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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.

A box van trailer, also known as a ‘box trailer’, ‘van trailer’ or even ‘boxvan trailer’, is the generic name for a solid-walled type of trailer that is not refrigerated. It is one of the haulage industry’s most popular types of trailer and is used to carry a variety of different types of goods from parcels to retail goods, where superior body strength and higher security is required (compared to curtain-sided trailers). They are typically loaded / un-loaded via its rear doors, either at a loading bay or by using a tail-lift at the delivery location.

Box vans are available as single deck trailers and double deck trailers (also known as double decker trailers), the latter often with a ‘step-frame’ design, which together with the increased height, enables additional cargo to be carried. Double deck trailers can have their ‘second’ deck as a fixed deck or as a lifting deck that can be lowered and raised to load and un-load the cargo.

When the box van trailer is temperature controlled it is known as a refrigerated trailer.

Box vans can have their bodies shaped to provide aerodynamic benefits such as fuel and carbon dioxide savings.

Box van trailers are manufactured in the UK by SDC, Don Bur, Montracon, Lawrence David, Cartwright and Tiger Trailers. Overseas manufacturers such as Schmitz Cargobull and Krone also offer a box van range of trailers.

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

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Typical Specification

Box van specifications can vary according to a customer's needs, but a typical one has:-


  • 3 axles
  • 13.6 metre length
  • 4.2 metre height
  • Pair of full-height rear 'barn' doors
  • Drum brakes
  • 385/65 R22.5 tyres

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 .