The terms "straight truck" and "box truck" are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things.
There is a saying that says that all box trucks are straight trucks but not all straight trucks are box trucks.
Below, see arguments and facts that prove the above statement.
What are the differences between box trucks and straight trucks?
1. Box truck characteristics
- A box truck is typically a low to medium-sized vehicle with a fully enclosed cargo area.
- The cargo area is shaped like a box and is attached to the chassis of the box truck.
- A box trucks may have two types of design: a cab-over where the driver sits above the engine at the front of the vehicle and a conventional design where the engine is located in front of the cab.
- A box truck are commonly used for local and regional deliveries, as well as for moving services.
2. Straight truck characteristics
- The term "straight truck" is an umbrella term that includes various truck configurations.
- Besides box trucks, straight trucks may also refer to flatbed trucks, dump trucks, and refrigerated trucks that are typically also unibody vehicles.
- Besides a box truck, a straight truck may have behind the driver cab an enclosed box truck, a flat bed, a dump bed, etc.
- Like box trucks, other types of straight trucks are used mostly for local area jobs.
The term "straight truck" refers to a broader category of trucks that all have in common one characteristic - a single rigid frame.
It's worth noting that regional variations in terminology and industry-specific jargon can sometimes lead to different interpretations of these terms.