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Trailers 101 – Everything you ever wanted to know about trailers

By Derek Shawen, Vice President of National Account Operations and Special Projects at Premier


What’s the difference between trailer types? Which trailer is best for the job? What regulations do you need to be aware of? It’s surprising how often I get asked these questions as I work with businesses large and small across the nation.

Trailers are often the last piece of the puzzle for those in charge of managing fleets and new team members are not always familiar with them. At the same time, trailers are a critical component of our supply chains and fleet managers don’t want them to be the reason timelines cannot be met.

That’s why we created Trailers 101, a simple, free resource that explains pretty much everything you need to know to get started.

For example:

  • Did you know that whether your trailer features spring or air ride technology can have an impact on your cargo and driver satisfaction?
  • Have you evaluated whether your reefers feature air chutes and what the difference might be in managing your cold chains?
  • Are you thinking about your need for lift gates early in the process, to avoid headaches later on?
  • Plus, have you considered your mix of own, lease and rent, especially during times of unprecedented demand in the market?

From most commonly used trailer types to industry terminology, maintenance practices, technologies and more, Trailers 101 gives you an overview of semi-trailers.


A handy guide for you and your team

We invite you to download the Trailers 101 guide as a refresher and onboarding tool for new team members now and in the future.

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Your resource for information

At Premier Trailer Leasing, we strive to make your day better, whether that’s through supporting our customers with our national branch network, our large growing fleet and flexible approach to leasing, or by sharing our experience and expertise. Give us a call if you'd like to discuss other ways we can be a resource for you.


Derek Shawen

Industry veteran Derek Shawen has spent his career of almost two decades in the semi-trailer space. With a background in operations and an eye for the details, he brings a wealth of experience to his customers as Vice President of National Account Operations and Special Projects at Premier Trailer Leasing. Derek loves passing on his expertise to those new to the industry.

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