What is a Car Carrier?
Car carriers are defined at the common method of transport for most cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles. These come in various configurations and allow for multiple vehicles to travel from one location to another. They are normally two level trucks with hydraulic ramps that adjust to hold up to 10 vehicles.They are also known as an open carrier, open air carrier, or car hauler.
Carriers also move cars for dealerships. Typically from a factory or port for new vehicles, and they move used cars between auctions, dealers for trade, and more.
The truck pulling the trailer is normally referred to as a semi truck. They are connected to the truck through a connection that looks like an upside down horseshoe, with a triangular opening. This is known as fifth-wheel coupling. The typical car carrier is usually a two story unit with several ramps controlled by hydraulics. These ramps can be adjusted in many different angles to accommodate vehicles if different lengths and heights. The hydraulics also allow for the top level to be lowered so vehicles can be driven up to the top of the carrier. Once the top level is filled it is raised and adjusted to make room for the vehicles to be loaded on the bottom of the carrier. Some carriers have what is called a headrack, which is an additional placement of a platform on over the cab of the truck to add another vehicle. The normal maximum for a trailer is 10, including the headrack.The controllers for the ramps are located on the side of the trailer.