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What is the benefits of an open trailer compared to an enclosed trailer?
Setting up a new rig this summer for Non pressure roof cleaning system.
The equipment that i will be using is gas air compressor, All-Flo, 210 gallon tank and of course Kuri Tec 5/8 200 feet hose. (Undecided on hose reel yet) (recommendation welcomed)

Thinking either getting a duel axle 6x10 open trailer or
single axle enclose 6x10, with a side door and a barn style back door.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated if anyone went threw this before .

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Steve
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A flat bed truck, or a box truck would be another option not to over look, but I personally would choose a open trailer over a closed trailer.



-- Edited by Roof Cleaning NJ on Monday 25th of October 2010 05:38:48 AM

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Roof Cleaning NJ wrote:

neither, go with flat bed truck. pulling a trailer stinks, and Like AC said "pulling a trailer looks unprofessional"



really? I have a open trailer dual axel and I get complimented on every job or estimate i go on about how nice of a set up i have and people always tell me its the best or most professional set up or trailer they have seen( as far as powerwashing or roof cleaning goes).

 To keep this thread on track here it goes: 1) an open trailer is easy to work on and everything is very accessable. You can put signage on the back and sides. Also if you have a hot water skid you do not have to worry about venting it out through a stack.

2) an enclosed trailer will keep everything out of the weather and yes you are able to make it a rolling billboard. But in the same thought you can make your truck a rolling billboard, with a great looking piece of equipment behind you.

I think it is just a matter of prefrence what you feel will work for you.


A titan hose reel is a good reel as long as you rinse it out and keep some swivel packings with you.

-- Edited by Roof Washer New Jersey (609) 929-5812 on Sunday 24th of October 2010 02:06:53 PM

-- Edited by Roof Washer New Jersey (609) 929-5812 on Sunday 24th of October 2010 02:09:20 PM

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If you have to choose between the 2:

Enclosed makes a great billboard, makes stealing your equipment impossible unless they steal the whole trailer, keeps the equipment safe from the elements. Just a few reasons why its good.

Open trailers make it very easy to access your equipment for repairs, ......actually that's about it.

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Some guys are in a stage where a truck mounted rig isnt an option.

My preference is an open trailer.
You can still put signage on it.
You dont hit your head when walking in the back door! Im tall. lol
Customers can see what you are working with.

I do like an enclosed trailer for the rolling billboard idea
and theifs cant see what you are working with BUT they can cut padlocks and take what youve got anyways. Ive had 6k in tools stolen from an enclosed trailer before.

I also disagree with pulling a trailer not looking professional. Yeah, if you pull up in an S10 or suburban pulling a little 4wheeler trailer youre gonna look like a start up or do it yourselfer.
BUT if you pull up in a 3/4 ton work truck pulling a big bad a@@ trailer full of cool toys you look like you know what youre doing. (I do like the truck idea though and will wind up with one myself before too long)

wheeeew.....

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I have an enclosed trailer that has before and after photos on it and of course is lettered,it's 6x12 with ladder rack and it looks great! Right now it works great for me for the exact reasons Scott has stated.I hope to get into a new market next season where I will only be able to do it out of a van,but I have been there before.

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With enclosed trailer, ventilation, and lots of it is a must. Great rolling billboard !!

 Been a ton of controversy on trailers vs. flatbeds.
  I actually like the trailer.  The other day I got to a job, had hoses pulled out,ladder set up  and low and behold I forgot my camera. I was only a few miles from home, so I unhooked trailer and away I went. Just one of the conveniences if you need parts,etc. or if you forget something

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If you are going with an enclosed trailer invest in a 12v or solar vent/fan.

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Chlorine wants to be released as a gas from the SH, so an enclosed trailer is more at risk for corrosion. Hence the vents people are suggesting.

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truck mounted rig isn't an option for me at this point, I like the idea of an open trailer for equipment repair acceptability.
But then if i park my rig alone to go eat lunch in a city for an example... will my equipment be there when i come back?
I'm leaning toward a enclosed trailer at this time......
Venting with a fan is one option that i do like, and some other ideas that was brought up to my attention....
thanks guys for your input and looking forward in becoming among one of the Certified Roof Cleaners.

Steve
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