Basic Truck Set Up


#1

This is my first time posting on this site. My name is Scott and I am in the St. Louis, MO area. I had a pressure washing business in TX for 10 years. I mainly did KEC and concrete cleaning. I have started getting equipment together to do house washing and roof cleaning. I have read many posts and appreciate all of the knowledge that can be found on this site. Some of the regulars like @Racer, @squidskc, @Innocentbystander take time out of their busy days to help people and ask nothing in return. They offer sound advice and you can tell they truly want others to succeed.

I have a basic set up. 12v Delivan Fat Boy pump, Comet P36 gas diaphragm pump, Titan electric hose reel, Titan manual hose reel. I am using 200’ of 5/8" Flex Tech hose on the electric reel, and 200’ of 1/2" on the manual reel. At this time the manual reel isn’t hooked up. I have a 125 gal tank that I run the Comet pump with and a 45 gal. Mix tank for the 12v system.

I have a 2015 Chevy Silverado with a camper shell. Has anyone had any luck using a pull out bed slide? When I did KEC cleaning I used 14’ tandem axle open trailers. Unfortunately at this time that isn’t an option so I am left with either using my truck with the shell or getting an enclosed trailer. I was looking at the Cargo Glide 2200 XL. This model extends 100% the length of the bed. If I go with the enclosed trailer it would be either 14’ or 16’.

This is my current set up.


#2

Sweet little setup. How you like that Comet diaphragm pump? Thing puts out a lot of flow. How much more distance are you getting with it than the 12v? Been thinking of one for just roofs.


#3

The Comet works great. I get about 10’ to 15’ more over the 12v. I think it would even get a little further with a shooter tip. Right now I use the 12v to apply chem and rinse with the Comet. I was lucky enough to find the complete Deluxe system that Power Wash.com sells. I paid $700 for it all.


#4

Save up, get a pressure washer and you will be able to soap and rinse with the same machine. More quicker and more efficient .


#5

I haven’t seen many guys use the camper shell, but that looks like a great clean and compact setup. Nice!


#6

Working out of a camper shell doesn’t sound comfortable lol, but hey if it works and it’s making you money! I’d like to build something similar to start, probably with a 4 or 5.5 gpm washer


#7

That is the plan. I am looking for an 8 @ 3000 or 8 @ 3500.
When I did KEC I used hot water machine that was 5.6 @3500 and never had any issues.


#8

I don’t think you need a pull out bed, you just need to open the sides for ventilation and to run a hose to the house to fill your buffer tank
You can run your pressure hose out the tailgate


#9

Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad it’s all been helpful. I’m with @DoubleH. I don’t think you need a slide out. Probably a big expense for not a big return. Whether it were a trailer or a flatbed or whatever, the big stuff stays put.

I’d definitely consider @Innocentbystander’s advice on buying a pressure washer for house washing and toss the roof pump on one of these when I needed it. https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Explore-ProSeries-63153-Rambler/dp/B001G4Z5J0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1542054176&sr=8-3&keywords=hitch+rack

You can wash 500 house out of the set up you have if you swap the roof pump for a pressure washer.


#10

Vinny D showed up to the forum a couple months ago with a truck bed set up that wasn’t pretty, but it was organized and will make him good money. He had a video of one of those plastic organizers for the back seat of his truck to organize the stuff to keep dry. I stole the idea and ordered a second one for the other side of the truck. I’ll take a pic of what I’m talking about.

It’s perfect for taking in and out of the truck when you’re not working out of it.


#11

Gotta link for that thread? I missed it


#12

I tried to find it. But I don’t remember his screen name. I find the video when I’m home.


#13


#14

That is way to much organization for a normal man. But you were Navy and I’ve heard stories so I guess I understand


#15

You should see my shop toolboxes then. Every tub in the shop has a label with an inventory of what’s inside.

It might make you puke. LOL

Hahaha I won’t even mention the different file folders holding different grits of sandpaper neatly labeled.


#16

I have different piles in different places that vaguely resemble each other


#17

^^^This is me

^^^And this is what I aspire to :laughing:


#18

Nobody should aspire to this. I’m a crazy person. I’m the guy that if I stay in a hotel for more than three days I put my clothes in the drawers.


#19

I’m the same way. Was in Denver for 4 days last week and hung my clothes up within the first hour…


#20

When the heck you have time to do all that? I’ve been trying find time to change an o’ring on a QC for a week.