2019 is an exciting year for hotshot truckers as the demand for hotshot continues to grow. If you are considering adding a new trailer to your fleet this year, our list of top 10 hotshot trailers is a must-read before making a decision. These trailers are reliable, long-lasting, versatile and are designed for heavy-duty use.

10. Big Tex 10DF

This pro series drive-over fender is ideal for hauling cars and equipment. It comes with 36-inch self-cleaning cleated dovetail as well as 4′ channel stand-up ramps for convenient loading and unloading. The combination of its radial tires and multi-leaf spring suspension with equalizer reduces bumps which will make your trips smoother. Moreover, it has sealed LED lighting for maximum visibility at night.

Pros:
  
Dexter brand axles which are very durable and longer-lasting
  Nev-R-Adjust electric brakes and Complete Break-A-Way with charger as a safety feature

Cons:
 No side steps for easy boarding and onboarding
 
No powder coat finish – powder coat has long lasting effect than regular paint.
  Available only from dealerships which usually charge high markups

Key Features:
  GVWR: 9,990
  8,000 Drop leg jack
  
Choice of treated pine or Douglas fir for floor. Both are known to be durable and with excellent traction
  Rubrail and tie down pockets for securing cargo

EDITOR’S RATING: 7.5/10

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9. Top Hat Gooseneck 21K

Top Hat’s GOOSENECK 21K is one of the best choices if you are comparing utility or equipment haulers. This one can definitely handle most cars, tractors and other heavy equipment with its high GVWR of 21,000 lbs and 10″ channel frame. The traction from its 2″ treated pine floor also helps keep your load stay in place. Moreover, it is fitted with a 2′ dovetail which facilitates for easy loading and unloading.

Pros:
  With DOT reflective tape and sealed flush mount LED lights for optimum visibility
  Breakaway unit with charger and electric brake in all wheels
  Uses three (3) 7000 Dexter axles. Dexter brand is known for its premium quality.

Cons:
  No storage box
  Valspar paint finish. This is not as durable and longer lasting compared to powder coat.
  Available only from dealerships which oftentimes charge a big markup

Key Features:
  One (1) drop 10,000 drop-leg jack
  
Rub rail to help secure the cargo

EDITOR’S RATING: 7.7/10

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8. Load Trail GH22

The GH22 is one of Load Trail’s popular heavy duty goosenecks. Its 12″ I-Beam frame is also pretty stable and very strong. On top of this, it has a high GVWR of 22,000 lbs allowing you to have more loading capacity. This gooseneck is also fitted with DOT-approved LED lights for the stop, tail, turn and clearance.

Moreover, the GH22 comes with great features like the self-cleaning dovetail with ramps which can make loading and unloading of equipment a lot more easier. Also, it has side steps so you can easily climb up and down the trailer.

Pros:
  Treated wood floor. Wooden floors are inexpensive and have good traction to help cargo stay in place
  Uses Dexter Axles which are one of the most durable in the market

Cons:
 No powder coating. Powder coat is the most durable finish
  Available only on dealerships and they typically sell trailers at a high markup

Key Features:
  Front toolbox for storage
  Wire harness with 7-way plug to secure the load
  Two 10K drop leg jacks to keep the trailer stable when not hooked up to a vehicle

EDITOR’S RATING: 8/10

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7. PJ Trailers Classic Pintle with Duals (PD)

Do you prefer a bumper pull than a gooseneck? This heavy-duty classic pintle with duals from PJ Trailers might interest you. One of the advantages of having a bumper pull is that you can hook it not just to a pickup truck but also to an SUV and other types of vehicles. It is also typically easy to maneuver as it follows the towing vehicle when making a turn. This bumper pull has two 10,000-lb drop leg jacks that add stability when the trailer is unhooked and with unbalanced load. With 25,000 lbs. of G.V.W.R., you surely have a big loading capacity with this trailer.

