Flatbeds are referred to trucks or trailers that have an open chassis in the shape of a platform. Semi-trucks use flatbed trailers and some pickup trucks are available to be purchased without a tailgate. These vehicles allow for easier loading of goods and usually used to transport nonfragile heavy loads.
Flatbeds trailers are commonly pulled by commercial semi-trucks. These driver's have numerous DOT regulations they have to deal with, in order to safely transport their loads.
Flatbed trailers are commonly used in the trucking industry because they are completely open. This allows companies to load them from all angles. A standard trailer is 48-feet long and has an 8-feet 6-inchwidth. The average maximum gross weight a flatbed trailer can handle is 48,000 lbs.