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    Tank skid vs Trailer

    Trailer vs Tank Skid: So here's my question: Looking to step up to a hot pressure washer from our small cold machines, like the idea of a tank, and a recovery system. We do no fleet washing, but mostly large commercial campus (think office park ,hospital ,university).

    I like several of the trailers (i.e. Hydrotek).

    I already have a very heavy duty small tandem trailer (about 6 x 12, 10,000lbs, brakes, etc) we use occasionally(once a month, max) to transport our scissor lift. It is set up for a winch, and is low slung with ramps, that can be removed.

    My question is, should I look at a tank skid, add heavy casters and winch it on and off when we need it (we have no forklift), or go with a dedicated pre made trailer? The tank skid would have a smaller footprint in our very crowded shop, and is obviously cheaper, (not another trailer to tag, insure, etc). I hate the idea of constantly using another trailer while this one sits idle....but those trailers with the recovery systems sure are purdy...

    Opinions? Thanks in advance

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    Thats not an easy question to answer..Are you considering an open or closed trailer?..What kind of recovery? some take more room than others,,If you dont need the existing trailer you already have i would definitely that one and consider buying piece by piece and plumbing it in although a 12ft would be a bit tight..

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    Member Freshman Undergraduate Mulchtank's Avatar
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    Definitely an open trailer, either way. I do need the trailer I have for moving our lift, it's just underutilized, and we're not an exclusive pressure washing company. So we wouldn't be using the PW setup constantly. We have a box trailer plumbed for window cleaning, but its jammed full. Thinking of recovery system like the small Hydrotek?? 200 Gallon tank should be all we need. (I know, famous last words)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulchtank View Post
    Definitely an open trailer, either way. I do need the trailer I have for moving our lift, it's just underutilized, and we're not an exclusive pressure washing company. So we wouldn't be using the PW setup constantly. We have a box trailer plumbed for window cleaning, but its jammed full. Thinking of recovery system like the small Hydrotek?? 200 Gallon tank should be all we need. (I know, famous last words)
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    Testing signature.
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    Good job Steve...thanks
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    A dedicated recovery trailer is nice to have because you can station it in a location away from the washing area and let evaporation do a lot of work for you. Also take into account your setup and tear down time, with it all on a trailer all you have to do is drop the trailer and move the truck to your work area. I think a winch setup would take a while to get in on and off resecure it and don't forget about the added weight of the water when its full and having to work with that.

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    I'm running a special this month for contract cleaners over in the distributor and manufacturer's area for trailers. Selling at dealer cost.
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    Well, its working so far....IMG_20131112_150335_346.jpg
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