Pros and Cons of Dry Vans

Dry vans are also known as semi-trailers. There are several pros and cons of dry vans. These trailers are fully enclosed and are most commonly used for shipments. They are relatively affordable and time-saving as many can be loaded in one go. However, unlike reefers, they are not temperature-controlled, and unlike flatbeds, they can not carry oversized shipments. 

What are the Pros and Cons of Dry Vans?

There are several pros and cons of dry vans. However, we can not ignore that they are still the most commonly used trucks for transportation. There are several reasons why customers prefer these types of vans. Let us analyze some pros and cons of dry vans. 

Pros of Dry Vans:

There are some pros of dry vans mentioned below:

  • Easy to Load and Unload

One major advantage of dry vans is that you can easily load and unload luggage. They are designed so that they can carry a lot of material, based on how the adjustments are made. Your goods are transported in an easy to carry yet safe method from location to destination.

  • Cargo Protected From Theft

Are you concerned about your cargo’s security? Well, you have every right to be. Protect your shipment from theft by shipping it via dry vans. Dry vans are enclosed containers and ensure no thieves get in and take away your goods.

  • Transports Almost Every Kind of Product

Another advantage of using dry vans is that you can ship any product from one place to another. Even if it is perishable or nonperishable, however, in the case of perishable items, you can wrap up your goods with great care and load them in a packed way so they do not fall or move. 

Cons of Dry Vans: 

There are certain cons of dry vans as well:

  • Limited Capacity 

Dry vans have a limited capacity. You can load all that you want but in a limited capacity as not all kinds of oversized products can be loaded on the cargo. 

  • Weather Outside Effects Weather Inside

Weather plays a major role too. Due to insulation, if the outside environment is extremely hot or cold, you can not move certain goods. For example, if it is way too hot outside, you can not carry edibles.

  • Wooden Flooring can Be Destroyed

Dry vans usually have wooden floors. These floors can get worn out due to constant on and offload. Moreover, some goods have a certain structure that might destroy the floor. Hence, wooden flooring needs constant maintenance.


Q. What is a dry shipment?

It is the most common form of shipment. In this, goods are shipped in an enclosed trailer. Hence, the goods are protected from the outside environment. Since the trailer is enclosed, you can stuff in many products and save cost and time. 

Q. What is considered dry cargo?

Dry cargos are not liquid goods and are carried via ships and large vehicles. These include coals, copper, grains, etc.


Here, we have discussed the pros and cons of dry vans. The pros include an easy carriage system, security, and a variety of transportation goods. However, as we discussed the cons, we saw that dry vans have limited capacity, weather conditions outside may affect, and wooden flooring might be destroyed due to constant on and offload. Visit Gillson Trucking for more information. 

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