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Cayman1
02-01-2013, 10:01 AM
Here it is, finally. 7x14, V front Cargo Wagon from Wells Cargo with electric brakes and torsion axle. Took about 2 months from ordering to get it. It has Coleman Mach III Power Save AC, 30 amp electric, four electric outlets, and two 4' overhead light fixtures. Heat will be provided by a space heater for the moment. Also has roof vent with fan. The walls and ceiling are insulated. Will paint the walls this afternoon with a good semi-gloss to make it easier to clean off my injections squirts. I also have Herculiner in grey for the floor. Keeping my eye out for a stainless work table with built in sink. Currently we use folding tables for prep and will probably keep doing so till we figure out exactly how we want to infill the trailer. Always looking for suggestions, so feel free.

Ron_L
02-01-2013, 10:02 AM
Nice! Congrats!

The Pigman
02-01-2013, 10:29 AM
before painting walls Board of health may not go for that they like the (cant think of name) thin white 4 by 8 sheets that you see in resturants for walls easy to keep clean. you can get it at Lowes.

Cayman1
02-01-2013, 10:50 AM
When they start disallowing paint in restaurant kitchens I guess they can limit what I put on the wall. Don't see the need to cover plywood with frp until I have to.

cpw
02-01-2013, 10:53 AM
before painting walls Board of health may not go for that they like the (cant think of name) thin white 4 by 8 sheets that you see in resturants for walls easy to keep clean. you can get it at Lowes.

It's called FRP (fiber reinforced plastic).

And Cayman, please make sure to include pics of the interior progress. This is the same size trailer I'm thinking about, and I'd like to steal any good ideas you come up with!:mrgreen:

Rich Parker
02-01-2013, 11:15 AM
Nice trailer!

Shiz-Nit
02-01-2013, 11:45 AM
mount a roll up awning on the side for shade, keep a good FULL size spare tire, make sure you have the needed tools to change the trailer tire if needed, caution squares or flair sticks to put behind the trailer in case you have to change a tire so no one will run you over, on board instant water heater, they are small and not to pricey.

big brother smoke
02-01-2013, 11:51 AM
Nice trailer, looking forward to your internal pics too.

Cayman1
02-01-2013, 11:54 AM
It's called FRP (fiber reinforced plastic).

And Cayman, please make sure to include pics of the interior progress. This is the same size trailer I'm thinking about, and I'd like to steal any good ideas you come up with!:mrgreen:

Will do. I think I could have gotten by with the 7x12, but do need the width. Also had side door moved back as close to wheel as possible. Going to try to make front area the prep area.

One other thing, I had it made taller by 6".

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
02-01-2013, 12:00 PM
single axel on a 7x14?? did you order it that way for a reason?

Cast Iron Chef
02-01-2013, 12:06 PM
Nice, Congrats! Also look forward to inside pics.

Freddy j
02-01-2013, 12:07 PM
Always looking for suggestions, so feel free.

Make sure you have plenty of beer!

gettinbasted
02-01-2013, 12:40 PM
Nice!

Pole D
02-01-2013, 01:22 PM
Do you mind sharing a ballpark figure on how much something like that costs?

Diva Q
02-01-2013, 01:53 PM
beautiful

BigBellyBBQ
02-01-2013, 02:03 PM
Nice!! I have work tables, sinks etc if you ever get way up towards Buffalo..NY...really look at the frp board though...works sweet..for clean up...my listing for the stuff is on Buffalo craigs list...for those who might be interested....

Stoke&Smoke
02-01-2013, 02:07 PM
Very nice!

PaPaQ
02-01-2013, 02:13 PM
Nice Trailer!

rib runners
02-01-2013, 03:00 PM
Very Nice!
Will make your load-up, set-up and tear-down so much better.
You'll be warm and cool when you need it.
You will enjoy doing cookoff's so much more.:grin:

ENJOY, Ron

Sawdustguy
02-01-2013, 03:06 PM
Congratulations! Be very careful with that space heater! Space heaters are a fire waiting to happen.

BBQBeaver
02-01-2013, 03:08 PM
Very nice trailer. I ordered a 6X12 vnose that should be in next week.
Wish I had the roof AC, nice touch.

Cloudsmoker
02-01-2013, 03:10 PM
That looks just perfect - mazletov.

ButchB
02-01-2013, 03:37 PM
Nice. I ordered my trailer a week ago hoping it will be here in 2 weeks.

Cayman1
02-01-2013, 04:59 PM
single axel on a 7x14?? did you order it that way for a reason?

Yes, tandem is very hard to move around by hand. Doesn't want to turn.

Space heater using now is a hot oil one that looks like an old hot water radiator. Really does a good job. Spent too many nights freezing my arse off at comps. 2 years ago at about 2:30 am, a big gust of wind picked our popup up about 20-30 feet in the air before we could grab it, took it over the heads of the other teams and right out in the street. That was right after the snow started. We lost a team member that year, he just quit, said he might never thaw out.

Someone asked the price, $5500 without options, $10,500 as it sits.

"Bone to Bark" BBQ
02-01-2013, 05:30 PM
You mentioned new prep tables.... check out "AB Restaurant Equipment" on ebay. Their member ID is "abreq". I got a 24"x48" stainless prep table, with lower storage shelf for $155 and free shipping. They have lots of sizes and choices.

hogzgonewild
02-01-2013, 05:34 PM
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=150892

I just got done with my trailer a few weeks ago. I have 16" if enclosed space, but you may be able to get a few ideas from it.

I too am using a space heater as the heat strip in the AC is useless....

smokeisgood
02-01-2013, 05:47 PM
Looking forward to pics. I have a 6x12 I am using to haul the smoker, tables, tents, etc...thinking about tricking it out to use as well. Only thing is, I'll have to sit at the prep tables, as I cannot stand straight in it, it'a about too 4" short in height..

