Badger Truck & Auto Group

Search Anything...

- or select -
  • 2018 Ford Super Duty XLT Regular Cab Flatbed Truck
  • 2018 Ford Super Duty with trailer attachment

Flatbed Trucks vs. Trailers


Anyone comparing flatbed trucks vs. trailers should think long and hard about their everyday needs, whether for commercial or personal use. It’s an important choice, with just a few factors including:

  • Versatility
  • Drivability
  • Convenience
  • Durability

We’ve put together this quick and easy overview to help you decide.

Why Should You Buy a Flatbed Truck?

As the name suggests, a flatbed truck provides an entirely flat and level bed that lacks any sides or roof.

The main advantage that comes with such a setup is convenience, especially when loading heavier pieces of cargo. There’s no lip to lift things over, and you can load from any direction you want. Loads can be strapped down easily when you know what you’re doing, and oversized loads can be accommodated without difficulty.

You’ll find driving a flatbed truck a lot easier than navigating with a trailer behind you. Flatbeds are also wonderfully tough and utilitarian, and you can cover up any imperfections with just a quick blast of spray paint. You can also customize them with heavy-duty stake sides to make hauling oversized or awkward cargo safer and easier.

Why Should You Buy a Trailer?

Conventional trucks are available with heavy-duty engines that can tow considerable loads. Even a half-ton like the new Ford F-150 can handle up to 13,200 pounds, while more capable models like the Ford Super Duty can dwarf that amount. With tow ratings coming in higher than payload ratings, you can usually tow a lot more than you can carry, so pairing a regular truck with a trailer makes sense if you need to take anything extremely heavy, even if loading it might be easier with a flatbed.

The primary advantage of using a trailer instead of a flatbed truck, however, is versatility. You can drive your conventional truck around Chicago during the week and then tow a trailer from Madison to Green Bay on the weekend, and you can always switch between different trailers. Just make sure you know how to load a trailer the right way.

Insuring a conventional truck should also be easier, and you’ll be able to throw smaller items in the truck bed without having to secure them — the sides and back take care of that.

Get a Conventional Pickup or Flatbed at Badger Truck & Auto Group

Whether you want to buy or lease, Badger Truck & Auto Group can help you find the perfect truck to fit your needs. For any advice or assistance about the merits of flatbed trucks vs. trailers or anything else, visit a Badger Truck & Auto Group location.

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

(414) 344-9500

Call Now

• Milwaukee, WI

Get Directions
Badger Truck & Auto Group , .