Lowboy trailers are incredibly versatile options in the hauling and shipping world. They have the ability to easily carry loads up to 12-feet in height. Also, the weight limit can vary from 40,000 to 80,000 pounds. Increasing the number of axles is necessary for the higher load limits. This class of trailer is easily loaded from behind or the front and entirely depends on the design.
It is a popular choice for shipping, freight and construction companies that plan to haul heavy goods or vehicles, such as excavators, backhoe loaders and bulldozers. Also, this type of trailer is favored on any jobs that are not practical for a single-drop deck trailer or a flatbed trailer.
The classic style of this trailer is easy to recognize because of its double-level drop system and semi-trailer style. It is possible to make adjustments at the deck height for greater control in loading. With the deck close to ground level, the process of loading the oversized or heavy items is made a lot more straightforward.
Here are the three of the major types of lowboy trailers and their main purpose:
Fixed Gooseneck (FGN)
The fixed gooseneck lowboy is built to be light in weight and has a longer deck length. A great benefit of this type of lowboy is the adjustable gooseneck to make loading drop decks at the rear a simple process. Also, the gooseneck is quick to re-attach when the loading is complete and this makes sure the goods remain in place.
The fixed-neck lowboy is designed with a trailer that is firmly attached. The fixed style isn’t the most flexible when it comes to loading items because it sacrifices the ability to load at the front. Also, this is one of the lightest options in the market.
Removable Gooseneck (RGN)
The removable gooseneck is a versatile option that makes it really easy when it comes to loading the trailer. For instance, it is a practical choice when the loading needs to take place by pulling, pushing, rolling or driving. Plus, there is the option to load a heavy item from above.
Additionally, there are hydraulic detachable and mechanically detachable gooseneck units. The mechanically detachable method is easy to operate with no need to use a pony motor and lightweight. Also, this type of trailer has the ability to fold or collapse to a lower level for complete ease in loading the bulky or heavy load.