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With DGD Transport you can count on our award-winning, dependable domestic transportation services. We own our own assets and offer wholesale solutions for all your domestic transportation needs. We provide Nationwide Transport in the USA, Special Equipment needs, Container Drayage, TSA Approved Airport Transfers, Last Mile and Local Pick Up and Delivery Services.

LTL Pup Trailers

What Are Pup Trailers?

Pup Trailers

 A pup trailer is a transport trailer relatively between 26 feet (7.9 m) and 29 feet (8.8 m) long that can be used singularly as a delivery trailer in congested areas or in combination with another trailer for over the road.

LTL Pup Trailers

Pup Trailers & Their Vital 3PL Role

We call it Full Truck Load or FTL, and it depends on a few factors: (inner) measurements of the truck, the size of the skids/pallets themselves, and the weight of the shipment.

The inner measurements of a truck (relevant to the USA based trucking industry) vary according to the type of “Van”. While a 53’ long standard dry van is the most common truck you find, there are also refrigerated LTL trailers or “reefers” available that come in a few different sizes depending on the manufacturer.

The “SpaceSaver” reefers are the roomiest, leaving ample space for pallets. Other reefers can have ducts running through them that cut down on the height. But reefers are generally heavier. This means they have a lower capacity and you can only carry freight with lower volume, less weight, and/or freight that packs fewer pounds per cubic feet.

Why Use LTL (Less Than Truckload) For Your Transport?

For Less Than Truckload (LTL) freight is often moved in slightly smaller trailers. These are just 28’ long pups. On the inside too, the height of these trailers is less than the expected 105” or 109” like that on the larger dry vans, measuring only about 99” or so. For this reason, you should be careful while picking a trailer matching it with the height of the freight it will tender to.

A few things to bear in mind:

  • A 53’ long van can generally take 26 standard 42”x48” skids if you “turn the skids”. A skillful shipper can fit 30 40”x48” skids!
  • Van width can vary between 98” and 102” on the inside.
  • Van height can vary between 100” to 114” on the inside.
  • Van length is between 52’3” – 53’6” on the inside.
  • How tall is a pallet and how much weight can a pallet hold, which we will find out.
  • Ask the trucker for the exact inner measurements if you are trying to maximize space. To be completely sure, request the trucker to ACTUALLY MEASURE before driving to your dock.

Now that we have established the overall expectations, here are a few more details that will help us complete the picture.

How Big is An Average Shipping Pallet Size

It is important to know that skid and pallet mean the same thing, i.e. they are synonymous. You can find out how many pallets fit in a pickup truck to a trailer once you understand all about them.

Regular pallet size (average pallet dimensions)

Regular pallet size (average pallet dimensions)

In the USA, pallets or skids can be custom-made and come in varying sizes. However, typically the standard shipping pallet sizes we encounter are: 42”x48” and 48”x48”. The 42”x42”and 40”x40” pallets are also common pallet sizes for certain industries.

How Tall Is a Pallet?

Usually, skids are 5.5” tall. Although, sizes can vary significantly with shippers custom-building skids for their purpose. Custom skids can be as low as 3.5” and as tall as 6”.

How Much Weight Can a Pallet Hold

The typical 42”x48” skids have built to withstand weights of up to 2500 lbs. But it is possible to reinforce skids and load 4500 lbs. on them. Although, of course, you must then be extra careful about managing the load distribution without breaching the DOT weight requirements. You can be sure that the DOT will penalize all problem loads at the inspection stations.

Please reference our LTL Pups Trailers for reference to all you need to know and take a look at the 3PL Blog to discover and learn more about DGD Transport.


28' DimensionsStandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Width: 102 inchesLengths: 28 feet Length: 102 inchesMax Weight 28': 22,000 poundsSingle, tandem, or triple
Height: 13.5 feetWidths: 96–102 inchesMax Pallets 28': 14Lift Gates
Height: 13.5 feet Heights: 12.5–13.5 feetMax Volume 28': 2,000 feet3Vented Trailers
Commodities hauled can include: Wide rangeeTrack

Straight Truck (With Lift Gate)

Straight Truck

Why Use Lift Gate Service?

Why Use Liftgate Service? Liftgate Service. If you are shipping an item that is too heavy for you to lift on or off the truck, you will need a liftgate. However, if you already have a forklift or a loading dock at your location, this will not be necessary.


Will I Need A Liftgate?

