A gooseneck trailer is probably one of the biggest and most important purchases for your hotshot trucking business. It is important you get the bang for your buck and that you are spending your money in the best way possible. Here are the top ten best value trailers on the market today. 

10. PJ Classic Flatdeck with Duals with Monster Ramps ($10,900) 

The heavy-duty ramps are a trademark of PJ Trailers. The ramps offset the weight from their heavy construction and wide design. The ramps can easily be lifted and lowered with minimal effort.

There is underframe bridging on the flatdeck, and it helps strengthen the frame of the trailer. Underframe bridging also prevents frame flex or frame fatigue. When a trailer has frame fatigue or frame flex, your trailer is unfit to use.

The trailer is sandblased, acid washed, and then powder coated. Powder coat paint is the latest in the trailer manufacturing industry. The powder coat paint gives the trailer a sleek look, and there are many color options.

Pros:
Powder-coat Finish.Powder-coating gives the trailer a sleek finish, and it also lasts longer than wet paint.
Underframe bridging. This provided additional strength to the frame.  

Cons: 
 Dealer-Mark Ups. You have to buy a PJ Trailer at a dealer. When you buy trailers from a dealer, there is a dealer markup. 
No Ramps. PJ’s Monster Ramps are an upgrade, and you can only get with added costs.

Key Features:
Monster Steps
Slipper Spring Suspension
DOT Reflective Tape & Lighting
Adjustable Coupler
Heavy-Duty Rub Rails
Heavy-Duty Stake Pockets

EDITOR’S RATING: 7/10

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9. Load Trail GH22 Heavy-Duty Gooseneck ($5,700)

The Load Trail GH21 is available in a variety of lengths. The GH21 comes in 20-feet, 22-feet, 24-feet, 25-feet, 26-feet, 28-feet, 30-feet, 32-feet, 34-feet, 36-feet, 38-feet, 40-feet, 42-feet, and 44-feet. The flatbed on the heavy-duty gooseneck is the standard 102-inches. The floor is made of treated wood.

The Load Trail GH21 Heavy Duty Gooseneck trailer has eight 16-inch hole mod tires. The tires are radial tires, and they distribute the weight of the payload evenly. This allows for improved stability when hotshot truckers are hauling larger loads.

The Load Trail GH21 Gooseneck has a front toolbox. The toolbox can store whatever tools and equipment they need conveniently in the toolbox.

Pros:
DOT approved LED lights. The lights are legal all across the United States and Canada. 

3 Dexter Axles. Dexter Axles are well-crafted and made to last.
Front toolbox. This is a big toolbox for keeping your tools and equipment.

Cons:
 Dealer-Mark Ups. You have to buy a PJ Trailer at a dealer. When you buy trailers from a dealer, there will be a dealer markup.
 No Powder-coat Finish. Powder-coat will last longer than wet paint.

Key Features:
8-foot Slide-In Ramps
12-inch I-Beam
DOT Stop, Tail, Turn, and Clearance LED Lighting
 Multi-Leaf Spring Suspension
 16-inch 8-Hole Silver Mod Wheels
(3) 7,000 pound cambered Dexter Axles with 3 Spring Electric NEV-R Adjust Brakes

EDITOR’S RATING: 7.2/10

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8. Kaufman Deluxe 30 ft. Tri-Axle Gooseneck Trailer ($7,190)

This gooseneck is a heavy-duty gooseneck. Instead of the tandem dual axle design, this trailer has three 7,000 pound E-Z Lube Axles from Dexter Axles. This makes the gooseneck even tougher and stronger.

The frame consists of a 12-inch I-Beam on the mainframe and the neck. There is 3-inch channel stacked cross members on 16-inch centers and 6-inch outer rails.

The wiring on the Kaufman Deluxe trailer is a sealed modular harness with lifetime LED lights. This will protect your lights from any harsh weather, and you will not have any light or wiring problems.

Pros:
 25000 GVWR. This allows the trailer to carry heavier loads.
Sealed modular wiring harness with lifetime LED lights. This ensures your trailer is well-lit.

