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 is that it is can be up to 80 feet in length. This makes it possible to almost double the length of the standard flatbed load
EXTENDABLE FLATBED TRAILER WIDTH
This is the same as the Standard Flatbed Trailer – 102 inches. The load width limit is legally 8 feet 6 inches. Anything over that, and you’ll need a permit.
Usually, your freight can overhang the edges of the trailer, but each state has different requirements. 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 on only during daylight hours.
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 at 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. It will be Over-Dimensional (OD), and getting a permit at that point will be mandatory.