If you’re on the hunt for a new trailer, you’re probably wondering what the difference is. Having a good understanding of what each type of trailer has to offer is essential for ensuring you make the right purchase. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the difference between the two and what they are used for.

What’s a trailer?

The term ‘trailer’ is widespread in the UK, from horse trailers, car trailers, bike trailers, and more. Its specific meaning is influenced by the industry in which it is used, therefore, the term can be used to describe a variety of different trailer types. In the haulage industry, the word “trailer” often refers to a semi-trailer. Without complicating matters, its broad meaning encompasses a multitude of trailer types. Whether you’re discussing recreational vehicles, transportation equipment, or any other context, “trailer” serves as a versatile term to many people in the UK.

What is a semi-trailer?

Unlike the word “trailer”, a “semi-trailer” does have a specific meaning in the UK haulage industry. It is a trailer that has no front wheels and can only move when attached to a tractor unit. The semi-trailer has legs to support it when not in use, and is known to be one of the most popular trailers offering a great deal of flexibility. Unlike a full trailer, a semi-trailer has a smaller turning circle and is easier to manoeuvre making it particularly popular to drivers on European roads.

There are many different types of semi-trailers, which all depend on the type of goods that are being transported. Some of these include;

Curtainside/Euroliner Semi-Trailer – Also known as “curtainsiders”, these semi-trailers are suitable for all types of palletised loads, and are commonly used in the UK haulage industry. Their structure allows the creation of false walls and a roof that are securely tightened, allowing you to roll up a designated section for easy loading and unloading of goods.

Refrigerated Semi-Trailer – As the name suggests, this type of semi-trailer is used to transport temperature-sensitive goods. Essential for the production of food products and other items that have a shelf life after harvest for example; meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. But it’s not only food, medical supplies and certain chemicals are also temperature-sensitive and require refrigeration during transportation.

Tanker Semi-Trailer – Specifically designed trailers for the transportation of liquids such as fuel, water or chemicals to name a few. Tankers are one of the most recognisable semi-trailers on the road and usually constructed with a cylindrical shape made from stainless steel or aluminium to protect the liquid from corrosion. They tend to vary in size carrying from 500 gallons to over 1000 gallons.

Do you have a second-hand trailer to sell?

Trailer Trading often receives enquiries for very small trailers and understandably, it’s easy to get confused. However, we specialise in buying and exporting used semi-trailers worldwide. With over 20 years of experience in the trucking industry we understand the value of a good second-hand semi-trailer and are always on the lookout for new stock. So if you’re looking for a quick, stress-free sale, contact us today to get a free no obligation quotation. We’ll guide you through the entire process, and ensure that you get the best price minus any hidden extras. Unlike the hassle of online marketplaces and auction houses, with us you can be sure of a fast and secure sale with same-day payment and collection of your semi-trailer at a time that’s best for you.

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