At Truckpages we always have a great choice of used semi trailers for sale. These are the trailers used behind a tractor unit, rather than those towed behind a van or rigid truck in drawbar combination. To view these types of trailers click here.
Semi Trailers come in all shapes and sizes, but they are typically 13.6 metre (or 40ft. in old money) in length. As with rigid trucks, the semi trailers can have any type of body fitted. The most common we see on the roads today are the refrigerated semi-trailers (or refeers) that are taking our food to the supermarkets or the skeletal trailers that are taking goods to and from the ports in shipping containers. These containers – usually either 20ft or 40ft are held in place by Twistlocks.
2016 Montracon 13.6m Flatbed with posts, sockets & Headboad on BPW axles with Drum brakes, Only had one owner since new and has had very little use, in great order throughout. �12,995Overall Condition: Good%
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To drive a tractor and trailer combination, the driver needs to have a class 1 HGV licence. Despite improvements in truck technology, driving a 40ft trailer behind a tractor unit is no easy task. The difficulty increases massively when you have to reverse the trailer.
There are hundreds of thousands of flat, curtainside or refrigerated trailers running around the UK’s roads every day. Read the short guid below for the more specialist types of trailers.
Double Deck Trailers
Across Europe, the maximum height for a trailer is typically four metres. This is because the bridges over th motorways are only just over this height in many places. In the UK our bridges are higher, which means that we can have overheight trailers.
This has led to the development of double deck trailers that increase the volume that can be loaded and therefore make each trip more effective and better for the environment.
These double deckers often have internal lifts to enable loading of the upper levels – bear in mind that these types of trailers cannot carry dense loads – think polystyrene rather than bricks!
For certain applications using a tipping semi trailer is better than an eight wheel tipper. The main advantage is that the payload is greater – a tria-axle trailer with a three axle tractor unit can have a combined gross train weight of 44 tonnes compared to just 32 tonnes for an 8×4 tipper.
The disadvantage is that tipping trailers are inherently less stable than a rigid tipper. Forget using tipping trailers in places where the ground is not level and solid. For bulk applications in the waste and recycling industry they are perfect where large amounts of waste need to be transferred from recycling centres to the landfill sites or processing centres and incinerators.
These trailers perform a similar role to a tipping trailer – the load gets emptied by the trailer without the use of a crane or forklift – but it can operate on a wider range of terrains.
An ejector trailer uses a hydraulic ram to push out the load from front to rear, whilst the walking floor or moving floor system has a floor that has been designed to move in such a way as it shuffles the load out of the rear of the trailer.
Typically these trailers can be loaded from above and have applications in the agriculture and waste industries. Manufacturers of these types of trailers are Knapen, Legras, Stas and BMI.
How Does a Walking Floor Trailer Work?
Semi Trailer Manufacturers
Top semi- trailer manufacturers for the UK market are Schmitz, Fruehauf, SDC, Montracon, Dennison and Don Bur.