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A Curtainside is basically a flatbed with an upper structure mounted to the flatbed as a tarping system.

There are two types of curtainside trailers, the Conestoga and the Tautliner.  Both trailers are of the flatbed variety and both are covered with a tarp system or curtain  which can easily be moved out of the way, thereby providing ready access to the trailer for loading cargo.  The advantages and disadvantages are discussed below.

Conestoga trailers, as shown immediately below, utilize a sliding tarp system.  In principle, this system works very similar to an accordion.  When pulled forward, the tarp exposes the flatbed providing access for side, rear and overhead loading.  The primary disadvantage of the Conestoga in comparison to a Tautliner, is that the curtain structure makes the trailer up to 107” wide on the outside and allows a maximum of 102” clearance for the trailers cargo.  The Conestoga necessitates a strict adherence to the 102" limitation of its cargo.  If the product is at or near 102” wide and is misplaced or happens to shift slightly in transit, the system cannot be opened or closed.


The Tautliner curtainside is a flatbed trailer containing a front, a roof and rear doors, similar to a van, yet having side curtains that slide like a shower curtain.  The Tautliners primary disadvantage when weighed against the Conestoga is in the limiting factor regarding the ability to load its cargo from overhead.  The framework of the sliding curtains prohibit overhead loading of the cargo.  However, the Tautliner trailer has much more flexibility in hauling products greater than 102 inches in that it allows room for error in loading its cargo.


Protected Cargo Transport utilizes Tautliner curtainside trailers.  Our largest customers are building material suppliers.  The ability to quickly load cargo that in itself is 102” wide or less, makes the Tautliner curtainside our trailer of choice.

Contact Protected Cargo Transport for safe, secure and protected freight movements.  After all, it is our name and it is what we do.

Protected Cargo Transport, LLC
2671 E. Coulee Crossing Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485
(800) 959-5529
FAX (318) 442-6421