Pulled the trigger on several of the major components of my first rig. With size/weight/budget limitations of my small Transit Connect tow vehicle, this is starting as a side hustle but already had some neighbors driveway cleanings with a small 2.3 gal borrowed machine. Really worked for that money - SLOW.
Starting with a 5.5G/3k Honda/GP belt drive, 19-inch Whisper Wash Ultra Clean. For now I’m planning on using an X-Jet, but will also downstream.
I have to select and plan the layout for my small Featherlite trailer for what will likely be a 55-Gal buffer tank (at max). Initially not planning a dedicated softwash system, but would like to build the trailer layout with it’s later addition in mind.
Surface cleaner, lances/guns, ladder, pump sprayers, chem bottles, etc, I’ll throw in the back of my van instead of riding on the trailer, but it will require some mods to mount everything for sure, including securing the cart-based washer to the aluminum deck.
The usable deck space is actually roughly 54x94 inches. This model trailer has been discontinued, they don’t make one this small anymore, so finding stake-sides is proving a bit difficult, so I’m contemplating crafting my own custom frame using the stake pockets for 1.5-inch Aluminum T-slot extrusions from 80/20. I’ve built several portable carts and other projects from the stuff so am familiar with it, and I’d like to avoid putting dozens of holes through the aluminum deck floor of the trailer, since it doesn’t have a wood board base, and since the edges of the trailer are so low and minimal, I’ll need a little more robust framing to just keep everything in the trailer. I searched the forum but didn’t find anything like what I’m describing.
Anyone used this for a similar application of building frames and support structures to secure tanks, reels, washers, etc? I’m leaning towards building with vertical tanks to save footprint size, and for a variety of reasons I have about 1500 lbs to work with.
Stoked and ready to get started.