“Okay, today we’re going to go over the Step Deck Trailer, or Drop Deck…”Step Deck”, or “Drop” some people call it. Trailers are utilized for hauling taller loads. Same idea as a Flatbed, other than the “step” that’s involved. So you can haul tractors, different types of machinery, anything that’s over the height of 9 feet. So you do not have to permit it.
Also, Step Deck Trailers normally have ramps on the back of it so you can drive machinery up on to it, which Flatbeds do not.
Same weights are pretty well utilized with the Step Deck in comparison with the Flatbed. 48 to 53,000 pounds, depending on the trailer, and how light it is. You can either side-load, forklift, overhead load, crane, or rear load.
Standard legal widths and heights: 10′ 6″ is about as tall as you can get on a Step Deck, that’s a low pro step. 8′ 6″ is still your standard width, that’s all on every highway, 8′ 6″ is that. Anything over you’re gonna be permitting, and anything over 10′ 6″ you’re probably gonna go into an RGN. They can’t haul anything over that or they have to have high permits, and you might as well go into an RGN or Removable Gooseneck at that point, when you’re hauling machinery.
Deck lengths: you usually got about 38 feet on the bottom, 15 on the top. A lot of times what they’ll do is they’ll roll a tractor on and they’ll throw another partial on up front, depending on the weight.
And that is about it for the Step Deck