The term jumbo refers to a special large type of truck and the transports carried out with these trucks. The jumbo trucks, unlike regular trucks, offer a much larger load volume. Therefore, the jumbo trucks naturally transport goods that occupy a great deal of volume and are also frequently used in the automotive industry due to the loading height of 3 meters.
Properties of jumbo trucks
The jumbo truck has a greater loading height of 3 m or even between 3.20 m and 3.30 m with a lifting roof. Since the overall height of the vehicle is limited by law, this loading height is achieved by a lower loading area or even smaller tires of the vehicle. The lower loading area makes loading and unloading at fixed loading ramps, which are not adjustable in height, problematic. So the possibilities of loading at the shipper as well as unloading at the consignee are an important factor for the smooth execution of the jumbo transport.
There are various types of construction for the jumbo truck. These include truck-trailer combinations with fixed bodies and trailers, as well as articulated trucks with semi-trailers whose loading capacities have specific dimensions. Truck-trailer combinations may not exceed a total combination length of 18.75 m, and semitrailer combinations may not exceed a total length of 16.50 m. In combination with a trailer, the articulated truck train achieves loading volumes of up to 125 m. Semi-trailer combinations, because of the restriction on length, offer only about 100 m3 space for the load. On the other hand, the semitrailer makes loading and unloading easier and faster, as there is no need for multiple maneuvering, unlike with articulated trains. This advantage is particularly important for just-in-time deliveries.
Due to their dimensions, up to 38 pallets can be loaded on the jumbo articulated trains. In double-deck mode, the jumbo articulated train can even hold 76 pallets.