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Brew-B-Q
03-02-2011, 05:35 PM
So lots of posts are about people wanting to buy trailers, but has anyone gone the other way and dumped the trailer for the minimalist approach? I've been considering trading my superior and trailer for a trailer mounted smoker, which would require me to do all of my work outside again. Just curious if anyone has made that switch and whether they regret it.

Coz
03-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Brother I am doing the trailer mounted cooker with EZ ups and if that damned salmon boat ever sells it will be an enclosed trailer ...........

swamprb
03-02-2011, 07:02 PM
...well, I was in the same boat as Coz. I had a little 5x8 enclosed, served me well, but another cook bought a trailer pit and that put a 6x10 w/ramp on the market and gave me first shot. I jumped and got a sweet deal on it, but then I had 4 trailers in my yard and my OL pitchin' a bitch any time I sat down. Throw some nets down and you'd think I was on the res! Got to the point trying to sell the 5x8, I'd trade a cooker for it, but then I'd never hear the end of that! It finally sold!

bmanMA
03-02-2011, 07:04 PM
Yes, I will trade you my EZ-Up for your enclosed trailer.

RobKC
03-02-2011, 07:45 PM
I'm switching from an enclosed trailer to 2 trailer mounted Superior SS-2s and canopies. Partly because of increased travel distances after my move to SC and mostly because I'm tired of loading and unloading the smokers.

Coz
03-02-2011, 08:07 PM
My plan is a enclosed with the swing open doors and I will make a small aluminum deck that is hinged and will swing down to roll the cookers out on. When I go on friday by my self setting up sucks and when your tired on saturday it sucks to put it away. I would like to do more contests but the wife cant get away much more so by doing this it would be a lot easier for me to do contests solo.

Scottie
03-02-2011, 08:21 PM
I'll be cooking under a Ez-Up this year... or at least not with the RV at every contest.

crd26a
03-02-2011, 10:21 PM
Perfect world I'd have a porch trailer enclosed and a small utility setup for contest in spring / fall where the weather was going to cooperate. As much as the minimalist approach sounds great, the last thing I'd want is to be fighting EZ Ups in a Midwest Thunderstorm or a 95+ degree day with 90% humidity and no AC

WhiskeyBentBBQ
03-02-2011, 10:25 PM
Having gone from the EZ Up to a trailer, I couldn't imagine going back. We are flying out to cook Vegas tho so we will get a reminder of the EZ Up way of life!

rksylves
03-03-2011, 06:10 AM
I currently cook under an EZ-Up and I'm strongly considering not competing any more until the trailer is finished. IT SUCKS. My back is screaming by the time I get done loading all the stuff in and out of the back of the truck.

During the January/February months it's a constant fight with the winds and cold. During the summer months it's the heat and rain. Again I say, It Sucks.

Russ

Finney
03-03-2011, 06:32 AM
I'm switching from an enclosed trailer to 2 trailer mounted Superior SS-2s and canopies. Partly because of increased travel distances after my move to SC and mostly because I'm tired of loading and unloading the smokers.

I'm going from one trailer mounted Superior Smokers SS-Something (it was a proto-type of one that didn't go to production) to two trailer mounted Superior Smokers SS-2s this year. In fact, they went to the painter yesterday and getting primed today.

I might buy a better canopy this year, but an enclosed trailer is not in the plans for anytime soon.

Brew-B-Q
03-03-2011, 06:55 AM
Thanks for the feedback. I don't have AC in my trailer now, so if anything, it is hotter in there than being outside. My biggest concern giving up the trailer is the damn thunderstorms that seem to pop up everywhere I cook. I'm going to go through the trailer this week or next and try to determine how much stuff I'm lugging around but not really using, and how practical it would be to work out of my truck.

Big George's BBQ
03-03-2011, 07:44 AM
I would love trailer with AC but the money is not there. I have a stick burner and like it but want to change to a BWS or something like it. I am tired of packing and unpacking. I would like to do more contest than I do but I just cant stay up and monitor the stick burner. That kills me for several days after the contest

BChawg
03-03-2011, 09:48 AM
With the AC typically comes the need for a generator and so on and so forth. -- it's a vicious cycle either way you go -- You will pay the luxury tax for using the trailer, truck, etc. But you will always enjoy the amenity -- If you are just doing the 4 KCBS categories at an event it seems like overkill to have the trailer -- but that's who we are in the end! And yes -- trading the trailer for the tent concept is making more sense all the time, I'm just not all that sensible.

