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What is a "skele"?


If you're in the logistics game, you've probably heard the term "skeleton trailer" tossed around. But what exactly is it, and why is it a game-changer in the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) industry?

What's a Skeleton Trailer?

A skeleton trailer, or just "skele" in industry lingo, is essentially the bare bones of a trailer. Unlike its enclosed counterparts, the skeleton trailer doesn't have sides or a roof. Instead, it features a strong chassis with just the essentials to get the job done.

The Backbone of Efficiency

  1. Versatility: Skeleton trailers are like the chameleons of the HGV world. They can adapt to carry a variety of loads, from containers to timber or anything that can be securely strapped down.

  2. Weight Advantage: Stripping away the unnecessary weight of walls and a roof means these trailers are lighter, allowing for increased payload capacity. It's a fuel-efficient choice that doesn't compromise on strength.

  3. Ease of Loading and Unloading: With open sides, loading and unloading cargo becomes a breeze. Whether it's a forklift or a crane doing the heavy lifting, the process is streamlined, saving both time and effort.

Why Choose Skeleton Trailers?

  • Cost-Effective: The simplicity of design translates to lower manufacturing costs, and those savings can be passed on to businesses.

  • Adaptability: From shipping containers to irregularly shaped cargo, these trailers can handle it all. Versatility is key in the ever-evolving world of logistics.

  • Reduced Maintenance: Fewer components mean fewer things that can go wrong. This simplicity not only reduces the chances of breakdowns but also makes maintenance more straightforward.


In a world where efficiency is paramount, skeleton trailers emerge as the unsung heroes of the HGV industry. They're not just transporting goods; they're carrying the weight of a streamlined, cost-effective, and adaptable future.

Ready to embrace the backbone of transport? Explore the possibilities with skeleton trailers.

Published: Tue 21 Nov 2023

Updated: Thu 11 Apr 2024

Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Ltd

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