How Do You Decide Which Trailers Your Fleet Needs?

What could possibly be so hard about choosing a trailer? This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard this question. Most people would be amazed at the thought that has to go into selecting the right trailer. Will it be the best fit for a fleet? Factors such as regional specific specifications, trailer age, regulations and laws, weight capacity, and space must be considered. Lots of research will need to be done to make sure that there is a perfect fit.

So, in order to ensure the correct operation and choice, are there some tricks of the trade? What’s actually out there when it comes to trailers?

Vacuum Trailers

These kinds of trailers are typically utilized for sucking slurry or mud out of pits in the fracking industry. Some vacuum tanks, such as the standard 130 barrel, have as standard equipment, a gauge to let the operator know how much remaining capacity is in the tank. The thing about these gauges is that they are not always practical – particularly in the northern states. This is because, during the winter months, they can freeze.

Dump Trailers

These trailers most commonly haul away unneeded materials like dirt or deliver aggregate and sand to fracking sites. They feature body styles that vary and dumping systems that are specifically made to be appropriate for certain parts of the country.

Jobsite or space requirements, most commonly in western, south-central, and north-central states, frequently call for the use a bottom dump or belly dump trailer. These trailers drop their load in a heap that is linear.

States with more even and flat terrain most commonly make use of end dump trailers. They can rapidly dump anything from large asphalt and rocks too sticky, wet clay, and everything in between. There are downfalls to this trailer, however. During the dumping process, they are not always the most stable.


The thing about tankers is that there’s a whole lot of welding going on. And welding points can mean weak points. The manufacturer of the trailer has everything to do with the dependability of the welds. What’s more, there is usually a lining applied to the insides of these tanks to prevent them from the effects of whatever they might be carrying. The type of coating/lining used should be investigated before purchasing a tanker trailer.

Applications That Are Considered Specialties

The most common of all trailers is the dry van or van trailer. But not everyone can make good use of this kind of unit. Specialized industries need specialized trailers. The gas and oil industry, for example, uses the transportation industry on a regular basis. So, lots of transportation professionals today are adapting their trailers with this kind of specialized hauling and servicing in mind.

Dry Vans

As just suggested, the most common trailer today is the dry van. This is largely because, in many applications, they are extremely versatile and fully enclosed. But, despite their popularity, there remains a significant level of confusion as to the differences between the two types of dry vans currently on the market. There is a post and sheet van trailer and a composite van trailer. And their differences are significant.

Mickey has a vast selection of all kinds of trailers – both new and used. And as you would expect, Mickey stands behind our used equipment as devotedly as we stand we stand behind our new equipment. Our customer service staff is ready and waiting to handle your concerns. And we have numerous service centers, both Mickey owned and operated and Mickey authorized, throughout the nation to fulfill the needs of all our valued clients.

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