Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Cars  > Enclosed Trailer

Enclosed Trailer Cost


How Much Does an Enclosed Trailer Cost?

 
low costCargo Trailer: $1,000-$15,000+average costCar Trailer: $6,000-$20,000+high costTravel Trailer: $8,000-$65,000
post Post    

Enclosed trailers can vary from cargo boxes on wheels to large, luxurious travel trailers with all the comforts of home. Enclosed trailers are towed by one of three types of hitches -- a standard bumper-pull with a ball mounted on the rear of the tow vehicle; a gooseneck with a front extension that hooks to a ball mounted in a pickup truck bed; or a fifth wheel with front extension that connects to a king pin connection (like on a semi-truck) in a pickup truck bed.

Trailers may have one, two or three axles. Single axle trailers are less expensive, have a tight turning radius and are easy to maneuver by hand, but are less stable when towed and hard to control if a tire goes flat. Dual (tandem) axle or tri-axle trailers typically cost more but can pull heavier weights, tow more smoothly (less sway), have better traction on uneven surfaces and are easier to control with a flat tire.

Typical costs:

  • An enclosed cargo trailer (a rectangular box with a roof and four sides, mounted on one or two axles) costs $1,000-$4,000 for a single-axle trailer up to 7'x14' and 4'-7' tall. Expect to pay $3,000-$15,000 or more for a dual-axle enclosed cargo trailer depending on size, materials and options. These are typically bumper-pull trailers.
  • Enclosed car trailers (solid sides and roof, usually with a rear that folds down as a ramp) sell for $6,000-$20,000 or more, depending on size, capacity, type of hitch (bumper pull or gooseneck) and materials (steel or aluminum). Options include rear stabilizer jacks, interior lights, ratchet-type tie-down straps, a winch or vents.
  • Conventional travel trailers can cost $8,000-$65,000, but average $15,000-$30,000. These are non-motorized, hard-sided RVs, 10'-40' long or longer, and may have one open area inside or several separate rooms. These are typically bumper-pull trailers.
  • Fifth wheel (5th wheel) trailers can cost $13,000-$100,000, depending on size (21'-40' long) and features like slide-outs to expand the living space, a separate master bedroom and bath, full-sized appliances, an electric fireplace and more. These specialized travel trailers have a raised front extension with a fifth wheel hitch.
  • Toy hauler trailers can cost $12,000-$80,000 or more, depending on size (14'-40' or longer) and amenities. Sometimes called a sports utility recreational vehicle,a toy hauler is typically either a conventional travel trailer or a fifth wheel with living quarters in the front and a cargo/garage area in the rear for hauling motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs or other "toys."
  • Prices for used trailers vary significantly. New trailers typically depreciate 15%-20% when they leave the dealership and roughly 10% each additional year, according to traileroutlet.com.
Related articles: Cargo Trailer, Fifth-Wheel RV, Toy Hauler RV, Trailer Hitch, Towing Equipment

What should be included:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides tips[1] for selecting a tow vehicle.
  • The American Boating Association charts towing laws by state[2] .
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists safety tips[3] .
Additional costs:
  • Extended side view mirrors may be required, at $4-$50 for models that clamp onto the existing side mirrors, or $150-$450 for permanently installed towing mirrors.
  • Installing a standard ball trailer hitch on a tow vehicle can cost $200-$500 or more; installing a gooseneck hitch can cost $400-$800 or more; and a fifth-wheel hitch costs $400-$1,500. A spare tire typically costs $20-$200 or more, and a bolt-on spare tire carrier adds $15-$100 or more.
  • An electronic trailer brake controller typically costs $40-$200 from auto parts stores, trailer dealers or online retailers like Amazon[4] . Installation and wiring on older vehicles (not pre-wired) can add $100-$200 or more.
  • A breakaway system to stop a towed trailer or vehicle if it gets loose typically costs $10-$40 and includes a battery, switch and wiring. They're available from trailer or boat dealers, or from online retailers like Amazon[5] .
  • Towing a trailer can reduce the tow vehicle's fuel efficiency by a few miles per gallon or in half or more.
Shopping for an enclosed trailer:
  • Price for enclosed cargo or car trailers are typically negotiable. TrailerShopper.com provides tips[6] for choosing the right trailer. For used cargo or car trailers, research current prices on eBay[7] and craigslist[8] and online sites that specialize in trailers.
  • For RVs like travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers and toy hauler trailers, prices vary considerably depending on options, size and retailer, and dealer prices are typically negotiable. Search for local dealers through the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association[9] or GoRVing.com[10] .
  • For used RV trailers, NadaGuides.com provides a tool[11] to estimate prices.
post Post    
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With an Enclosed Trailer
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Trailer: Size: 
Make/Model: Seller: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.nhtsa.gov/cars/problems/equipment/towing/selecting.htm
  2.  www.americanboating.org/towing.asp
  3.  www.nhtsa.org/
  4.  www.amazon.com/gp/search/rh=n:15737671,k:electronic+trailer+brake+controller&keywords=e...
  5.  www.amazon.com/s/url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=trailer+breakaway+kit&x=0&y=0
  6.  www.trailershopper.com/articles/trailer-buying-tips.html
  7.  www.ebay.com/sch/?_nkw=cargo+Trailer&_sacat=See-All-Categories&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270.l...
  8.  www.craigslist.org/about/sites/
  9.  www.rvda.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Dealer_Info&template=/DealerSearch/Custom/dealer_s...
  10.  www.gorving.com/where-to-find/dealers
  11.  www.nadaguides.com/RVs
More Cars Topics
Check Out All Costs for Cars How Much Do Brakes Cost? How Much Does Windshield Replacement and Repair Cost? How Much Does Wheel Alignment Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Sunroom Patio Enclosures
Paid: 56000.00
14x16 gable roof 3 season room 4 season was $75,000 includes new deck gable roof shingled with skylights... [more]
-ROBERT PETERS
Sunroom Cost
20% Rear, 35% Front, 70% Windshield + "Free" Sunroof
Paid: 500.00
Got a few quotes around town. This place low balled me to get me in the door, but I already knew I'd want more premium grade tint. Office was friendly and explained my options well... [more]
-Butchy45
Window Tinting Cost
I want ship my car to Germany
Paid: 1000.00
I want ship my car to Germany from Washington state,in a rang$1000 it is Honda Civic 2015... [more]
-Nicolae
Shipping a Car Overseas Cost
How much should we be paying?
Paid: 0.00
Two buildings. Each are two stories, 4 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, several offices and common areas... [more]
-T-Clean
Office Cleaning Cost
compressor/coil/fan box replacement
Paid: 23371.00
The WaterFurnace equivalent model was $4,200 in 2009. Even it was a replacement for the original when the house was built in 2002. This time I definitely now think I got a raw deal here... [more]
-Gary Williams
Geothermal Heat Pump Cost
Baby shower
Paid: 3000.00
I started planning my daughters baby shower 4mon in advance. I hand made every thing from invites to decor. I made all my own flower centerpieces as well. I had the food and beverage catered in... [more]
-Katdnpedro
Baby Shower Cost