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How much is a cargo trailer rental?
The price depends on the size of trailer, but our cargo trailer rentals start at $100 per day or $500 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 16 ft cargo trailer?
A 16 ft cargo trailer rental is $100 per day or $500 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 20 ft cargo trailer?
A 20 ft cargo trailer rental is $120 per day or $625 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 24 ft cargo trailer?
A 24 ft cargo trailer rental is $140 per day or $750 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 28 ft cargo trailer?
A 28 ft cargo trailer rental is $160 per day or $875 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 18 ft car trailer?
An 18 ft car trailer rental is $95 per day or $495 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 22 ft car trailer?
A 22 ft car trailer is $120 per day or $625 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 32 ft car trailer?
A 32 ft car trailer is $160 per day or $750 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 34 ft car trailer?
A 34 ft car trailer is $170 per day or $815 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 20 ft equipment trailer?
A 20 ft equipment trailer rental is $110 per day or $550 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 24 ft equipment trailer?
A 24 ft equipment trailer is $125 per day or $600 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 24 ft tilt trailer?
A 24 ft tilt trailer is $140 per day or $675 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 26 ft tilt trailer?
A 26 ft tilt trailer is $150 per day or $725 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 30 ft gooseneck trailer?
A 30 ft gooseneck trailer is $150 per day or $700 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 40 ft gooseneck trailer?
A 40 ft gooseneck trailer is $165 per day or $750 per week.
How much does it cost to rent a 26 ft utility trailer?
A 26 ft utility trailer is $100 per day or $450 per week.
Can I rent tie down straps?
Yes, straps can be rented for a flat fee of $5 per strap.
Can I rent chains?
Yes, chains can be rented for a flat fee of $5 per chain. Each chain includes a chain ratchet.
Can I rent moving blankets?
Yes, moving blankets can be rented for a flat fee of $1 per blanket.
Can I rent a 2-5/16 inch ball?
Yes, a 2-5/16 inch ball can be rented for a flat fee of $10.
What is the cost for trailer delivery?
Delivery cost depends on distance. As a general rule, we charge $2.25 per mile. For delivery into Los Angeles, we charge $2.75 per mile. There is a $150 minimum charge for delivery.
What size moving trailer do I need for a one bedroom apartment?
On average, a one bedroom apartment will require a moving trailer that is 16 ft by 8.5 ft wide.
What size moving trailer do I need for a two bedroom apartment?
On average, a two bedroom apartment will require a moving trailer that is 16 - 20 ft by 8.5 ft wide. See all moving trailer options.
What size moving trailer do I need for a three bedroom apartment?
On average, a three bedroom apartment will require a moving trailer that is 20 - 24 ft by 8.5 ft wide. See all moving trailer options.
What size moving trailer do I need for a two bedroom house?
On average, a two bedroom house will require a moving trailer that is 16 - 20 ft by 8.5 ft wide. See all moving trailer options.
What size moving trailer do I need for a three bedroom house?
On average, a three bedroom house will require a moving trailer that is 20 - 24 ft by 8.5 ft wide. See all moving trailer options.
What size moving trailer do I need for a four bedroom house?
On average, a four bedroom house will require a moving trailer that is 24 - 28 ft by 8.5 ft wide. See all moving trailer options.
What size moving trailer do I need for a five bedroom house?
On average, a three bedroom house will require a moving trailer that is 28 ft by 8.5 ft wide.
How much space is in a 16 ft cargo trailer?
A 16 x 8.5 ft cargo trailer has about 981 cubic feet.
How much space is in a 20 ft cargo trailer?
A 20 x 8.5 ft cargo trailer has about 1219 cubic feet.
How much space is in a 24 ft cargo trailer?
A 24 x 8.5 ft cargo trailer has about 1457 cubic feet.
How much space is in a 28 ft cargo trailer?
A 28 x 8.5 ft cargo trailer has about 1695 cubic feet.
Do cargo trailer rentals come with 2 spare tires?
Yes, all of our cargo trailers are equipped with 2 spare tires. One sparetire is mounted outside on the tongue of the trailer and the other spareis mounted inside at the rear of the trailer.
