Roy Hodges built his first Hodges hauler in the mid 60's to haul his race car to drag strips.
Soon, he would build his first car hauling trailer, to pull his wife, Barbara's race car behind.
Each fall when racing season was over, they would sell the hauler and trailer, and then the
following spring he would build another hauler and trailer.
In 1973 when the first 4 door (Crew Cab) pick-up trucks were coming out, the Hodges had to have
one to make their hauler out of, then at the end of racing season, they advertised it in a
national racing magazine, and the response was overwhelming! They knew then that there were
many people who needed a way to transport their cars economically, yet with style.
In 1978 someone had to have the hauler that Roy had built to haul his new drag car on, even
though he had not had a chance to use it. He sold it, and built another one, and someone else
bought it before racing season, so he built another one, and sold the drag car, and kept
building hauler beds and trailers.
In 1982 the Hodges daughter Laura Roberts came to work for them, and helped run the business.
Then in 1983 they built a new welding shop near Benton, KY and Hodges Custom Haulers, Inc. has
been in the same location ever since. In the years following, they have added a new office
building, warehouse, and a body shop.
In the early days of the business, Hodges Custom Haulers bought new and used trucks, and put
beds on them, and sold the haulers as a complete unit, adding a trailer if the customer needed,
but as years past, more customers wanted to bring their own dually trucks (or cab and chassis)
and have the Hodges bed installed on their own truck.
In 2003 Laura and her husband, John Roberts bought the family business from her parents, and they
run it today. Roy and Barbara are still active in the business as well. The Hodges often search
the country to buy exceptional trucks and have the hauler beds built, and sell them as complete
Today Hodges Custom Haulers, can build up to three units a week. Many customers travel across
country, arriving on an appointed day and time, to wait in Paducah, KY, while having a Hodges bed
installed on their trucks. Hodges Custom Haulers also builds single car trailers, two car
trailers, tow beds, western beds, haul and tow beds (for hauling travel trailers), as well as enclosed beds,
and can customize a car-hauling bed or other bed to meet your specific needs.
Hodges Custom Haulers stocks a variety of options, ready to install on your truck, like running
boards, winches, hitches, turbo wings, spoilers, wheel well moldings, stainless wheel simulators,
stainless look trim, and more.
Call 1-800-851-7229 to make your appointment now.