Flatbed Shipping Services
Use flatbed trailers to ship items that are too tall, wide or heavy for standard equipment. Through our own assets and a nationwide network of local, regional and long-haul carriers, ArcBest® offers secure, efficient flatbed services for freight of all sizes.
Transportation options for Flatbed Freight
Get customized solutions for oversized freight, shipments that require side loading, locations without a loading dock and items that require a crane for handling. From tarps and straps to special permits and escort vehicles, we coordinate the details — and it’s all included in your quote.
Common flatbed shipments include:
- Construction site equipment
- Petrochemical equipment
- Electrical units
- Raw materials
- Shipping containers
Select the type of trailer that fits your needs:
A standard flatbed trailer is a flat trailer with no enclosures or doors, so it can be loaded and unloaded from the top, sides or rear. Tarps are often requested with these types of trailers, and they’re commonly used to ship heavy loads including machinery, lumber, steel products and construction equipment.
A stepdeck or dropdeck is similar to the standard flatbed but features a lower deck that allows for hauling taller items. It is commonly used for hauling machinery, tractors, containers and heavy freight up to 10 feet tall.
A double drop trailer is commonly used for oversized freight over 10 feet tall. It’s designed with a “well” that dips below the trailer axles, with space ranging from 25 to 29 feet. This type of trailer is ideal for transporting items like construction equipment, vehicles and forklifts.
A removable gooseneck trailer (RGN) is a specialized lowered flatbed trailer that’s used for hauling loads up to 12 feet tall. The neck of this trailer arches so that it becomes a ramp when it is lowered, allowing the front tires of equipment to be driven or pulled onto the deck. RGNs are frequently used for heavy machinery like bulldozers and industrial equipment.
Extendable Flatbeds are also known as flatbed stretch trailers. Though an extendable RGN is more common for freight that is too long for transporting on a standard flatbed trailer, the extendable flatbed is a potential solution.
A Conestoga® trailer is a flatbed trailer with a rolling tarp system that can cover it quickly. It’s used to ship crane or side-loaded freight that needs to be covered and protected.
Curtainside trailers are designed for freight that requires side-unloading but needs to be protected from the elements. They can be a dry box with tarp sides or a flatbed with a frame of squared ribs supporting a tarp. These types of trailers are commonly used for shipping windows and doors, lumber, piping, building materials and metal products.
Choose Reliable Flatbed Service
To get a freight quote and schedule flatbed delivery, or for help determining the best equipment for your situation, call 877-279-8090.