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TLI University: Temperature Controlled, Bulk and Specialized Equipment

June 19, 2018

Written By: Translogistics

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With more than 20 years in the industry we thought it was time to pass along some of the knowledge that helped us get to where we are today. This is a weekly publication aimed to educate anyone who is curious about transportation and shipping.

This week continues the topic of Truckload shipments, moving onto Temperature Controlled, Bulk and other Specialized Equipment 101.


What other type of truckload equipment exist?

  • Temperature Control – this trailer is also commonly known as a refrigerated trailer or a “reefer” – these units contain refrigeration units on the front of the trailer and can maintain a set temperature on the inside of the trailer to protect the product from either excessive heat or freezing – these trailers are generally used to transport food products, pharmaceutical products and other perishables


  • Bulk Trailers – these trailers are used to transport loose, unpackaged material that is shipped in bulk quantity – there are two types of bulk – dry bulk and liquid bulk – dry bulk trailers are used to transport items such as grain, plastic resin and corn starch – liquid bulk trailers are used to transport items such as gasoline, milk and liquid chemicals – these trailers are generally loaded or unloaded by the use of gravity or vacuum pumping


  • Blanket Wrap Trailers – this service is used to ship product that requires blankets to be wrapped around it to protect it during handling and transport – these trailers will generally also have many load bars and straps to secure product within the trailer – product generally shipped in blanket wrap trailers is office furniture, high value electronics/computer equipment and store fixtures
  • TLI utilizes 2 primary blanket wrap carriers – L&J Transportation, an agent of North American Van Lines, and Atlas Van Lines
  • Due to the specialized nature of this freight, it is generally quite a bit more expensive than standard truckload shipping



  • Conestoga Trailer – this trailer is a combination between a flatbed trailer and a dry van trailer – it is loaded like a flatbed with the “conestoga” canopy retracted – once the product is loaded and secured, the “conestoga” canopy is expanded to the rear of the trailer and covers the product as if it were in a dry van trailer – it is used to offer protective covering for product that needs to be loaded on a flatbed but is subject to weather exposure


  • Curtainside Trailer – this trailer is also a cross between a flatbed trailer and a dry van trailer, and it exists for the same reason as a conestoga trailer – the only difference is that the curtainside trailer has a permanent and solid roof as opposed to being completely constructed of canvas type material
  • Logistics Services should be consulted before moving any of the equipment types found in this section



Stay tuned for more information on transportation modes! 


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