The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach does not work in the hauling industry because of the diversity of goods being transported. You wouldn’t use a dry van to haul fresh produce or a reefer van to haul freights of paper products. To have an efficient and effective fleet of freight trailers, you must have suitable equipment for the application and cargo being transported.

The cargo is the determining factor in the hauling and transporting industry. This principle is the determining factor in choosing a flat deck trailer versus a drop deck; both have strengths and weaknesses and should be utilized accordingly.

Continue reading to learn about the differences between Doonan’s Titanium Flat Deck trailer and the Platinum Drop Deck trailer.

What’s the difference?

At first glance, the differences between the Titanium trailer and the Platinum trailer from Doonan Specialized Trailers, LLC may not be immediately apparent. We stock both styles at Kingpin Trailers, but how do you know which one will suit the needs of your fleet?

First and foremost, the flat and drop deck trailers are made from steel, aluminum, or a combination of steel and aluminum.To clarify any confusion, ‘Titanium’ and ‘Platinum’ are the model names, but the trailers are not made of these metals.

Doonan Titanium Aluminum Flat or Step Deck Trailers

Flat decks are the most basic and versatile style of open trailers and the most common trailers you will see on the highway. Doonan’s Titanium flat deck trailer is their latest evolution of flatbeds with new enhancements, added value and durability. Its light weight aluminum makes it a very desirable trailer when payload is a critical factor

Typically, flat decks have a maximum height of 60” at the front that tapers to 54” in the rear, which is standard dock height, and the maximum freight height is 8’4”. A drop deck trailer is a better option if taller loads are required.

Doonan Platinum Combo Flat or Drop Deck Trailers

Doonan’s Platinum drop deck trailers are relatively lightweight, weighing less than 9,100 pounds, positively impacting fuel efficiency. While drop deck trailers are built similarly to flatbeds, they have a “gooseneck” that creates two levels on the deck and provides a lower center of gravity for heavy loads. If cost of the trailer overrides the payload factor, Doonan’s combo steel/aluminum trialer is a great option.

Kingpin Trailers: Experts You Can Trust

If you are considering expanding your fleet, come to Kingpin Trailers. Our expert team will help you determine the best hauling solutions to fill the gaps in your fleet. We are the number one choice to service and supply Western Canada’s trucking industry with Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg locations. At Kingpin, our experienced team is here to make finding and servicing the right fleet equipment simple.

Kingpin Trailers proudly provides our customers with 24/7 maintenance and roadside repair services and a fully stocked parts warehouse with standard parts for our three OEMs. Whether the part is in stock or ordered for you the same day, Kingpin uses the fastest delivery in Western Canada, so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary lead times.

Learn more about our current inventory and services by contacting Kingpin today!