Tips for Drivers of Moving-Floor Trailers


Walking floor trailers, also known as moving-floor trailers, make it much easier to unload heavy materials. This will show you what these trailers are along with some tips for them. 

 What is a Walking Floor Trailer? 

Some people might think that these trailers have floors that you walk on, but that’s not the case. These trailers get their name because they have hydraulic systems that either push or pull in heavy materials. It looks like the floor is walking while the hydraulics are active. 

 As explained by the experts at Hale Trailer, these trailers are “perfect for those big jobs where you need to haul and unload heavy cargo.” 

 Always Open the Trailer Doors 

You must always open the trailer doors before activating the walking floor. If you don’t, then you might damage the doors and other parts of the trailer. The walking floor will continue to push the heavy materials outward even if the door is closed. This should always be the first thing you do before activating the floor. 

 Retract the Cylinders 

Make sure the cylinders are fully retracted before you begin driving. The moving floor uses cylinders in the hydraulic system that open and close to move the floor. If the cylinders are open, then there is a chance that icicles can form during the winter. This also makes the cylinders more susceptible to damage. 

 Make sure to engage the floor until the cylinders are fully retracted. You can then disengage the floor and begin driving. 

 Lubricate Joints in the Floor 

The moving floorboards can scrape against each other if they are not properly lubricated. While you don’t need to do this all the time, it’s good to get in the habit of lubricating the floorboards every now and then. If you don’t, then this can create friction that will damage the trailer. When looking at walking floor trailers for sale, be sure to check for floor damage. 

 Make sure the lubricant is safe with your load. For example, if you are transporting food for humans or livestock, then you should use a biological lubricant. 

 Park Inside When Possible 

Most people will park inside when possible, but it’s very important with a moving-floor trailer. For example, consider that you are transporting food or another load with a considerable moisture content. This has a good chance of dripping between the floorboards if the trailer is left outside. Even worse, it has a chance of freezing to the floorboards if it’s winter. 

 While it’s not always possible, you should park inside whenever you can with a walking floor trailer. 

 Replace the Oil Filter Annually 

Some trailers allow you to get away with replacing the oil filter every other year. This isn’t the case with walking floor trailers. You should do this even if the filter doesn’t look dirty. The problem is that an older filter allows the oil to be contaminated. This contaminated oil can then damage your cylinders and lead to extensive floor damage. 

 Save yourself the hassle and repair costs by replacing the filter annually. 


A moving-floor trailer makes it easier to load and unload heavy materials. Follow these tips to help you better operate your trailer.


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