Cons:
Automotive grade enamel finish. This is not as long-lasting as a powder coat.

 No steps. This makes it difficult for you to climb up the trailer.

Key Features:
GVWR: 25,000 pounds
5-foot Dovetail
Slipper Spring Suspension
Lockable Toolbox
All Wheel Electric Brakes

Editor’s Rating: 7.5/10

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7. PJ 20-Foot Classic Flatdeck with Singles & Monster Ramps ($8,550)

This classic flatdeck has PJ’s very own, Monster Steps. Monster Steps are made from steel grating to increase traction. The steps are 12.5-inches wide, so both of your feet can fit on them for an easier time getting on and off the trailer. The steps are self-cleaning, and they have excellent grip in mud and snow.

The flatdeck has a six leaf slipper spring suspension system. The slipper leaf springs act as part of the whole system. The spring flexes to resist shock, and it also ensures a smooth ride.

The ramps are a trademark of PJ Trailers. The ramps are heavy-duty, and they offset the weight from their heavy construction and wide design. The ramps can easily be lifted and lowered with minimal effort.

Pros:
Powder-coat Finish.Powder-coating gives the trailer a sleek finish, and it also lasts longer than wet paint.
 2 – Dexter Oil Bath Brake Axles. Dexter Axles are well-made and durable.

Cons: 
 Dealer-Mark Ups. You have to buy a PJ Trailer at a dealer. When you buy trailers from a dealer, there is a dealer markup. 
  No Torque Tube. A torque tube compensates for the weight. This prevents frame fatigue and frame flex. This makes your trailer last even longer. 

Key Features: 
GVWR: 15,680 pounds
(2) Dexter E-Z Lube Brake 7,000 pound Axles
DOT Reflective Tape & Lighting
Lockable Front Toolbox with Chain Holder
Electric Breakaway Kit with Charger

Editor’s Rating: 7.5/10

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6. Gatormade 24.9k Tandem Axle Gooseneck ($13,990)

This gooseneck trailer is apart of Gatormade’s elite series, and it is engineered and constructed with the latest technologies in the trailer manufacturing industry.  There are two 10K oil-bath Dexter Axles that make the trailer more durable and tough. Dexter is a progressive and trusted leader in the automotive industry, so they will last even longer.  This trailer has a torque tube, and this prevents the trailer from getting frame fatigue or frame flex. When a trailer has either of the two, it can start shaking as you are driving down the road, or it can even sway into other lanes on the road. With a torque tube, the frame of your trailer is stronger, and it will compensate for the weight of the load. 

Pros:
Factory Direct Sales. Buying from the manufacturer means there are no dealer markups, and you are getting the trailer at a wholesale price.
Dexter axles. Dexter is a trusted brand and these axles are longer-lasting.
Torque tube. This is reliable in preventing frame fatigue.

Cons:
 One Factory Location. Depending on where you are located, you might have to drive a long distance to the factory (located in Somerset, Kentucky), or one of their factory-direct pickup locations.
Servicing is Only Done at the Gatormade Factory. If you need to have your trailer serviced or repaired, you can only do it at the factory. 

Key Features: 
HDSS Suspension 
Heavy-Duty Jacks 
40-inch X 60-inch Power-Assist Ramps 
All Wiring Sealed in Tube or Conduit 
Winch Plate 
All LED Lighting 

Editor’s Rating: 8/10

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5. Texas Pride 35+5 Deckover Gooseneck ($10,495)

This deckover gooseneck can haul even the heaviest of loads. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 26,000 pounds. The empty trailer weight for the trailer is 9,500 pounds. Then the net payload capacity is 16,5000 pounds. The trailer comes equipped with a heavy-duty slipper spring suspension. The springs act as a part of the trailer’s suspension system, and the springs will flex to resist shock and almost act like a cushion. This will ensure a safe haul for your cargo and a smoother ride. The trailer has the needed safety features. It comes standard with all required DOT lighting, safety chains, reflective tape, and emergency break-a-way switch.

