What is a Straight Truck?

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A straight truck is a type of vehicle with a tractor trailer that sits in a fixed position, attached to the cab–but what is a straight truck designed to do? In terms of size and capability, straight trucks fall between cargo vans on one side, and “big rigs” or semi-trucks, on the other. Unlike their larger counterparts, most straight trucks have fused trailers that cannot be detached.

The U-Haul moving vehicle is one of the most recognizable straight trucks you’ll see in Waterford or Northern Chicago, and straight trucks in general are commonly used for moving, local transport, and other smaller-scale jobs.


What Type of Vehicle is a Straight Truck?

A straight truck is a commercial vehicle with a fixed (and in many cases, non-detachable) trailer. But this could describe many different models, so what type of vehicle is really considered a straight truck, at the end of the day? Box trucks, cube trucks, cube vans, dump trucks, and even some heavy-duty pickup trucks can all be described accurately as straight trucks.

If you’d like to get an even better sense of the characteristics that distinguish straight trucks, compare cargo vans and cube vans or find out how they differ from flatbeds.

What is a Straight Truck Able to Do?

Of course, you can’t really answer the question “What type of vehicle is a straight truck?” without taking a closer look at their dimensions and capacities. We’ve covered the basics below.

How Much Weight Can a Straight Truck Carry?

While some straight trucks may be able to carry up to 34,000 pounds, many businesses and commercial drivers favor straight trucks because they can often be driven without a commercial driver’s license.

While any model with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds is subject to certain regulations, the majority of straight trucks weigh less than 26,001 pounds when loaded up with cargo. (Calculate your curb weight and the weight of your cargo before you start driving to avoid fines.) Learn more about commercial vehicles to find out where your straight truck falls.

How Big is a Straight Truck?

  • How long is a straight truck? – Straight trucks tend to fall between 10 and 26 feet in length, but there aren’t strict minimums or limits.
  • How tall is a straight truck? – Most straight trucks measure roughly 8 to 10 feet in height, but once more, this can vary depending on the manufacturer.

Find Your Next Straight Truck at the Lynch Truck Center!

If you’re still not sure if a straight truck is the right choice for your enterprise, learn more about the types of commercial vehicles and the features that power them. If you’re ready to find the perfect straight truck today, take advantage of our vehicle finder service or start exploring our inventory online. If you’re located anywhere near Milwaukee or Racine, you have the Lynch Truck Center in your corner.

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