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Dry vans are the most used semi-trailer in the trucking industry. These trailers are what most people picture when they think of a semi-truck. The trailer is a long box-shaped trailer with a rear entrance and does not have windows on any area of the trailer.
Why Are They Called Dry Vans?
It would be nice if there was some fantastic story behind the meaning of the name “Dry Van,” but that is not the case. These trailers are named dry vans because they essentially protect all merchandise from the weather when being shipped. Everything contained in the trailer remains dry and undamaged. Dry vans come in either 48 or 53 feet in length, with the most common trailer being 53 feet long. There are shorter dry vans available at 20 and 29 feet in length. These are referred to as “pup” trailers and are less commonly used, especially for long hauls.
Who Uses Dry Van Trailers?
Dry vans are the most common trailers seen on the road. The Department of Transportation has stated that over 15 million dry van trailers are registered to operate in the United States. These trailers account for over 85 percent of all semi-trailers on the road.
Nearly all industries use dry vans and to move all types of products. Some of the more common products moved on dry vans include:
• Non-perishable food items
• Non-food grocery items like soaps, paper products, and general merchandise
• General merchandise to mass retailers
• Furniture and Household Goods (Moving Trucks)
• Consumer Electronics
• Some small vehicles that need extra protection from elements
• High value loads so that the van can provide extra security
• Small equipment
Dry vans can carry a lot of merchandise. However, to remain compliant with DOT regulations, the truck's total weight cannot exceed 80,000 pounds to operate safely on the roads. The DOT also requires that merchandise is placed in a manner to evenly distribute weight so that the trailer remains safe to operate. Dry vans are perfect for large loads or for multiple stop loads because they can be packed easily and unloaded quickly.
Do You Need A Dry Van To Move Your Goods?
If you have a shipment that needs to be moved safely and fast, I-Go Trans has a fleet of dry van trailers ready to move your goods. Our drivers can move your product across town, across the state, or anywhere in the country. Dry vans move a majority of all products in this country today. If you need transportation for a single shipment or for regular movement of your product, I-Go Trans is ready to help. Call our office today and discover what we can offer you in terms of cost and service.