Sheet and post trailer vs plate trailer

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by yzman720, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. yzman720

    yzman720 Bobtail Member

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    Looking to add another trailer. Will be our first van trailer for otr. In doing my research it looks like sheet and post are 98.5 inches on the inside and plate trailers are 101" on the inside. Are there any sheet and post trailers that are 101" on the inside width? or are the majority of them 98.5"? Any benefit of one to the other? If the above measurements are correct I believe I will opt for a plate trailer instead of a sheet and post if nothing else due to the added interior width. Thoughts? suggestions?
     
  2. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

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    I've considered it and would settle on the plate trailer for the extra width. I get lots of offers requiring plate trailers though. I think the general consensus is they are not as sturdy as sheet and post, but it's a trade off for the required extra width.

    Guess it would help if you have a specific need.
     
  3. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    That extra little width sometimes matters when picking up a specific load.
    I remember that it did matter with some convention show loads when they tried to cram all kinds of different staff and crates... They had better pay well though.
    Another example was when picking a load of new empty beer cans....furniture too.
     
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    8thnote Road Train Member

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    Many food-grade shippers will not load a wood walled trailer either. The plate trailer is def the way to go.
     
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    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    The place where we were hauling out of required 101 inside width. Empty aluminum cans. Not doing it anymore since NFI came in and slashed the rates. Back to oilfield.....good I'd rather run the 2 lanes anyways
     
  6. RSB34

    RSB34 Light Load Member

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    Go with a plate trailer food grade shippers like them. You won't have to fix plywood someone broke before you get loaded. Plates are more durable. I would not think of anything else in a van.
     
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    Gdog66223 Medium Load Member

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    If you do buy a plated trailer make sure it has Metal scuff guard at the bottom and not 1/2" thick plastic scuff guard... I purchased a trailer like that and made the trailer dealer redo it.
     
  8. yzman720

    yzman720 Bobtail Member

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    I’m definitely not buying a wood trailer. I guess my main concern was getting the largest inside width I can. A lot of trailers I have looked at online are sheet and post though. I didn’t know if sheet and post could have a 101” inside width or not? Or if I should just count out all sheet and post trailers when I see them due to them only being 98.5” width on inside?
     
  9. Gdog66223

    Gdog66223 Medium Load Member

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    What are you trying to haul? even beer loads or pepsi loads still don't cover the entire width...
     
  10. yzman720

    yzman720 Bobtail Member

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    I don't have any direct shipper's. Just dealing with some brokers at the moment. Wanting to make sure I get as wide as possible to not limit any freight possibilities.
     
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