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Lowboy Transport Services

Lowboy trailer shipping with ShipLux means you can lower the deck, not your expectations.

Lowboy Transport Services

Lowboy trailer shipping with ShipLux means you can lower the deck, not your expectations.

Excavators, cranes, bulldozers, and backhoes: heavy equipment comes in all shapes and sizes. While they do the majority of the heavy lifting on-site, during the shipment process, they get to take a break. ShipLux offers a variety of solutions to ensure your lowboy trailer hauling is hassle-free. 

What is a Lowboy Trailer Used For?

A lowboy trailer is a specialized type of semi-trailer designed to transport tall and heavy loads. The distinguishing feature of a lowboy trailer is its depressed load deck, which is lower in the center compared to its ends. 

This streamlined design presents dual primary benefits: firstly, it ensures enhanced vertical clearance, facilitating the conveyance of towering items such as construction machines, industrial tools, or grand sculptures. Secondly, its reduced center of gravity guarantees stability, especially when hauling weighty goods. Lowboy trailers come with anywhere between two to eight axles and can shoulder weights up to 80,000 pounds. The notably depressed deck of a lowboy ensures that taller machinery adheres to height limitations, broadening potential transit pathways. While standard shipping constraints set a height limit of 8 feet, using a lowboy trailer permits the transportation of elevated equipment without the need for disassembly, even in areas with height restrictions.

Due to its unique construction, the lowboy trailer is commonly employed in industries like construction, mining, and agriculture to move equipment such as bulldozers, excavators, and large tractors that may not be easily or legally transportable on conventional trailers due to height or weight restrictions.

When the challenge extends beyond mere height to the actual length of your cargo, a standard lowboy might fall short. For items that surpass the conventional 28' load length, consider our stretch lowboy trailers. These adaptable trailers can extend, accommodating cargo lengths of up to 50 feet. 

Across various regions, the terminology for lowboy trailers might differ. Whether you're familiar with terms like low-bed, low-loader, double drop, or float, at ShipLux, we speak your language. With a rich blend of expertise, seasoned experience, and top-tier equipment, we are equipped to handle your unique transportation needs. No matter the dimensions - be it taller, longer, or wider - your heavy equipment is in competent hands. With ShipLux, premium service isn't an add-on; it's a standard. From coordinating pilot cars and escort vehicles to managing toll tags and permits, we streamline the process, ensuring you get full transparency in pricing and unmatched service quality.

Lowboy Trailer Hauling for All Heavy Equipment & Machinery

Lowboy trailers are the go-to choice for hauling oversized, bulky, and heavy machinery. Their design specifically caters to the unique needs of transporting large equipment, ensuring safe and efficient conveyance over both short and long distances.

One of the primary features of the lowboy trailer is its lowered bed, positioned closer to the ground compared to other trailers. This characteristic permits the loading of taller items, such as construction machinery, cranes, excavators, and even large industrial tools, without breaching standard height regulations. This design not only allows for safe transportation beneath overpasses and through tunnels, but it also reduces the risk of tipping due to the lowered center of gravity.

Lowboy trailers are specially designed to transport heavy and oversized equipment. Some of the common equipment and machinery hauled by lowboy trailers include:
Construction Machinery:


  • Excavators

  • Bulldozers

  • Backhoes

  • Pavers

  • Wheel loaders

  • Cranes


Agricultural Equipment:


  • Large tractors

  • Combine harvesters

  • Plows

  • Tillage equipment

  • Cotton pickers


Industrial Machinery:


  • Large generators

  • Compressors

  • Process Machinery

  • Industrial boilers


Mining Equipment:


  • Dump trucks

  • Draglines

  • Shovels

  • Drilling rigs


Forestry Machinery:


  • Feller bunchers

  • Skidders

  • Forwarders

  • Mulchers


Roadwork Equipment:


  • Road rollers

  • Milling machines

  • Asphalt plants

  • Concrete mixers


Military Equipment:


  • Tanks

  • Armored vehicles

  • Artillery pieces


Aircraft Engines:


  • Airport firefighting vehicles

  • Ground support equipment


…and more! 

What Are The Different Lowboy Trailer Types?

Lowboy trailers come in various designs.  The primary goal of all these designs is to transport heavy and oversized loads, but each type has its own set of unique features tailored to specific requirements. 

Here are the main types of lowboy trailers:

  1. Fixed Neck Lowboy: This is the most basic or standard type of lowboy trailer. It has a fixed neck that does not detach, which means that any equipment going on it, has to be driven onto the trailer.

  2. Detachable Gooseneck (RGN) Lowboy: RGNs are the most common type of lowboy trailers. The gooseneck at the front of the trailer can be detached, allowing the trailer to be dropped to the ground to create a ramp. This makes it easier to load large equipment, especially those that can't be easily driven onto the trailer.

  3. Mechanical Detachable Gooseneck: This type of RGN uses a large manual or pneumatic mechanism to detach the gooseneck. They're slower to detach than their hydraulic counterparts but are often more affordable.

  4. Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck: This RGN type uses hydraulic systems to detach the gooseneck, making the detachment process faster and more efficient, especially for frequent loading and unloading.

  5. Double Drop Lowboy: This trailer has two drop sections, one right after the gooseneck and the other just before the wheels, with a lower central section. It's designed to carry tall equipment while still adhering to height restrictions.

  6. Extendable Lowboy Trailer (Stretch Lowboy): This type is designed for transporting particularly long loads. The trailer bed can be extended to accommodate the equipment's length, sometimes up to several feet more than a standard trailer.

  7. Jeep Dolly: A type of addition to a lowboy setup, a jeep dolly is positioned between the tractor and the trailer to distribute weight more evenly and to handle especially heavy loads.

  8. Booster: This is another type of addition that is attached to the rear of the trailer. Boosters help in weight distribution, ensuring that the load remains within legal weight limits for axles.

  9. Tri-axle or Multi-axle Lowboys: These trailers come with three or more axles, increasing the weight capacity and helping distribute the weight of heavier loads more effectively.


These are the primary types of lowboy trailers you might encounter, but there are also variations and custom designs! If you think you have a unique piece of heavy equipment, contact us and we’ll chat about what we can do. 

When you reach out to us, we will promptly assign a carrier well-versed in your specific transport needs. Our load specialists handle all aspects of your transport, ensuring a seamless process

Here’s what we’ll need from you: 

  • Gather details about your freight, including its dimensions, weight, origin, and destination ZIP codes.

  • Determine any additional services required.

  • Provide a transport estimate and initiate planning.


And here are some of the things we’ll do for you: 

  • Selecting the best transport mode for your cargo.

  • Hiring carriers and necessary crew.

  • Chart the optimal route.

  • Assist with paperwork and permits.

  • Liaise with transport personnel and clients.

  • Address any transport issues.

  • Ensuring timely delivery.

FAQ

Are there legal restrictions for transporting oversized equipment?

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What are pilot cars or escort vehicles?

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Can lowboy trailers transport more than one piece of equipment at a time?

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