Do rental trailers come with e-track?
Yes, all of our trailers are equipped with e-track on the floor and walls.
What is e-track?
E-track is a slotted metal bracket secured to the inside of a moving trailer. The e-track allows you to secure your load with e-track straps.
What size cargo trailer can I rent?
Our cargo trailers range in size from 16 ft long to 28 ft long.
What size equipment trailer can I rent?
Our equipment trailers range in size from 20 ft long to 26 ft long.
What size car trailer can I rent?
Our car trailers range in size from 18 ft long to 34 ft long.
What size gooseneck trailer can I rent?
Our gooseneck trailers range in size from 30 ft long to 40 ft long.
What is the biggest cargo trailer I can rent?
28 ft long and 8.5 ft wide.
Can I rent a 32 ft cargo trailer?
Due to the weight ratings, a 32 ft cargo trailer would require the renter or driver to have a CDL (commercial driver license) by California law. The percentage of drivers who have the appropriate credentials is relatively low.
What is the biggest car trailer I can rent?
The biggest car trailer rental is 34 ft long by 8.5 ft wide with drive-over fenders.
What is the biggest equipment trailer I can rent?
The biggest bumper pull equipment trailer rental is 26 ft long.
What is the biggest gooseneck trailer I can rent?
The biggest gooseneck trailer rental is 40 ft long.
What is the smallest cargo trailer I can rent?
The smallest cargo trailer rental is 16 ft.
What is the smallest car trailer I can rent?
The smallest car trailer rental is 18 ft.
What is the smallest equipment trailer I can rent?
The smallest equipment trailer rental is 20 ft.
What ball size do I need to rent a trailer?
All of our trailer rentals require a 2-5/16 inch ball.
Do I need a brake controller to pull a trailer?
Yes, any trailer that has its own brakes does require a brake controller in the towing vehicle for the trailer brakes to work.
How do I know if my truck has a brake controller?
Most newer trucks have a trailer brake control panel installed in the dash. It may be located near your center console. Look for a trailer towing symbol. Some trucks have an aftermarket trailer brake controller which may be installed under the dash near the steering column but should be visible from the driver seat.
How do I use a brake controller?
With the trailer connected and before you start driving, press the plus or minus (gain) button to check settings. It’s best to start out with a lower setting and drive slowly to test your trailer brakes with an empty trailer. Repeat the same test once the trailer is loaded and prior to traveling on a public roadway. Adjust your trailer brakes to a comfortable setting that gives you the ability to slow or stop the vehicle and trailer safely. If the trailer brake controller is set too low, you may not have adequate control to slow or stop the vehicle safely. If the trailer brake controller is set too high, you will most likely damage the trailer brakes and cause flat spots on the tires. See more here: How To Use A Brake Controller
What size truck do I need to pull a trailer?
The truck size to pull a trailer depends on the trailer size and load. A 3/4 ton truck is generally adequate to pull a tandem axle 10,000 trailer and load. Check the towing capacity specifications for the make, model and year of your vehicle.
What light plug connection do I need to pull a trailer?
A round 7 pin plug is required for the trailer lights and brakes.
If I have a 4 pin trailer connection on my truck, can I use an adapter for the 7 pin trailer plug?
No, the 4 to 7 pin quick connect adapter only gives you trailer lights and no control of the trailer brakes.
What is a weight distribution hitch?
A weight distribution hitch distributes the weight between the trailer and tow vehicle. It can reduce sway and increase steering control by reducing weight at the rear of the tow vehicle.
How far apart should I strap my load?
Straps should be placed every 10 ft with a minimum of 2 straps used.
How frequently should I check the load on my trailer?
The trailer load should be checked after the first 25 miles and again every 3 hrs or 150 miles.
What does GVWR mean?
Gross vehicle weight rating. GVWR is the total weight of the trailer and the weight of the load it is rated to haul.
What does GVW mean?
Gross vehicle weight. GVW is the total weight of the trailer and the weight of the load on the trailer.
