Should you go for a trailer-mounted rig? There’s quite a lot to consider before making the call- cost, convenience, safety and security, flexibility, portability, and aesthetic appeal are but a few of them! Then comes the most important question- how do you clean your trailer-mounted rig? In this blog, we will go in-depth about the pros and cons of a trailer-mounted rig and a thorough idea of how the cleaning will look.
Pros of a Trailer-Mounted Rig
Here’s what you get with a trailer-mounted rig that makes it worth the money:
- Mobility: they can be parked at the job site without a hitch
- Flexible: they can be hooked to other trucks, in case a regular truck breaks down
- Easier to secure: they usually have a much lower risk of theft
- Attractive: they draw more attention, with considerably more curb appeal and a professional aesthetic
- Facilitates business expansion: building and kickstarting a pressure washing business with the help of trailers instead of truck-mounted rigs can be ideal since you don’t need to buy a brand new truck to drive a new income stream
With a trailer, you simply purchase it and bam- no fuel, the least amount of maintenance, lower acquisition cost, pressure washing equipment, extra insurance, and installation.
Cons of a Trailer-Mounted Rig
Here are some deterrents you might want to keep in mind:
- More expense up-front: well, this is only true if you already own a trust, because else, trailers are much more affordable options
- Highly specialized and exclusive: mobile pressure washing trailers are not for multi-use, and can solely be used in the business of pressure cleaning
Everything You Need for Trailer-Mounted Rig Cleaning
Here’s everything you need for a fully functional trailer-mounted cleaning system:
Hot water capabilities: a hot water burner is a no-brainer. In this job, time is money, and hot water is by far the single best way to drive efficiency to your cleaning process. The extra heat getting into the surface and knocking all organic material loose catalyzes the process.
Triplex plunger pump: for your estimate, the biggest direct-drive triplex plunger pumps offer 4.5 GPM of water at a tremendous 5,000 PSI.
Commercial-duty engine: this will be required to power the beefy triplex plunger pump.
Hose reels: look out for 4 main kinds of hose reels that are usually found on pressure cleaning trailers: hand crank where you use your own muscle to crank up the hose into the reel; spring driven where you pull the hose out and a quick tug activates the spring which automatically reels the hose in; electric driven where you push a button to activate the electric motor that reels the hose in; and lastly, pivoting with one of the above-mentioned retracting methods which will be mounted to an arm to let rotation of nearly 150 degrees.
Fuel tanks: large commercial engines tend to burn a lot of gasoline so you will need an onboard fuel tank. The same applies for hot water kerosene/oil/diesel burners. Setups without large fuel tanks will inevitably need to have them added prior to use.
Water tank: any mobile power washing rig worth its value has to have a large water tank. An hour worth of water is the bare minimum, so if you have an 8 GPM pressure washer at hand, you might want a 480 gallon water tank.
Detergent tanks: Apart from hot water, chemicals are considered the most effective way to clean faster. Note that different surfaces will need different chemical solutions so keep a variety of detergent tanks onboard.
That’s all there is to know about trailer-mounted rigs and their cleaning!