Best Self Unloading Delivery Trailer

A self unloading delivery trailer is a trailer built with a hydraulic or electric mechanism to move materials out the back of the trailer. Delivering heavy, bulk, palletized or bunked goods and materials can be expensive, time-consuming and taxing. Without the proper equipment, unloading can not only be challenging, but dangerous.  With the help of the right self unloading trailer, delivering cargo becomes much easier and enjoyable, not to mention more profitable! 

Self unloading trailer

What is a self unloading Delivery trailer?

The Haulit self unloading trailer is a heavy-duty, tilt bed, live-floor trailer that has been specifically designed for delivery of smaller quantity materials.  Traditional self unloading trailers are belted or walking floor, with inability to tilt or dump.  The Haulit self unloading trailer serves to specifically transport, tilt, dump and unload materials without the need for extra physical labor or expensive equipment. 

Efficiency & Function

A self unloading trailer is built for quickly and efficiently servicing the diverse delivery needs of heavy, but smaller quantity orders. Because no forklift or extra equipment is needed for unloading, deliveries can be made quickly and safely. 

How does it work?

Fully patented, Haulit self unloading trailers are manufactured with a 12,000lb torque electric drive motor for loading and unloading a wide variety of materials. Our electric drive system has  proven durable beyond expectation.  Cross bars attached to the drive chain accommodates most  pallet sizes.  26” spacing between the bars on one side of the cargo hold  provides capability to load and unload heavy loads from 3,500- 4,000 lbs per pallet.

The manufacturing of this conveyor system, built within the trailer itself, is for the ability to unload pallets and bunk materials like you would with a regular trailer and forklift, while still being able to tilt and dump loose debris and bulk materials.

To read more about the exact build and function of the Haulit please read the Haulit Buyers Guide. 

What can you haul with a self unloading trailer?

Here is a list to get an idea of what current Haulit owners are unloading with their trailers. 

  • Palletized Materials
  • Bulk materials
  • Bundled Materials
  • Nursery goods, trees, shrubs, etc.
  • Rock, Brick, Block, Pavers
  • Feed and Supply
  • Sod 
  • Fencing Materials
  • Cabinets
  • Wood Pellets
  • PVC materials
  • Bunks of Lumber
  • Bunks of Sheet Rock
  • Landscaping Stone
  • Sand, Dirt, Mulch
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Cement Mix
  • Shingles

How long does it take to unload? 

Depending on the materials and timing for split loads, most deliveries take less than 5 minus to unload. 


Built for heavy, smaller quantity orders & delivery, Haulit self unloading trailers come in different sizes according to the number of pallets and bulk material they can deliver. Haulit cargo holds are manufactured in heavy duty 3/16” steel with 14’ and 18’ lengths available. 

A 3-4 pallet trailer can automatically unload and deliver

  • 3 & 4 Pallet Maximum
  • 10K lb Cargo Weight
  • 6-8 Cubic feet bulk Capacity

Other trailers are built and specifically designed for nursery, arbor, ball and burlap mobility and/or delivery.  They help maximize efficiency in the movement and transport of nursery plants, deciduous and evergreen trees and can carry up to 4 pallets or 32 twenty-five gallon plants. 

Haulit delivery trailers are manufactured with two 7,000 lb torsion bar axles for meeting heavy cargo load needs, a smoother ride, and not requiring  a CDL licensed driver in most states.

When to consider buying a self unloading trailer

  • Are you needing a way to deliver sod or palletized materials without a forklift?
  • Are you looking for ways to improve your local delivery business?
  • Are you needing a way to deliver materials without a CDL license?
  • Are you needing a better/more improved delivery method, operation, or efficiency?
  • Are you needing a way to deliver bundled lumber as well as pallets?
  • Are you looking for a way to make additional revenue with your pickup truck?
  • Are you in need of a way to offer delivery to your retail customers?
  • Are you needing a way to lower overall delivery operation costs?
  • Are you needing to save time on deliveries?
  • Are you wanting to profit on smaller quantity deliveries?
  • Are you wanting to improve customer satisfaction? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a self unloading trailer is worth your time researching to see if it is the right fit for your needs.  At Haulit, we offer free consultations to help work the numbers and make sure it’s a good fit.

How much does a self unloading trailer cost?

Because self unloading trailers feature multiple functions all in one trailer do not expect to compare prices to other traditional self unloading trailers. They are not the same thing! With a Haulit self unloading trailer, you are purchasing 5 critical delivery functions all in one.  You gain the ability to not have to take extra crew members to hand unload, no need for added operational costs in expensive equipment like forklifts, CDL licensing, and save with the remote operated live floor that automatically unloads.

A versatile, durable, and heavy duty self unloading trailer build for smaller but heavier load capacities will cost anywhere from 14-20k.  Additional features added on and sizing will be where you see the differences in price, depending on specific delivery needs.

Quality self unloading trailers are an investment, but not as expensive as a semi with a forklift or straight back with a piggyback, nor do they cost as much to operate. 

What is the best self unloading trailer?

It really will depend on what you are planning on hauling and delivering to know what the best trailer for your needs will be.  For heavy, smaller quantity orders and deliveries, the best self unloading trailer needs to have: 

  • Heavy-duty and built to last (Sides, Floor, and Tailgates)
  • Versatility for Diversity of Materials
  • Quality Lighting System & Build
  • Heavy Duty/Replaceable Fenders
  • Quality Attachment Systems
  • Proper Safety, Tarping, and Storage Features

Self Unloading Trailer For Sale

Haulit Trailers manufacture and sell the Haulit self unloading trailer.  The Haulit is a multipurpose delivery trailer for the landscape industry, delivery brokers, and suppliers that need to offer and complete smaller orders. 

For a complete list of all Haulit delivery trailers for sale, visit here

If you’re looking to purchase a quality delivery trailer, contact Haulit today for a free consultation and to find the right trailer for your needs.


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