Flatbed Truck Rental: What You Need to Know

Single and Tandem Axle Flatbed Trucks

Flatbed Truck Rentals in Michigan- your questions answered.

Flatbed trucks are uncovered trucks that do not have walls or ceilings, which allows shipping objects with greater dimensions than a box truck. They are versitile for shipping large cargo that do not require an enclosure:

Objects that are typically shipped on flatbeds are steel products, lumber, construction, or machinery. 

Before considering renting a flatbed truck for your shipping needs, you must consider a few things. Make sure you have straps to secure the load, as well as a blanket wrap to put over the load. These are protective tools that will allow your shipment to get from point A to B in the safest way possible. 

We have many options available for flatbed trucks:

1. Bed Size

Flatbed trucks are typically measured by the size of their floor area, in feet. With a flatbed truck, the cargo area is referred to a flat surface where objects can be strapped onto. Objects can be:

  • 48 feet long
  • 8.5 feet wide
  • 8.5 load height

2. Load Weight

As box trucks are enclosed, they can only carry so much weight. Compared to the flatbed truck, they have the ability to bear more weight, as the shipping dimensions are greater.

  • Maximum weight: 48,000 lbs

3. CDL, Non-CDL, and Chauffeur’s License

To drive any commerical motor vehicle in Michigan, a Commerical Driver’s License (CDL) is required by law. 

Additionally, to operate a commerical motor vehicle at a weight of over 10,001 lbs, a chauffeur’s license must be obtained before driving a flatbed truck.

4. Dock Height

If you’re planning on shipping a large item on a flatbed, you must consider the dock height. Given that there are no enclosures, there needs to be a standard maximum height at which the object can be. If larger than the given height, the flatbed can cause dangerous driving conditions on the road.

Common dock heights are:

  • 48 inches
  • To 52 inches

Reserve Your Flatbed Truck Rental

If you are in question of what truck should be used for your shipping needs, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to help, and will take the time to educate on all things shipping related. 

We’re here to answer any questions that you have, to make sure you have the right truck for the job. We take pride in our family owned business, by giving you personalized service that will fit all of your rental needs. Moving or transporting goods can be stressful all in itself- that’s why we believe in making things as easy as possible for our customers, all while giving you an exceptional rental experience. 

Looking to rent a flatbed in your area? Give us a call today, we’re ready to get you on the road!


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