Often, it’s not weight that limits loads, it’s trailer space. Optimizing this space can mean increasing the amount of cargo moved with each load, and that means increased profits. There are two ways to do this: adding decks to load another layer of pallets, and using drop belly trailers with elevators to add a lower level to carry extra pallets.
While stacking pallets utilizes more space, using a deck makes loading easier without the risk of top skids falling over and damaging cargo in transit. On average, a deck can increase loads by 60-80%. In some cases, the expense of adding decks to existing trailers can be recouped in well under a year. Much of this comes down to how your fleet operates. Loading both decks takes longer, but it can add a couple extra stops on each route, adding profitability with little in the way of increased operating costs. These systems add 250-500 lbs. to the trailer. If you’re already near load limits, this can be a hindrance. However, for bulky loads and less-than-truckload deliveries, it means you can get closer to the load limit with each trip.
You can also expand cargo space by using elevator systems with dropdeck trailers. Instead of using the space below the trailer floor for storing equipment, it can be used to hold short pallets, or extend the total height inside the trailer. Strick’s elevator trailer has an extra 34 inches of floor space, thanks to the drop belly. Once the elevator is down, panels can slide over the space, creating a flat cargo floor that supports up to 17,000 lbs. Used this way, this system offers 25% more trailer space than a standard cargo box. Alternatively, the space can be left open, adding space for tall pallets. The current system adds 4,000 lbs. to the weight of dropdeck trailers, although the company says this is due to the newness of this product. As they continue to develop the elevator system, they can optimize the design, reducing its weight.
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