Pros:
  Powder coat finish. This finish is more durable and longer lasting than regular paint
  5-Year Dexter axle warranty. Dexter axles are superior in quality and they will make your ride noticeable smoother
  12” I-Beam main frame. This type of frame has better resistance to bending than most types of frames
  Monster steps on both sides so you can easily climb up and down the trailer

Cons:
  Available only from dealerships which oftentimes charge a big markup

Key Features:
  Lockable front toolbox for safe storage space
  Rubrail and stake pockets to secure the cargo
  Electric breakaway kit with charger
  
DOT-Approved reflective tape and flushmount LED lights for visibility
  2″ treated pine lumber deck. Pine is inexpensive, durable and offers excellent traction
  Electric breakaway kit with charger
  Wire harness with 7-way RV plug to secure the cargo

EDITOR’S RATING: 8.2/10

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6. Gatormade Gooseneck Trailer 30k Dual Tandem Axle

This gooseneck is another best-selling hotshot trailer from Gatormade. It has an excellent safety feature which includes a DOT-approved safety breakaway kit and light package that are legal in all US states including Canada. It also has a unique backbone and the combination of a pierced design, torque tube and underframe bracing provides ultimate frame durability. Moreover, it also has a big ramp design which allows you to conveniently load narrow and wide track equipment. As for its running gear, it boasts of having HDSS heavy-duty suspension, 6-ply commercial series tires that last longer than regular tires and Dexter axles which are the best in the industry.

Pros:
  Safety steps with handles in the front corners allow you to easily get on and off the trailer
  Work light bar on top of the neck gives you more visibility when towing at night
  Powder coat finish – most durable finish and lasts longer than regular paint
  14″ I beam main frame – I Beam withstands heavy and tough use

Cons:
  Servicing is only done at the Gatormade factory. They have only one factory location located in Somerset, Kentucky

Key Features:
  Heavy duty stake pockets and rubrail to secure the cargo
  Aerodynamic open headboard offers load protection
  Mounted fire extinguisher
  Locking chain box

EDITOR’S RATING: 8.5/10

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5. Load Trail GL30 Low-Pro

This low profile gooseneck is another popular trailer from Load Trail. Just like most heavy duty goosenecks from the same manufacturer, it also uses a 12″ I-Beam frame which is considered stronger and with better resistance to bending than most types of frames. It is also fitted with a multi-leaf slipper spring suspension which is reliable in keeping the trailer stable. Moreover, this trailer is worth checking if you are looking for one with high load capacity as it has a GVWR of 30,000 lbs.

Pros:
 Two (2) 15,000-lb Dexter axles. The Dexter brand is superior in quality and produces smoother ride.
 Treated wood floor. Wood is a good material for flooring as it is inexpensive and has better traction than most materials for floor
 Radial tires promote fuel efficiency and a smoother ride

Cons:
 No powder coating. Powder coat is the most durable finish
  Available only on dealerships and they typically sell trailers at a high markup

Key Features:
 Hydraulic dovetail. This makes it easy to load and unload equipment
 
DOT-approved LED lights
 
Front tool box for safety storage
 
5-way insulated harness with 7-way plug to secure the cargo
 Gloss power topcoat finish
Two (2) 10K drop leg spring jacks to help balance your trailer when unhooked and with unbalanced load

EDITOR’S RATING: 8.7/10

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4. Top Hat Trailers Gooseneck 300

TopHat is also a trusted brand when it comes to heavy-duty goosenecks. This Gooseneck 300 is considered super duty and it definitely lives up to that expectation. For one, it has a high GVWR of 30,000 pounds which gives you more loading capacity. This is a trailer to beat when it comes to GVWR. Another great feature that this trailer offers is the dual speed jack which is very useful if you frequently unhook your trailer while loaded. It keeps the trailer balanced even with unbalanced loads. Moreover, it has excellent safety features which include electric brakes in all wheels and a breakaway unit with charger.

Pros:
  Low profile with anti-flex Torx tube makes this trailer very stable on the road
  Curb side steps and grab handles make boarding and unboarding easier.

Cons:
 No LED lights. They are important for visibility
 
Valspar paint finish. This is not as durable and longer lasting than powder coat.
  Available only from dealerships which oftentimes charge a big markup

Key Features:
  DOT Reflective tape and treated pine floor. Pine flooring is popular for trailers because it is less expensive, durable and offers good traction which helps in keeping your load in place.
  Lockable toolbox for storage
  Dozer dovetail with foldover spring assist ramps. This makes loading and unloading easier and more convenient.

EDITOR’S RATING: 9/10

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3. PJ Trailers Flatdeck FY

PJ Trailers is also one of the big names in the hotshot industry. Over the years, they have produced a number of quality super duty trailers including this flatdeck that comes fitted with 10′ hydraulic dovetail. A dovetail makes it more convenient if you frequently haul equipment and materials that need to be rolled over during loading and unloading. It is also equipped with two 10,000-lb drop leg jacks that will help stabilize the trailer if you decide to unhook it during loading or unloading. This is pretty useful especially if you have unbalanced load. Moreover, it has a GVWR of 25,000 which means more capacity to load heavy cargo.

