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    Step Deck Trailer Transport

    Step Deck Trailer Transport Services

    At AutoStar Transport Express, one of the best auto transport companies, we’ve been providing reliable step deck trailer transport services across the US for over 17 years. Our experienced team and extensive network of carriers ensure your oversized or tall cargo reaches its destination safely and on time.

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    Why Choose a Top Step Deck/Drop Deck Trailer Shipping Company?

    Here are some reasons why AutoStar Transport Express is your trusted partner for step deck trailer transportation:

    Extensive Network

    Extensive Network

    We have a vast network of carriers with specialized step deck trailers, ensuring we find the perfect fit for your specific load.

    Competitive Rates

    Competitive Rates

    We offer competitive pricing for step deck trailer transportation, keeping your budget in mind.

    Nationwide Coverage

    Nationwide Coverage

    Our extensive network covers the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii. We also offer transport services to Puerto Rico.

    Experienced Team

    Experienced Team

    Our team of logistics experts has extensive experience handling oversized and specialized cargo.

    Safety First

    Safety First

    Safety is our top priority. We ensure all our carriers adhere to strict safety regulations and have a proven track record.

    Door-to-Door Service

    Door-to-Door Service

    Enjoy the convenience of door-to-door pick-up and delivery for your step deck trailer shipment.

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    Why do Customers Say AutoStar is the Best Step Deck Trailer Transportation Company?

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    Book Our Reliable Step Deck Trailer Transportation in 3 Steps

    Shipping oversized vehicles, heavy machinery and equipment can seem complex, but AutoStar Transport Express makes it simple.
    Here’s how our step deck/drop deck trailer transportation process works:

    Get a Free Quote

    Contact us for a free quote. Our team will assess your shipment details and provide a competitive quote for your step deck trailer transportation.

    Schedule Your Shipment

    Once you accept the quote, we’ll schedule a pick-up time and coordinate with the carrier to ensure a smooth handover.

    Track Your Shipment

    Relax and track your shipment in real time using our online tracking system. We’ll keep you informed throughout the transportation process.

    What is a
    step deck trailer?

    A step deck trailer, also sometimes referred to as a single drop or drop deck trailer, is a specialized trailer designed to haul oversized or tall cargo. It features a lowered well section at the front of the trailer bed, allowing for extra clearance compared to a standard flatbed trailer. This well area makes it easier to load and transport taller equipment that wouldn’t otherwise fit beneath standard bridges or overpasses.
    Here are some key characteristics of a step deck trailer:

    • Lowered well: The well section at the front of the trailer bed can be several feet lower than the rest of the deck, providing additional clearance for cargo.
    • Flat deck: The remaining portion of the trailer bed is flat and level, similar to a standard flatbed trailer.
    • Gooseneck design: Some step deck trailers have a gooseneck design, where the fifth-wheel coupling point is located ahead of the trailer bed, allowing for even greater loading flexibility.
    • Variety of sizes: Step deck trailers come in various lengths and widths to accommodate a wide range of cargo dimensions.
    What is a step deck trailer?

    How is step deck trailer transportation different?

    How is step deck trailer
    transportation different?

    Step deck trailer or drop deck trailer transportation offers several advantages over traditional flatbed trailers for large vehicles and other oversized cargo:

    • Increased Height Clearance: The lowered deck allows for taller cargo without needing special permits.
    • Versatility: Step deck trailers can handle a wider range of cargo sizes compared to standard flatbeds.
    • Cost-Effective: For oversized cargo that fits within the step deck’s height allowance, it can be a more cost-effective option compared to specialized trailers requiring permits.

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    What do we transport
    using step deck trailers?

    Our step deck trailers can accommodate a variety of oversized cargo, including:

    • Construction equipment (excavators, bulldozers, backhoes)
    • Heavy machinery (industrial generators, compressors)
    • Oversized Vehicles
    • Large tanks and vessels
    • Wind turbine components
    • Farm equipment
    What do we transport using step deck trailers?

