What are the big trucks called?

There are several terms used to describe “big trucks” depending on the specific context and size category:

General terms:

  • Big rigs: A common informal term for large trucks, often referring to semi-trailer trucks (18-wheelers).
  • Heavy-duty trucks: Refers to the largest category of trucks based on their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), encompassing various configurations like semi-trailer trucks, dump trucks, and heavy haulers.

Specific types:

  • Semi-trailer trucks: Also known as 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers, these are the most common large trucks, consisting of a separate tractor unit pulling a semi-trailer.
  • Dump trucks: Large trucks equipped with a bed that can be hydraulically raised to dump loose materials like gravel, sand, or debris.
  • Concrete mixers: Trucks with a rotating drum used to mix and transport concrete.
  • Heavy haulers: Specialized trucks designed to transport oversized or extremely heavy cargo, often with multiple axles and unique configurations.

Informal terms:

  • Big wheels: A casual term for large trucks, particularly those with large wheels.
  • Land trains: Sometimes used to describe long combinations of trucks and trailers, especially in Australia.

It’s important to remember that the specific term used to describe a “big truck” might depend on the context, region, and individual preference.