Clark

crd26a
03-03-2011, 10:30 AM
I would love trailer with AC but the money is not there. I have a stick burner and like it but want to change to a BWS or something like it. I am tired of packing and unpacking. I would like to do more contest than I do but I just cant stay up and monitor the stick burner. That kills me for several days after the contest

Just keep checking craigslist, you'll never know what you'll find. The 7 x 16 trailer we picked up last year had cabinets electircal & an old RV AC a previous owner had put in and we ended up with it for around $3,600. If you're only running the A/C, you usually can still hook it up on a 20 AMP power draw, which is close to the standard power around KC.

Having gone through thunderstorms, 100 degree days, 20 degree days etc., I'm happy to have the trailer. Just wish it was a porch trailer vs. loading / unloading smokers.

smoke-n-my-i's
03-03-2011, 04:32 PM
This will be year 5 under the tent.... and yes, I had an enclosed trailer until I totaled it right after Christmas. No insurance like I was told that it was covered but wasn't..... so, down sizing for a while.

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
03-03-2011, 04:41 PM
Im going from EZUPs to a 24 foot enclosed with AC. That heat, rain, and cold is for the birds.

DawgPhan
03-03-2011, 04:55 PM
I would imagine if gas stays up we will see a lot more ez-ups at the contests and less rvs and huge trailers.

ique
03-03-2011, 05:17 PM
Really hot or pouring rain and I am jealous of a trailer. Overall though I love being able to set up in 30 minutes, couple tables, EZUP and my jambo. Defintely love being able to bomb home at 80mph :heh:

When I can I'll get a cheap local hotel room for a couple hours of sleep and a hot shower.

Alexa RnQ
03-03-2011, 05:54 PM
We've competed under one to three canopies for as long as we've been doing this. If we were in an area like some of you, where we could choose between several contests within a four-hour or less drive on any given weekend, you know we'd be in a trailer because we're old and love our comforts.

But with as much travel as we have to do, even the little pull-along 5x8 was killing us. Speed limits, gas consumption -- it was a pain. When we inherited a minivan, we stripped down the pack and got it all in there -- 4 WSMs, two canopies, tables, boxes, blah blah blah.

The first time VQ computed the mileage on a trip leg and it was nearly 27mpg, I thought he might weep a tear of joy. I know I was happy to cut at least two hours off our longer trips.

So pick your tradeoff -- comfort and expense vs. speed, mobility, strike range.

jrbBBQ
03-03-2011, 09:02 PM
This is my first year competing and as of right now with less than a month away from my first contest I am planning on using 2-22 1/2 WSM and a 22 1/2 weber gold with three folding tables and 2-10x10 ez-ups. I'm actually looking for a small enclosed trailer to haul things/prep work. I'm sure I'll learn alot by screwing up and forgetting things, but any advice would be appreciated!

Brew-B-Q
03-03-2011, 10:45 PM
I love being able to set up in 30 minutes, couple tables, EZUP and my jambo. Defintely love being able to bomb home at 80mph

While I won't have a Jambo, that sounds just right.


So pick your tradeoff -- comfort and expense vs. speed, mobility, strike range.

That's what I'm debating. I'm trying to simplify things, and right now the combination of a trailer I need to store off-site and a smoker that isn't portable without the trailer is a drag.

I can't compete as often as most of you, but I want to be able to enjoy my bbq and take it other places when needed.

River City Smokehouse
03-04-2011, 06:12 AM
I had cooked for 10 years. I went the trailer route and even have the cooker vented so I cook while inside too. I won't look back. There are way too many advantages IMO of having the enclosed kitchen. Dry shelter during inclimate weather is a big plus. Easy set up and take down, running hot and cold water, refrigeration, proper lighting, a/c and heat, storage, and no loading/unloading the truck. I like to be able to just was a few things in the sink and wipe down the stainless and hit the road.

thillin
03-04-2011, 08:59 AM
The other plus of a trailer is loading/unloading at your convinience. I load mine a week in advance and unload a couple days after. I'm beat after a comp and do not want to unload my truck.

Bones
03-04-2011, 09:16 AM
To me the major disadvantage with the EZ-UP method is the wind factor. I can deal with the rain, cold, heat and etc. But when they tell you that 70 MPH winds are coming what do you do? Elk Grove 2009. I unhooked 3 sides of the top but the wind was so strong that it still destroyed the frame.
I am with you on this one as I have some contest I would like to do but my BWC is toooo much to load in the back of my truck.

