About Used Trailer Prices

by Isabel Prontes

Trailers are generally mobile homes or motor homes, but they can be used for other purposes as well, such as horse trailers, cargo trailers or commercial trailers. However, when people look to purchase used trailers, generally they are buying them for mobile home purposes. Buying used trailers, understandably, is significantly less expensive than purchasing a brand new trailer.

Features

Used mobile homes have a large range of prices. It depends on the size of the trailer you are looking to purchase. Cabin shelter trailers can cost about $30,000. Mobile homes that have a stark appearance and are not made to look like "homes" and more like trailers can cost less, about $20,000 on average. Some large mobile homes can cost $50,000 and more.

Types

There are several different types of trailer sizes if you are looking to purchase a used trailer. The two most common trailer types are single wides and double wides. Single wides are 18 feet (or less) in width and 90 feet (or less) in length, while double wides are 20 feet (or more) wide and 90 feet (or less) in length. Due to their size, used double wides are going to cost more than used single wide trailers. For example, if you are going to pay about $10,000 for a single wide trailer (a common price), a double wide trailer would probably cost you between $18,000 and $20,000 instead.

Vendors

There are several online vendors that have a large selection of used trailers. Some good places to check include Usedtrailers.com, Trailer Shopper, Used Semi Trailers, Lazy B Trailers, Mobile Home Classifieds, MH Bay, MH Village, 21st Used Mobile Homes and Cheap Toters.

Considerations

For those considering buying used trailers, there are several key factors that determine the price the trailer is going to go for. These factors include standard features, mileage, how old the trailer is, the condition of the trailer, enhancements and add-ons, supply and demand in your area and the reputation of the manufacturer of the trailer. Trailers that have more enhancements and add-ons (especially if they make the trailer look more like a "real" house) are going to cost more. An example of a trailer enhancement is perhaps another room added to the mobile home, and that should add between $2,000 and $5,000 to the used trailer overall cost. For understandable reasons, trailers with low mileage, good condition, and less years on them will also cost more than older trailers in bad condition. Used mobile home prices depreciate by approximately $5,000 every 5 years or so. Also, the more reputable the trailer manufacturer you are going for, the higher your used trailer is probably going to cost. Skyline Manufactured Housing and Ace Manufacturer Mobile Homes are two examples of used trailer and mobile home companies with strong, respected reputations.

Resources

There are a couple of excellent resources to help you determine a fair used trailer price (one that works well for both the buyer as well as the seller). Some good, reliable websites to check are Used Travel Trailer Classified Ads and The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). The latter site has an appraisal guide as well as an online pricing tool that can help you know what you should be looking for in terms of reasonable used trailer prices.

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