The 101 on Dry Van Shipping

Across America’s long and winding highways the dry van is king, transporting products and goods with ease and finesse.


Dry van shipping is definitely one of the most popular methods used to ship goods in the US. In this post, we’ll discuss what dry van shipping is all about.

What is a dry van exactly?

When you’re driving on the highway, no doubt you pass multiple semi trucks pulling long or short covered reefers. These trailers are connected to rigs and are called “dry” because the loads being hauled are kept covered and protected from the elements.

Why are dry vans so popular?

Well, it’s simple. Not only is it one of the most reliable forms of transportation, but the resources to ship any type of load are plentiful, it’s flexible when it comes to supply chain planning and goods are well protected from an enclosed environment.

What types of dry vans are available?

One of the best things about using a dry van is how versatile it is. There are different sized trailers whether you need to accommodate a full load or LTL. There are options for refrigeration when you want to ship food and other perishable items as well. They can be 53 ft long or 26 ft long. Dry vans also come in many materials, such as hardwood, steel or aluminum. It all depends on what you want!

What can you ship with a dry van?

This is where versatility wins again! Dry vans are used to ship a wide range of goods, from foods and beverages to clothes and cars, small machinery or if you need to move your household. It doesn’t stop there either, these are just a few examples. Dry vans are an excellent option for domestic shipping and if your freight needs special amenities, there is most likely a dry van to get the job done for you.