What does GAWR mean?
Gross axle weight rating. This is the amount of weight each axle is rated to carry.
How do I find the GVWR for a trailer?
The GVWR is list on the VIN sticker at the tongue of the trailer.
How do I find the tow capacity for a trailer?
The towing capacity is generally list on the VIN sticker at the tongue of the trailer.
How can I determine the tow capacity of a trailer if it’s not listed?
Subtract the empty weight of the trailer from the GVWR to find the load capacity for the trailer.
What is the tongue weight of a trailer?
The tongue weight of any trailer is generally 10-15 percent of the GVW.
How do I load a trailer?
1.Verify weight limits of the trailer. 2. Verify the weight of your load to ensure that you will not exceed trailer weight limits. 3. Park on a level surface. With the trailer securely attached to your tow vehicle, load the trailer with heavier items toward the front and over the trailer axles. Follow the 60/40 rule with 60 percent of the load on the front half of the trailer and 40 percent on the back half of the trailer. 4. Secure the load. Using the proper method to load a trailer is important for the safety everyone on the road and to ensure that you and your load arrive at the same destination.
How high can I load a flatbed?
Between 13 ft 6 in and 14 ft from the ground to the top of your load. The height limit may vary by local, state and federal law. Low clearance bridges may have a less restrictive clearance.
What will make a trailer load more stable?
Proper weight distribution is most important. Follow the 40/60 rule with 40 percent of the load on the back half of the trailer and 60 percent on the front half of the trailer. Always load heavier items on the bottom and lighter items at the top. A weight distribution hitch can also distribute weight between the trailer and towing vehicle to help stabilize your load.
How much can a trailer load overhang?
California allows 6 feet overhang at the rear of the trailer and 3 feet over the front of the trailer. Check local laws for additional restrictions.
How do I know if a trailer is overloaded?
Always check the weight of your load and the weight limits of the trailer prior to loading the trailer. You can verify the weight at a local weigh station. Obvious signs of over loading include trailer tires appearing low even if they have adequate air pressure and the back of towing vehicle may be sagging down too low. Overloading a trailer is very dangerous and imposes a serious threat to yourself and others and can lead to an accident. Overloading a trailer can cause damage to the axles, leaf springs, shackle links, equalizers, hangers, brakes, tires and can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
How can I balance trailer weight?
Use a weight distribution hitch. Follow the 40/60 weight distribution rule with 40 percent of the load on the back half of the trailer and 60 percent on the front half of the trailer. Always load heavier items on the bottom and lighter items at the top.
How much weight can a trailer hold?
All of our weight limits are listed on our website on each trailer page. Each trailer is different. You can also check the weight capacity on the VIN sticker. If the capacity is not listed, subtract the empty weight from the GVWR to find the capacity.
What causes a trailer to fishtail?
The most common cause of fishtailing is too much weight toward the back of the trailer. Snow, ice or wet roads will also cause a trailer to fishtail. If a trailer is starting to fishtail, reduce your speed until the swaying has stopped. If the slower speed is too slow or unsafe for the minimum highway speed, you will need to find a safe place to stop and shift your load. Ignoring the trailer fishtailing can cause serious threat to yourself and others and cause an accident.
What is required to rent a trailer?
We prefer a reservation. Walk-ins are welcome, but we recommend that you call first to verify inventory availability. Prior to making a reservation, please verify that you have a 3/4 ton truck or bigger with a tow package, 7 pin plug connection, a trailer brake controller as well as a valid driver license. Please note that a ball directly attached to the bumper of a truck will not be adequate to pull a trailer.
How can I make a reservation to rent a trailer?
Reserving a trailer is easy. Call or text 951-514-6980 or you can make an online reservation 24/7. We also offer online web chat and web form submission on our website.
Is there a deposit to rent a trailer?
There is no deposit if you are paying by credit card. If you are paying with cash, a $200 deposit will be collected and returned to you when thetrailer is returned without incident.
Is there a rental contract?
Yes, when making a reservation, you will receive a docusign contract by email for electronic signature.
