Work trailer guys

Discussion in 'Tools, Equipment and Supplies' started by Majwoody, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I saw your doors may be coated, maybe FRP? Mine are maybe lauan, should I close them every time it starts to rain to protect it? No, I'll be replacing all doors material, may have some issues with thickness restrictions, the Aluminum moldings are size specific, so maximum thickness is restricted. I'd like to go with 1/4" ext. pine, then some pretty white FRP, it may have to be adhered within the frame and sealed. I ripped through the lauan to see the inside like "Here's Johnny!"
     

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  2. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    How Secure do you think your trailer is?

    Many videos on you tube. I like this guy.

    I won't be installing this lock, thanks bill!

     

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  3. Majwoody

    Majwoody Pro Member

    My door is the standard foam core with frp. Bubbles nicely over 90*. Now I have to go chase a pulsing brake issue. Ruled out the truck and 7pin. My money in on the ground wire...damn thing is not even 6 months old and I am not dropping it off so the shop can get to it at their leisure.
     
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  4. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    My rental center installed my 10k hitch, they found one pin was bent on the original install behind the insert. Two of em looked it over, they had worked there since early 90's.

    We have another trailer shop, father and son that does good work, but it's hard to schedule work, they're always busy.

    Another vehicle electric place the father does good work, but the son not so much.

    I would guess they have something to hook up to the vehicle plug and look at the readings from the brake controller. Sometimes I don't trust the plug is connected so I'll turn on the lights in the daytime to ensure the trailer lights are on and electric brakes "should work"

    I hate how cheap everything is made, wish there were better braking systems.
     
  5. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Wondering about a portable battery winch to attach maybe to a hook to pull in heavier equipment, large generators/scrapers/etc.
     
  6. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I use this prybar to assist in aligning and removing hitch.

    The vent I'm not too happy about, UV rays destroy plastic, you shouldn't leave open going down road I've been told. The ones that cover over top to leave open are 65$ and subject to uv ray deterioration. I spray painted to prevent rays, not sure if it would work. I say if you're getting a new trailer get side vents up high to allow warmer air to escape.
     

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  7. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    Now i really hate my van again....

    Getting on in years, she is 6 years old with 210000 km (listen, you convert it) and so help me when it is time to lay her to rest i am going back to a trailer. The fact that i have to rent a storage locker to put the balance of my tools in because they wont fit in my van is probably evidence enough, i cant run out of a van.

    Box truck would be my glory but then a guy needs a lift gate for bigger tools and pallets. Last one i priced out was $78,000 and then all it is good for is flooring. Running for coffee in a 16' box truck is less than convenient.
     
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  8. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    My last vehicle was a diesel box van. Absolutely perfect for work but grabbing coffee or any other stupid task was a major PITA. Try parking a box van downtown or going to the mall. No more commercial work for me and I work solo now so a regular van suits me just fine. If I can’t fit the job in my van, it’s too big of a job for me. Now I am looking at a 7 x 14 cargo trailer so I can throw all the piss soaked pull up in there and not funk up my van with all the nasty piss crystals that filter into every nook and cranny.
     
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  9. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    Oh man!! The piss crystals are real!
     
  10. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    You know they are!!!
     
  11. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    I have a low end rental contract who I service their properties on. Those are the days I really have to wonder why I do this job. The nasty things that go in my van, Lord knows they never really cone out.

    One more reason I want a trailer too
     
  12. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I had a van and open utility 5x10 that worked really well for carpet waste, ripups. The van was just for work so I wanted the crew cab pickup. Hardly anyone in back seat but other things go back there. Then with the cargo trailer the carpet rip up went to bed of pickup, 3-4ft wide strips. Pickup is now excess, tile ripup goes in trailer toward back,when done tools load into side with reserved space.

    I'm going southbound to get my trailer vent cover, see a rather new truck and trailer with a small magnetic sign. Read the letters, looked familiar, it was an installer from a county over I think he got rid of Isuzu box truck with lift gate. Here's what I texted him.
     

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  13. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I used to line the inside of my box van with tarps so the nasty stuff didn’t get everywhere. Well worth the extra effort when it was all said and done.
     
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  14. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    While driving? [​IMG]
     
  15. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    No Jim, I think it was in the parking lot of trailer supply, he'd still be on 19 when I texted him. The thumbs up mighta been at a stoplight he got to, in my territory and didn't even say what he was doing. Probably a grinding or garage floor, profits sure do have a way of determining what floors to put down.
     
  16. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Replacing door insides, one more to go. Marine grade plywood stayed straight outside so decided to use it, true 3/4” (Lowe’s only)and found 1/2” pvc sheet at Home Depot to total out needed thickness. The rear doors added 40 lbs each. The extra hinges will secure trailer a little better as well as add support.
     

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  17. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    Looking good buddy
     
  18. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Keeping Flooring Tools organized. My shelving needs change a bit more frequently than a fixed lumber shelving. It’s not adjustable, etc. the whole situation needs to change. I’m about to scrap and redesign. I too only see custom wood and pre made metal. So, I don’t think all of the spacing can be utilized due to design of structure of trailer, maybe it needs a roll cage type skeleton insert for structural stability.
     

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  19. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Ramps continued to fall over so I bolted pipe and flange to keep in place. Went thru part of Z beam underneath. Doubled plywood and used washers and drilled for 5/16” galvanized bolts. Noticed plywood going side to side versus across the beams long ways that reduced strength. My spacing is 24” so that explains everything when I brought my 3000 lb scraper slowly onto it to evaluate ability and heard the crunching noises, would’ve went through had I continued.

    Also ordered adjustable metal beam shelving, the wood shelves simply do not adjust for my changing needs. One thing about older stuff it’s no big deal tearing it up and customizing to your needs.
     

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  20. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Removed my wood shelves, point of chaos, things were discombobulated. Pulled sheathing off side, was 3/8”, a flash of should I insulate it quickly passed. So I wanted to connect some hooks to hold random tools on wall and got 3/4” marine grade plywood self tapped screws with washers to minimize pull through.

    The metal shelves allow tools to be put through the wire shelving. The holes on bottom of shelves allow bolts to be placed through the double plywood floor and rear legs drilled through 6” beam and bolted through. Formulating some way to bolt top 1-1/8” away from wall. Gotta bring some small frequent used tools to store to find appropriate holder to screw to plywood.
     

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