Dry Van Full Truckload (FTL) Freight Shipping Services

The Right Van for the Job: FCL Dry Van Solutions

Dry van shipping is among the most common modes for moving freight across the country in use today. Few vehicles provide the protection, reliability and storage space of a dry van, making it an easy choice for dry non-perishable goods (thus, the name). 

Both for smaller businesses beginning to scale and larger businesses diversifying their supply chains to safeguard against potential disruptions, dry vans represent a crucial component of the shipping ecosystem.

While certain types of specialty freight may require a flatbed or a truck with temperature control, dry vans can haul virtually anything that fits within 53’ of enclosed space. Since shipments are shielded from the elements while in transit, dry van shipping is ideal for everyday household products, packaged goods and non-perishable items.

First Call helps its partners source same-day, scheduled and/or contractual capabilities within our sizable carrier network of 48’ and 53’ dry vans. Our service offerings are based on industry standards including weight capacity, pallet capacity, and standard lengths, widths, and heights of vehicles (details below).

Benefits of Dry Van Shipping with First Call:

  • Our team works within a strong network of vetted core carriers.
  • FCL’s premier Transportation Management System (TMS) bridges the technological gap between our customers and carriers for easy visibility and communication.
  • We’ll provide your team with a single point of contact for all your supply chain management needs.
  • First Call’s asset division, FC TRANS, runs an in-house dry van fleet, which means better rates and availability for partners.

Dry Van Frequently Asked Questions:


How much weight can a dry van truck carry?

Dry Vans can haul up to 45,000 lbs, but truck sizes and weights can vary from the more common 48’ and 53’ vans to the more agile 28’ variety. Most drivers prefer to haul 40,000- 44,000 lbs at most.


How many pallets can a dry van carry?

A 48’ van can haul 24 standard 48” x 40” pallets, while 53’ vans can haul 26 standard 48” x 40” pallets.


Dry Van Full Truckload Specs:

  • Lengths: 48-53 feet
  • Widths: 96-102 inches
  • Heights: 12.5-13.5 feet
  • Maximum Weight: 45,000 lbs
  • Maximum Pallets: 26 for 53’ and 24 for 48’

Simplify your Next Shipment with First Call Logistics

Building and managing cost-efficient supply chains is a full-time job. First Call’s rare combination of in-house assets, expert problem-solving and track record of stellar customer service makes us the 3PL of choice for business partners with a wide range of shipping needs.

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