    Step Deck Trailer Specifications

    Step Deck Trailer

    Step deck trailers come in various lengths and widths to accommodate different cargo sizes. Common specifications include:

    • Length: Typically ranging from 48ft to 53ft
    • Width: Standard width is 8.5ft, with some wider options available
    • Deck Height: Main deck is usually around 4ft, with the lowered section at the front varying depending on the trailer model.

    How much can a
    step deck trailer haul?

    The weight capacity of a step deck trailer depends on the specific trailer model and axle configuration. However, they typically range from 40,000 to 80,000 pounds. Our team will ensure your cargo weight doesn’t exceed the trailer’s capacity.

    How much can a step deck trailer haul?

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    Step Deck Trucking Regulations

    Step deck trucking regulations in the USA are overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the Department of Transportation (DOT).
    These regulations cover three main aspects: size, weight, and securement. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

    Step Deck Trailer Size


    • Width: Generally, the maximum legal width for a step deck trailer is 8.5 feet. Loads exceeding this width will require special permits and are classified as oversized.
    • Length: The maximum legal length for a step deck trailer typically aligns with standard flatbeds, around 48 feet. However, some states allow trailers up to 53 feet. It’s crucial to check specific state regulations, especially for multi-state journeys.
    • Height: Step deck trailers are designed to accommodate taller cargo than regular flatbeds without exceeding the usual height limit of 10 feet (although this can vary slightly).


    • There’s no single weight limit for step deck trailers. It depends on the specific trailer’s axle configuration and overall weight capacity, which can range from 40,000 to 80,000 pounds. AutoStar Transport Express, or any reputable carrier, will factor your cargo weight into choosing the appropriate trailer and ensure it doesn’t exceed the safe capacity.
    • Additionally, each state has its own weight limits for interstate travel. Experienced companies like AutoStar will handle any necessary permits to keep your shipment compliant.
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    step deck trailer securement


    Federal regulations dictate the type, placement, and quantity of tie-downs used to secure cargo on step deck trailers. These regulations depend on the size and weight of your specific shipment. AutoStar Transport Express, or any DOT-compliant carrier, will ensure your cargo is secured according to these regulations for safe transport.

    Important Note:
    While the FMCSA sets the base regulations, it’s important to remember that individual states can have additional or stricter size and weight limitations. When planning your step deck shipment, it’s crucial to consider both federal and state regulations for the entire route. A reputable company like AutoStar Transport Express will have the expertise to navigate these complexities for you.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What do you haul with a step deck trailer?

    We can haul oversized or tall cargo on a step deck trailer, such as oversized vehicles, construction equipment, machinery, prefabricated buildings, large tanks, and wind turbine components.

    How much weight can a Stepdeck haul?

    The weight capacity of a step deck trailer varies depending on the specific trailer model (usually between 40,000 and 80,000 lbs). AutoStar Transport Express can assess your shipment and ensure the chosen trailer can safely haul your cargo.

    What is another name for a step deck trailer?

    Drop deck trailer is another name for a step deck trailer.

    What’s better, a flatbed or a step deck?

    A flatbed trailer is better for standard cargo that fits within regular height restrictions. A step deck trailer is ideal for oversized cargo that needs extra height clearance but doesn’t exceed the legal height limit (typically under 10 feet).

    How many pallets fit on a step deck trailer?

    Step deck trailers aren’t ideal for pallets because of the uneven deck surface. Flatbeds are designed for palletized cargo.

    What is the difference between a lowboy trailer and a step deck trailer?

    The main difference is deck height. A lowboy trailer has a much lower deck specifically designed for super tall cargo that surpasses the clearance of even a step deck trailer.

    How much weight can a 53 step deck haul?

    Similar to other step decks, a 53 step deck can haul between 40,000 and 80,000 lbs depending on the specific model.