FTL – Which Type of Truck is the Ideal One for Your Shipment?

by | Jun 29, 2018 | Truckload

Are you trying to find the best shipping solution for your full truckload (FTL) shipment? Finding the right shipping solutions for your business doesn’t have to be challenging. In fact, there are several ground shipping solutions that can help you get your product from manufacturer to end-user. The most common ground FTL shipment is freight shipping, in which a truck is used to transport your shipment.

How to Choose the Right Truck for FTL Shipments

There are a few things you’ll need to know about the cargo you’re transporting before you can decide which truck is the best option for you, including the following:

  • The type of cargo you are shipping
  • The special care required of your cargo
  • The size, shape, and weight of your shipment
  • The value of the shipment
  • The necessary delivery date for your cargo

Once you know these factors, it’s time to think about how best to accomplish your transportation goals. In general, there are three main types of trucks used for freight shipping.

Flatbed Truck

A flatbed truck has an open cargo trailer bed in the rear and a driver’s cab in the front. Often, flatbeds are good for shipments that are highly durable and possibly bulky. Since the truck doesn’t have a roof or sides, the shipped goods should be capable of withstanding the elements, such as piping, large wrapped products, or even machinery. Flatbed trucks are a great solution for this type of shipped good as well because they bed is completely level, making it easy for loading and unloading with or without machinery

FTL Flatbed truck

Box Truck

Sometimes also called a “dry van,” a boxed truck has walls, a roof, and a secure cargo door. Often box trucks are used for product that needs a bit of protection from the elements but doesn’t necessarily need temperature control.

If you’re not using full truckload and you’re instead utilizing less than truckload shipping, chances are your shipment will be moved in a box truck at some point. Because box trucks are shaped like a big box on wheels, they may not be particularly accommodating to oddly sized products since they can only be loaded and unloaded from the rear.

FTL Box Truck

Refrigerated Truck

Sometimes called a “reefer” truck, climate-controlled trucks are made to move perishable goods that need to maintain a specific temperature. The internal temperature of the truck can be controlled throughout the journey to meet your specific temperature requirements. Refrigerated trucks most commonly look like a box truck but much larger. Because these are often used for full truckload shipping, they are usually an 18-wheeler or “semi-trailer” truck, but they can be in several different sizes depending on the size of your particular shipment.

FTL refridgeration truck

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Whether you’re just not sure which type of truck you need, or you are interested in a detailed quote on your FTL shipping and logistics needs, contact the team at Amware to learn more. We’ll work with you to find a customized shipping solution that fits the needs of your business. Get started now!

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About Brad Mullins

About Brad Mullins

Brad Mullins is the Chief Operating Officer at Amware and is responsible for ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of all Amware's business practices. His effort and expertise in business management and transportation logistics, combined with a focus on positive customer experience, have had a direct and positive impact on Amware's clients, agents, partners, and vendors.