BBQ_MAFIA
02-01-2013, 07:16 PM
Congrats!

KC_Bobby
02-01-2013, 10:16 PM
We all know the pro's to SS tables and FRP wall. Now the downside, they're heavy.

I managed to turn my 24' Haulmark with a net weight of 3750 to nearly 9000 lbs fully loaded. Great trailer while at comps, but it sucked getting it there and back. If I were to do it again, I'd use aluminum for walls and ceiling and stick with the folding tables with large baking sheets to use for prep. Good oil based paints are good too.

But if you want it licensed for vending, check into your local regs.

Is your weight rating 3500 or 5000 lbs with the single axle?

Cayman1
02-02-2013, 08:29 AM
We all know the pro's to SS tables and FRP wall. Now the downside, they're heavy.

Is your weight rating 3500 or 5000 lbs with the single axle?

3500. Keeping weight down was and is a major factor. That is one of the reasons I am using Herculiner bed liner on the floor rather than say the rubber coin mat material or vct, not carring a big water tank onboard, etc. Not that the truck wouldn't pull it, but gas is expensive plus the wear and tear on the tow vehicle. Heck, we started with EZ Ups and a utility trailer and could have continued that way if getting out of the weather wasn't so important. Price of comfort, I guess.

KC_Bobby
02-02-2013, 11:36 AM
whats the trailer weigh dry and will you transport your smoker(s) in there?

Cayman1
02-02-2013, 03:59 PM
1850 lbs.

We use WSMs so not much weight there. Three 22's, an 18, and a kettle.


Now on the lookout for a stereo tuner with iPod dock. I have speakers that will hang off the trailer drip rail, on a temporary basis while at a comp.

Finished the painting.


http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q181/SPFLDG35/b87c9e89f0e795ec5c59fd1d4bd65e11.jpg

Brauma
02-02-2013, 06:07 PM
Congrats! That's gonna be nice.

JimmyDAL
02-03-2013, 05:09 PM
Nice!

whskyrnnr322
02-03-2013, 06:55 PM
Lookin' Good!

Cayman1
02-12-2013, 11:42 AM
Finally got the walls and floor done. Weather hasn't been cooperating. Had to take trailer back for a leak around ac and that set me back some.

Trying out some ideas for prep area but I think we will use it a few times and get a feel for what we want.

mcbrew13
02-12-2013, 01:02 PM
Nice setup.

Question about the Herculiner....Is that going to be difficult to clean? I have heard of other people using it also. And I would like to do mine but, I am concerned about the gritty texture and cleaning. Anyone have input? Did it take more than one can?

Thanks

Cayman1
02-12-2013, 01:36 PM
Nice setup.

Question about the Herculiner....Is that going to be difficult to clean? I have heard of other people using it also. And I would like to do mine but, I am concerned about the gritty texture and cleaning. Anyone have input? Did it take more than one can?

Thanks

Don't know about cleaning yet. Plan to just hose it out. I caulked the seams along the edge so floor should be sealed everywhere. I like the texture, keeps you from slipping if feet are wet. What I don't need is to to drop a meat just before turn in!

I bought 2 one gallon kits. Product, brush, and rollers. I could have done it with a gallon plus a quart, but I liked not having to clean the rollers, plus gray isn't as easy to find as black. Ordered from Amazon.

DO NOT use without adequate ventilation. It is thinned with Xylene, nasty stuff. I wore a respirator, and a good one. Don't just use a dust mask. Took 2 coats and first coat took about 5 hours to dry enough to get on it for second coat, but like I said, weather wasn't that good. You will need 2 coats as instructions state.

2sonsandthebigguy
02-13-2013, 04:48 AM
By chance where did you pick up that breaker box and cord? what amp is it?

Cayman1
02-13-2013, 06:58 AM
By chance where did you pick up that breaker box and cord? what amp is it?
Factory installed, 30 amp.

Bentley
02-13-2013, 11:11 AM
It is gonna be very nice...maybe one day! Man, would that make competitions so much more pleasent!

Cayman1
02-13-2013, 11:27 AM
Thanks. Got tired of dealing with bad weather.

big brother smoke
02-13-2013, 09:53 PM
Are you putting a fridge in the there? I did my trailer with the Herculiner s well and I really like it. I only really have access to a walking path at comps and I roll out an 8' of kitchen mat for the ankles, knees and ease of clean up.

Cayman1
02-14-2013, 07:03 AM
Haven't really decided on the infill yet. I plan to use it a few times and decide then and not fall prey to the "more is better" idea.

Iamarealbigdog
02-14-2013, 09:05 AM
Interesting concept for the Herculiner, it was an option we were given for our trailer order, I'm kinda on the fence about.

Would you aply it to the door ramp as well?


Mike

Cayman1
02-14-2013, 02:59 PM
I definitely would if the back door was a ramp instead of double doors. I have an old step from when we had a hottub and I plan to use that for a step into the side door. I probably will use some of the remaining Herculiner on the steps so they won't be slick. I also think it will help keep stuff from sliding around inside the trailer while on the road.

I have talked to people that have used in in the bed of a pickup and they said it was difficult if not impossible to remove, and this was from a metal truck bed. I probably would have to change out the floor if I wanted to get rid of it, but to me that is a plus for durability.

If you decide to do it yourself, you can save a bunch. I was quoted $990 and I paid about $150 for each 1 gal. kit and could have gotten by with a gallon and an additional quart but since every place locally carries only black, I didn't want to take the chance of running short so I ordered 2 kits.

Big George's BBQ
02-15-2013, 11:16 AM
Nice trailer