Dovetail Car Trailer

18' Dovetail Car Trailer for only $2,995

Read on and learn more about one great little trailer value.
Watch a neat features video of our 2020 model Dovetail HD Flatbed...

The first question I usually get is, "Craig? What length should I get for a car trailer?"

My answer is still the same: it's pretty hard to beat the 16' plus 2' dovetail for a design. Here is a quick tour of one we built for a customer to help you better get a feel for what you get for your money.

Here's our current pricing sheet with a few options, but as always, our options list is as long as your arm so call 712 589 3100 and let's talk about what you need.

2019 MODELS are here!

Every unit has the extra wide 84" wide floor now standard!

What we have here is our very versatile 16' hd flatbed with 2' dovetail option. Empty weight is only 100lbs per foot so this 16' plus 2' dovetail model weighs in at a svelt 1800lbs. The trailer is good to carry 7,000lbs gross in std trim shown, which means you can haul up to 5,500lbs on top of the deck any day of the week.

Here's a nice custom length dovetail unit built for a customer to haul his Mustang on to the races. Look closely and you might notice that this one is NOT 18' overall length ... it is 17' overall length, as he needed to park this trailer in a very compact spot ... no problem. We do this model in deck lengths from 12-40 feet in length. Just give us a ring at 712-589-3100, and we will draw up flatbed trailer plans and figure pricing out for anything you can imagine.

This complete all steel dovetail unit, which adds an additional 2 feet of overall length to the trailer, is $200 as an option and adds 2' on to the overall length. What is the dovetail good for? Well, put simply, it tricks whatever you are loading and unloading into thinking that you have a 7' long approach ramp, which keeps cars from hi centering, while allowing you the back-relieving pain of only having to tote a 5' long ramp in and out of the carrier. If you are planning on loading something that you are concerned about dragging or hi centering while loading, the dovetail option was made for you.


But, let's go into the little things that make our trailer useful, strong and reliable. It's all about the basics. One of the MAIN things about a flatbed trailer that will either make it strong and useful, or cheap and worthless, is the choice of materials for the frame, tongue and cross members ... this IS the main skeleton and support system for everything else, so make it strong. That’s why we ONLY use a minimum of 5" tall 6.7lb per foot Schedule A36 channel steel on the main frame AND the tongue of the trailer. It gives you incredible strength, while allowing the frame to flex when needed, and gives us the ability to easily place a full 10-year frame warranty on this trailer model.

Why not angle steel? Well, angle steel is strong in one direction, but not so much in the other, and trailers like this get worked from every angle ... so we choose 5" channel as the base.

Why not tube steel? Well, tube is strong in pretty well every direction, but it really isn't very flexible, and trailers like this get flexed constantly when being used ... tube will crack long before channel steel will fatigue, so, once again, we choose channel steel.

Good basic car and equipment hauling transportation ... this unit has a low 21" std deck height, a floor width of 82" between the fenders, and is equipped to run commercial in the US and Canada, as supplied.

Need your HD Flatbed in a gooseneck chassis? No problem ... you'll get it upgraded just like you see in this photo, with adjustable height gooseneck coupler on a drop down channel steel gooseneck tongue, 12k dropleg spring loaded jack with side crank, big gussets on the frame and neck and a few other neat little features for $595 more.

Need more capacity? You can upgrade this unit to a 9,990lb trailer or a full on 14,000lb GVWR unit (shown above) for anywhere from $650 to $895. Call Craig at 712-589-3100 to get the full details on how this actually creates an entirely new trailer within a trailer and gives you all you need for an excellent price.

So, there you have it. A complete, fully legal, safely engineering, equipped and designed dovetail trailer, out the door for under $2,100. We're already shipping out dozens, so call and get your name in, ASAP! We'll keep building them.

(712) 589-3100