If you are planning to ship freight of any kind across the country, you may be offered a couple of shipping methods and a couple of quotes to match. One shipping method involves the use of a drop trailer (through an outlet such as Brockman Storage Trailers). There are three key advantages a drop trailer has over a standard flatbed trailer when it comes to shipping goods long distances over land.
First Key Advantage: Ship More
A drop trailer has a very long flatbed surface that is split into a shorter section and a longer section. The shorter section is the drop section, the area up front that can be raised or lowered to accommodate a smaller shipping crate or a much heavier object. If you want, you can drop the front end of the trailer such that it is level with the rest of the flatbed and ship one exceedingly long shipping crate or a wide load freight shipment. Because it is longer than a standard flatbed, you can ship more with a drop trailer.
Second Key Advantage: The Drop Section Saves on Labor and Machines
Rather than worry about whether or not there are available and functional forklifts at the destination, the drop section of the trailer raises and lowers to meet the height of your receiving dock. It can be parked outside the receiving docks and unloaded outside, or you can manipulate the edge of the elevated drop section so that it meets the edge of the unloading dock. Your dock crew does not have to strain under the weight of any shipment nor do you have to purchase expensive forklifts and pallet jacks for the loading and unloading of the occasional and extra large items.
Third Key Advantage: Built-in, Step-down Ramps for Things with Wheels
It does not matter if you are shipping motorcycles, cars, trucks or heavy construction equipment. Anything with wheels transported on a drop trailer provides you with a built-in, step-down ramp to roll these items off the back of the trailer with ease. This application is more commonly used with heavy equipment, but it works for anything on wheels. For example, you could secure a mid-size car to the drop section, elevate the drop section, and then transport whatever else you want on the remaining flatbed section of the trailer. It is this flexibility built into a transport trailer that helps you ship whatever you want, whenever and wherever you want.