How do I pay for the rental?
When you e-sign the contract, it will take you directly to a secure payment link to pay be credit card. The process is simple and fast. We accept all major credit cards except American Express.
Can I take a rental trailer out of state?
Yes, you can go anywhere in the United States as long as the trailer is returned to us.
Can I rent a trailer one-way?
All trailer rentals have to be brought back to us. If you are looking for a one-way rental, you can pay in advance for us to have one of our drivers return the trailer from your destination city or state. The return cost is $2.25 per mile.
Can I rent a truck to pull a trailer?
A pickup truck to tow our trailers can be rented from Enterprise Truck Rental or HERC Rentals.
Do trailer rentals have mileage fees?
No, we do not charge mileage fees for rentals while the trailer is in your possession.
Do I need a valid driver license to rent a trailer?
Yes, a valid driver license is required in your possession at the time of rental. A picture of the license is not acceptable. If you have a non-California driver license, a legal document with your current address must be presented.
Do I need to show proof of insurance?
Proof of insurance is not required. A damage waiver is included with your rental.
What is a damage waiver?
You pay a 10 percent fee which is added to the rental. In the event of incident that causes damage to the trailer, you or your insurance are only responsible to pay the first $1,000 dollars.
Can I have a trailer delivered to Los Angeles?
Yes, we do offer delivery to LA at a fee of $2.75 per mile and a $150 minimum.
How far will Big Trailer Rentals deliver?
Yes, we will deliver and pick up anywhere in the United States. All deliveries and pick-ups must be paid for in advance prior to a rental.
Can I rent a trailer by the month?
Yes, we offer monthly rentals for all of our trailers.
Can I rent a trailer by the week?
Yes, we offer weekly rentals for all of our trailers.
Can I rent a trailer for one day?
Yes, we offer daily rentals for all of our trailers.
Is Big Trailer Rentals a dealer?
No, we are a trailer rental company; not a trailer dealer.
Does Big Trailer Rentals sell trailers?
We don’t sell new trailers. We frequently sell used trailers from our rental fleet.
Where is Big Trailer Rentals located?
Big Trailer Rentals has one location. We are located at 32597 Beeler Road, Winchester, CA 92596.
What are your business hours?
Big Trailer Rentals hours of operation are from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm M-F and from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday.
How is Big Trailer Rentals different than other trailer rental companies?
It starts with management. The business owners are on site daily to ensure 3 things: Quality, Reliability and Customer Satisfaction. The moment a new trailer is acquired, it goes through mechanical and safety upgrades, including more robust leaf springs and tires. Trailers are thoroughly inspected before and after every rental. Big Trailer Rentals has a zero tollerance goal for mechanical failure. Our amazing customer reviews tell the rest of the story.
Is Big Trailer Rentals a franchise?
No, Big Trailer Rentals is a locally owned LLC.
Is Big Trailer Rentals affiliated with any other rental company?
No, Big Trailer Rentals is not affiliated with any other company.
Is Big Trailer Rentals a business?
Yes, Big Trailer Rentals is a legally registered business with the state of California, entity number: 201716510552.
Does Big Trailer Rentals have a location near Los Angeles?
No, Winchester, CA is the only location and BIg Trailer Rentals is not affiliated with any company in Los Angeles. Big Trailer Rentals does provide delivery service to customers throughout the United States.
How long has Big Trailer Rentals been in business?
We officially opened for business on June 7, 2017.
Does a trailer have to be level when towing?
Yes, if a trailer is not level while towing, it can cause damage to the leaf springs, shackle links and tires.
How do I hook up a trailer?
1. Ensure that you have a spotter or back-up camera. 2. Verify proper ball size. 3. Back close to the trailer. 4. Adjust trailer jack height. 5. Back up further to position the ball under the coupler. 6. Verify the coupler lock lever is in the upward position. 7. Lower the trailer on the ball using the trailer jack. 8. Lower the coupler lever to lock the coupler to the ball and place the locking pin in place through the coupler. 9. Connect the two trailer safety chains to the towing vehicle in crossed position. 10. Connect the trailer breakaway cable to the towing vehicle. 11. Connect the 7 pin plug to the towing vehicle. 12. Verify the trailer lights and brakes work properly. 13. Double check all of these steps to ensure that you didn’t miss a step. For more details, see the article we wrote: How To Hook Up A Trailer
What is a CDL?
