Different types of lorry
Different types of lorry

Curtainsider – Curtainsiders are the most common type of trailer as many goods can be put into the vehicle on pallets or in crates. They’re perfect to promote your firm too, as you can have logos printed onto their sides. While it is less secure than a container, it provides more flexibility. The popularity of the vehicle in the UK is credited to Eddie Stobart’s use of these types of vehicles since the firm’s early origins.

Flatbed – The flatbed vehicle is ideal for moving goods such as wood, metals and other flat surfaces. Once secured correctly, there is no safer way to move these goods. Flatbeds are used more often in the construction industry. Ideal for moving supplies for buildings like pipes, or various surfaces. It can hold the same weight as a curtainsider. 

Moffet – A Moffet is almost identical to a curtainsider also varying on size, but one feature makes this vehicle vastly different and also much more resourceful when handling heavy goods. Handling up to 1200 kg, these forklifts come in various shapes and sizes to adapt to the driver’s needs, ready to move goods off/onto the trailer. This helps speed up the unloading/loading of goods.

Walking floor – Walking floor trucks are able to move large amounts of bulk products which palletised stuff you can push out of the trailer with the push of a button. It’s ideal for wood shavings, sand, cobblestones and other disposals. This makes moving such products place to place much easier, rather than having to be moved in barrels or anything that could be easily damaged.


Transporter – Transporters are used to move a set of cars from one place to another, while they can take time to load-up they are the easiest way to transport new models of cars on the road. These are used by successful firms like Ford. The lorry driver is even lucky enough to have a spin of the cars themselves while unloading at the drop-off point! 


Crane mounted – Crane mounted trucks are usually designed with something specific in mind in the construction industry, but they can also be used to move pallets more efficiently. The only issue is that they have slightly less space than that of your average container, but when unloading the vehicle is much more efficient than a forklift.

Tipper truck – It’s much more common to find tipper trucks operating on waste sites, as disposals can just be lifted and dropped into a dump. The vehicle is able to raise its own trailer, meaning instead of manually moving what’s inside, the vehicle will simply drop everything and lower the back of the container, making disposals much simpler and faster.

Tankers – Tankers are a different case entirely, often moving resources like fuel to various petrol stations. If they are carrying fuel (which is of course, flammable) the vehicle will also have a warning of what is contained within to alert other drivers around the vehicle while on the road. Tankers are victim to highly organised crime, as some will try to steal resources from the tanks.

7.5 tonne – Perfect for removals and moving from home to home, 7.5 tonne vehicles are much smaller than the average HGV but this also means they can fit in smaller roads which is why many of these vehicles are hired or rented out for moving days. A 7.5 tonne curtain can carry 2300 kg, while a boxed 2,200 kg. 

If you know what type of role you’re looking to get into on the road, hopefully this guide can lend you a hand on which vehicle you will need in your career. To find the best availability for loads across the UK, sign up for Returnloads.net today!

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