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Portable Restroom Trailer Costs: Breakdown & Examples


Portable restroom trailers, or mobile toilet trailers, come in various types, sizes, and configurations, each with its own price tag. Whether you're a project manager or event planner, it is crucial to know their exact costs to manage your budget before the purchase.

In this ultimate guide, we'll break down the cost of portable restroom trailers, explore how various factors influence it, and give you two case studies, to help you stay on budget.



 
 

Factors Influencing Portable Restroom Trailer Costs

Help You Stay on Budget


Restroom trailer costs range from $4,000 to $15,000, or even more, and the reasons behind such a disparity are crucial to grasp. Does a higher price always equate to better quality? Let's uncover the six major factors influencing portable restroom trailer costs to help you better evaluate your needs and budget.
 

 

Types of Portable Restroom Trailers

 
 
Basic Models

These trailers come equipped with essentials like toilets, urinals, sinks, lights, and ventilation, and can meet most people's needs as mobile toilets. Their prices typically depend on their size and the number of restroom units. Take our smallest, also cheapest option, as an example. Our 2.5m toilet trailer is suitable for small events or projects and can serve about 50 people. It starts at around $4,600. If you need upgrades like air conditioning and stylish lighting, there are additional costs.
  Standard-Model
 
 
Our Basic Models All Come With:
 
  • Trailer Hitch Ball
  • Trailer Coupler
  • Independent Trailer Suspension
  • Tires
  • Fold-Out Handrails
  • Slide-Out Trailer Stairs
  • Heavy-Duty Trailer Jack with Wheel
  • Heavy-Duty Trailer Stabilizers
  • 7 Pin Trailer Connector
  • Entry Doors
  • Electrical Panel Board
  • Circuit Breaker
  • Standard Power Sockets
  • Generator Receptacle
  • Interior Lights
  • Trailer Tail Lights & Side Lights
  • Red Reflectors
  • Toilet-Occupied Indicator Lights
  • Clean Water Tank
  • Waste Water Tank
  • Water Pump
  • Water Pressure Tank
  • Sinks
  • Faucets
  • Mirrors
  • Toilets
  • Urinals
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Cabinets
 
 
Luxury-Mode   Luxury Models

For restroom trailers designed specifically for upscale events like weddings, music festivals, or corporate gatherings, their prices tend to be higher due to the inclusion of upgraded features and custom equipment. These trailers may come equipped with smart toilets, shower suites, heaters, air conditioning, hand sanitizers, and more. Their interior designs focus on enhancing the customer experience, featuring modern, luxurious, elegant, or upscale styles. Most of these units are custom-built to meet specific requirements. To get an accurate quote, you'll need to provide detailed specifications to the manufacturer, including trailer model, size, equipment, custom options, and layout preferences.


 
 

Construction Materials

 
We don't really know what materials our competitors are using, but here at ETO, we offer the best only. Besides, we give our clients the freedom to choose the materials they want for their trailers. You can pick from a variety of options for the exterior walls.
 

 
XPS (Extruded Polystyrene)
Default

 
XPS is the default exterior wall material for all our models. It is a high-quality lightweight material with excellent corrosion resistance, moisture resistance, durability, and environmental friendliness.
 

 
Fiberglass Honeycomb Panel
Optional
 
This panel consists of two layers of fiberglass with a honeycomb core in between. It is even lighter than XPS, so becomes the main material for our Super Lightweight Toilet Trailer Series.
 

 
Cold-Rolled Steel
Optional
 
For outdoor locations, an all-steel construction that can withstand harsh natural elements is what you should have. Cold-rolled steel is a highly recommended material for the exterior walls of your restroom trailer because of its exceptional strength and durability.
 
XPS-Restroom-Trailer.   Fiberglass-Honeycomb-Panel-Restroom-Trailer   Mobile-Restroom-Trailer


 
 

Trailer Sizes

 
Large mobile restroom trailers come with a higher price tag compared to small ones. Currently, our standard trailer size options are 2.5m, 2.8m,3.5m, 5m. However, we also offer customization services, allowing us to tailor the length, width, and height of the trailer to create a portable restroom trailer that perfectly fits your location.
 


