Dry Van Trucks

Dry Van
What are the Typical Specs For Dry Vans?

Thanks to its ubiquity, the dry-van trailer has become standardized, with minimal variations between the different models. The maximum freight weight for dry vans is between 42,000 and 45,000 pounds. There are two standard sizes for the main deck of a dry-van trailer. The smaller dry van size is 48’-0” in length and either 8’-0” or 8’-6” wide. The total internal space within these vehicles is typically 3,555 cubic feet.

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Larger dry-van trailers are 53’-0” long and 8’-6” wide. The total cubic capacity for a 53-foot dry-van trailer is 3,950 cubic feet. The standard sizing of a dry van makes it simple for the customer to work out how much space they require for their shipment, which means using the FRC online instant quote system will give you a very accurate idea of how much your shipment will cost.

How are Dry Vans Used?
Commonly used and consistently sized, the dry van is what many loading docks and trucking routes are designed to cope with. Easy to load and unload, straightforward to use and able to cope well with long-distance shipping, the dry van is the workhorse of the freight industry and is used for shipping almost anything that fits and that does not require refrigeration.

The solid-box design protects precious cargo from bad weather, transportation damage, theft and prying eyes, while the standard sizes make planning your shipment simple. As they are so well-used, dry vans are readily available across the country, making them a great option if you need to ship something in a hurry.

Anything transported by dry van will have to be loaded into another container for transit by sea or air, so a dry van is not necessarily the best option for international shipping. As you might expect from the name, dry vans are also not suited to transporting liquids, unless they are contained in specially designed liquid shipping containers.

Dry Vans: Typical Variations
Most dry vans have wooden floors and many have tracks or rails to make it easier to secure items during transit. They are particularly well suited to palletized shipments and some, with special air-ride suspension, can cope well with transporting even very fragile items. Products shipped by dry van need to be securely tied into place, and items at risk of superficial damage should be protected with shipping blankets. To reduce the movement of cargo, dry vans are best used at full capacity, making them a popular option for anyone who has less than a full load to ship, as drivers often need to make the most of the available space. Less-than-truckload and partial truckload shipments are readily available.

Anything shipped on a standard flatbed will be exposed to the elements and potential damage from other vehicles. Consequently, your shipment must be able to withstand the elements or be extremely well wrapped and protected. While flatbeds do offer more flexibility in terms of load proportions, there are of course limitations on what even a large flatbed trailer can transport. These restrictions are most commonly based on the size of the roads the truck will need to travel on, so local knowledge, good planning and smart logistics are all critical to planning a flatbed shipment.