Sometimes two decks are better than one, and when it comes to trucks, a double deck trailer can make a good second-hand purchase, especially for operators in logistics. The problem with standard trailers is that while they may be capable of handling tens of tonnes of goods, actually using the available load space is an issue. And maximising the potential of the volume in the rear is only really possible when harnessing a double deck trailer. Whether you are hauling boxed goods, foodstuffs, furniture or other more compact items, having a second deck on which to stack and store them for transit will make for a much more efficient approach to haulage. And there are some important things to look out for when choosing a used double deck trailer.
Both straight and step frame trailers can feature a double deck set-up on the interior, ensuring that capacity is not compromised in either case. And assessing the specifications of the second deck in terms of its size, height and adaptability will be important. Some decks will span the entire length of the body, while others will provide a partial platform for goods without reaching from one end to the other. The former has the benefit of being able to accept a full load throughout the split level body, while the latter means that taller items can still be accommodated without having to completely eliminate the double deck set-up.
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2006 | Double Deck
2006 13.5m Cartwright Tri-axle Double Deck Box trailer,
Adjustable moving floor,
roller shutter door
Other Trailers available,
Trailer SDC STEPFRAME
1997 | Double Deck
DOUBLE DECK. Axle suspension: Air. The body is 13.6M long Stock No:6153
Trailer WILSON STEPFRAME
2000 | Double Deck
HEIGHT UNDER PELMET ON STEP 3250MM; HEIGHT UNDER PELMET BOTTOM DECK 3750MM; DOUBLE DECK; LOWER DECK HEIGHT 7FT; TOP DECK 5FT; NO DOUBLE DECK ON STEP.. Axle suspension: Air. The body is 13.6 long . Type of Brakes: Discs Stock No:6079
Trailer WILSON STEPFRAME
2004 | Double Deck
DOUBLE DECK. Axle suspension: Air. The body is 13.6M long Stock No:6104
Trailer WILSON DOUBLE DECK
2005 | Double Deck
DOUBLE DECK. Axle suspension: Air. The body is 13.6M long Stock No:6156
Trailer Lawrence David double deck box
2005 | Double Deck
13.6m Corus/Lawrence David double deck box trailer. Deep chassis,Tri axle, Fixed deck,17.5"wheels, barn doors,mot'd ex plc, ideal storage
Trailer Lawrence David 4.85m Stepframe Double Deck Box
2008 | Double Deck
Choice of 3 x ’08 SDC/Lawrence David 4.85m step-frame, Double deck boxvans. Full height rear doors, fixed 2nd deck, BPW/ROR Drum brakes. Can supply in original livery ‘as is’ with new 12mths test, or re-painted as above. Please call Brian for more details and prices.
Trailer Trailer HIGHCUBE BOX
2004 | Double Deck
ADJUSTABLE DECK HEIGHT,
13.6 METER LONG,
Adjustability of the deck may be desirable, especially if a mixture of goods needs to be transported and different jobs will be taken on by the trailer over time. Some models have the ability to alter the height at which the upper deck sits in the trailer body, ensuring that a range of needs can be met on a case-by-case basis. And of course it pays to ensure that if the height and span of the deck can be altered that the necessary equipment and fixtures to achieve this quickly are included with a second-hand trailer.
The latest double deck trailers may offer users a fully powered upper deck that can be raised and lowered without requiring manual intervention. This can help to streamline loading and unloading, as well as reduce the need to combine other equipment with the truck in order to safely deliver cargo. But you should be prepared to spend more for this type of functionality if you require it, as well as accept the additional maintenance costs that may ultimately be involved in its upkeep. If money is tight, then a permanently fixed deck may be the best alternative, especially if the types of loads will not be changing.
On the outside the same considerations as with a standard trailer should be taken into account, so buyers will need to find out whether a double deck model offers spring or air suspension or drum or disc brakes and more besides. Outriggers for stability during loading may also be present on certain models, and the state of the tyres may be a good indication as to the condition of the rest of the body.
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