Small Sizes
2.5m, 2.8m
 
  • Ideal temporary solutions
  • Fits almost any space
  • Easy to transport & store
  • Suitable for small events or projects 
 


Medium Size
3.5m
 
  • Temporary/permanent solutions
  • Offers spacious interior
  • More stations & features available
  • Up to 100 people
 


Large Size
5m
 
  • Permanent solutions
  • More restroom and shower stalls
  • Versatile to meet various needs
  • Serves over 100 people
 


Custom Sizes

 
  • All specific requirements will be met, and, of course, it requires extras.


Looking for something even bigger? Our shipping container toilets might be the perfect solution to meet your space needs!


 
 

Restroom Station Numbers

 
As a project manager, it's essential to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) codes regarding restroom facilities on your worksite. According to OSHA regulations, workplaces with fewer than 20 employees must have at least one restroom available. For workplaces with 20 or more employees, there should be one toilet for every 40 individuals. Also, you need to take gender into consideration. There are two options for you:
 


Option 1
For optimal privacy and comfort

Build separate restroom stations for each gender
 


Option 2
For Minimizing Cost

Create all-gender restrooms by outfitting each station with a toilet and a urinal.

If you're looking for a portable restroom solution for your worksite, please check out this blog: Ultimate Guide: Mobile Restroom Trailers for Construction Sites
 


 

Additional Features & Customizations

 
Standard models work for most situations. For some companies, especially portable restroom rental firms, they aren't enough. They seek unique, high-end restroom facilities to elevate user experience, such as air-conditioned portable restrooms for outdoor summer events or luxury restroom trailers with makeup areas and lounges for VIP guests.

Therefore, most toilet trailer manufacturers, including us, offer a range of custom options and additional features to meet varying customer needs and preferences. These options may include:
 
  • Amenities: Upgraded high-end amenities like LED mirrors, vanity tables, and soap dispensers enhance functionality and aesthetics.
  • Interior Finishes: Marble, ceramic, wood grain, and stainless steel...Choose and create the desired ambiance for specific occasions.
  • Brand: Customize the trailer exterior with company logos, brand elements, or event-specific designs and boost visibility and brand promotion efforts.
  • Custom Layout: Custom restroom trailer layout optimizes space utilization and functionality to meet specific requirements,
  • Hookups for Utilities: By connecting to city water and sewage mains or existing infrastructure, these portable restrooms become self-contained, just like traditional restrooms.
  • ADA Restroom: This may include installing ramps, handrails, wider doorways, and other accessibility features to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
Restroom-Trailer
Custom Restroom Trailer Design

 
 
 
 

Case Study

The Breakdown Costs of Our Hottest Models

 
Portable-Restroom-Trailer  
Case Study 1: 2-stall Portable Restroom Trailer
 
  • 3.5m Portable Restroom Trailer
  • 2 All-gender Restroom Stations
  • Highest Comfort, Privacy & Experience
  • High-end & Easy-to-clean Interior Finishes
  • Perfect for Weddings & Events
  • Upgraded Water Tanks, 500L
 
Starts at $9,400

 
The Price Includes:
 
Trailer   Electric   Water Supply Kits   Equipment
Fiberglass honeycomb panel exterior shell
Galvanized steel trailer frame
Galvanized steel trailer chassis and axles
185R14C Tires
Standard trailer hitching kits
1,500kg trailer stabilizers
Independent trailer suspension
Fold-out handrails
Slide-out trailer stairs
7 pin trailer connector
Entry doors
Mechanical room
  Electrical panel board
Circuit breaker
Standard power sockets
Generator receptacles
Interior lights
Trailer tail lights
Trailer side lights
Red reflectors
Toilet-occupied indicator lights
Mirror light
  500L clean water tank
1,000L holding tank
Water pumps
Water heater
Water pressure tank
Stainless steel sinks
Faucets
  Mirrors
Porcelain toilets
Stainless steel urinals
Exhaust fans
Trash cans
Stainless steel cabinets
Wall-mounted soap dispensers
Wall-mounted tissue boxes
Toilet paper holders
   
 
Case Study 2:Construction Restroom Trailer
 
  • 2.8m Mobile Toilet Trailer
  • Designed for Worksites, Factories & Construction Sites
  • Built to Last Longer in Outdoor Environments
  • Highest Durability & Cleanness
  • 2 Separate Restroom Stations
  • Stainless Steel Interior Finish
 
Starts at $5,050
  Construction-Restroom-Trailer
 
The Price Includes:
 
