What To Consider When Choosing A Flatbed Truck

For heavy hauling, flatbed trucks serve as an all-purpose piece of equipment. From large loads to those with odd dimensions, the versatility of flatbed trucks can meet all your needs. Just make sure you're choosing the right truck as all are not created equal.   

Load Capacity

All flatbed trucks have load capacity restrictions. Hauling loads that exceed these restrictions won't just put the safety of the operator and other motorists at risk, this may also damage the truck. More specifically, its diesel engine.

Hauling loads too large puts extra pressure and strain on the diesel engine. The first impact you may notice is greater fuel consumption, which can be costly. (for more information on diesel consumption, talk to a professional like United Oil.) However, overtime, engine overheating, which opens the door to more malfunctions and maybe even failure, may occur. Always choose a flatbed with a load capacity that slightly exceeds your needs to avoid this.  


Another feature to investigate is the style of the trailer. Flatbeds are available in as a standard or low bed style. A standard flatbed is the same height as the truck it's towing it. However, a low bed flatbed sits lower, just above the ground. The primary distinction between the two options in terms of function is weight limit.

For excessively heavy loads, such as large construction equipment, a low bed option is the better choice as they are able to support larger loads. Similar to load capacity, there is little need to purchase a low bed if you're not hauling excessively heavy loads as it will likely end up being a waste of money.

Bed Material

Pay attention to the material that the bed is designed from. Aluminum and steel are two common selections to choose from. In terms of durability, both these options are about equal. However, their difference comes in the area of lifespan.

A significant drawback for steel is the fact that it is not rust-proof. If the truck will be operated in a humid environment that experiences frequent rainfalls, rust can be a serious issue that can lead to the need for premature replacement. Aluminum on the other hand is rust proof. If moisture is going to be an issue in your area, aluminum is the safer choice.

Always consider your needs when choosing a flatbed trailer instead of simply choosing the first option you see. A truck specialist will be able to partner with you to choose the best option for your needs.