Pros:
  Powder coat finish. Not many trailers use powder coating as it is more expensive than regular paint, but this finish is more durable and longer lasting
  
5-Year Dexter axle warranty. Dexter is a superior brand of axle and it makes your ride noticeably smoother
  
12” I-Beam main frame. This type of frame has better resistance to bending than most types of frames
  
Monster steps on both sides so you can easily climb up and down the trailer

Cons:
  Available only from dealerships which oftentimes charge a big markup

Key Features:
 5 Leaf slipper spring suspension produces a smoother ride
 Rubrail and stake pockets to secure the cargo
 DOT-approved reflective tape and flushmount LED lights for visibility
 Lockable front toolbox with chain holder
 2″ treated pine lumber deck. Pine is an inexpensive material but popularly used for flooring due to its durability and excellent traction
 Electric breakaway kit with charger

EDITOR’S RATING: 9/10

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2. BigTex 3XGN

This low-profile gooseneck is considered a super-duty trailer and one of the best from Big Tex. It was designed with its users in mind as it comes with a variety of fittings that will make your life easier. For one, it is fitted with five (5) Dovetails with spring-assist flip-over ramps for easier loading and unloading of equipment and other materials that need to be rolled over. It also has dual two-speed landing gear (bolted on) to keep the trailer more stable in case you unhook it during loading or unloading. Moreover, it has two (2) side bed steps with handle. These allow you to easily go up and down the trailer.

Pros:
  High GVWR of 30,000 lbs which means more loading capacity
  
Dexter axles which outperform other brands for strength
  
Radial tires make the riding smoother

Cons:
  Decorative finish. This is not as durable and longer lasting than powder coat.
  Available only from dealerships which usually charge high markups

Key Features:
  DOT-approved stop, tail, turn and clearance lights
  Complete set of rubrail, tie down pockets and chain spools to secure the cargo
  Superior 2-inch treated pine or Douglas fir for floor. These are inexpensive materials but durable and with good traction.
  Lockable toolbox protects the battery and pump from theft and damage.
  
Complete break-a-way system with charger

EDITOR’S RATING: 9.2/10

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1. Gooseneck Trailer with Hydraulic Dovetail

This gooseneck is one of the top-rated trailers for 2019 for many reasons. If you prefer a dovetail, this is definitely worth considering. The 10-ft hydraulic dovetail raises and lowers with a push of a button. Also it has BIGFOOT hydraulic jacks that allow you to conveniently hook and unhook the trailer. It also comes with other excellent fittings such as the 6” torque tube which keeps the trailer stable, reducing flexing and swaying. It also comes with a DOT-approved light package as well as a safety breakaway kit which is legal in all US States and Canada.

Pros:
  Deep thread commercial tires offer more mileage than conventional tires
  Powder coat finish is the most durable paint finish in trailers
  
Low profile offers more stability on the road
  
Dual boarding steps with big handles give convenient access to the utility area

Cons:
  Servicing is only done at the Gatormade factory. They have one factory in Somerset, Kentucky

Key Features:
  Drum Dexter axles – considered one of the best in the industry
  Pressure-treated wood floor – wood is inexpensive, highly durable and offers excellent traction
  Preformed wire harness – resists harsh weather conditions
  
Aerodynamic open headboard – great for load protection
  
Anti-flex system makes the trailer extra durable and resistant to bending

EDITOR’S RATING: 9.5/10

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Editor’s Pick

GOOSENECK TRAILER WITH HYDRAULIC DOVETAIL

Out of the top-rated hotshot trailers we included in this review, this gooseneck gives you the best value for your money, having the following standout features:

  • Gatormade’s Anti-Flex System which includes a 6-inch diameter torque tube and frame bracing as standard equipment
  • Powder coat finish is the most durable and long-lasting finish in trailers
  • Gatormade’s  dual boarding steps with big handles as a standard equipment
  • Heavy-Duty 14-inch I-Beam Neck and Frame – prevents metal fatigue and dramatically increases the lifespan of your trailer
  • LED light bar, spare tire and fire extinguisher included as standard equipment
  • Fitted with deep-thread commercial tires that offer more mileage than regular tires

With Gatormade, you are buying factory direct, avoiding high dealer mark-ups and you’re investing in a trailer with great features that will last twice as much as any other trailer.