Brew-B-Q
03-04-2011, 09:25 AM
Yeah, the wind is the real issue. My canopy survived elk grove without having to take it down, but I think that was because the trailer was blocking the wind....

Bones
03-04-2011, 09:32 AM
Yeah, the wind is the real issue. My canopy survived elk grove without having to take it down, but I think that was because the trailer was blocking the wind....

We had the lid blow off of the weber kettle so if you us bullets I assume the same could happen. One would have to hold the lids and canopy at the same time. it would be a mess if a bullet turned blew over.

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
03-04-2011, 09:33 AM
To me the major disadvantage with the EZ-UP method is the wind factor. I can deal with the rain, cold, heat and etc. But when they tell you that 70 MPH winds are coming what do you do? Elk Grove 2009. I unhooked 3 sides of the top but the wind was so strong that it still destroyed the frame.
I am with you on this one as I have some contest I would like to do but my BWC is toooo much to load in the back of my truck.

Building turn in boxes in that kinda wind had to be awesome.

Sawdustguy
03-04-2011, 09:33 AM
We have ditched our trailer. We sold it to Brendan of Transformer BBQ. It was becoming a chore to haul the beast around. Now we travel much lighter with a couple of Ez-Up canopies. We can set-up, tear down and leave right after the awards. The trailer had some advantages but the upkeep was a pain in the a$$.

Bones
03-04-2011, 09:45 AM
Building turn in boxes in that kinda wind had to be awesome.

The wind was on friday evening so the boxes did not come into play.

Brew-B-Q
03-04-2011, 10:18 AM
We had the lid blow off of the weber kettle so if you us bullets I assume the same could happen. One would have to hold the lids and canopy at the same time. it would be a mess if a bullet turned blew over.

I don't know what I'll be cooking on if I go this route, but it will be heavy enough to not blow over. I know that much for sure.

Stoke&Smoke
03-04-2011, 12:25 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I don't have AC in my trailer now, so if anything, it is hotter in there than being outside. My biggest concern giving up the trailer is the damn thunderstorms that seem to pop up everywhere I cook. I'm going to go through the trailer this week or next and try to determine how much stuff I'm lugging around but not really using, and how practical it would be to work out of my truck.

Pat, think Elk Grove...you sure about this???:crazy:

Plowboy
03-04-2011, 12:33 PM
I'm going to haul my FEC-500 to a few this year with an EZ-Up. Sometimes, it is just easier.

Stoke&Smoke
03-04-2011, 12:39 PM
Just out of curiosity, what sort of cooker are you thinking Pat? Inquiring minds want to know?

Brew-B-Q
03-04-2011, 01:48 PM
I'm not really too far down the path, just kicking around some ideas in my head. I'm pretty sure the other half of my team will quit if I sell the trailer, or at least bitch a whole lot.

But, to answer your question I've never cooked on an offset smoker and have been itching to play with one for a while. Also like the horizontal gravity fed concept.

Bones
03-04-2011, 08:39 PM
I'm not really too far down the path, just kicking around some ideas in my head. I'm pretty sure the other half of my team will quit if I sell the trailer, or at least bitch a whole lot.

But, to answer your question I've never cooked on an offset smoker and have been itching to play with one for a while. Also like the horizontal gravity fed concept.

"""I'm pretty sure the other half of my team will quit if I sell the trailer, or at least bitch a whole lot."""""" He wouldn't do that would he???

I have only cooked on cheap off-sets and I like them. I would hate to tend one all night.

Bigdog
03-05-2011, 10:24 AM
I'm going to haul my FEC-500 to a few this year with an EZ-Up. Sometimes, it is just easier.

I agree with Todd. Flexibility is the key. Sometimes AC is a must and sometimes it's better to cook outside. Everything has advantages and disadvantages.

smalls65
03-05-2011, 10:43 AM
Really hot or pouring rain and I am jealous of a trailer. Overall though I love being able to set up in 30 minutes, couple tables, EZUP and my jambo. Defintely love being able to bomb home at 80mph :heh:

When I can I'll get a cheap local hotel room for a couple hours of sleep and a hot shower.


That's ho:thumb:w we do it too!!!!

Ron_L
03-05-2011, 12:49 PM
I'm not really too far down the path, just kicking around some ideas in my head. I'm pretty sure the other half of my team will quit if I sell the trailer, or at least bitch a whole lot.

But, to answer your question I've never cooked on an offset smoker and have been itching to play with one for a while. Also like the horizontal gravity fed concept.

Jay at Spicewine Ironworks makes a very nice cooker, and his trailer versions are reasonably priced.