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Vehicle - Trailer - 48 Foot - Box
Name Trailer, 53 Foot, Box
Region North America
Category Vehicle
Type Trailer
SubType 48 Foot
Variety Box
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



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History: For the longest time, the 48-foot dry van was the de facto standard in trucking, owing largely to older regulations which limited the overall length of the vehicle to 75 feet. Once the length laws went bye-bye in the late 1980s, the industry was quick to adopt the now-ubiquitous 53-foot vans - room for thirteen rows of pallets, plus a foot of leeway to make sure the doors could close easily. 53' are the longest that can go anywhere. Just checked with Caltrans for one of my projects and they said in CA 53' is max without special permit. Some states allow 57' (yep, they are out there, and they are BIG), but most will only do so by special permit. Truckers and shippers continue to push for 57' everywhere, along with double/triples (2 53' or 53' + 28' or 3 - 28'), plus heavier load limits. Watch out; if 57' and heavier loads become permissible everywhere, plus double/triples, large amounts of intermodal will disappear back to the roads.

Box vans are known as such for their rectilinear proportions. Their simple design makes them easy to manufacture and maintain.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-26 10:49:26

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