The Different Types of Trucks (Lots of Pictures)

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  1. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    Does anyone still use drop frame trailers (I think that's what they are called). Many moons ago when I was a pre loader at ups we had pup trailers that had a roller line built into the floor and you would unload the truck then the floor would lift up on both sides of the roller line and there was a lower level to unload. I haven't seen one since those days about 21ish years ago. They were a ton of fun to unload, you would be in the bottom part and the clip would let go on the floor section it was holding up and it would fall on you lol. They also had air operated landing gear if I remember correctly and that was super problematic.
     
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  3. jmz

    jmz Road Train Member

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    Frito lay has some, not sure what specifically they use them for though.

    But speaking of UPS and weird trailers, have you ever seen or heard of a UPS trailer will smaller roll up doors along the side? I see one occasionally pass on the other side of the highway and always wonder what it’s for. It almost looks like you could back a few package cars up to those side doors.
     
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    Shep Shiloh Medium Load Member

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    A quick Google shows that they're air freight trailers.
     
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    authentic251 Light Load Member

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    Correct they are air trailers
     
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  6. FlaSwampRat

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    As the others have said they have air cans in them, I used to drag one. There are also 26' straight trucks with side doors that hold two air cans for late shuttles.
     
  7. Mike2633

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    FedEx Ground still has some drop frame 28' trailers around. There fairly common around here.

    Sysco, Grand Rapids and maybe also Detroit Michigan used to have these babies:
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    I think those trailers are all retired now. That picture was taken 10 years ago in 2009 (God was 2009 10 years ago? I must be getting older it seems like just yesterday.)
     
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  8. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    @Russian Rabbit always said and there is some merit to this, that food service trailers should be lower to the ground and easier to unload like the one above and he is right, defiantly on a route sometimes the ramps are pretty steep and 100 cases stop it takes a lot of energy after a while to go up and down that ramp.

    Now I know companies will say, well that trailers not standard dock height and all other reasons why they can't use them, but it would make the routes go a bit easier for sure, because it wouldn't take as much out of the driver to go up a 20 degree incline vs a 75 degree incline.
     
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  10. Gearjammin' Penguin

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    And what dock do they ever hit other than the FS company's? Build your facility around your equipment, maybe?
     
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    First dock that comes to my mind are the 3rd party cafeterias (Sodexo/Aramark/Compass type setups) inside corporate buildings that do utilize loading docks.
     
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