CDL is short for commercial driver license.
Do I need a CDL to rent a trailer?
Trailers with a GVWR of 10,000 lb or more do require a CDL in the state of California. All of our trailer rentals are rated for a regular class C license, except our gooseneck trailers.
Do I need a CDL to rent a gooseneck trailer in California?
Yes, gooseneck trailers have a GVWR of more than 10,000 lb, so they do require a CDL in the state of California.
Do I need a CDL to rent a gooseneck?
If the gooseneck trailer GVWR and truck have a gross combined weight ratting of 26,000 lb or more, federal law requires a CDL.
What will happen if I get caught without a CDL and I’m pulling a trailer that requires one?
DOT or law enforcement have the authority to issue a citation and impound the trailer which can cost you thousand of dollars in fees.
Do I need a CDL to rent a cargo trailer?
No, all of our enclosed cargo trailers only require a regular class C license because they have a GVWR ratting of under 10,000 lb.
Why do I need a CDL if I’m just pulling the trailer empty?
State and federal authorities enforce the amount of weight the trailer is rated to haul regardless if the trailer is actually loaded to full capacity and even if the trailer is empty.
How many axles do trailers have?
Almost all of our trailers have 2 axles except for a car hauler with 3 axles.
How many tires do trailers have?
Tandem axle single wheel trailers have 4 tires. Tandem axle dual wheel trailers have 8 tires. Tripple axle single wheel trailers have 6 tires.
Can I rent a trailer for moving?
Yes, we rent moving trailers. Sizes include 16, 20, 24 and 28 feet long and 8.5 feet wide.
What is the speed limit while pulling a trailer?
In California, the speed limit while pulling a trailer is 55 MPH. Check your local laws for speed limitations in other states.
How do I back a trailer?
Have a spotter guide you with visual and audible signals that are known to both of you. If a spotter is not available, get out of your vehicle and check surroundings including other vehicles, objects, trees, branches, power lines, etc. Back slowly in a straight line and stop every few feet to re-check the area. If possible, avoid turning while backing and know that even slight turns can quickly cause the trailer to jackknife causing damage to the tow vehicle and the trailer.
Can I move a shed with a flatbed trailer?
Yes, we offer rental trailers that tilt and are equipped with a winch.
Can I move a 20 ft shipping container with a flatbed trailer?
Yes, we offer rental trailers with hydraulic tilt and are equipped with a 12,000 lb winch.
Do I need a forklift to load a shipping container on a flatbed trailer?
The winches on our hydraulic tilt trailers are strong enough to pull an empty shipping container on to the trailer. However, if there is any contents in the container, it will be too heavy for the winch.
Can I rent a trailer to move horse panels?
Yes, our flat deck equipment trailers are 8.5 ft wide and don’t have fenders or rails to get in the way. These trailers are ideal for horse panels.
Can I rent a trailer to move a forklift?
Yes. Check the weight and size of the forklift first so that you know what size trailer you will need and so you don’t exceed the weight limits.
Can I rent a trailer to move a tractor?
Yes. Check the weight and size of the forklift first so that you know what size trailer you will need and so you don’t exceed the weight limits.
Can I rent a trailer to move a palm tree?
Yes, our most popular trailer rental to move palm trees is our deckover equipment trailers. These flat trailers make it easy to load and unload the trees.
Can I rent a trailer to haul a truck?
Yes, we offer car trailers and equipment trailers to move trucks. Our trailers have 12K winches.
Can I rent a trailer to haul a car?
Yes, we offer car trailer rentals with winches that make it easy to haul a car.
Does Big Trailer Rentals offer a lease to own program?
No, we only offer rentals.
Can I rent a trailer to move a 40 ft shipping container?
