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Old 03-01-2018, 10:52 AM   #16
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Ive been on the same mission as you lately. I'm in a 7x14 that gets really cramped for cooking and camping. With just me and my young son, I need to get a lot more efficient with my time and space.

I took Blanton's advice in the offseason and got a 5' SS table with bottom shelf. I got one of the Sterilite wide 5 drawer tower and one of the 3 drawer and combined them into two 4 drawer totes that fit perfectly under the table. Also picked up three of the 22" speed rails on webstaurantstore.com - two for holding rubs and one for my roll of foil. I'm also working on fabbing some folding bunks like these:
http://smokerbuilder.com/forums/down...3992&mode=view
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:58 PM   #17
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Ive been on the same mission as you lately. I'm in a 7x14 that gets really cramped for cooking and camping. With just me and my young son, I need to get a lot more efficient with my time and space.

I took Blanton's advice in the offseason and got a 5' SS table with bottom shelf. I got one of the Sterilite wide 5 drawer tower and one of the 3 drawer and combined them into two 4 drawer totes that fit perfectly under the table. Also picked up three of the 22" speed rails on webstaurantstore.com - two for holding rubs and one for my roll of foil. I'm also working on fabbing some folding bunks like these:
http://smokerbuilder.com/forums/down...3992&mode=view
Stop by my trailer this weekend and I will show you how I put together my bunks. Did it for under $200 and they are strong enough to hold E-Cig.
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:47 PM   #18
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With all due respect, man that looks like a lot of stuff! I do have a trailer so I might have the same amount. I'll make a list and see. But I'm thinking about 1/4 of that space or less is what I'm using.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:20 PM   #19
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I am also very interested to hear how folks with more experience have condensed and optimized their storage and workflow.

I have a 6' x 12' single axle trailer that needs to haul 4 Gateway Drums. Total load capacity is like 1300 pounds and the 4 drums are probably 360 pounds of it.

In bad weather I need to work in the trailer otherwise I'm out under two EZ Ups tents. I also mostly cook alone so minimizing what I need to deal with is a constant learning process. I use a Craftsman rolling tool chest for cookware like injectors knives etc. I was planning on a microwave to heat sauces since I no longer would need pots. Just heat the plastic container.

I'm sure a pro could cut out at least half of what I haul around.
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Old 03-01-2018, 06:22 PM   #20
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For a sink, I use a 5gal beverage cooler to hold hot water, run water with tubing through a marine foot pump, to pump the water to a laundry sink, that drains into 5 gal bucket. I've attached a soap and paper towel dispensers to it. Had to attach the sink base to a couple 2x4s for weight to counter the foot pump. Works well, and I have a 2nd water cooler for a backup of hot water during turn ins and for cleanup afterwards. I hate running out of hot water with 5 or 6 things left and having to do dishes when I got home. It's completely portable, doesn't need electricity or running water. I use a propane campstove to heat up the water in a 7gal kettle.
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Old 03-01-2018, 07:18 PM   #21
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Ive been on the same mission as you lately. I'm in a 7x14 that gets really cramped for cooking and camping. With just me and my young son, I need to get a lot more efficient with my time and space.

I took Blanton's advice in the offseason and got a 5' SS table with bottom shelf. I got one of the Sterilite wide 5 drawer tower and one of the 3 drawer and combined them into two 4 drawer totes that fit perfectly under the table. Also picked up three of the 22" speed rails on webstaurantstore.com - two for holding rubs and one for my roll of foil. I'm also working on fabbing some folding bunks like these:
http://smokerbuilder.com/forums/down...3992&mode=view


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Old 03-02-2018, 05:05 AM   #22
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Yeh I couldn’t view pic in the link either. I would love to see it.
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Old 03-02-2018, 08:02 AM   #23
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Old 03-02-2018, 09:06 AM   #24
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Sold my trailer last fall for a toy hauler - starting over... But the last setup was a 7X14 V-nose. Installed winch, insulated ceiling, painted inside, etc. The best things for use were running electricity (single input on trailer to lights and outlets throughout) and a fixed workstation. Bolted two cheap white builder grade drawer cabinets to floor and ran a laminate countertop between the two. I left enough room in the back for an air mattress at night (solo cook). Worked out well and not too hard on budget.

I never worried about a water setup much - just used 5G water coolers and kept as much as possible disposable. Throw the few dirty utensils in a bus tub and do at home.
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With all due respect, man that looks like a lot of stuff! I do have a trailer so I might have the same amount. I'll make a list and see. But I'm thinking about 1/4 of that space or less is what I'm using.
This! Most people only need half of what you think you need. Make two lists. One that says things I need to turn in a box on time. The other list name it things I would like to have just in case. Leave the second list of items at home and you will be surprised at how little you actually need.
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I am also very interested to hear how folks with more experience have condensed and optimized their storage and workflow.

I have a 6' x 12' single axle trailer that needs to haul 4 Gateway Drums. Total load capacity is like 1300 pounds and the 4 drums are probably 360 pounds of it.

In bad weather I need to work in the trailer otherwise I'm out under two EZ Ups tents. I also mostly cook alone so minimizing what I need to deal with is a constant learning process. I use a Craftsman rolling tool chest for cookware like injectors knives etc. I was planning on a microwave to heat sauces since I no longer would need pots. Just heat the plastic container.

I'm sure a pro could cut out at least half of what I haul around.

mount speed rails to the walls of your trailer one for foil, and two for spices, sugar, sauce etc... I also use a knife case that I hang from suction cups attached to the wall that way they are in front of me when I need them. Dishes like muffin pans, fat separator, pot for chicken sauce, etc all go in a tote under my work table. ditch the microwave, and keep one of your drums hot and heat sauce up on that in pans. I use an empty cooler to put all my dishes in. anything that I'm not going to need to use onsite again get's put in the cooler. Takes about 40 minutes to do all the dishes the next day at home, but it's worth it.
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No offense, trailers are so last year. Minivans are the new hot thing.
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^......LOL, yep, but somehow I dont think my 1000lb. water cooker will fit in the back of that thing.
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This! Most people only need half of what you think you need. Make two lists. One that says things I need to turn in a box on time. The other list name it things I would like to have just in case. Leave the second list of items at home and you will be surprised at how little you actually need.
man I totally hear you, but I am so anal that I am always worried that something will break or we will have needed it the one time I dont bring it!!! that would be just my luck.

but even outside of my fear/anal nature, we do actually run into situations where there have been comps that I needed 150' of extension cords to get power to my camp. I've been where I had to have right at close to 100' in water hoses to get water to my camp. so i wind up bringing so much of that stuff.....and it's not that big of a deal to bring it because we can leave the "extra" in totes that dont come off the trailer etc. but I just dont think I could leave home without alot of those things for fear of what could "possibly" happen.....lol
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No offense, trailers are so last year. Minivans are the new hot thing.
We compete out of a minivan too! Works out much better than I ever imagined

Once you empty out the contents, the van has tons of room to sleep

Also keeps us limited on what we bring to compete
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