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Everything You Need to Know About Container Chassis


March 2, 2021

Container chassis are available in a variety of types, but the one you choose will depend heavily on your needs, budget and shipping requirements. Such chassis can accommodate many different weight loads, as well as container sizes and types (including specialized containers). The chassis plays an important role, as it connects and carries the weight of cargo between modes of transport.

Intermodal chassis are utilized within the shipping and railroad industries to bring containers to and from railroads and ports to the end customer. They can transport containers from trucks between ports, terminals, and warehouses, acting as a critical support in the supply chain. They are comprised of a steel frame with tires and axle systems, brakes, suspension systems, and lighting, as well as add-ons such as GPS, LED lighting, weight sensors and more.

Standard chassis can haul standard containers of 20ft to 40ft with two axles. You will need a tri-axle chassis if you intend to transport 20ft containers weighing more than 36,000 pounds or 40ft containers weighing more than 44,000 pounds.

Reasons to Buy Container Chassis

Here are the many reasons why it’s a good idea to invest in a container chassis.

1.     Seamless, Secure Shipping

Containers securely attach to the chassis to ensure no movement or damage will occur. Safer transport is the name of the game!

2.     Durability

While made from lightweight materials, chassis are durable and strong enough to handle the heaviest of freight.

3.     Versatility

You are able to choose from many options based on your shipping preferences, needs and budget.

4.     Timely Delivery

Container chassis can accommodate many containers in one trip, avoiding extra delivery charges and a tighter delivery window. This ensures a cost-effective option.

5.     Ensures Customer Satisfaction

If your customers are happy with a more cost effective, timely delivery method, then you are happy! To ensure a greater customer satisfaction rating, rely on high-quality container chassis.

Types of Container Chassis

There are many different types of container chassis, including:

  • 20ft Container Chassis
  • 45ft Container Chassis
  • 48ft to 53ft Domestic Container Chassis
  • Two-axle Chassis (Common)
  • Three-axle
  • Four-axle
  • Five-axle
  • Gooseneck Chassis
  • Extendable
  • Combo
  • Heavy-duty
  • Lightweight
  • Rear B-Train
  • Straight Frame
  • Flatbed Container Trailer

Factors in Choosing the Right Chassis

There are many things to take into consideration before you choose a chassis, such as:

  • Industry-specific usage and requirements
  • Number of axles and weight threshold
  • Incurred costs

Contact Tropical Trailer Leasing

If you have additional questions about container chassis, or you would like to rent, buy or lease a storage trailer, contact us today for a free quote at 305-574-9051. Our company can meet your exact needs, whether you need one unit or hundreds, from Gooseneck Tandem Axle Chassis to Flip-Up Rear Bolster Chassis.

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