Welcome back to our series on How to Buy the Best Flatbed Trailer


Today, we’re talking about 7 ways to increase your flatbed payload capacity

Essentially you have two options:

a. Lighter trailer to haul more weight

b. Upgrade to a longer trailer or drop deck to increase your hauling capacity

5 Ways to Reduce the Weight of Your Flatbed Trailer

MAC Flatbed trailer depicting cross member spacing.

The way to increase your payload is to take weight off of your flatbed trailer. Below are some ways to do that.

  1. Start with the right flatbed. ​Most importantly, you want to start with the right flatbed. Lightweight options include the all-aluminum MAC and the 4000AE, which at 8,800 lbs. competes with all-aluminum flatbeds.
    Read: “3 Types of Flatbed Trailers”
  2. Aluminum cross members.
    Going with aluminum vs. steel cross members saves approximately 400 lbs.
  3. Increase cross member spacing.
    Increasing the cross members spacing from 12″ to 18″ saves approximately 300-400 lbs.
  4. Wheels and tires.
    Low Pro 22.5” tires on aluminum wheels are approximately 500 lbs. lighter than 11R 24.5” on steel wheels.
  5. Closed tandem slider vs. spread axle.
    Spread axle weighs up to 500 lbs. less than a closed tandem sliding axle.

2 Ways to Increase Your Trailers Hauling Capacity

Drop Deck Trailer.

What if weight is not an issue, but you need more capacity? How do you get that? We’ll there are a couple of things you can do.

  1. Consider a longer tailer.
    Flatbeds range from 28’ to 53’. Going with a longer trailer will allow you to increase your payload. If hauling something light, like insulation, you can only fit so much, and a 48’ or 53’ can increase your loading capacity.
  2. Drop Deck trailer.
    Also known as a single-drop or step-deck trailer, drop deck trailers range in length from 40’ to 53’ and have a lowered deck which allows you to haul loads too high for a standard flatbed.

A 2 ft. step on a drop deck trailer will allow for an additional 1000 sq. ft. of product, which will add up in the long run to increase your profits.

Utility Keystone works hard at finding the best solution to meet the demands of your hauling requirements.

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