Different types of Lowbed Trailers and their uses

Different types of Lowbed Trailers and their uses

26th Jan, 2024

Lowbed trailers play a crucial role in the transportation industry, facilitating the movement of heavy and oversized loads with efficiency and safety. These trailers are specially designed to handle loads that exceed the standard height limits, making them essential for transporting large machinery, construction equipment, and other bulky items. 


In this article, we will delve into the different types of Lowbed trailers and their specific applications.


Types & Applications of Lowbed Trailers


Fixed Gooseneck (FGN) Lowbed Trailers:

  • The Fixed Gooseneck (FGN) Lowbed trailer is characterised by a front section that remains rigid or fixed.

  • This design offers stability during loading and unloading operations, making it suitable for heavy equipment like bulldozers, excavators, and cranes.

  • FGN trailers are preferred when there is a need for a low approach angle, making it easier to load and unload equipment.


Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) Lowbed Trailers:

  • Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) Lowbed trailers feature a detachable front section that can be lowered to the ground using hydraulic systems.

  • This design allows for easy loading and unloading of heavy equipment without the need for additional ramps.

  • HDG trailers are versatile and are commonly used for transporting large construction machinery, industrial components, and transformers.


Mechanical Detachable Gooseneck (MDG) Lowbed Trailers:

  • Mechanical Detachable Gooseneck (MDG) Lowbed trailers also have a detachable front section, but instead of hydraulics, they use mechanical mechanisms for detachment.

  • MDG trailers are known for their durability and are often chosen for transporting extremely heavy loads, such as industrial equipment and oversized machinery.


Extendable Lowbed Trailers:

  • Extendable Lowbed trailers are designed with the ability to extend their length to accommodate longer loads.

  • This type is particularly useful when transporting items that exceed standard length limits, such as wind turbine blades, long pipes, or bridge sections.


Modular Lowbed Trailers:

  • Modular Lowbed trailers consist of separate modules that can be combined or detached to create a customised configuration based on the specific load requirements.

  • This type of trailer offers flexibility and is commonly used for transporting irregularly shaped or extremely heavy loads.



Lowbed trailers come in various configurations, each tailored to specific transportation needs. Whether it's the stability of a Fixed Gooseneck or the versatility of a Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck, these trailers play a crucial role in moving heavy loads safely and efficiently. 


As industries continue to evolve, the demand for specialised Lowbed trailers will persist, ensuring the smooth transportation of oversized equipment and machinery around the globe.

At PR Group, we supply new, used and manufactured trailers including instant trailer rentals. Our products further extend to trucks, plant & equipment, parts, spares & services.

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