Trailer   Electric   Water Supply Kits   Equipment
XPS trailer body
Galvanized steel trailer frame
Galvanized steel trailer chassis with axles
Standard trailer hitching kits
Fold-out handrails
Slide-out trailer stairs
7 pin trailer connector
Entry doors
Mechanical room
Stainless steel interior finish
  Electrical panel board
Circuit breaker
Standard power sockets
Generator receptacles
Interior lights
Trailer tail lights
Trailer side lights
Red reflectors
Toilet-occupied indicator lights
Mirror light
  450L clean water tank
350L holding tank
Water pumps
Water pressure tank
Stainless steel sinks
Faucets
  Mirrors
Stainless steel toilets
Stainless steel urinals
Exhaust fans
Stainless steel cabinets
A/C unit


 
 
 
 

Breakdown Costs of Buying Portable Restroom Trailers

Besides Portable Restroom Trailer Prices, There are Other Costs


In addition to the portable restroom trailer price itself, there are other potential costs to consider when you buy restroom trailers.


 

Shipping & Delivery Fees

 
Shipping and delivery costs are essential considerations when buying restroom trailers, whether from local or overseas manufacturers. These costs vary based on factors such as distance, transportation method, and logistical complexities. Let's look at the fees for both local and overseas options.
 


Local Manufactures
 
  • Distance & Location:Local manufacturers deliver themselves or ask for third-party delivery providers, and the delivery costs usually depend on the distance between the origin and destination. Some companies may offer free delivery within the state.
 
  • Transportation Method: Mobile restroom trailers are transported to designated locations via trucks, which are faster, cheaper, and more flexible. However, for interstate deliveries involving dozens of units, rail transport may be necessary, which will incur higher costs.
 
  • Delivery:Delivery times vary depending on factors like traffic, road conditions, and potential road restrictions. Even for local deliveries, it may take up to a day, while longer distances may require a week or more. It's important to note that some companies do not deliver on weekends or holidays.
 
  • Installation Services: Some local manufacturers offer installation services as part of the delivery package. This may include on-site setup, anchoring or leveling the trailers and connecting utilities. Installation services incur additional fees but ensure that the portable restroom trailers are ready for immediate use upon delivery.
 


Overseas Manufactures
 
  • Shipping Services: Trailers that are delivered globally are transported via cargo ships, which is a slower and more expensive method than trucks or trains, and are handled by third-party international shipping companies. Some manufacturers, like us, partner with these companies and freight forwarders to secure the best shipping  and delivery solutions.
 
  • Customs Clearance and Taxes: Importing goods from overseas requires compliance with customs regulations and payment of import duties, taxes, and clearance fees. 
 
  • Shipping Insurance: To mitigate risks associated with international transportation, most companies, including ours, offer shipping insurance to protect against loss, damage, or theft during international transportation. Insurance costs range from $200 to $1000. Though it may seem a bit pricey, the extra expense provides peace of mind for both manufacturers and buyers.
 
  • Lead Times and Delays: Regardless of the shipping or delivery method, delays are possible. Customs inspections, port congestion, and adverse weather conditions can cause delivery delays, route changes, and inventory management challenges, resulting in additional costs for shipping.


 
 

Utilities

 
Portable restroom trailers require electricity and water for the smooth work of some amenities and devices. They are designed to connect to local utilities for a stable power supply.
 
  • Electricity: Portable generators are needed to power lighting, air conditioning, sockets, and water pumps.
  • Clean Water: use a soft hose to connect the trailer to city water or directly fill the freshwater tank
  • Waste Water: For environmental and hygiene reasons, sewage and gray water must be disposed of at designated locations.
 
 

 

Service & Maintenance Costs

 
If you're looking to purchase rather than rent, regular maintenance and upkeep of trailers to ensure optimal functionality and cleanliness incur the following costs:
 
  • Cleaning Fees: Typically range from $100 to $200 per mobile restroom trailer per month, depending on usage frequency and location. Occasionally, deep cleaning such as emptying and sanitizing holding tanks may be required.
  • Supplies and Consumables: Each restroom stall needs items like toilet paper, soap, towels, and cleaning agents, which need regular replenishment. If you buy these items in bulk, you may get wholesale prices.
  • Regular maintenance: The cost typically ranges from $200 to $500 per session, covering various system and accessory tests, seal replacements, electrical inspections, etc.
  • Replacement Parts: Faulty components and fixtures need timely replacement by professionals.
  • Waste Disposal: Additional charges may apply for disposing of waste and wastewater from holding tanks.




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