Extendable Flatbed Trailers can also be referred to as “flatbed stretch trailers”, and are, as the name suggests, stretched Flatbed Trailers. They are designed to support shipments that are too long to fit on Standard Flatbed Trailers.
Standard Specifications of an Extendable Flatbed Trailer
EXTENDABLE FLATBED TRAILER LENGTH
The main difference from Standard Flatbed Trailer in this particular stretch trailer, is that it is can be up to 80 feet in length, making it possible to almost double the length of the Standard Flatbed.
EXTENDABLE FLATBED TRAILER WIDTH
Same as the Standard Flatbed Trailer, this is always going to be 102 inches, but the load width is legally required to be 8 feet 6 inches. Anything over that, and you’ll need a permit.
Usually, your freight is allowed to overhang on the edges of the trailer, but each state has different requirements as to which permits are needed for this, so be sure to check with our specialists when filling out your Flatbed Quote, or check your state’s documentation.
A good thing to note, as mentioned in the information for most of these trailers, is most over-wide shipments are almost always required to travel only during daylight hours on the road.
EXTENDABLE FLATBED SHIPMENT WEIGHT
The weight limit for Extendable Flatbed Trailers is slightly different than that of the Standard Flatbed Trailer by about 5,000 pounds: 1,000 – 43,000 pounds.
EXTENDABLE FLATBED LEGAL SHIPMENT HEIGHT
Technically 9 feet tall, but the rule of thumb is to keep it a 8 feet and 6 inches. This is to allow room for mistakes and is recognized by all professional truckers as the ‘standard height’ for a Flatbed load. Anything over 9 feet tall however, will need a permit. Over-Dimensional (OD), and getting a permit at that point will be mandatory.