Yes, you can haul a shipping container with a 40 ft gooseneck trailer if you have a class A CDL license and a way to load the container on the trailer.
Can I rent a moving truck from Big Trailer Rentals?
No, we rent moving trailers but not trucks.
Can I rent a tilt trailer?
Yes, we offer hydraulic tilt deckover equipment trailers. The trailer will tilt with the press of a button.
What trailer should I rent to haul a vehicle?
It depends on the size and weight of the trailer you are hauling. Generally, a car would be hauled with an 18 to 22 ft car trailer. An equipment trailer would be more ideal to haul a truck.
What is the purpose of the jacks at the rear of a car trailer?
The rear jacks on a car trailer can be used to stabilize the trailer and prevent the rear of the tow vehicle from lifting off the ground. The jacks can also assist with loading a low profile car by disconnecting the trailer from the tow vehicle raising the front jack so the rear of the trailer is lower to the ground. However, we don’t recommend this since the protocol is to always have the trailer connected to the tow vehicle while loading or unloading.
What is a trailer coupler?
The coupler is the part at the front of the trailer that connects to the ball on the tow vehicle.
What is a trailer coupler latch?
The trailer coupler latch is locking mechanism at the top of the coupler that locks the coupler to the ball.
What is a hitch pin?
The hitch pin secures the ball mount to the receiver of the tow vehicle.
What are trailer safety chains?
The purpose of the trailer safety chains is to reduce or prevent the trailer from causing an accident in the event that it gets disconnected from the tow vehicle. The trailer safety chains are at attached to the trailer and each safety chain has a hook that allows you to attach the safety chain to the tow vehicle. The safety chains should be crossed when connecting to the vehicle.
What is a trailer breakaway cable?
The purpose of the trailer breakaway cable is to lock up the trailer brakes in the event that it gets disconnected from the tow vehicle.
Is it better to rent or buy an enclosed trailer for my move?
Renting a trailer is always the most affordable option for a move.
Is it better to rent a moving trailer or a moving truck for my move?
If you own a vehicle capable of towing a trailer, a trailer rental is your best option. If you don’t own a vehicle that can tow a trailer, a pickup truck can be rented to tow the trailer. Renting a moving truck would be a last resort for many reasons as we have outlined in our articles.
Why are the lights on my truck working but not the trailer?
The tow vehicle will have a separate fuse panel for the trailer lights. If the trailer lights are not working, the tow vehicle most likely have a blown fuse. If the fuse is not the issue, unplug the trailer from the tow vehicle and check the plug receiver connection on the tow vehicle by pushing the back of the wire harness and the plug receiver together. Also, check for dust in the receiver plug and spray it with electrical cleaner spray.
turned on. Some vehicles require the tow vehicle ignition to be turned on to power the 12V. If the trailer lights are still not working, the tow vehicle most likely has a blown fuse or wiring issue. Keep in mind, vehicles have a dedicated fuse panel for trailers.
How do I inspect a trailer?
The most critical items to inspect on a trailer are the tires, wheels, bearings and suspension components. Check the tires for proper air pressure, cracks, nails, leaks, and tread. Check the leaf springs for cracks or breakage. Check the shackle links and hangers for excessive wear. Check the lug nuts to make sure they are not too loose or too tight using a lug nut torque wrench. Never use an impact wrench to tighten lug nuts as it will apply too much torque and damage the rim and it could even cause the wheel studs to break off.
How do I know if the trailer brakes are working?
There are two ways to find out if a trailer has working brakes. 1. Turn your brake controller up to a mid range or high setting. Pull the trailer slowly on a gravel or dirt driveway and apply the brakes. You should feel stopping power. 2. Use a jack to lift the trailer off the ground, one side at a time. Spin the wheel and apply the brakes.
How can I make a trailer level?
There are three ways to level a trailer. 1. Use a ball mount with an adjustable ball height. 2. Use a drop-ball mount or reverse the ball mount depending if you need the trailer to be higher or lower. 3. Adjust the height of the coupler on the trailer if the trailer has an adjustable coupler setting.