The shipping requirements will be different for each item, but in general, most Freightliner truck beds are approximately four feet from the ground. Most items weighing under 150 pounds can be picked up off the bed and placed on the ground by one or two able-bodied persons. Attempting this with heavier items can place all individuals and the equipment at risk.

There have been instances of customers not being able to accept delivery because they had no way to unload their heavy or bulky items from the delivery truck without a liftgate.

For items weighing over 150 pounds, we highly recommend liftgate service if you do not have a forklift or pallet jack and access to a loading dock. Please note: The truck driver does not assist in unloading items and any liability would be assumed by the person taking the item off of the truck. If necessary, you may select a liftgate at checkout.

A lift-gate is a device used to raise and lower items from ground level to the level of a tractor trailer. Freight companies deliver items on a tractor trailer which is approx 56 inches above the ground. These trailers are designed to load and unload at a loading dock or with a fork-lift. If your delivery location does not have a loading dock or fork-lift and the item is too heavy to remove from the trailer by hand, then you may need a lift-gate. It is ideal for deliveries to residential areas, as well as commercial areas that have no docks like stores.



26' DimensionsStandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Width: 102 inchesLengths: 22–26 feetMax Weight 26': 14,000 pounds Max Pallets 26': 12Lift gates
Height: 12.5 feetWidths: 96–102 inchesMax Volume 26': approx. 1,700 feet3Vented trailers
Heights: 12.5–13.5 feeteTrack
Commodities hauled can include: Office material, furniture, cleaning supplies, local vender materialRefrigeration


Containers Trailers


What are Container Trailers?

container-sizes container dimensions breakdown

Container Lengths: 20, 40, 45, 48, 53
feet Widths: 98–102 inches
Heights: 8.5–9.5 feet

Open Top

Open Top Bed On Load

Top Bed On Load

Why Use An Open Top Trailer?

Why Use a Bed on an open top? Open top trailers are similar in design to the chipper and other semi-enclosed trailers, but in most cases, they feature reinforced steel sides to support the transport of heavy metal and other commercial waste. For this reason, opentop trailers are sometimes called scrap hauler trailers.

Here you will see the specifications listed for Flatbed Trucking, and Specialized Trucking Trailers such as Step Deck Trailers, RGN – (Removable Gooseneck Trailer), Lowboy Trailers, Dry Vans, PO (Power Only), Flatbed Stretch Trailer, Extendable Double Drop Trailers, Refrigerated, Conestoga, Heavy Haul, Sidekit, Lowboy Trailers, Stretch RGN or Removable Gooseneck and Over Dimensional freight trailers. This will assist you on how to determine the quality and types of flatbed trailers that you need to carry and transport your load or freight. It is important to notate the total weight of the freight as well as the dimensions of a particular type for proper and accurate Flat Bed & Specialized trucking rates.

Each Flat Bed trucking is different from the other types so the information that you will be seeing here should be used and treated as your general guideline. Typically, most of the platform trailers mentioned here are capable of handling freights that may even exceed the dimensions and weights for a required permit in a particular state and even premium charges that are needed to be obtained prior to your specific type of shipment.

So if you have questions and inquiries regarding Flat Bed trailers then do not hesitate to contact anyone from our team of experienced representatives. Our Freight Agents are quite friendly and professional and we will be more than happy to assist you in your selection of the right and proper type of flatbed trailer or specialized equipment needed for your specific needs.

Moreover, contacting our friendly representatives will give you the chance to know if the kind of trailer you will be using needs state permits in carrying your load or freight. Our team of professionals is extremely well educated, trained and experienced in the field of North American freight transportation.



StandardsCapacity48' Dimensions
Lengths: 28, 40, 42, 45, 48, 53 feetMax Weight 48': 50,000 poundsLength: 102inches
Widths: 96–102 inchesMax Volume 48': 3,000 feet3Height: 8 feet
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Commodities hauled can include: Scrap metal, garbage

Curtain Side

Curtain Side Trailers

Side Trailers


What is a Curtain Side?


A Curtainside is basically a flatbed with an upper structure mounted to the flatbed as a tarping system.

There are two types of curtainside trailers, the Conestoga and the Tautliner.  Both trailers are of the flatbed variety and both are covered with a tarp system or curtain  which can easily be moved out of the way, thereby providing ready access to the trailer for loading cargo.  The advantages and disadvantages are discussed below.

What Are Curtain Side Trailers?

A Curtainside is basically a flatbed with an upper structure mounted to the flatbed as a tarping system.

