The terms used to describe the various trailers we have for rental or sale differ slightly between countries, manufactures and between those people who use them. In order to help us make sure we are talking about the same trailer we have compiled a list of common terms used in the UK and Europe to describe the main types of trailer we have available.


Curtainsider

Curtainsider trailer is a term used for a trailer, usually a flat decked trailer, with a rigid frame above the deck with a solid roof and rear doors, and removable curtain sides secured by straps.


Drop / Step Frame Plant Carrier w/Ramps

Drop / Step frame plant carrier trailer is a name for a trailer with a main deck which is lower than the height of the tractor unit’s fifth wheel height.


Drop Frame Trailer

Drop frame trailer is a name for a trailer with a main deck which is lower than the height of the tractor unit’s fifth wheel height.


Dropframe Trailer

The term ‘dropframe trailer’ is identical to ‘drop frame trailer’.


Extendible Drop / Step Frame

Extendible Drop / Step frame trailer is a name for an extendible trailer with a main deck which is lower than the height of the tractor unit’s fifth wheel height. The term ‘step frame trailer’ is identical to ‘stepframe trailer’.


Hydraulic Steering

Hydraulic steering trailers enable skilled HGV drivers to access sites which would be otherwise inaccessible.


Low Loader

Low loader trailer is a name used for trailers with a main deck height lower than the height of the trailer’s rear wheels. The deck of a low loader trailer has two steps in it: one from the upper deck above the tractor unit’s fifth wheel, and one from the rear deck above the trailer’s wheels.


Platform / Flat

Platform / Flat trailers are the backbone of the general haulage industry.


Semi Trailer

Semi trailer is short for semi-lowloader trailer, indicating a trailer which shares the lowloader’s characteristic low deck height, but not as low as a lowloader proper.