Van trailers are one of the most popular versions of haulers that you will see on the road. They are commonly used for cargo that is square or easily stackable. A common size of van trailers is approximately 50 feet long and 100 inches high. These specifications will vary, of course, by manufacturer.
Van trailers are used for hauling things like pre-packaged foods that do not require refrigeration, livestock feed in bags, electronics, clothing and other goods. Refrigeration trailers or reefers are used for frozen foods and produce along with packaged meats and dairy products. If you are planning to haul things such as computers, household items or any other products that do not require special storage circumstances then you will likely need to purchase a van trailer.
There are many manufacturers of these types of trailers. Stoughton, Wabash, Great Dane, Transcraft and Trailmobile are just a few of the trailer manufacturers who produce van trailers. Most are equipped with air ride suspension which helps to absorb shock while you are traveling. This feature not only makes the trailer more manageable on the road but also helps to protect the cargo inside. Unlike flatbed trailers, which are more widely used for transporting construction and other equipment, van trailers can be used for shipping virtually anything that does not require special storage such as refrigeration. These trailers are ideal for would-be truck drivers who are just beginning and want to haul easier loads since they require no special treatment.
With the many choices of manufacturers, deciding to purchase van trailers can seem to be an overwhelming task. There are literally thousands of choices available. Many have opted to purchase used trailers simply because the price is much lower. If you are planning to purchase a new trailer you could be looking to pay around $20,000, whereas a used one will run you more like $3,000, depending on the condition, features and the seller.