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How Much Do Trailers Cost?

The cost of trailers varies significantly, influenced by factors like size, material and specialized features.

Whether it’s the efficiency of aluminum trailers, the simplicity of tilt trailers, the value of utility trailers or the robustness of deckover trailers, understanding the nuances of these options allows you to make informed choices within a price range suitable for your specific requirements.

Trailer Pricing

The pricing of a trailer involves several key factors that contribute to the overall cost. Size, materials, features and trailer type all play pivotal roles in determining the final price. The size of the trailer directly impacts the amount of materials required for construction, influencing costs. The choice of materials is another crucial factor; trailers constructed with lightweight aluminum often come at a higher cost than their steel counterparts due to the material’s durability and weight savings. Features such as hydraulic systems for dump trailers or enclosed structures for cargo trailers also contribute to the price. Specialized trailers designed for particular hauling needs, such as car haulers or equipment trailers, often incur higher costs due to their tailored design and enhanced functionality. Brand reputation and additional customizations can further influence pricing, providing a nuanced landscape for individuals seeking trailers that align with their specific requirements. That’s why Max Built Trailers stands behind every trailer we sell.

Different types of trailers and their cost:

Car Dollies 

Cost Range: $1,695 to $1,995

Description: Max Built Car dollies are affordable and lightweight options designed to tow vehicles by supporting their front wheels off the ground while the rear wheels remain on the road. Our car dollies currently in stock start around $1600 and go up to $2,000.

Aluminum Trailers:

Cost Range: $3,495 to $10,250

Description: Known for their durability and reduced weight, Max Built aluminum trailers offer a corrosion-resistant alternative to steel, making them ideal for those seeking efficiency and longevity. Our aluminum trailers start under $3,500 and go up to just over $10,000.

Car Haulers:

Cost Range: $2,449 to $7,995

Description:Maxbuilt Car haulers are versatile, open trailers designed specifically for transporting cars. They come in various sizes to accommodate different vehicle types. If you need some help deciding, check out our guide to car hauling trailers in our Resource Center. 

Deckover Trailer:

Cost Range: $9,695 to $19,315

Description: Deckover trailers, also known as flatbed trailers, feature a flat deck over the wheels, providing a wide and spacious platform for hauling larger items including heavy equipment. Our cheapest deckover trailer in stock starts just under $10,000 and the larger ones go up to almost $20,000

Dump Trailer:

Cost Range: $7,995 to $10,495

Description: Max Built Dump trailers have hydraulic systems that lift one end to dump the cargo. These are commonly used for transporting and unloading loose materials like gravel, sand or debris. We have some in stock that start at just under $8,000. 

Enclosed Cargo Trailer:

Cost Range: $850 to $25,000

Description: Ideal for securing valuable cargo, enclosed cargo trailers come in various sizes and offer protection from the elements, making them suitable for transporting goods that require additional security. We have a huge selection of enclosed cargo trailers that start at $850 and go up to $23,250 

Equipment Trailer:

Cost Range: $4,395 to $13,000

Description: Designed for heavy-duty hauling, Max Built equipment trailers can carry large machinery and tools. They often feature ramps for easy loading and unloading. Our equipment trailers start around $4000 and go up to $13,000.

Tilt Trailer:

Cost Range: $950 to $8,000

Description: Tilt trailers simplify the loading and unloading process by tilting the bed, eliminating the need for ramps. This design is beneficial for hauling equipment and vehicles with low ground clearance. We have a mesh bottom tilt trailer available for $950 and the others range all the way up to $8,000.

Gooseneck Trailer:

Cost Range: $7,995 to $15,000

Description: Max Built gooseneck trailers are a versatile and robust towing solution, characterized by a unique design that extends over the bed of a towing vehicle—typically a pickup truck. The distinctive gooseneck hitch, shaped like the neck of a goose, is mounted in the truck bed, allowing for increased stability and weight distribution. These trailers are popular for transporting heavy loads, such as livestock, construction equipment or large cargo due to their enhanced towing capacity. With a secure connection and improved maneuverability, gooseneck trailers provide a reliable option for those in need of efficient and powerful towing capabilities. They start just under $8000 and go up to $15,000.

Utility Trailer:

Cost Range: $1,500 to $5,795

Description: Utility trailers are versatile and cost-effective, suitable for a variety of hauling needs. They come in different sizes and can be open or railed, providing flexibility for different cargo types. We have a large selection of utility trailers in stock starting around $1,500 and going up to $6000.

Keep in mind that these cost ranges are approximate and can vary based on factors such as availability, size, material, brand and additional features.

Used Trailers

Cost: $900 – $10,000

Description: We have a large selection of used trailers ranging from $900 to $10,000 in a variety of options. The turnover is very high so please call the store nearest you for availability. Max Built has trailer sales dealerships in 4 locations:

Chatsworth, GA

Covington, GA

Midland, NC

Morristown, TN

We also have a sister dealership, Down Home Trailers in Charlotte, NC.

What are the Trailer Materials That Impact Cost?

Trailers are constructed using a variety of materials, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. The choice of material significantly influences the overall cost, durability and weight of the trailer. Here are some common materials used in trailer construction, ranked from least to most expensive:


Cost: Among the least expensive materials.

Description: Steel trailers are sturdy and durable, making them a cost-effective choice for many applications. However, they tend to be heavier than trailers made from other materials, affecting fuel efficiency and towing capacity.


Cost: Generally less expensive.

Description: Wood is often used for the flooring and sometimes the framework of trailers. While cost-effective, wood may require more maintenance and is susceptible to wear and weathering.


Cost: More expensive than steel but less than other high-end materials.

Description: Aluminum trailers offer a balance between strength and weight savings. They are corrosion-resistant, making them suitable for a variety of hauling needs. The higher upfront cost is often justified by increased longevity and fuel efficiency. For a long life, be sure to read our article on how to clean an aluminum trailer.


Cost: Moderately expensive.

Description: Fiberglass is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant material. Trailers with fiberglass components are often used for specialized applications, such as enclosed trailers. While durable, the cost may be higher compared to steel or aluminum.

Composite Materials:

Cost: Variable, depending on the specific composite used.

Description: Some trailers incorporate composite materials, such as reinforced plastics or carbon fiber, to achieve a balance between strength and weight reduction. The cost can vary based on the type and quality of the composite.

Galvanized Steel:

Cost: Typically more expensive than standard steel.

Description: Galvanized steel is steel coated with a layer of zinc to enhance corrosion resistance. This can increase the overall cost of the trailer, but it provides added protection against rust and environmental elements.

The choice of material depends on the intended use, budget considerations and desired features. While steel remains a cost-effective and durable option, those willing to invest more may opt for aluminum or composite materials for their advantages in weight savings and longevity.

In the exciting world of trailer construction, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role in shaping the cost, durability and functionality of these hauling essentials. From the economical strength of steel to the corrosion-resistant qualities of aluminum and the innovative applications of composites, each material brings its own set of advantages and considerations. 

The decision-making process involves a careful balance of budget, intended use and long-term value. Whether you opt for the rugged dependability of steel, the weight-saving benefits of aluminum or the possibilities offered by advanced composites, you’re empowered to make informed choices that align with your specific hauling needs. As technology and materials continue to advance, the trailer landscape evolves—offering a diverse array of options to meet the demands of a wide-ranging market. If you need some assistance in your trailer shopping, check out our Trailer Resource Center.

With high turnover, our inventory is always changing and availability at different price points can be uncertain. 

If you have any questions about availability or the type of trailer you need to fit your budget, just give us a call!

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