Skeletal and container chassis semi-trailers have long been a cost-effective solution for transportation companies. As the name suggests, these trailers are built using a container chassis and frame; however, there are various links, widths and sizes. In the UK, skeletal container chassis semi-trailers are often used to haul freight on motorways, and they can also be found transporting goods between ports through inland waterways.
Some of the key advantages include:
1) Reduced weight – Many skeletal trailers are made from steel frames with aluminium panels, which means less strain on engines and reduced fuel consumption.
2) Higher load capacity – A typical trailer has a max payload of 45 tons, while some skeletal trailers can carry up to 50 tons without any modifications.
3) Improved stability – The low centre of gravity leads to improved stability for both loading and driving and an increased ability to withstand harsh weather conditions like heavy winds.
In most cases, these semi-trailers have three sets of dual wheels, each of which are designed to withstand the roughest roads that you encounter. They can be anywhere from 20 feet to 30 feet in length, making them ideal for loading containers onto the back. The weight distribution is always very well administered.
These trailers were initially designed to be lighter, less expensive, and more fuel-efficient than traditional trailer designs, so you’re guaranteed weight savings. The lack of a frame means that these trailers require fewer construction materials and therefore have a lower weight, which translates to more efficiency on the road and at your loading dock. They also require less maintenance because there isn’t any frame to grease or replace when it wears out. Less material usage also means lower costs for transportation! And if that isn’t enough, they’re more aerodynamic too! So, you can understand why we love buying used skeletal and container chassis semi-trailers from our customers across the UK. Are you looking to sell yours? Get in touch with our team today.
Skeletal trailers are also known as ‘semiskel trailers’, and over time they’ve improved considerably with cutting-edge technology at the core of each design. Some manufacturers now offer the ability to shorten the skeletal wheelbase and carry a 20-foot container (positioned in the centre during transportation) before being manoeuvred to the rear for easy loading/unloading. We buy all types of skeletal trailers, such as:
We buy all skeletal semi-trailers, but some of the main types include:
- Sliding Bogie Skeletal
- Slope Frame
- ISO Tank
- 20ft Sliding Bogie Tipper
- Step Frame ISO Tank