Dry Van vs Flatbed, which is the better choice today?
Dry Van division at Strong Group is one of the highest-earning divisions in the US. Most of the newcomers even hesitate a bit and find it hard to believe that our Dry Van division drivers make more money than most of the Flatbed drivers of other trucking companies in the country.
Even right now with the current state of the market, our drivers are still getting 0.60 CPM with 3000 miles a week on average.
How is Dry Van different and in what aspects compared to Flatbed today?
According to the DAT trucking industry trends, the demand for Dry Van is much higher than Flatbed today.
While in the past month the demand for Flatbed dropped for 17.6%, the demand for Dry Van went up for 8.2%.
Although the industry is a bit slow at the moment, the Dry Van loads are 50% more in supply compared to Flatbed.
Just to be clear, Dry Van load supply didn’t jump for 50%, but they’ve had a significantly smaller drop when compared to Flatbed loads.
In the last two months, there have been a lot of ups and downs, and every single time Dry Van loads were on top of Flatbed in performance.
It remains to be seen how the recent fuel price changes will affect all divisions since there’s a lot of speculation that diesel prices will continue to rise.
Pros and cons
- This trailer can be used to haul almost every load. Its versatility is its strongest trait. If you focus on it, you will miss only oversized and hazardous loads.
- Your load will have great protection against weather, theft, and damage.
- With this trailer there’s a good chance that you can get short hauls, giving your schedule a lot of flexibility.
- With this trailer, you won’t be able to haul food (you’ll need Reefer trailer for it), perishables and fine art.
- These trailers are used to transport a lot of valuable goods, that often mark them as a target for theft.
Flatbed pros and cons
- Easy to load, usually higher-paying rates.
- It can be used for oversized loads, it’s not limited by the dimensions of the load.
- A variety of Flatbed trailer types to choose from to fir your hauling needs.
- The load doesn’t have much protection.
- In some cases, you will have to do a lot of tarping
- Hauling loads in bad weather conditions can be quite challenging
Which is the best choice for you?
It all goes down to one simple choice. Do you want more money or more flexibility?
If you want to be paid more, then the obvious choice would be Flatbed.
For more flexibility, go for Dry Van.
Now you’re probably thinking how can we recommend Flatbed when in the previous text Dry Van proved to have a better supply of loads.
Simple, we have plenty of loads for all trailer types, and we offer 70 CPM and 60 CPM rates!
Contact us or apply online to get the best rates in the industry with more than 3000 miles per week!