Pros:
High GVWR. This allows you to carry heavy loads.
Slipper spring suspension. This type of spring flex to resist shock making trips smoother.
 LED D.O.T. Approved  Lights. The lights are approved all across the United States and Canada. This gives you peace of mind knowing your truck is correctly lit.

Cons:
 Dealer Markups. You have to buy this trailer from dealers who typically charge at a big mark-up.
Automotive grade acrylic enamel finish. This kind of finish does not last longer as powder-coat finish.

Key Features:
Dual Tandem 12,000 pounds Axles
12-inch I-Beam on the Mainframe, Neck, & Gooseneck Risers
5-foot Self-Cleaning Dovetail
5-foot Fold-Over Deck Level Spring-Assisted (Mammoth Ramps)
Adjustable Coupler

Editor’s Rating: 8.2/10

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4. Big Tex 22GN HD Tandem Dual Axle Gooseneck with Mega Ramps ($9,995)

The 22GN has pierced-frame with a 12-inch I-Beam that adds strength and longevity to this trailer. The trailer is a low-profile trailer, and this allows you to haul taller items or stack your load.  The low center of gravity provides improved handling during the tow.

The suspension on the 22GN is adjustable, and this ensures proper tire tracking. The heavy-duty suspension is designed to reduce road shock to cargo. This adjustable suspension also extends the life of the trailer, and it needs lower maintenance. The suspension is provided by Dexter Axles.

There are a 5-foot self-cleaning dovetail and dual fold-over ramps. This makes loading and unloading the trailer easier.

Pros:
I-Beam. This is extra strong and it could add longevity to the trailer.
Adjustable suspension. Adjustability in the suspension allows for better tire tracking.
 LED D.O.T. Approved  Lights. The lights are approved all across the United States and Canada. This gives you peace of mind knowing your truck is correctly lit.

Cons:
 Dealer Markups. You have to buy Big Tex trailers from a dealer. A dealership will have to mark up the trailer. 

Decorative and protective finish. This finish looks good but not as long-lasting as a powder-coated finish.

Key Features: 
Lockable Toolbox Between Gooseneck Uprights
LED Lighting
Torque Tube (Standard on 28-foot or Longer)
Spare Tire & Wheel
Heavy-Duty Rub Rail
Available Lengths: 20-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 25-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 28-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 30-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 32-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 35-foot with a 5-foot Dovetail, 36-foot Straight Deck, & 40-foot Straight Deck

Editor’s Rating: 8.5/10

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3. Gatormade 40 ft 24.9K Freight Hot Shot Gooseneck ($11,390)

The Gatormade Hot Shot trailer is designed for hotshots (hence the name), and it is popularly used by hotshot and freight services. This hotshot trailer provides a balance of long-term quality and value. 

This trailer has two 10K oil-bath Dexter Axles, and that makes the trailer even more durable and dependable. The trailer has a spread axle design, so no matter how heavy the load is, the weight will be distributed evenly. 

There is a 14-inch I-Beam on the mainframe and neck. The larger I-Beam makes this trailer capable to withstand the abuse of hotshot trucking. 

Pros:
14-inch I-Beam. An I-Beam is typically more stable and superior in long-beam bending than other types of mainframe.
Dexter Axles. These axles are known to be tough, durable and longer-lasting.
 
Factory Direct Sales. Buying from the manufacturer means there are no dealer markups, and you are getting the trailer at a wholesale price. 

Cons:
 One Factory Location. Depending on where you are located, you might have to drive a long distance to the factory (located in Somerset, Kentucky), or one of their factory-direct pickup locations.
 Servicing is Only Done at the Gatormade Factory. If you need to have your trailer serviced or repaired, you can only do it at the factory. 

Key Features: 
Safety Steps & Boarding Handles 
Durable Powder-Coat Paint 
Torque Tube 
Preformed Wire Harness (To Resist Harsh Weather) 
HDSS Suspension 
LED Lighting 

EDITOR’S RATING: 9/10

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2. Big Tex 22GN 28′ HD Tandem Dual Axle Gooseneck with Mega Ramps ($11,095)

This gooseneck trailer comes with a torque tube, and the torque tube prevents the frame of the trailer from weakening. The torque tube will compensate for the weight, and it will strengthen the trailer.

