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  > Motorcycle Cargo Trailer

Motorcycle Cargo Trailer Cost


How Much Does a Motorcycle Cargo Trailer Cost?

 
low costOpen Flatbed Trailer: $300-$1,400average costMid-Range Cargo Trailer: $1,500-$3,000high costCustom Cargo Trailer: $3,000-$6,000+
post Post  

Sometimes called a motorcycle touring trailer, a motorcycle cargo trailer is typically a lightweight box with lid designed to be towed behind a large motorcycle or other vehicle. A motorcycle cargo trailer can be used to haul camping gear, construction tools, business supplies or other cargo. For trailers designed to haul motorcycles behind another vehicle, see How Much Does a Motorcycle Trailer Cost.

Typical costs:

  • Prices start at $300-$1,400 for an open flatbed trailer (no sides or lid) or an economy-class enclosed motorcycle cargo trailer. For example, for $300-$400 Harbor Freight sells a 145-pound Tag-Along Trailer[1] that is 78" long, 44.5" wide and 38" high with 8" tires and a 47.5"x38" covered cargo carrier 16" inches high. For something a bit more rugged, the 140-pound Trailmaster Inc. Backpacker[2] is 79" long, 47" wide and 39" high with 18 cubic feet of cargo space in a 51"x38" covered polyethylene cargo carrier; it comes in an assemble-it-yourself kit for $700-$750 (ships in two pallets, with frame already assembled). The open-wagon-style Troy-Hauler Cargo Trailer[3] at $1,000-$1,300 has a 58"x26" flat cargo platform; weighs 200 pounds; comes with a cooler rack, LED lights and 10" wheels.
  • A mid-range motorcycle cargo trailer costs $1,500-$3,000, depending on the combination of materials (steel, aluminum, fiberglass) and cargo capacity (cubic feet). For example, the 160-pound Time-Out Trailers Dart is 7.5' long, 3.5' wide and 35" high with a 56"-long box; comes standard with 12" wheels and LED lights; and has a base price of $1,995. Adding chrome wheels, chrome trim and a luggage rack increases the price to $2,292; ordering all the options can raise the total to more than $3,000.
  • Expect to pay $3,000-$6,000 or more for a larger, customized motorcycle cargo trailer, with price depending on size, capacity, weight (the lighter the better) and options such as chrome trim, mag wheels, upgraded lights or customized paint to match factory motorcycle colors. For example, the Motorvation Grand National 20[4] is just under 8' long and 3.5' wide with 20 cubic feet of cargo space in a 47"x31" body. With all the options (specialized paint colors, spoiler, chrome, fiberglass bumper, mag wheels, etc.) it sells for about $4,000.
Related articles: Motorcycle Trailer, Towing Equipment

What should be included:
  • Motorcycle cargo trailers bought from the manufacturer are usually shipped in large crates on a semi-truck and must be unloaded with a fork lift (although tailgate delivery may be possible). The shipment should include a manual for the trailer, which contains important information about weight capacity and safe usage. Unless the trailer is a DIY kit, assembly should only involve putting a few pieces together. Assembling a DIY kit typically requires standard tools and some mechanical skill, and can take one day or several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the kit.
  • Check the motorcycle's maximum towing capacity (listed in the manual or visit the manufacturer's website) before towing a trailer with a motorcycle. Remember to factor in the weight of any cargo.
Additional costs:
  • Shipping can add $200-$500 or more, depending on weight, method and location.
  • Hitches are designed for use with a specific make and model of motorcycle, and typically cost $200-$425. It takes about 45 minutes to install a hitch under a motorcycle's rear fender, according to WhyBike.com[5] . MotorcycleTrailer.com explains how to create a hitch[6] when an off-the-shelf model is not available.
  • If the motorcycle is not wired to connect to the trailer lights, a wiring harness can add another $30-$150.
Discounts:
  • It's possible to build a small motorcycle cargo trailer for just the cost of the parts, although it requires moderate mechanical skills. DoItYourself.com describes different ways to build a motorcycle cargo trailer[7] in just a few weeks; and motorcycle enthusiast Brian Budlong describes how to build a trailer by welding a frame and adding a car-top cargo carrier[8] for less than $400.
Shopping for a motorcycle cargo trailer:
  • Motorcycle cargo trailers are available through motorcycle dealers or direct from the manufacturer. A motorcycle cargo trailer should be as lightweight as possible while still being structurally strong. Trailer manufacturer Motorvation Engineering lists five items[9] to consider when buying a motorcycle trailer.
  • These trailers are typically manufactured by small companies focusing on this niche market. Manufacturers include Gypsy Trailers, Honky Trailers, Magneta Trailers[10] , Motorvation Engineering[11] , Time-Out Trailers, Trailmaster[12] and ZZ Trailers[13] .
post Post  
CostHelper News


7 Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety Steps To Do This Week
Gathering around a wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter night can be wonderful experience, but it's crucial to not take basic safety for granted. || Posted November 12 2013


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do Before Holiday Guests Arrive
Having friends and family gather for the holidays is traditionally considered a heartwarming idea -- but the mere thought of it can also be heart-stopping if they're planning on staying at your place, and you realize your home is looking less than it. || Posted November 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Motorcycle Cargo Trailer
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Size of Trailer: 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.harborfreight.com/600-lb-capacity-78-inch-tag-along-trailer-66771.html
  2.  www.trailmasterinc.com/cargo/backpack.html
  3.  www.motorcycletrailer.com/th/
  4.  motorvation.com/mepg3.htm
  5.  www.whybike.com/motorcycle199.htm
  6.  www.motorcycletrailer.com/nav/Hitches1.html
  7.  www.doityourself.com/stry/build-a-motorcycle-trailer
  8.  www.intergate.com/~brianb/bike/MotorcycleCargoTrailer.htm
  9.  motorvation.com/tlrshop1.htm
  10.  www.magnetatrailers.com/motorcycletowbehindtrailers.html
  11.  motorvation.com/mepg3.htm
  12.  www.trailmasterinc.com/cargo/cargotrl.html
  13.  www.zztrailer.com
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
Locksmith
Paid: 95.00
I left my keys inside... [more]
-Pepi44
Locksmith Cost
Commercial and residential power washing and window cleaning
Paid: 350.00
This company is truly amazing, I've never felt so satisfied after seeing the transformation of my home. I had green grime and algae growing rampid in the front my home. Within a few hours my home along with my deck was spotless... [more]
-Emanuel 1
Window Cleaning Cost
ER visit.
Paid: 9040.00
Thought I was having a heart attack, went to ER... [more]
-Omie
EKG Cost
Tune up
Paid: 384.00
Feel ripped off.Nearly $400 for a tune up. All that was done was a spark plug replacement and fuel induction service... [more]
-Sam Wise
Tune-up Cost
dented our friendhip
Paid: 300.00
I was asked to be MOH and other bridesmaid was out of town. She agreed to be financial co-host. Offered bride shower for 12-15 people. She said she would invite 40. My small house could barely accommodate... [more]
-70s gal
Bridal Shower Cost
Pet sat 2 dogs small poodle and medium Maltese
Paid: 140.00
Friday night to Monday AM, fed both dogs a total of 6 times, administered allergy eye drops to 1 of dogs, total of 6 times and spent the night with them 2 nights... [more]
-Pet Content While You're Away
Pet Sitting Cost