How to Hire a Flatbed Trailer Truck in Texas

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How to Hire a Flatbed Trailer Truck in Texas


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August 6, 2021


A standard flatbed trailer is commonly used because it is versatile. It is ideally used when there is no accessible dock. Sometimes products can requireside or crane loading which makes the flatbed trailer great for this type of job.


Standard Flatbed Specs:

●      48 feet long

●      8 feet 6 inches wide

●      60 inches high

●      48,000 lbs weight capacity


The amount of weight on a flatbed trailer truck cannot violate the 80,000 lbs weight capacity limit set for US and Texas roads.Federal law also sets a weight limit on each single axle to 20,000 lbs. Foraxles, placed 40 inches, but no more than 96 inches apart, there is a set limit of 34,000 lbs.


5 Common Flatbed Trailers Brands:

●      Doepker

●      East Manufacturing Company

●      Great Dane

●      Fontaine Trailer Company

●      Mac Trailer


4 Common Haul Categories for Flatbed Trailer Trucks


Construction Materials

This includes: steel frames, recycled concrete, piping, backhoes, bobcats, and the likes. Flatbed trailer trucks also handle bricks, lumber, scaffolding, and other similar use materials.Trusses can be used when haul needs to hang over the edge of the flatbed which would not fit in an enclosed space.


Landscaping Materials

Since the flatbed trailer truck is long, this makes it ideal for transporting landscaping materials like mature trees, river rock, large tools and equipment. Mature trees would stand upright on a flatbed — this would mean that damage can be avoided.


Baled Tires

A single bale is equivalent to 100 tires. This weighs about 1 ton which makes flatbeds ideal for their transportation due to their specs and unenclosed space.



Equipment used by ranchers, the military, and aerospace are great for being transported by flatbed trailer trucks. Airplane parts and humvees can even be loaded more safely onto flatbed trailers than other options.


Generally, equipment on the larger side will need to go on a heavy haul trailer.


Flatbed Trucking Operating Hours



In Texas, there are certain hours of service rules for truck drivers who are traveling within state lines. There are different rules that are set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which apply to interstate traveling, but we’ll talk about those in more detail later.


For truck drivers who stay within Texas and do not need to do business within other states, the Texas hours of service rules are the following:


1. Truck drivers can drive at any time of day or night, as long as they have 8 consecutive hours off duty before starting their shift.

2. Drivers can only be on duty for 15 consecutive hours. This limit includes all trucking responsibilities, not just driving.

3. During the 15 hours on duty, drivers can only stay on the road for a maximum of 12 consecutive hours.

4. Over a period of 7 days, drivers cannot be on duty for more than 70 hours. This period can only be restarted after 34 consecutive off-duty hours.



Interstate operating hours are determined by the FMCSA to apply across all states. They are a bit stricter than the Texas rules, but many restrictions are similar. If a truck needs to cross state lines, the FMCSA requires the following:


1. Truck drivers must have 10 consecutive hours off duty before their shift starts.

2. Drivers can only be on duty for 14 consecutive hours. Like the intrastate rules, this limit includes all trucking responsibilities in addition to driving.

3. During the 14 hours on duty, drivers can only stay on the road for 11 hours total.

4. Drivers must take a 30-minute break for every 8 consecutive hours of driving.

5. Over a period of 7 days, drivers cannot be on duty for more than 60 hours. Over a period of 8 days, drivers cannot be on duty for more than 70 hours. These periods can only be restarted after 34 consecutive off-duty hours.


However, there are some exceptions to these FMCSA rules:


1. In case of poor weather that causes difficult driving conditions, the 11-hour driving limit can be extended to 13 hours.

2. During the winter holiday season (Dec. 10-25), driving limits are less strict for drivers who are making department store deliveries within a 100-mile radius of the location where they report for work.


What Kind of Equipment Can Flatbeds Haul?


Fit for a flatbed:

Equipment used by ranchers, the military, and aerospace are great for being transported by flatbed trailer trucks. Airplane parts and humvees can even be loaded more safely onto flatbed trailers than other options. In addition, flatbeds are especially helpful in the construction and farming industries. Some examples of equipment that can be shipped on flatbeds include lumber, cement, and other materials, and heavy farming supplies such as sacks of grain and feed and even some farming equipment.


Lumber is used for a variety of purposes, including for residential and commercial construction. Therefore, there has to be a reliable way to transport differently-sized trees, timber, and other lumber—and a flatbed is the best way to do it. Flatbeds can handle the uneven shapes and the weight to make moving lumber simple and efficient.


Cement is an essential part of the construction industry, and it can be transported in a number of ways. However, flatbeds are often recommended for moving cement because of their durability when moving heavy loads.

Grain and Feed

Sacks of grain and feed can be too heavy for a classic pickup truck when they come in large quantities. In these cases, a flatbed is perfect to transport the sacks from a production facility directly to a farm. Flatbeds can also easily adapt to farming terrain because they have a double tire setup that can drive on muddy and rough road.

