When do you need which platform trailer? [Blog]

Posted by Broshuis BV on Oct 24, 2019 2:51:07 PM

You probably know the challenge. Transporting piles, steel structures, pipes and concrete elements.

The load can be 15 meters today and 25 meters tomorrow. Next week; even longer! So the trickiest question remains: “which flat trailer should I use or purchase?”

The choice for a certain flat trailer is often made based on the extendability. This has everything to do with the load to be transported. Most of the time, the question that raises is to make a choice in non-extendable up to 3x extendable. But when do you use which flat trailer?

Which choice you make depends strongly on the legislation. The law teaches us that if a flat trailer extends, an exemption is required. The total combination length is longer than 16.5 meters. This exemption states was issued for indivisible cargo meaning that only one load may be transported. Two concrete elements on an extended trailer are therefore not officially allowed.

If the load is often divisible (stones, pallets, garden timber, etc.), the non-extendable version is a good choice. The advantage of this trailer is the low tare weight. A major disadvantage of this trailer is that a longer load (for example as a return load) is not possible.

For this reason, a single extendible flat trailer is chosen in such a case.

This one is not much heavier than the non-extendable variant, but it is more flexible. The single extendible trailer is often used for concrete elements, steel structures and wooden structures.

For the specific and more extreme lengths, double extendible and triple extendible trailers are used. So the reason for choosing one of these two variants is the maximum length of the load.

The double extendible trailer reaches a length of almost 29 meters and is extremely suitable for piles, large steel structures, bridge parts, or tower parts / pipes.

A triple extendable (3x extendable) flat trailer can reach a length of 36 meters and is often used for extremely long piles, large concrete works and wind turbine blades.

We have prepared a number of examples especially for you. Click here for an extensive photo reportage in which you can see what our flat trailers are used for mostly.


Topics: flat semi-trailer, special transport, platform trailer