A flatbed trailer or flatbed truck has an open body in the form of a platform without sides or stakes. Whether you’re carrying one pallet or one truckload, heavy machinery or materials, Apex has a flatbed to fit your needs — including 45 ft., 48 ft. and stretch flatbed trailers that are 5 ft. off the ground.
Transporting and unloading concrete pipe requires the right equipment and driver. Apex provides both. Our pipe master trailers are equipped with unloaders and our drivers are experienced in operating them for self-unloading at the job site.
If your shipment needs to be enclosed, a dry van or curtain side trailer provides complete protection.
Dry vans — also called box trailers — are fully enclosed, heavy-duty truck trailers. They’re non-climate controlled and carry general cargo that doesn’t require refrigeration. Loading/unloading is done through the rear doors, requiring elevated access for forklifts in order to enter the trailer.
A curtain side can be either a dry box with tarp sides, or a flatbed with a movable frame of squared ribs supporting a tarp. They can be loaded from a dock or side-loaded from the ground by removing the curtains.
A lowboy is a semi-trailer with two drops in deck height — one right after the gooseneck and one right before the wheels. It is used to haul heavy equipment such as bulldozers and industrial equipment. You can load from the ground by removing the gooseneck, thus calling the trailer a “detach.”
If you’re moving sod, brick, block or lumber, Apex trailer-mounted forklifts are the way to go — with forklift-certified drivers and a capacity of 5,000 pounds. A forklift is attached to a flatbed, allowing you to load or unload freight or place materials in places that normal forklifts simply cannot reach. A trailer-mounted forklift also saves you money on the cost of renting a forklift.
Drop deck trailers — also known as step deck trailers — are flatbed trailers with a top and bottom deck. They’re designed to haul freight that can’t be transported on a standard flatbed, usually due to height restrictions. Double drops are used mainly for over-height freight.
Apex can accommodate your tall loads with either a single or double drop trailer. We also have single and double drop stretch trailer availability if your freight needs the support of the trailer so there is no overhang. Our stretch trailers are designed for loads that are too long and high to be transported on a standard deck.
Single drops usually have a bottom deck height of 42 inches; double drops usually have a deck high of 20 inches.