Farming Equipment

Farming equipment such as ATVs, small plows, and hay—can all be transported via flatbed. While some vehicles and equipment would be considered oversized loads, equipment on the smaller side can easily fit on a flatbed.


Not Fit for a Flatbed:

Generally, equipment on the larger side will need to go on a heavy haul trailer. This includes vehicles such as cranes, bulldozers, backhoes, and farming trailers.


Cranes are large and awkwardly shaped, making them difficult to fit on your average flatbed. Instead, they require a specialized heavy haul trailer that can move them from storage to the job site. In addition, they are labeled as an oversized load.


Bulldozers are another large piece of equipment and also require specialized heavy haul trailers to transport them. Their proportions are awkward and bulky and are therefore more fit for a trailer.


Backhoes, like cranes and bulldozers, have an awkward shape that make them perfect for projects like excavation, but challenging to transport. Therefore, they are not fit for a flatbed and generally need to be transported as an oversized load.

Farming Trailers

Farming trailers are another bulky piece of machinery that are not fit for transport by flatbeds. While trailers can be driven on their own over short distances, they do not move very quickly and would need to be hauled over long distances.


It is important that you work with a reputable, reliable business for your hauling needs — whether long-term or short-term. For hauling services, call Twisted Nail to receive a fast quote. Just answer questions on the dimensions, weight, starting point and destination of your haul.


Twisted Nail specializes in high quality freight solutions and offers better control over the flow of materials while listening attentively to your needs. You can also use our contact page to get in touch and receive a competitive quote. There is even flat rate pricing to key cities, compared to others who may overcharge. Billing and dispatch is simplified so that you can stay within your time constraints.


Sometimes, things go wrong and which is why Twisted Nail has a strong network of backup equipment — these precautions are learned from years of experience. If you call Twisted Nail, you will speak with a knowledgeable company rep or just fill out the form online.


TwistedNail is located in Texas and hauls to: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Temple, Waco, Fort Worth, Mauriceville and beyond.


Contact the best Texas flatbed hauling today with Twisted Nail.


An end dumps carry weight depends heavily on the specific road regulations, the power unit weight, and the composition of the trailer. A steel trailer, typically referred to as a Round Bottom, will be heavier and will have a payload of approximately 21 to 23 tons. By contrast, an aluminum end dump is much lighter and can carry anywhere from 23-28 tons, with some set-ups being able to approach 30-ton payloads. 

End dumps are typically loaded by heavy machinery, such as a front-end loader or excavator, or by a series of conveyor belts. End dumps are top load trailers. An owner-operator with an end dump trailer will uncover the trailer via an electric tarp switch in the cab. With the trailer uncovered, the heavy machinery is free to load from the top of the trailer, being careful to evenly distribute the material. Once loaded, the owner-operator flips the tarp switch, covers the load, and continues their run.  

There are several different types of hydraulic lifts that are usually part of dump trailers. These include telescopic, dual-piston, and scissor lifts, among others. Most dump trailers use hydraulics to automatically lift the dump box and unload the materials in a quick, seamless action.

An end dump is an excellent investment for owner operators or construction companies that transport bulk aggregate on a frequent basis. Depending on your needs, a steel or aluminum end dump will ensure that you are able to reliable keep your customers jobsites and stockpiles full. 

Depending on market timing, a typical aluminum end dump will range between $15,000 to $70,000+, with steel round bottoms priced around $10,000-$50,000+. These trailers are also offered for rent or lease, with trailers available for around $850-$2,000 per month. When renting or leasing, it is typical for all repairs to be the responsibility of the renting owner operator. 


Flex base can be an excellent choice for a driveway but is not often used as a primary input in TXDOT construction. Flex base is best suited for farm roads, driveways, RV pads, and for other foundations that will not receive heavy traffic. Flex base is cheaper than most alternative options, such as asphalt or base that meets TXDOT specifications. Additionally, once set and compacted, a flex base road or driveway is cheaper and easier to maintain.

Yes, road base and flex base are the same material family. That said, the differentiating factor is typically the testing results of each material. When shopping for material, it is important to identify exactly what type of material you are buying. Retailers will categorize Base as a broad category and can leave identification to consumers, which is challenging and confusing. In general, if a retailer is selling a Road Base it can be assumed that the material is of higher construction quality than flex base, meaning it will have a wider range of approved uses. However, some vendors will sell Flex Base as a Road Base; this makes it important to understand if the material you are purchasing is a true Flex Base, is ‘Spec 247’, or is TXDOT approved. With each increase in quality comes an increase in cost, so it is important to identify which material will best suit the needs of your project.

Flex Base is a mixture of loose aggregate and coarse aggregate, can be a wide range of color based on source location, and is composed of materials ranging from dirt to rock that are 1”-3” in size. Most Flex Base, particularly around Central Texas, will range from tan to brown, will consist of a dirt material and rocks that range from 1” to 2” in diameter. There are specialty materials that will include rocks up to 3” in size, but these are typically reserved for heavy construction projects.

Any driveway’s depth should be at least 5” to ensure structural integrity and better load capacity. For road base in particular, experts recommend a thickness of 6-8”.

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