How Much Weight Can a Car Trailer Handle?

If you’re planning on transporting a vehicle with a trailer, you need to make sure that trailer is equipped to support that vehicle. A little extra research will go a long way to keep your project running smoothly. Let’s take a look at how much weight car trailers can handle, according to the experts here at Easy Car Haulers.

Average Carrying Capacity for Car Trailers

Carrying capacities vary widely by brand. Entry-level car trailers may only support 5,000 lbs., but the average is around 7,100 lbs. Because this number is an average, there are plenty of trailers that hold more or less than that. Easy Car Haulers offers high-power car trailers for rent to help you get where you need to go.

How Much Weight Our Rental Car Trailers Can Handle

Easy Car Haulers provides top-quality trailers for rent. Nearly all of our enclosed trailers and open car haulers have a 10,000+ lb. carrying capacity. This is enough to support almost any personal vehicle you may need to transport, and our trailers have extended ramps for low-profile cars. We make vehicle transport as easy and accessible as possible.

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How Much Do Vehicles Weigh on Average?

You need to be aware of how much the vehicle you’re transporting weighs. A compact car weighs far less than an SUV, so you need to confirm your car trailer’s towing capacity aligns with your vehicle. Here are the average car weights for different types of vehicles, courtesy of

  • Smart car: 1,500 lbs.
  • Compact and subcompact cars: 2,600 to 3,000 lbs.
  • Midsize cars and sedans: 3,300 lbs.
  • Large cars and sedans: 4,400 lbs.
  • Dual cab truck: 5,000 to 5,500 lbs.
  • Small SUV: 2,000 to 3,500 lbs.
  • Midsize SUV: 3,500 to 6,000 lbs.
  • Large SUV: 5,400 to 6,000 lbs.

Note that these are base weights. They do not account for what you may have in the vehicle. If the trunk is loaded down with dishes or tools, you’ll need to factor that into your trailer selection.

How Much Weight Can a Tow Dolly Hold?

A tow dolly only supports the front two wheels of a vehicle. Car haulers tend to be less expensive to rent than car trailers, but they offer minimal functionality by comparison. Tow dollies can support an average of 4,000 to 5,000 lbs. compared to the 10,000 lbs. our rental car trailers can handle. Check out Car Trailer vs. Tow Dolly: What’s the Best? to learn more.