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John T

Building your own trailer set-up and is it worth it??

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For a bigtime operation with multiple employee's I would say no to the above. I would have all trucks and trailers purchased new with warrenties in place and all equipment installed by my distrubutors.. I also believe that a newbie if they can afford it they should look into a distributor to set everything up for them so they can just go out and start working...Like a turn Key operation.

For my business today I did go at one time the complete build set-up and it was costly for other reasons then just the buy in factor. I also like higher end equipment if possible because of the dependability of them. So today since I am a small operation and buying on credit is a thing of the past for us...most of the time.. I should say almost all of the time.. I decided to take on a project to build my own Vacuum trailer set-up. If I had more money to spend I would have bought everything new and there are some real good distributors and Creators out there that have reasonable priced set-ups for sale with excellent customer support.. But in my case since I am trying to do a different business model on the spending end I only spend what I can afford at that moment without using credit. Is this the right way to go?? Maybe not but I'm taking less risk of wishing I had the work to justify the expense and spending with a hope....Today I spend knowing I have work but not enough to go completely New and take on a monthly nut that will cut into my bottom line.

I am also not thinking for a second I am a Rocket Scientist that is smart enough to build something thats never been done before and I am also not building my very own vacuum set-up hoping it works.

So I bought most everything used and I'm cutting up where the cuts have to be made to fit everything in just right and have it run on a shoe string budget as in no monthly payments.

I'll keep posting pics of what I have and what I'm doing along the way..

But knowing I have some experience in Powerwashing(Going on 17 yrs now) I would still recommend most not to do this. Let the Pro's such as the distributors handle this because this is what there craft is for some of them and there excellent at it. I can think of about at least 5 of them off hand who I know that can build an excellent set-up for anyone but for today this works for me.

Please add imput or any thoughts along the way and tack on your pictures also of what you have done or even had someone done for you. You never know what others or yourself can learn from threads like this.. You may even learn--WOW I would never do something like that and what a headache that must be..lol

Enjoy.

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spelling..never ends

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The trailer is a low profile Wells fargo trailer that is 20' in length, around 7' wide and empty 6'8" in height. Its a low profile trailer that is aimed to fit into the garages we do. The weight thats eventually put in it should drop it down another inch and there are other methods I can do to lower it even more if need be and that may include axle changeouts down the road. For one thing I will change the axles from the 3500lbs to 5500lbs also down the road and only after the money comes in to cause me to upgrade to that.

The inside dimension of the trailer is 19'9"L x 5'8"W x 5'1"H. I will surround the trailer roof bar frames with plumping pipe foam sleaves because you will bang your head in here.. I know I did it a few times already..OUCH!

This trailer opens in the front and back so the airflow will be good in there to run the machines. I paid $3000 for trailer which included the person driving it up from Florida to close to my house.

The water seperator WATER TREATMENT TECH EQUIPMENT MFG. and I paid $1800 for it and it was never used. Its the MD 48 which sells in the range of $4000

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The main part of the operation. I wasn't planning on buying a Vac set-up with a Powerwasher attached to it but the offer was to good to pass up. So because of that I sold of my other Hot water Powerwasher to help cover the expense paid for the Fury 2400DTL with 8gpm PW, 120 volt Hot box, vac reel, vac hoses, Sludge tank and Vac surface machine. This Fury has a 50 hp diesel engine in the compartment. The Vac is rated at about 550-600cfm's. So with the purchase and the trade off I got all that equipment including the shipping for $7000. So I'm up to $7000 + $3000 + $1800= $11,800.

Not cheap but for what I'm looking to do for us it works.

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I also order Aluminum Diamond sheets for the trailer floor. The 3/4" plywood is in excellent shape so I ordered 1/16" thin Aluminum to put down to protect the wood. Thats coming by Monday. The cost for that with shipping is about $650.

So now I'm up to $12,450.

Now for the obvious problems which I expected before I bought everything. The biggest problem is is the Fury Vac set-up is to high to get into the trailer. Even cutting out the vacuum which sticks about 11" over the Fury Metal Box and also removing the muffler pipe the Fury measures 52" in height. It misses by just over an inch to get into thru the front or back of the trailer. So I had to cut the side of the trailer out. This Fury weighs over 1700lbs. I move this fury with ramps and a cheap winch I bought for $75 a few years ago new. It is small and it can drag over 2,000 lbs and has a wired control handle to stand about 8' back for safety reasons. So far I moved on my own this Fury onto my flatbed because we needed the red truck and after I cut off the vac a couple of days later I moved it back onto my red truck which is a few inches lower then the flatbed.

Next week I am going to set up ramps to slid it in slowly thru the side of the trailer. Thats going to be tricky. I could easily rent a forklift but I'm trying to do everything as cost affective as possible and also used what I have.

So here are the pics of the cut up trailer and the vac cut out of the fury.

The picture of the cut up trailer the frame bars are on the floor and the piece of Aluminum is the part you see screwed on that back of the trailer just to keep it out of the way. The stuff is deadly if it slices ya.

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By the time I'm done I'll probably spend at most another $500-$600 which will put the total price tag at $13,000. In there I am going to also put some non skid on the ramp. By some plumbing piping and change out some wires in the Fury Box and reatached the vacuum to be just lower in height but not effect the size of the vac at all so it works the way it should.

This trailer should be ready to roll by mid March. Where still able to use the red truck for small jobs and the flatbed for commercial work without this trailer. I have to add another Powerwasher I purchased from Guy Blackmon onto the Flatbed and maybe another burner up there and thats done... but for now the flatbed has on it a 10gpm Hot water PW works like a charm.

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I still have this handtruck set-up to move items up to 750 lbs. This is a picture of a Landa hot water PW I had years ago that I moved a few times.

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I want one of those lifts!

I bought this one at Northerntool about 10-12 yrs ago for $400. They don't sell one like this anymore but if you search around on Ebay or Craigslist you may find one similar. I am so glad I kept this hand truck. It's beaten to death these days but still work like a charm. The most weight now I would put on it would be under the 750lb limit but I can tell you there was a couple of times we put 900+ lbs on it and it was dangerous bit it worked..

But today those stupid risk like that are over.

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I think that the companies that sell HVAC supplies still sell them, I have seen them at a few garages and welder's shops and asked where they got them.

I think those are a good idea, especially if you move equipment around on trucks when needed, easier than buying a forklift.

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John, looks good to me..... you know my feeligs about building it yourself. Thats the only way to keep the costs down, I do 100% of my stuff. Best of luck with it.... by the way, get a hobby now that yor retired..... lol!!!!!

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John, looks good to me..... you know my feeligs about building it yourself. Thats the only way to keep the costs down, I do 100% of my stuff. Best of luck with it.... by the way, get a hobby now that yor retired..... lol!!!!!

LOL.. I finally am locked in on a Hobby that pays me fulltime wages and then some.... Powerwashing baby!!!! All the way to the bank....which is my wifes pocket book..lol and oh yea my girls wallets to... and my two chuncky chocolate labls. :juggle:

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