The Drop Side Deck, sometimes called a "raised center deck," is constructed with shallower cross beams set to the lower flange of the main beams to provide the lowest deck height possible. Machines loaded onto a Drop Side Deck must be able to straddle the main beams in the center of the deck. A typical Drop Side Deck has 6" to 8" lower deck height than a similar Platform Deck. Deck plate
is used as the loading surface on this style trailer. Wood can be used in place of deck plate
, but this will increase the deck height.