Trailer equipment rental is broken down into three main categories. Dry transport vehicles are usually flatbed or van style, commonly called box trailers. Liquid transport, often called bottles, usually carry liquefied gases, acids and petroleum products. Refrigerated trailers carry perishable goods. These trailers have a single setting for the whole truck or are broken into smaller sections, each with their own thermostat.
Most trailer leasing companies have three basic options. Rental trailers are for short-term use, such as single trip or season. You can lease a trailer for a longer term, often a year or more. Lease-to-own allows the option to purchase a trailer at the end of the lease; these leases often cost more but carry other benefits. Consider the following when leasing a trailer:
1. Dry transport trailers ship any standard goods, often without special equipment or preparations.
2. Refrigerated trucks are a specialized trailer lease service.
3. Liquid transport requires specialized equipment based on what product you need to ship.
Ship dry goods without specialized trailer equipment leasingOverland shipment of dry goods is the broadest category of trailer leasing. A single flatbed or box-style trailer can carry an endless variety of goods. Specialized equipment is rarely necessary beyond standard packing processes.
Find a trailer leasing company that specializes in refrigerated trucksIt's possible to modify a standard dry goods trailer into a refrigerated unit, but trucks built with refrigeration in mind often have more and better features. Multi-compartment, multi-temp trailers are just some of the options you can find in dedicated refrigerated trailers.
Locate a trailer equipment rental company for a specific liquid cargoLiquid transport is often the most hazardous type of overland transport. The chemicals are often poisonous, flammable or harmful and sometimes all three. Because of this, suppliers will specialize liquid transport trailers for one type of liquid cargo only.
- Many trailer leasing companies also provide storage containers. These containers are similar to ones used for waterborne shipping and can greatly increase your on-site storage capacity.