Flatbed LTL


Flatbed LTL full upFlatbed LTL loads are simply smaller loads that don’t utilize the whole trailer space. Since they take less space, they can be put on the same trailer with one or more additional small loads.

They are usually cheaper, as they are partial loads. If your freight is taller than 8’6″, check out our step deck LTL.

A full truckload (FTL) carrier may work with LTL freight by using a consolidation and distribution center called a breakbulk facility. Learn more about whether this solution can work for you.

Protect your less than truckload freight with proper packaging such as pallets or containers.

Our specialists can find the safest and most economical way to ship your less-than-truckload freight. For definitions see wikipedia.org


Flatbed LTL Trailer Specifications & Dimensions (transcript)

“Alright, this morning we’re going to go over Flatbed LTL. LTL meaning “Light Truck Load”. So, if you ever hear a dispatcher or somebody say “LTL” to you, don’t get confused, it just means “smaller than truck load” or “partial load”.

Flatbed LTL, is broke up into your 48 feet of deck space — um — and, you know, you got your 8′ 6″ wide, and that’s…legal width, and you got your 9 feet tall.

Okay, LTL is broken up in to sections on the trailer. So, if you have a ten foot piece of machinery, and that’s all you have to ship, [and] you side-load it with a fork lift, you’re going to get charged for an LTL shipment, or “Light Truck Load”, or partial load.

If you’re gonna do that LTL flatbed load — LTL on a flatbed, instead of a van — it would be utilized [as a] side-load because you don’t have a dock, or somewhere to rear-load it. And that’s how the flatbeds are utilized.

Pricing, on a flatbed LTL is just as…easy as how much deck space you’re using up, up to 30 feet. Past 30 feet, you’re looking at “Full Truck Load”, or FTL.

Full truckload or less than truckload?

So, if you plan on going past 30 feet, just plan on paying for a Full Truck, and, if they can get anything else on it, and they get you a deal, try to get it. But anything past that: “Full Truck Load”. Anything under 30 feet would be your “Light Truck Load”, and you work the price down from there.

Pretty standard, just measure your freight, and it better be by the inch ’cause an LTL carrier will put it on you if that freight is bigger than what you say it is when they get there. They’ll start negotiating more price, and make the price inflated, over an inch…or a half an inch–especially if it makes it wide or tall.

So be careful when you’re measuring it, put a tape on it, make sure it’s very accurate before the carrier gets there, and that should take care of you on your Flatbed LTL.”

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  • Equipment

  • Length: 48′-53′
  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 5′
  • Commodity

  • Length: 30′
  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 8’6″

Diagram – standard flatbed trailer

flatbed dimensions