So here’s what I got. I know a 55 gal buffer tank is not ideal but it’s where I’m at. I plan on removing the wheels and handle from my pressure washer and using the tool box as dry box for my 12 volt system. I don’t plan on adding any ladder racks due to me having a truck. In the future I may add a rack for another 55 gal tank and have it feed into the bottom one giving me 110 gal of water. I also am going to mount reels on the passenger side. Not sure if I’m missing anything. Thank you all in advance.
Jeremy, Before you get too far, I’d paint the trailer to match your truck. That would be a sweet looking setup.
Looks like a pretty good start! I have a few basic suggestions. Keep the 12v out of that toolbox and use it for tools, wands, spare parts, etc. Get a cheap box for the 12v. Do whatever you can to maximize floorspace and then build up from there. And I’m with Rick I would paint it to match your truck. It would look great
How important is the box for the 12v pumps? I haven’t put either of mine in boxes yet they are mounted where rain can hit them…
Looking good. You should be fine with a 55 gallon buffer unless a majority of houses have wells in the area. If you ever upgrade to an 8 gpm machine you’ll probably want to go bigger though.
You don’t have room for a box, lol.
Lol yeah that’s actually the real reason I don’t have one yet, I need to make the room! Next up is a custom lumber rack to mount a General storage box above the cab and two more electric hose reels above the buffer tank. Once that’s in I’ll be 100% finished with this build.
I’d just go get a cheap battery box and put it over it when not in use. My 12v has sat out in heavy rain and still works just fine.
@PWP5gpm first things first your tanks are mounted all wrong, turn them around, they are designed to be strapped down horizontally not vertically, and an added bonus you’ll get less water sploshing around (you shouldn’t be carrying water anyway). leave the tools in your truck you have a full sized truck no need to carry everything on the trailer like tools etc. A 12v pump is perfectly fine to sit outside they are a somewhat sealed unit, however do put a bit of heat shrink around your connectors for a bit more weather proofing. That big black box you have there is a bit overkill for a 12v setup get rid of it’s using up space.
@Seandz not very important at all, I would only use a box to house the battery the rest of it can jerk off outside.
Well darn. @MuscleMyHustle I have made some adjustments to the trailer for that dang box so honestly it’ll probably stay. I thought the box may have been necessary off of a trailer build I saw from @Racer. I can adjust the tanks. The color match would be awesome. I wish I had thought of it when I painted it red. Though nothing a few cans spray paint can’t fix. I got the trailer from a softwash trade. I did plan on using the box for wands ect. I work full time and started really getting into this last year on the side. The year before is when I got my business going and had no idea about this site and was pretty ignorant until I stumbled on here. I’m basically trying to set it up for ease of pulling up to it and pulling out without having a bunch of stuff in my truck. Also not having to deal with loading and unloading. I did that last year and would at times forget something or was just plan too wore out to unload. That machine is a monster to pull on and off the truck plus all the other odds and ends. I suppose like the old song says if you’re going to be dumb you got to be tough. I will regroup though. Thank you all for your honest help! Oh yeah I see a lot of you say you can run those machines in the rain. I was always scared it would mess up the motor somehow but I suppose I am wrong. Rick do you rinse your equipment while still hot?
We run ours in the rain all the time, like the tool box , we have one as well ,could you put it in your truck though to give the trailer more room, you can also take the tires of the PW and mount it to the floor now that you have a nice trailer, good job bubby.
I’d keep the toolbox on the front for what you have. Lot easier for carrying stuff there than in truck. Spares take up a lot of room when you figure guns, hose, parts, gloves, tape, plastic, spare 12v, fittings, etc. You’ve seen one on front of my trailer and it’s packed. You don’t have to keep your 12v in a box, I just think it’s a lot cleaner looking and it does protect it some, especially the wiring. But you can get by with just one of those heavy duty plastic ones from HD. They make a small one, think it’s a Rigid that will hold your pump and battery and has rollers on it for about $60. Or the big one is about $80, but it’s too big. What I used for my 1st build, but wasn’t necessary looking back. I’ll take pic of mine at shop today and post on here tonite.
The one thing I like about having it in box is that if you leave your trailer outside and live where it freezes, can just release disconnects and roll it inside.
Short folks wash to I guess, I think when @Greenman finally gets going, He’ll need a Tommy lift for the back of his trailer
Easy man I’m only 5’5"
Yeah go with @Racer then.
Dont tempt me! That thing would be handy as hell!
On a slightly unrelated note, I see all these units mounted on skids or pallets. Do all of you guys have forklifts or are you all using something like an engine hoist to put then in and out of the vehicle’s?
I use my farm tractor with a front end loader to move anything around if need be, Those PW skids have pick points. We also have the blessing of a farm service’s up in town, it’s like a southern states, Anyways if I get anything big I get it shipped there, they have a forklift I can use to load it @Greenman . Awesome folks, Love small towns !
I thought it was illegal in many states?