With the invention of wider trailers and side-by-side pallet arrangements, there is a new trend toward 6’6″ and 7′ wide levelers. The 7′ wide units provide the best access for end loading side-by-side pallets. When ordering the 7′ wide dock leveler, we recommend that the lip be tapered at the end from 7′ to 6’6″ wide to accommodate narrow trailers. However, the industry has recently seen a shift in standard trailer width increasing to 96″ internally, therefore tapering the lip is not always necessary. Maintaining the 7′ width allows for maximum maneuvering and eliminates the drop off area that will be created with the use of a tapered lip.
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