Whether you are considering going into business for yourself or looking to increase your already existing fleet, a dry van is an excellent mode of transportation, particularly in the shipping business. But, there are various dry van dimensions to consider when choosing the appropriate vehicle/trailer.
Here we are going to take a look not only at the dimensions of dry vans, but why they are so essential to the transportation/shipping industry. Hopefully, with the following information, you will be able to make a well-informed decision as to what kind of dry van you need – or possibly some other type of trailer/vehicle.
What Is a Dry Van?
Dry vans were designed to transport loose or boxed, palletized freight. They are not appropriate for oversized shipments, as are flatbed trailers. Unlike refrigerated units, or referrers, dry vans are not temperature controlled. This semi-trailer does, however, protect shipments from outside elements because it offers an enclosed environment.
You may hear a dry van referred to as a box trailer or a dry van trailer. They are used for truck load shipment types and a variety of LTL’s (less than truckload shipments). There is every chance that a dry van was used to move your goods if you’ve ever received or shipped freight.
Now Let’s Get to the Dimensions
As suggested, there are a variety of sizes when it comes to dry vans. They are as follows:
- Straight trucks – Frequently featuring a tailgate and typically used for city deliveries, these trailers are also referred to as box trucks. There can be a variety of sizes offered here but the most common, by length, width, and height, measures 24′ x 8′ x 8′ 6 inches.
- 28-foot trailers – Used for LTL shipments, these are commonly referred to as “pup” trailers. By length, width, and height, they measure 28′ x 8′ x 9′. Across their floor space there’s room for 14 standard pallet positions and 22,500 pounds of freight can be accommodated.
- 53-foot trailers – On today’s highways and byways, this is the most common dry van being used. By length, width, and height, common dimensions applying to this trailer are 53′ x 8′ 6″ x 8′ 6 inches. Across their floorspace, 26 standard pallet positions are provided, and 45,000 pounds of freight can be accommodated.
Why Use a Dry Van?
Using a dry van for your shipping and transportation needs offers numerous benefits including the following:
- Affordability – A variety of carriers offer dry vans, so there’s always one available. They are one of the most affordable shipping options because they don’t require any special operation or service extras.
- Protection – The protection of the freight contained within (provided by dry vans) is possibly its biggest advantage. Hazards such as direct heat, rain, high winds, and other weather hazards are shielded against because shipments are enclosed on all sides. Cargo theft is also significantly reduced because these containers can be locked.
- Versatility – This equipment type is one of the most frequently used because in the transport of packaged consumer goods it works exceptionally well. Though household goods, nonperishable foods, and parts and machinery can be moved in a dry van, more commonly shipped with these trailers are electronics, furniture, clothing, etc.
Mickey Genuine Parts sells used dry vans and other trailers for the frugally minded individual, or those simply needing to save on expenses. The supply of these changes on a regular basis, however, so be sure to check back frequently. If you need parts or accessories, rather than the entire trailer, we can be of assistance there as well. Contact Mickey Genuine Parts today to let us know how we can be of help for your dry van needs, or in some other aspect of the transportation/shipping industry.