Different Variants Of Low Loaders

A Low Loader is a semi-trailer that has two drops in trailer height one drop right after the gooseneck and one drop in front of the rear axles. This allows the trailer bed to be extremely low compared to normal trailers. The first low-loader trailer was invented in the 1920s and featured a riveted gooseneck and solid rubber tires.

This allows for abnormal loads, ideally suited for plant and machinery transport as well as your Heavy Haulage requirements. These trailers have detachable necks (also known as removable necks) in order to let loads or heavy plants drive on at the lowest possible height. Low loaders also allow tall loads to be transported closer to the ground providing extra bridge clearance than other trailers.

The low loader trailer comes in several variants, for a wide spectrum of tasks. Some of the variants are:

  • Fixed Gooseneck – which allows a longer deck length and lightest weight of all lowboys.
  • Technical Gooseneck – Second longest deck length and weight.
  • Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck – Quickest and easiest to detach but, at the expense of weight and deck length.

A low loader trailer is also referred to as semi low-loader, step frame, plant trailer, or machinery carrier. The stepped-down deck and smaller wheels on these types of trailers provide a lower deck than a standard flat/platform trailer. This gives the option to drive vehicles directly onto the deck via attached hydraulic or detachable ramps.

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