Freight Solutions Capabilities

When a dry van trailer just won’t cut it – we have the alternatives you need

truck trailers for your more specialized freight

Keller Freight Solutions features all the standard truckload freight services, as well as multiple modes of specialized trailers, operating nationwide. No matter what or where you’re moving, we can haul it with a “can-do” attitude and timely, professional communication every step of the way. When you take into account our established network of carrier partners, there’s virtually no limit to our freight capabilities and total logistics support.

We offer robust freight service capabilities, with a select group of 3,000 carriers in our network. Our carriers have highly specialized equipment that we rely upon for big, tough, or unconventional jobs. Maintaining a high caliber of service is at the heart of all we do. The carefully vetted carriers we have selected are not just available at a moment’s notice: they come with proven safety track records, commitment to reducing empty miles, a “no excuses” mindset, and expertise in your particular industry. Not all freight brokers can say that.

Every industry comes with its own unique set of challenges when it comes to packing and transporting its raw materials and finished goods. While we have done it all, we find our background, expertise, and best results fall under a dozen categories.

Keller Freight Solutions has proven expertise in serving these particular industries:

  • Automotive
  • Building Materials
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Food and Beverage
  • Food Production
  • Health and Beauty
  • Metals
  • Packaging Containers
  • Paper Products
  • Plastics
  • Retail

Dry Van Trailer

Dry vans, otherwise known as enclosed trailers, are some of the most common freight containers for shipping cargo on the interstate. They’re a flatbed with a box around it. It’s a weatherproof way to keep the load in a dry environment. Often grocery stores will use dry vans to ship goods such as clothes, food, and electronics. The freight materials are stacked on pallets, and the trailer is commonly unloaded with a forklift or a pallet jack.

The maximum weight limit for a dry van is 42,000 pounds. Sometimes the upper weight limit is 45,000 pounds depending on the capabilities of the trailer. They range from 48 feet to 53 feet and are most commonly unloaded from the rear, though some can be unloaded from the side.

Refrigerated "Reefer" Trailer

Refrigerated trailers are primarily dry vans that are insulated and have a cooling system to keep the enclosed goods fresh. This type of trailer is mainly used for food such as frozen foods and produce. Sometimes pharmaceuticals are shipped via reefers. The maximum weight for refrigerated trailers is the same as dry vans, but they have a maximum legal width of 8.2 feet and a maximum legal height of 8 feet.

Conestoga Trailer

These trailers are essentially dry van trailers that have a rolling tarp to cover the goods enclosed in the trailer. They have a length that ranges from 48 to 53 feet a maximum legal width of 8.2 feet and a maximum height of 8 feet. The roll top is often made of a heavy duty plastic, rubber or canvas. It’s extremely durable but is meant to protect goods that won’t get damaged with some exposure to the elements. It’s impossible to guarantee that no water will get through when traveling on the highway.

Single Drop or Step Deck Trailer

Stepdeck Trailers are otherwise known as drop deck types and they are in fact a version of the flatbed trailer design that mainly consists of a bottom and top deck. These trailers are specifically designed to carry and haul freights that cannot be carried or transported on a standard type of flatbed, which is usually due to height restrictions.

Removable Goose Neck Trailer (RGN)

These trailers are excellent for carrying both tall and heavy loads. They’re able to carry up to 150,000 pounds depending on the number of axles your trailer has. They can range anywhere from three axles all the way up to 20 axles. The maximum legal well length of an RNG trailer is 29 feet, and the max legal freight height is 11.6 feet. They have a max width of 8.5 feet, as is the standard with most trailers. Should you be above 8.5 feet in width you will have to acquire additional permits.

Flat Bed Trailer

Flatbed trailers are some of the most common types of trailers. Flatbed trailers are common mainly because of their versatility. Flatbeds can be utilized for everything from steel coils to lumber. They have a maximum weight limit of 48,000 pounds and their lengths range from 48ft to 53ft. The maximum width for legal operation is 8.5 feet, and the maximum height is 8.5 feet measured from the surface of the bed. The standard height of a flatbed is usually 60 inches off the ground.

Double Drop or Lowboy Trailer

A Lowboy Trailer is an unpowered trailer which is commonly used to haul freight. These kinds of trailers are generally designed to carry and transport taller goods and items. This means that the items to be carried to a Lowboy Trailer are taller than the legal height of items that are commonly carried by flatbeds. Our expert advisors will indicate if you need state permits for your particular load or type of freight. Basically, a lowboy that has two axles can haul around 40,000 pounds. 

Our Freight Services Include

 

  • Direct Freight Services – Is your business growing or seeking greater efficiency? We provide the fleet, the drivers, the technology, and the oversight to keep your supply chain running as affordably and efficiently as possible, no matter the challenges that arise.
  • Transportation Management – You’ll be matched with a Logistics Coordinator with experience in your industry to oversee your day-to-day transportation operations.
  • Carrier Safety Management & Vetting – We’ve won multiple safety awards over the years, as we deliver advanced training courses and perform rigorous oversight of all carriers.
  • Bid Event Facilitation – We conduct custom bid events and source contract capacity quotes on your behalf, as needed, taking care of your business as if it were our own.

Beyond Brokerage

The best brokers have know-how derived from experience. Our roots are in trucking, but we’ve expanded our repertoire over the past 40 years to include so much more. We’re not just a middleman. We’re a provider of a full suite of customized supply chain solutions that can modernize your operations.

Sometimes the bottlenecks in shipping go back to lack of warehouse personnel, inconvenient warehouse locations, dated packaging equipment, or inefficient short-haul lanes. As an asset-based 3PL, we are your total logistics provider offering the value-added services of our affiliates Keller TruckingKeller Warehousing & Distribution, and Keller Packaging.

We go above and beyond shipper expectations. No matter which division you’re working with, you get the same caliber of respect, communication, oversight, and professionalism. We believe in cultivating relationships and working hard for our partners as if their business were our own. Your operations will be closely monitored by your logistics coordinator. We apply industry best practices, additional training, and improvements wherever we can to alleviate stressors and boost your bottom-line profitability.

 

Industry Specialties

Every industry comes with its own unique set of challenges when it comes to packing and transporting its raw materials and finished goods. While we have done it all, we find our background, expertise, and best results fall under a dozen categories.

Keller Freight Solutions has proven expertise in serving these particular industries:

  • Automotive
  • Building Materials
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Food and Beverage
  • Food Production
  • Health and Beauty
  • Metals
  • Packaging Containers
  • Paper Products
  • Plastics
  • Retail

If your industry isn’t on this list, call us today. Our experts can easily assist you in identifying freight shipping services for your industry, too!

 

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