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Skeletal trailer

Trailer that is a ‘frame’ designed to carry ‘ship’ containers or other specialist cargo, including unusually long and heavy equipment such as tree logs.

A skeletal trailer is also known as a ‘chassis trailer’ (or indeed ‘trailer chassis’).

Skeletal trailers can be fixed in length or can be extendable to provide additional versatility in terms of what cargo and container size / combinations they can carry. Fixed skeletal trailers have no moving parts and so are usually associated with lower costs compared to extending skeletal trailers (or sliding skeletal trailers). ‘Skeletals’ can also have an extending neck.

20, 30, 40 and 45 foot containers can usually be accommodated. Skeletal trailers have twist-locks so that containers can easily be secured and removed.

Tipping skeletal trailers can be used to ‘tip’ containers.

‘Gooseneck’ skeletal trailers have a stepped-neck design to provide additional flexibility and, in particular, enable transportation of containers throughout Europe by meeting the height restrictions imposed.

Multi-functional skeletal trailers can be ‘split’ to provide additional flexibility when delivering or picking up loads. Typically, the rear chassis can be left at a delivery location together with its container, with the front section continuing on the journey, saving in drop-off time and fuel costs.

Skeletal trailers can be specified to meet ADR requirements to accommodate the transport of hazardous goods.

‘Skellies’ can also be used to transport more specialist cargo such as timber in the form of tree logs; such variants will usually have been designed with a specific operation in mind, for example, operating ‘off-road’ or accommodating cranes.

Skeletal trailers are manufactured in the UK and Ireland by SDC, Dennison, Montracon and Don Bur and also by Krone, Germany.

TIP offers skeletal trailers on a short-term rental or a long term lease basis from all of these leading manufacturers and others.

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Skeletal Specification Options

  • Sliding or fixed frame designs
  • 4 twistlocks - 14 twistlocks
  • ADR options
  • 4 axle multi-functional options

Curtainsider trailer

Trailer with a 'curtain' along the sides of its body which can be opened to load / un-load goods.

Box van trailer

Trailer that has solid walls in order to protect its cargo, making it a popular choice with the transport industry for transporting goods requiring high security.

Flatbed trailer

Trailer that typically has a flat ‘bed’ as its floor but has no side-walls or roof, enabling it to be used for carrying a wide range of cargo, including bulky, unusual and ‘oversized’ items.

Refrigerated trailer

Trailer that is fitted with a refrigeration unit to enable goods, such as food, drink or pharmaceuticals, to be temperature controlled.

Skeletal trailer

Trailer that is a ‘frame’ designed to carry ‘ship’ containers or other specialist cargo, including unusually long and heavy equipment such as tree logs.

Walking floor trailer

A walking floor trailer is flexible and diverse for easy loading and unloading of bulk and general cargo as well as combined loads.

Tipper trailer

Whether in agriculture or on the construction site, the tipper is a reliable asset for transporting your goods.

Swap body box

A swap body box is an exchangeable freight container that can easily be separated from the carrier.

Swap body curtainsider

A swap body curtainsider is an exchangeable freight container, with flexible sides (curtains), that can easily be separated from the carrier.


A tanker is a road vehicle that can carry liquids or powder.

Stainless steel liquid tankers

Tankers are a road vehicles that can carry liquids or powder. TIP offers a wide range of stainless steel liquid tankers for purposes varying from food to chemicals.

Aluminium fuel tankers

TIP offers specialized equipment for the transportation of different types of fuel.

Aluminium powder tankers

Our powder tankers are equipped to transport various types of cargo, from powder type products to aggregate products.

Waste tankers

TIP has a wide range of waste tanker equipment to meet all of your needs.

Waste tanker combi

The waste tanker combi is suitable for sewer or gully cleaning or sewage sludge and mine disposal.

Waste tanker recycler

A waste tanker recycler is used for sewer cleaning with and without water treatment, gully cleaning or for suction and rinsing .