Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer

Fontaine Trailer is a manufacturer of aluminum, steel, and combo platform trailers. Their trailer line includes flatbeds, drop decks, forklift trailers, and frac sand haulers.

Trailer Manufacturer Profile

Historical Highlights


Fontaine Truck Equipment Company  is founded by John P.K. Fontaine to produce trailers for the federal government.


Fontaine invented the “pressed” steel fifth wheel. That product, combined with the No-Slack lock he invented after World War II, becomes the foundation for today’s Fontaine Fifth Wheel.

1942 – 1950

Fontaine evolves from a government contractor to a manufacturer of platform trailers, heavy specialty trailers and fifth wheels for commercial use.


The company is purchased by The Marmon Group. As a result of the Marmon purchase, Fontaine Truck Equipment Company is transformed into a decentralized group of stand-alone business units: Fontaine Body and Hoist, Fontaine Fifth Wheel, Fontaine Trailer Company, Fontaine Truck Modification Company and Fontaine Truck Equipment Company.


Company expands product line to include all aluminum trailers.