The lighting is all LED. This allows for your trailer to be well-lit and provides more visibility. The LED lights are also Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. The lights are legal all across the United States and Canada. This is great for hotshot truckers because your trailer has to meet DOT standards.

This trailer also has 12,000-pound drop leg dual jacks. The dual jacks are bolted on to the frame of the trailer. Trailers that use drop leg dual jacks have a functional combination of working gears as well as a drop leg feature. The drop leg dual jacks allow for an easier and smooth shifting from gears.

Pros: 
 Drop leg dual jacks. These jacks facilitate smoother shifting from gears.
 DOT Approved LED Lights. The lights are legal across the United States and Canada.


Cons:
 Dealer Markups. There are dealer markups because you cannot buy from the manufacturer.
 No Powder-Coat Paint. Powder-coat paint lasts longer than wet paint.   

Key Features: 
Lockable Toolbox Between Gooseneck Uprights
Spare Tire & Wheel
Heavy-Duty Rub Rails
Modular Sealed Wiring Harness
Low-Profile
Pierced-Frame

EDITOR’S RATING: 9/10

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1. Gatormade 35+5 Air Ride Gooseneck Trailer with 17.5-inch Tires ($22,430) 

With the Gatormade Air Ride, you will never have to pass up a load since it comes equipped with air ride suspension. You can adjust the suspension to whatever load you are hauling. It has great towing capabilities, and it offers a smooth ride. 

This gooseneck trailer also has 12K disc brakes and axles from Dexter. These brakes are more dependable, and they will last you a long time. This trailer has a spread-axle design, and that allows more flexibility with loading and in some areas, carry more weight. 

While the 17.5-inch cross-ply tires are an upgrade, they will last you longer than the standard 16-inch cross-ply tires. The 17.5-inch are commercial grade, and you will not have to replace them as often as the 16-inch. 

Pros:
 Factory direct sales. Buying from the manufacturer means there are no dealer markups. You are getting the trailer at a wholesale price, and this is a great value. 
 Department of Transportation (DOT) approved light and marking package. The lights and markings are legal all across the United States and Canada. This means you do not have to pay extra to be up to DOT standards. This also gives you peace of mind knowing your trailer is lit and marked correctly. 
 12K disc brakes. These brakes are dependable and typically last longer than ordinary brakes.
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pread-axle design. Because of its longer wheelbase, it is more stable on the road and can handle bumps better.

Cons:
 One Factory Location. Depending on where you are located, you might have to drive a long distance to the factory (located in Somerset, Kentucky), or one of their factory-direct pickup locations.
Servicing is Only Done at the Gatormade Factory. If you need to have your trailer serviced or repaired, you can only do it at the factory. 

Key Features: 
14-inch I-Beam Main Frame Construction 
6-inch Torque Tube 
Winch Plate 
Heavy-Duty Stale Pocket & Rub-Rail 
Department of Transportation (DOT) Approved Light Package & Safety Breakaway Kit (Legal in all U.S. States & Canada) 
Aerodynamic Open Headboard for Load Protection 
Durable Powder-Coat Paint 

Editor’s Rating: 9.5/10

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Editor’s Pick

GATORMADE 35+5 AIR RIDE GOOSENECK TRAILER WITH 17.5-INCH TIRES ($22,430)

All the goosenecks we featured in this review come with a wide range of features to suit your needs. The Air ride gooseneck from Gatormade stands out because of the following advantages:

  • Heavy-Duty 14-inch I-Beam Neck and Frame – prevents metal fatigue and dramatically increases the lifespan of your trailer
  • Gatormade’s Anti-Flex System which includes a 6-inch diameter torque tube and frame bracing as standard equipment
  • Gatormade’s Safety Steps and Grab Handles as Standard Equipment
  • Big Ramp System as Standard Equipment
  • LED light bar, spare tire and fire extinguisher included as standard equipment.

With Gatormade, you get more bang for your buck. You are buying factory direct, so you are avoiding high dealer mark-ups and you’re investing in a trailer that will last twice as much as any other trailer.

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