transporting large cargo, whether it’s oversized or overweight, it’s important to work with a 3PL (third party logistics) company that is knowledgeable in all aspects of flatbed trucking. A 3PL must understand the strict federal (FMSCA), state, and local regulations around load securement, size, weight, transport safety, and more. East Coast Transport provides affordable flatbed trucking service in the New Jersey area. With over 40 years of experience in the trucking industry, East Coast Transport, a 3PL, recognizes the special requirements involved with a flatbed trucking service. Our attention to detail coupled with state-of-the-art technology ensures that your cargo reaches its destination timely and securely, across town or across the country. We provide guidance and assistance for all aspects of flatbed trucking, offering customized services at competitive rates. At East Coast Transport, client satisfaction is our number one goal, and we are continually investing in our people and technology to meet our customer’s needs. Call us at 800-257-7877 to discuss your specialized flatbed trucking service needs or contact us via our website.