Dry Van Freight Shipping

Dry Van

Freight Routing

Looking for a reliable, cost-effective way to route a Dry Van? Look no further than TLI – the Omni-modal freight broker. With our team of experts, have confidence in routing freight.

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What is a Dry Van?

Dry vans are the most common type of equipment in Less-than-truckload, truckload, and other types of freight modes. In plain terms, this type of trailer is an enclosed trailer used for transporting common goods. The equipment type is mostly referred in truckload shipping since shippers must declare what type of trailer should be utilized.

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Dry Van Dimensions

Dry Van Dimensions

Industry standard dimensions are:

  • 53′ Long
  • 100″ Wide
  • 110″ High
  • Max Weight of 44,000 lbs

Trailer dimensions are dependent on the specific trailer that a carrier owns and will operate for a shipment. For example, a roll-up door will affect the height versus a swing door.
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Why use a Dry Van?

Shippers use these trailers for all kinds of general freight including non-perishable food, plastics, machinery, furniture, etc. The equipment allows for an enclosed protection of the freight from general weather.

Dry Vans in LTL Shipping:

LTL Carriers use Dry Vans as the base trailer for pickups, deliveries and linehauls. Carriers will use a mix of Straight Trucks and full 53’ Dry Vans in their operations.

Benefits of a Dry Van


Being the most common equipment type, this type of trailer is typically able to be sourced easily in a regular market. Smaller shipments are able to be routed in a straight truck, which is another kind of dry van.


These trailers can offer security with being able to secure the trailer closed. If needed, trailer seals can be used to ensure anti-tampering requirements are met from pickup to destination.


Shippers can find these trailers to be more cost-effective to utilize than specialized equipment. Supply is typically much much higher than other equipment in an area.


Routing Freight with TLI

Benefits to Routing with TLI

Carrier Network

TLI has an extensive network of carriers. With the ability to pull rates from less-than-truckload, spot markets, and contract markets, TLI ensures that your freight is covered.


Through industry-leading vetting technology, TLI can vet out potential carriers and monitor carriers. Ensuring that only the best carriers are given freight.

Experienced Experts

TLI has three decades of experience in routing freight. Our team has industry experts from asset-based and brokerage backgrounds to help provide extensive knowledge.

Different Solutions

Find what works for your company. TLI offers great services as a standard, with the option to expand if required.

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