Several factors go into specifying the most effective, productive, durable and versatile flatbed trailers to meet a fleet's operational needs. One of the ways flatbed manufacturers refer to the strength of their trailers is in beam ratings. A more realistic way to evaluate a trailer's carrying ability is to use gross vehicle weight rating and gross axle weight rating. Great Dane Trailers' platform trailer offerings include the manufacturer's FREEDOM Flatbed, part of an "in stock" program that produces multiple units with standard specs. Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co recently introduced its new 4000A flatbed. Based on the company's 2000A model, the 4000A offers equal beam strength, including an 80,000 lb. distributed load beam rating, while featuring an aluminum-steel composite that reduces tare weight by 400 lbs. Transcraft Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wabash National Corp, offers several flatbed models, including standard-duty, heavy-duty and extreme-duty versions of its Eagle, Eagle II and all-steel TL-2000 models.