There are two types of curtainside trailers, the Conestoga and the Tautliner.  Both trailers are of the flatbed variety and both are covered with a tarp system or curtain  which can easily be moved out of the way, thereby providing ready access to the trailer for loading cargo.  The advantages and disadvantages are discussed below.

Conestoga trailers, as shown immediately below, utilize a sliding tarp system.  In principle, this system works very similar to an accordion.  When pulled forward, the tarp exposes the flatbed providing access for side, rear and overhead loading.  The primary disadvantage of the Conestoga in comparison to a Tautliner, is that the curtain structure makes the trailer up to 107” wide on the outside and allows a maximum of 102” clearance for the trailers cargo.  The Conestoga necessitates a strict adherence to the 102″ limitation of its cargo.  If the product is at or near 102” wide and is misplaced or happens to shift slightly in transit, the system cannot be opened or closed.

Curtain Side Trucking

 The Tauliner Curtain Side

The Tautliner curtainside is a flatbed trailer containing a front, a roof and rear doors, similar to a van, yet having side curtains that slide like a shower curtain.  The Tautliners primary disadvantage when weighed against the Conestoga is in the limiting factor regarding the ability to load its cargo from overhead.  The framework of the sliding curtains prohibit overhead loading of the cargo.  However, the Tautliner trailer has much more flexibility in hauling products greater than 102 inches in that it allows room for error in loading its cargo.

Curtain Side Logistics


53' DimensionsStandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Width: 102 inchesLengths: 45, 48, 53 feetMax Weight 53': 53,000 poundsSlide rail
Height: 13.6 feetWidths: 102 inches, Heights: 12.6–13.5 feetMax Pallets 53': 26Sliding roof
Commodities hauled can include: Lumber, piping, building materials, metal products, windows & doorsMax Volume 53': 3,800 feet3Aluminum roof


Tanker Transport


Why Tanker Transports?



StandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Lengths: 40, 42, 43, 45, 48, 53 feetMax Volume 53': 3,000 - 9,000 gallonsCenter unload
Widths: 96–102 inchesRear unload
Heights: 12–13.5 feet Insulated Bulkheads: 1–7Insulated
Non-insulated (skin) Commodities hauled can include: Oil, gas, liquid sweetenerNon-insulated (skin)

Drop Deck / eVan

Drop Deck / eVan Trailers

Deck / eVan Trailers

Why Use a Drop Deck Or E Van?

53' DimensionsStandardsCapacity
Width: 102 inchesLengths: 45, 48, 53 feetMax Volume 53': 4,400 feet3
Height: 13.5 feetWidths: 96 - 102 inches
Heights: 13.5 feet
Commodities hauled can include: Electronics, furniture, water heaters






hopper van

StandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Lengths: 40, 42, 43, 45, 48, 50, 53 feetMax Volume 53': 2,100 feet3Platforms
Widths: 96–102 inchesHoppers (for unloading)
Heights: 10.5–11.5 feetCommodities hauled can include: Wheat, grain, gravelPneumatic end dump

Dry Van

Dry Van Trailer

Why Use Van Trailers?

Dry Van Trailer



StandardsCapacityOptions And Features
Lengths: 28, 32, 36, 40, 42, 43, 45, 48, 53 feet Widths: 96–102 inchesMax Weight 53': 45,000 poundsHeated
Commodities hauled can include:Max Pallets 53': 26Screwed in wood floors, Plate trailer
Packaging, paper, dry grade food, beverages, clothing, building products, lawn/garden goodsVolume 53': approx. 3,500 feet^3eTrack, Lift gates, Vented trailers
chemicals, ink/paint, batteries, seed, finished productsRoll up doors, Swing doors, Food grade

Dry Van 2

Dry Van Trailer

Why Use A Dry Van Trailer?

28' DimensionsStandardsCapacity
Width: 102 inchesLengths: 28, 32, 36, 40, 48, 51, 53 feet Widths: 96–102 inchesMax Weight 53': 44,000 pounds Max Pallets 53': 26
Height: 13.5 feetHeights: 12.5–13.5 feetMax Volume 53': 3,700 feet3
Commodities hauled can include: Fresh: floral/nursery, produce, juice, meat, dairy/deli Frozen: ice cream, frozen food products, frozen fruits & vegetables Temp Controlled: beverages (soda/wine), chocolate/candy, lubricants, computer serversRoll up doors, Swing doors