Category: Logistics, Resources

Topic: Freight, Truckload

Hot Shot Trailer: The Ultimate Guide for Shippers

Hot Shot Goose-neck Trailer

Are you looking to route a Hot Shot Trailer, but unsure where to start? This guide aims to help shippers understand and learn the ins and outs of this equipment type. Hotshot Trucking is great for smaller or time-sensitive flatbed shipments.

What is a HotShot Trailer?

This type of trailer is for smaller flatbed loads, generally hauled by a pickup truck. Shippers receive flexibility in transit times as the trailer is faster and easier to maneuver in tight spaces. Perfect for moving equipment and smaller flatbed loads.

General Hotshot Dimensions and Weights

All trailer types vary by carrier, but a general guidance can be made. Hotshot trailers range from 20’ to 40’ in length and a maximum weight capacity of 26,000 pounds. While State Regulations varies, this maximum number includes the weight of the truck. A good generalization is that freight should not exceed 10,000 pounds to be under weight limits on a hot shot.

Advantages to a Hot Shot Trailer

Hot Shot Trucking allows shippers flexibility. The trailer is perfect for construction site deliveries as the trailer is smaller and easy to maneuver in tight spaces. This type of trucking equipment is often less expensive comparable to a full flatbed truck.

Ideal Shipping Commodities for Hot Shot Trucking

The most common type of product hot shot trucking haul is construction, agriculture, and industrial machinery. Piping and crane material is another ideal product to ship via this trailer type.

Easily Route Hotshot Trailers

Since this type of equipment is compatible with pick up trucks, it’s important to vet out carriers. TLI’s network of carriers allow shippers to find reliable hot shot trucking companies. Only carriers that meet strict industry standards are able to partner with TLI. Rest assured, a quality carrier will pick up your freight.