A HIAB is a lorry with an in-built crane so that it can lift a container off the back without the need for a forklift. A HIAB is also known as a knuckle boom because it bends at the “knuckle” near the middle and bends like a finger. A HIAB vehicle can range from six to eight wheel vehicle, and can deliver a range of containers from 10ft to 40ft long.
Wagon and drag vehicles consist of a rigid vehicle (the prime mover) pulling a trailer (the drawbar) behind, therefore the rigid effectively acts like the tractor unit in a standard trailer set-up and can carry 10ft to 20ft long containers.
A flatbed rigid trailer is a lorry with a trailer that is completely flat (obviously) which allows quicker loading of goods. Flatbeds are designed to carry loads that wouldn’t fit into standard size trailers. Flatbeds are helpful if you need a container loaded or unloaded from the side or top. A rigid trailer will deliver between 10ft and 32ft long containers depending on vehicle make and model.
An articulated vehicle is a vehicle which has a permanent or semi-permanent pivoting joint in its construction, allowing the vehicle to turn more sharply and will carry a range of containers from 10ft to 40ft long.
A skelly trailer design looks like a spine from a skeleton, which is where it gets the name. Skelly trailers are mostly used for international carriage. Skelly trailers often vary from 20ft to 45ft in length. Some Skelly trailers are adjustable to accommodate a range of containers.
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Written by Jessica Archer at Lion Containers Ltd.