Pros and cons of a conestoga trailer

Pros and Cons of a Conestoga Trailer

A Conestoga trailer, also known as a Roll-Tite trailer is a type of flatbed trailer used for transporting various types of freight. It features a rolling tarp system that covers and uncovers the cargo area, providing protection from the elements while still allowing for easy loading and unloading as required. 

Conestoga’s are a common equipment type found on the roads today and are a great option throughout North America where the weather plays a factor in the shipper process. Check out our list below to learn about some of the positives, as well as considerations, that come with operating a Conestoga trailer.

Pros of a Conestoga Trailer

  1. Weather Protection: The most significant advantage of Conestoga trialers is their ability to protect the cargo from weather conditions such as snow, rain and wind. The rolling tarp system creates a secure enclosure, which keeps the cargo dry and prevents exposure to the elements.
  2. Versatility: Conestoga trailers can transport a wide range of foods, including items that may not fit or be difficult to load on an enclosed trailer. The versatility makes them suitable for a variety of industries and cargo types. 
  3. Ease of Loading and Unloading: The sliding tarp system allows for quick and easy access to the cargo, which makes the loading and unloading process more efficient. This can save time and labor costs. 
  4. Reduced Tarp Handling: Unlike traditional flatbeds trailers that require manual tarping, Conestoga trailers eliminate the need for drivers to handle heavy tarps.
  5. Improved Security: The rolling tarp system helps to deter theft and any tampering with the cargo, as it more challenging to access the load when covered.
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Cons of a Conestoga Trailer

  1. Cost: Conestoga trailers are generally a more expensive trailer type to purchase and maintain when compared to standard flatbed trailers due to the added complexity of the rolling tarp system. Repairs and maintenance of the tarp are an added cost. 
  2. Weight: The rolling tarp system adds weight to the trailer, which reduces its payload capacity. This can limit the amount of freight that can be carried. 
  3. Maintenance Complexity: The rolling tarp system requires regular maintenance to ensure it functions correctly. If the tarp or its components fail, it can cause delays and added expenses.
  4. Limited Accessibility: Conestoga trailers may not be suitable for all loading docks or location, as they require additional space for the tarping system to operate. 


In conclusion, Conestoga trailers offer valuable benefits such as weather protection and ease of cargo access, but you do still need to factor in added costs, weight limitations and maintenance requirements. The decision to operate a conestoga trailer should be dependent on the specific needs of the cargo being transported and the operational considerations of the fleet. All in all, Conestoga trailer are a popular and very usable trailer commonly found on the roads today.

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