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Chapter 1: What is a flatbed semi trailer?

Chapter 2: What is the standard size of a flatbed semi trailer?

Chapter 3: What is the most common flatbed trailer?

Chapter 4: Different types of flatbed semi trailer

Chapter 5: What to check after receiving your flatbed semi trailer?


Chapter 1: What is a flatbed semi trailer?

A flatbed semi trailer is a very useful platform that is used in the shipping industry. It is primarily used for the transportation of shipping containers of different sizes. This is a long flat platform of either 20ft, 40ft, 48ft or 53ft length used for carrying shipping containers.  The flatbed semi trailer has no roof or walls to the side. It is a bare platform on which different container sizes are secured using container locks ready for transportation.

The size of the CIMC flatbed semi trailer loading area is determined according to the standard container size. A twist lock device for fixing the container is provided at positions corresponding to the four corners of the bottom of the container. However, it can also be used to take up other different types of loads. These different types of flatbed trailers have different capabilities and usefulness for various applications as discussed in here. Understanding their operations and basic specifications are vital in helping you choose the type of flatbed semi trailer you will require for your application.

Different Types of Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale

Chapter 2: What is the standard size of a flatbed semi trailer?

CIMC most popular tri axle 40 ft shipping container flatbed semi trailer specification:

Overall L*W*H: 12,500*2,500*1,530 mm

Payload: 60 tons

Axles: 3 units, (Fuwa/BPW /CIMC or other Chinese famous brand)

Tires: 12 units, 12.00R20 / 11.00R20 / 12R22.5 / 385/65R22.5, optional

Landing gear: JOST 

Kingpin: 50(2inch)#or 90(3.5inch)# bolted type

Suspension: Mechanical/airbag/bogie suspension

Brake system: WABCO brake system with dual brake chambers and emergency brake valve

Container lock: 12 pcs 

Accessories: Tool box , spare tire carrier

Different Types of Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale

Chapter 3: What is the most common flatbed trailer?

The most common flatbed semi trailer usually used in the loading and movement of containers.

It is a rigid structure of steel construction forming a platform on which containers get loaded and unloaded through the use of overhead cranes.

It comes with well-marked points to facilitate the loading of containers and their transportation to designated locations. The common flatbed semi trailer usually comes with a landing gear that plays a key role in enhancing stability during loading and unloading operations. This common type of flatbed semi trailer is affordable and easy to use.

However, you will need external accessories such as a crane for loading the container onto this platform. If you don’t have this auxiliary equipment ready, operations can get delayed.


The 40 ft tri axle flatbed semi trailer for sale is one of the most advantageous products of CIMC. It is mainly used for transporting 20&40ft containers or some other cargo.

We also have the 2 axles, 3 axles, 4 axles, the model with front board; the size and load can be customized according to your requirements. According to the length, we can also offer the 20ft, 45ft, 48ft, 53ft flatbed trailer for sale. The color could be painted as your request, we also can customized according to your request 100%.


Different Types of Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale

CIMC Tri Axle Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale


Chapter 4: Different types of flatbed semi trailer

1. Interlink flatbed trailer

Interlink flatbed trailer consists of two units 20/40ft 2/3 axles flatbed semi trailer. CIMC produces high quality interlink flatbed trailer to carry container 20/40ft container and bulk cargo.

For the interlink trailer is populaized because of its flexibility. Each of the trailers can operate independently and increase the utilization coefficient of the tractor truck. In this case, interlink flatbed trailer truck makes transportation much easier.


2. Flatbed tipper trailer

Flatbed tipper trailers have many uses, and it can transport and unloading 20ft and 40ft containers. This type of flatbed semi trailer offers an easy way of unloading cargo. To facilitate its unloading capabilities, the flatbed tipper trailers come in a different structural design from other types of trailers.

There is a hydraulic cylinder installed in it to raise the platform ready for transportation of the loaded cargo. Flatbed tipper trailers have 4 units flip brackets, which can make the rear end more evenly loaded during unloading, and it is not easy to damage the cargo.

During the offloading process, the container is set to fall steadily through gravity. The container falls freely backwards once it is unlocked and loosed from the trailer’s top section. This is enhanced with the downward tilting of the trailer. On touching the ground on its back, the truck moves in the forward direction allowing the container to keep sliding gradually. 


Different Types of Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale

Different Types of Flatbed Semi Trailer for Sale


3. Extendable flatbed trailer

CIMC produces extendable flatbed trailer for the transport of long rails, pipes, 40ft container, 20ft container or other bulk cargos. And the 40ft extendable flat bed trailers extension length of trailer from 12.5 meters extend to 24 meters, and the trailer can carry 40ft container or 20ft container after it's at close state.

The pulling and closing operation of an extendable flatbed trailer is very simple. You only need to use the tractor to move forward or reverse when the rear axle is braked. After reaching the working distance, lock it with the positioning pin.


4. Drawbar flatbed trailer

Flatbed drawbar trailer is the front end of the trailer connected to the rear end of the tractor. The tractor only provides a pulling force and does not bear weight. That is, a full trailer is added behind the ordinary car, and the two are connected by a hook. The drawbar trailer can increase the loading capacity of the truck and reduce fuel consumption, thereby reducing transportation costs.

The load of the drawbar trailer is fully borne by itself, and it is only connected to the locomotive with a hook. The locomotive only provides power to help the trailer overcome the frictional resistance of the road. A drawbar trailer can stand upright on its own tires, while a semi-trailer must stand on its front legs.


Chapter 5: What to check after receiving your flatbed semi trailer?

1. The actual configuration should be consistent with the trailer purchase contract

First, check whether the configuration of important large parts is consistent with the contract, such as whether the brands of tires, axles, steel rims, ABS, etc. are consistent with the contract. There is a significant difference in price and quality of accessories of different brands. In addition to checking the brands of accessories, the model specifications should also be checked. There are also differences in price and quality of accessories of the same brand, with different models and specifications.

Secondly, check whether the steel thickness is consistent with the contract. When you receive the CIMC flatbed semi trailer, you can bring a caliper to measure the thickness of the main beam, side beam, bottom plate, and carriage, and check with the thickness signed in the contract.


2. Check the number of accessories

Also pay attention to whether the spare tire rack, rope tightener, tool box, tarpaulin rack and other accessories are complete. Often these small things are the easiest for us to ignore.


3. Check tire pressure

Check whether the tire is out of air and debris is attached, and then see whether the steel rim is deformed or cracked.

Generally, tires are adjusted to an appropriate level by the manufacturer. When the tire pressure is too high, the wear of the middle part of the tread will increase, which not only shortens the service life of the tire, but also affects the grip performance of the tire, which is not conducive to driving safety. If the tire pressure is too low, it will cause the tire to burst and wear faster.


4. Connect the tractor to check the electrical system

Connect the tractor to see that all the lights of the CIMC flatbed semi trailer are working normally. If the circuit is not good, some lights will not turn on.

The importance of the brake system to the flatbed semi trailer for sale is self-evident, and the trailer manufacturer will also make the brake system the top priority of the work. Although the proportion of brake system failures is relatively small, in case of a strike, it may be life-threatening. Be sure to check whether the brake system is normal after connecting the tractor.


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