Porch trailers

BBQ Porch Trailers


Nearly all porch trailers are built out as a BBQ porch trailer with a big smoker on the back. This is a great trailer model and configuration for any kind of bbq business, from bbq competitions to eventcatering or operating a concession. Putting the barbecue out on the porch has two main reasons; firstly to draw eyeballs with your prize smoker and secondly as a practical solution to more easily keeping out smoke and soot from the kitchen part of your porch trailer and allow easy access all around the smoker. 

Karpatia Porch Trailers

Starting at 20′ with a 6’8” porch, trailers are 8′ wide and 7′ tall with an optional 6” in both height and width for an extra spacious extra wide and tall version. We can custom build the porch trailer any size you want up to 50′ long. 

We build your porch area to about a third of the total length of the trailer to an advised maximum of 12′ of porch – bigger porches generally make less sense the longer your trailer is. 

The main reason is that as one of the big ways to improve the flow of product in a bbq trailer is to allow access to the smoker from inside the covered part of the trailer, you can’t go too deep with the porch unless you decide to load from outside and sacrifice a lot of flow. 

Porch trailers are available in any standard RAL color coating and come standard with stainless steel porch and a ramp door. Trailers are bumper-pull with a standard trailer hitch but we provide a gooseneck option mainly recommended for longer builds or especially heavy ones to  improve stability and turn radius. 


Why a Karpatia Porch Trailer is better

BBQ thought through

Extra large 3 part sinks to more easily fit your BBQ pans, with the hand washing sink off to the side. 

Easy outside and inside access to your smoker with a properly sealed connection.

No barndoor on your porch but a true flip-down ramp door. 

Sealed and Water tight

Aluminum treadplate has gaps that will allow water to seep through – not on our porch! 

We custom cut a full size stainless steel, coin rubber or high quality German plastic cast porch. 

All lights, switches, plugs and sockets are weather sealed and water tight. 

Bells and Whistles

Full wrap and decal done in house. 

Floodlights or atmospheric lighting custom. 

LCD TVs for your advertising next to service window.


All corner crank jacks for maximum stability. 

Full individual on-off control of each piece of equipment. 

Easy access to frontside generator mount and propane tanks with V-nose option.

Optional custom generator silencer box that does NOT void Onan warranty.

Braked axles. 

Secured water filter access.

Porch trailer inspiration

Not all bbq's are smokers and not every porch trailer is for BBQ

Great barbecue can be served from many different outlets – from brick pits to kamado grills and from enclosed trailers and bbq food trucks to bbq porch trailers. 

Meaning your porch needs to be a conscious choice for a specific type of BBQ. Like a pitmaster – but with a twist. After all, now you’ll be a porchmaster. And while we’re all about never changing a winning formula there are other options to put on your porch than a smoker. 

Why not build a shallow pit out back, or an open charcoal grill all round the porch for kebabs and shashlik? 

Go hogwild and use the porch trailer space for an open rotiserrie grill – put a pig spitroast or sheep for a real Greek taste on that and very few smoker builds will draw the same amount of attention.


Non-BBQ porch trailers

Many food trailers are built “wide” meaning the service window is on the broadside of the trailer. Porch trailers uniquely allow you to easily deviate from that and build a “deep” trailer with a more efficient layout like a regular fast food restaurant has. 

Service counter up front – kitchen in the back. 

This way you can optimize the flow of product much more easily and work through that line in no time.

our process


By assessing your dreams we come to a shared understanding of who we are building for and why

Exploring multiple design options lets us find the solution that best suits your business goals



We refine the concept and provide you with a detailed design that meets your needs

Close monitoring during production ensures we meet your standards. You can always fly- or drive in and take a look!



We offer a range of extra services to support your operation, so you can keep your focus.

Bumper-pull vs. Gooseneck vs. 5th Wheel

Concession trailers are chiefly bumper-pull trailers. This is a practical, cheap and efficient solution for pulling a trailer as any car with a trailer hitch can do the job.

A major reason to consider other options is your ability to turn and park – this is a lot easier with a gooseneck or 5th wheel once you are used to it, both because of the rotation and the relatively shorter length of a trailer as a few feet will be above the truck bed. Gooseneck trailers and especially 5th wheel trailers provide a smoother, more stable ride. 

Having a specialty mount option is $1970 extra.


Flat Nose Trailer vs. Pointed V Nose Trailer

Cheapest and most common is the blunt or flat nose concession trailer – a big box on wheels. Nothing wrong with that, but a V nose trailer adds an easy 3 feet panel on both sides for extra storage, giving you a handy generator box and easy way to access your electric panel, cable hatch and separate plumbing access. 

V-nose trailers being more stable is unfortunately a concession myth – but they do make lower drag and as a result slightly increase your mileage when pulling. Optionally you can decide to do half-height inside or outside for the V-nose space, giving your more outside space or extra room inside for cabinetry and an additional workbench. 


There are literally hundreds of food truck builders.



Karpatia provides the best quality to value ratio in the industry - from CE conforming standards fit for a 5-star hotel on Asian products to high end European replicas and authentic conversions.


With Karpatia, you have an endless amount of possibilities.
We will provide you with the best kitchen equipment and customizations such as full body wrap or painting – fast and easy.


We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites 

Is a porch trailer the right solution for you?

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we do but additional rates apply.

Yes, we deliver to Canada. 

Yes. Porch trailers are made in the USA though – we might have a comparable local option in stead. Check out our concession trailer page for the full overview.  

Of course!

Karpatia has no showroom – but of course, we are always happy to show the workshop. You can make an appointment through our contact form and try before you buy. 


Quotes are 100% free no strings attached

Every truck and trailer is unique - we will help you fine tune your project and get it on the road!