Suitable capacities must be used to achieve a maximum shipping volume. For this reason we employ so-called jumbo trucks and mega trailers for volume transports on specific routes.
Lorries with a particularly large carrying capacity – typically 100 m³ or more – are called jumbo trucks. Jumbo trucks are mainly used for the transport of voluminous goods such as insulation or packaging material. They are also often employed in the shipment of supplies for the automotive industry, as they frequently require a loading height of at least 3 m.
A mega trailer is a special form of construction of a semi-trailer. Contrary to a standard semi-trailer it has a loading height of three metres. A mega trailer’s dimensions are 13.60 × 2.48 × 3.00 m, which equals 34 pallet spaces. When used to optimum capacity, e.g. filled lattice boxes stacked three high, a mega trailer has a carrying capacity of 100 m³. Due to their large carrying capacity, mega trailers are mainly used in the automotive sector, as its standardised and easily stackable load carriers allow for the full use of the 3 m interior height.
Since according to the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulation (StVZO) the admissible total height of a vehicle is limited to 4 m, the greater carrying capacity of a jumbo truck compared to a normal lorry is achieved by lowering the load platform. This is possible thanks to special construction measures as well as smaller tyres. The low load platform can make loading and unloading these types of lorry difficult at loading ramps if these are not height-adjustable.
A jumbo truck trailer with rigid bodywork achieves a maximum carrying capacity of about 120 m³. When it comes to tilt trailers, vehicle combinations with a so-called mega trailer are also called “jumbo”. However, since tilt trailers are shorter than truck trailer combinations due to legal regulations, they only have a carrying capacity of about 100 m³. These mega trailers are often employed in the shipment of supplies for the automotive industry, since the loading height of 3 m makes for the optimum utilisation of the space and products for the automotive industry are standardised and easily stackable. Compared to truck trailers, tilt trailers allow for fast loading and unloading without intricate back-and-forth manoeuvring, which is often a significant criterion when dealing with just-in-time deliveries in the automotive industry.
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