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    Hi Group,

    I am going to purchase an enclosed trailer this week and I would like some feedback on a couple of questions:

    Color - Any thoughts on going with that bright yellow - with nice lettering? Or do you think that is too much, less classy? If so, what color would you recommend?

    Size - I am planning to buy a 7X16. I currently have 1 hot water skid, a 300 gallon tank, 2 65 gallon chem tanks (only need one), and some waterfed pole equipment. Will this size leave me enough room to easily use and maintain the equipment? Will it leave me enough room to add on another cold water unit?

    Thanks for taking time to repond!
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    All sounds great, you know I like Yellow...
    Quote Originally Posted by MOTG1 View Post
    Hi Group,

    I am going to purchase an enclosed trailer this week and I would like some feedback on a couple of questions:

    Color - Any thoughts on going with that bright yellow - with nice lettering? Or do you think that is too much, less classy? If so, what color would you recommend?

    Size - I am planning to buy a 7X16. I currently have 1 hot water skid, a 300 gallon tank, 2 65 gallon chem tanks (only need one), and some waterfed pole equipment. Will this size leave me enough room to easily use and maintain the equipment? Will it leave me enough room to add on another cold water unit?

    Thanks for taking time to repond!
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    I think the bright yellow is definately an attention getter but it might kind of block the attention of the lettering/logo stuff as people might pay more attention to the yellow than what is on the yellow.

    16' is a lot of room, you can easily put a hot water skid and 325 gallon tank into a 12' or 14' with some room left over, especially if you put shelves in above the tank and rig but careful with the burner and engine exhaust.

    Get the measurements of everything and draw it out on paper and that will show you exactly how much room it will take up.

    Something to think about is do you want a ramp door or barn doors?

    Also I would get the Bulldog hitch, those cheap lever type hitches have come loose before and the trailer come off the truck.

    With a trailer that size you would want brakes on one axle with the brake away controller and install a brake controller in the truck pulling the trailer.

    With that kind of weight I would get the 8 or 10 ply tires as that will be a lot of weight when the water tank is full, 3500 pound axles will be ok but if you are going to be hauling water most of the time I would get stronger axles because it only takes a pothole to bend an axle when the tank is full and you have a lot of stuff on the trailer, I have done this 3 times now. New trailer will not have that much stuff or weight on it.

    Venting the hot water rig can be ductwork to the back of the trailer or cut a hole in the side or top but if you are cutting, wait until you get the skid where you want it, you might want to move it a couple times until it is where you want it to be.

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    Gotta Go With White, white means "Kleen" oops sorry I mean "Clean". Yes you should have plenty of room for a cold water unit.

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    Enclosed trailers will fool you once you start putting everything inside they fill up fast 16 foot plus a truck makes for some twisty driving sometimes.
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    We do not make enclosed trailers for safety reasons. I've heard more than a few stories of fires and/or melted trailers.

    If you do go that route, I would avoid advertising what you have inside as that tends to attract thieves.
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    It's because of thieves that I went with an enclosed trailer.
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    I would go with the heavier axels and springs , me I like brakes on both axels , I have 4 dual axel trailers all have dual braking axels , 6 lug wheels and 10 ply tires , there is never too much stopping power.
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    The picture below is what I did for one of my trailers. I had other cutouts as well but they disappeared over time. It is just makes more sense to plan it out first.

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    I have a friend that made me go to an open trailer when he burnt up his kohler motor due to excessive heat build up and he had stove pipe ran out the top of the trailer and all 3 doors open. This made me go to an open trailer with stuff bolted down.
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    I have only heard about 2 trailers burning.

    As for the trailers with brakes on both axles. Been there, done that last year. Without the tank full of water the trailer is not heavy enough so the brakes keep on locking up and the tires skid. Tried adjusting the brakes, brake controller and tried a different brake controller. After a while, feathering the brake pedal gets old. Now I just have brakes on one axle and things are ok.

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    I got tired of pulling a trailer around. Everything is on a flatbed truck now. If my truck breaks down or gets wrecked though then I'd be in some serious trouble.

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    Thanks, Chris and Jud. Nice suggestions to keep in mind.

    I need to go with enclosed because I have thousands in other equipment that will not be bolted down and could easily "walk away".

    Guy, can't go wrong with white, right? Yellow looks so exciting though! My little boy told me if I have a black truck then I will look like a giant bumble bee.

    Regarding the heat (I operate with a van unit right now with no issues), I could run a fan off the skid's generator to help with air circ. Has anyone done something like that?

    Thanks guys!
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    Go with Yellow. People know it is us going down the road105_0653.JPG
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    I agree yellow will work well and draw attention to your business any dark color lettering will really stand out too. Get the heavy axles right from the start, it is cheaper than replacing one later and you wont have to worry about a potential of being overweight with a DOT inspection.

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    My trailer brakes are that way. If you press down too hard the tires lock up, so I just give it a little squeeze when I need them.

    Funny thing is when I'm driving without the trailer Ill go to reach for the brakes.

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    I like to match, but thats me.... I would say black to match the truck with yellow and red lettering
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    There is adjustments on the brakes themselves , they may be too tight
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    What ever color scheme you use make sure it is the color or colors you can live with the rest of your life. You don't want to change company colors every few years. I think you should determine your company logo and colors and begin branding your company image.

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