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Old 12-17-2015, 07:17 AM   #2061
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Looking for a suggestion on lights.

My trailer is 8' x 18'. I keep my brake (10'6") set up on the driver's side, all the time. I bend aluminum inside the trailer.
Currently I have 2 fluorescent work lights set up. They don't work the best. It creates shadows and glares on the aluminum that make it a little difficult to see my marks.
I purchased 2 LED shop lights. Now I'm thinking they are too bright for the small space. I have 2 in my 2 car garage and they light it up just fine. So for a smaller space, I think I would have to wear sunglasses inside the trailer.

In the above pics, it appears he has used LED strip lights. About 4 rows. I don't think this will work for me because the ribs of the trailer are exposed. I think the strips will sag between the ribs. I thought about running the strips on top of the ribs. The 8' direction all the way down. Not knowing much about the way the strips are set up, I don't know if I could wire them in that way. I doubt it.

As far as electrical, currently I plug in my trailer, run 2 lights, a radio, and a tower heater.

Unless someone has a better idea, I will probably return the shop lights I purchased and get 2 lights that are single strip LED.

I appreciate the help.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:59 AM   #2062
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In the above pics, it appears he has used LED strip lights. About 4 rows. I don't think this will work for me because the ribs of the trailer are exposed.
If you mean you'd want to run them perpendicular to the ribs, put up some furring strips and mount them on those. They usually come with a self-adhesive backing, though reviews on the ones I got said it wasn't all that great. For insurance, I used 3M double-sided tape.

In my van, two strips would be plenty for seeing those pencil marks. Might take a couple more in a trailer.

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Old 12-18-2015, 12:03 AM   #2063
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finally added some puck lighting.....was tired of using the flash light to access the trailer at night:/






a $30 set of 6 puck lights
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Old 12-18-2015, 07:06 AM   #2064
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That's a good idea about furring strips. I have about 6'8" of inside height so I could do it and it wouldn't be too low.

I did some research on the light strips. Looks like you cut them to the length you want. Then there is a connector that pinches the end. They are labeled positive and negative. The connector then wires into a voltage reducer. Definitely seems like a possibility.

I never painted the inside of my trailer. Your van is white on the inside. My trailer is aged plywood brown. I should have painted it.

Although I like the LED strips. I think I will just return the lights with the double rows of LED and get lights with a single row of LED. For myself. It will be a lot easier to install.

Thank you for your input.
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Started first phase of the new trailer build.

Definitely need to thank everyone on here for sharing all of their great design ideas; Spencer has been a big influence and of course Ron Paulk has made a big impact on layout.

Had my buddy over last night, he's an industrial electrician and an artist with conduit. Went over the layout for electrical and planned phase two.
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Started first phase of the new trailer build.

Definitely need to thank everyone on here for sharing all of their great design ideas; Spencer has been a big influence and of course Ron Paulk has made a big impact on layout.

Had my buddy over last night, he's an industrial electrician and an artist with conduit. Went over the layout for electrical and planned phase two.
Looking good.
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Looks sharp! Hopefully next year I can pick up another trailer and put everything I learned building my current one to use in a re design of my next


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I would try to build some shelves like I see here, but mine would turn out like this:

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That's a good idea about furring strips. I have about 6'8" of inside height so I could do it and it wouldn't be too low.

I did some research on the light strips. Looks like you cut them to the length you want. Then there is a connector that pinches the end. They are labeled positive and negative. The connector then wires into a voltage reducer. Definitely seems like a possibility.

I never painted the inside of my trailer. Your van is white on the inside. My trailer is aged plywood brown. I should have painted it.

Although I like the LED strips. I think I will just return the lights with the double rows of LED and get lights with a single row of LED. For myself. It will be a lot easier to install.

Thank you for your input.
I used small cut pieces of 1/4" thick lattice between the ribs and roof skin on mine. After those were installed I ran two 16ft strips of 5630 LEDs from front to back on my 16 footer. I'm thinking about two more strips and getting a single power supply to run those plus a 20" LED bar at the outside top of the back door. Two LED bars creates plenty of light but placement of just two creates shadows. Four would knock that out, but we never work inside the trailer.

My guys expressed interest in working inside the trailer until summer came and they changed their minds. I used 3M double sided carpet tape to attach my lights but the jury is still out on how long that will hold. That stuff is very sticky though.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:26 PM   #2070
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I have a fan set up in the front, hanging close to the ceiling. The heat hasn't been an issue for me, but the only thing I do, in the trailer, is bend aluminum.
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So I think I am going to pick up my first trailer tomorrow.

A van is out of my price range right now and I need something to get my business off the ground.

Best I found locally was a brand new "Wells Cargo" 6x10, with side door and rear ramp, bull nose front not a full V.

Its $3150.

I am only doing finish carpentry so I need it to fit 8' boards from time to time and hold my tools. It has to fit in my driveway with 2 cars so a larger unit is not really doable.

Here is my plan for it.

What you guys think?
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Got some New Years trailer cleaning and organizing done!


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Man that looks good.
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So I think I am going to pick up my first trailer tomorrow.



A van is out of my price range right now and I need something to get my business off the ground.



Best I found locally was a brand new "Wells Cargo" 6x10, with side door and rear ramp, bull nose front not a full V.



Its $3150.



I am only doing finish carpentry so I need it to fit 8' boards from time to time and hold my tools. It has to fit in my driveway with 2 cars so a larger unit is not really doable.



Here is my plan for it.



What you guys think?

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I'm sure your needs are different than mine, but I have found that you need a large area for fastener storage. Every little box of screws, nails, Brads, etc takes up a lot of space. And if you want to be able to find anything in there, it needs to be organized.
Also do you need sawhorses and step ladders?
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What size of trailer is that?
Have you had any issues with keeping your cordless tools in one shelf like that, as opposed to individual slots for each tool?
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What size of trailer is that?
Have you had any issues with keeping your cordless tools in one shelf like that, as opposed to individual slots for each tool?

21' V nose. I tried having my cordless tools in slots and in boxes also but I prefer the ones that I use constantly all day to be right straight in from the door and in plain view. Just faster for me I guess


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21' V nose. I tried having my cordless tools in slots and in boxes also but I prefer the ones that I use constantly all day to be right straight in from the door and in plain view. Just faster for me I guess


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Ya makes sense.
Do you find it hard to park that long of a trailer on the job sites?
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Ya makes sense.
Do you find it hard to park that long of a trailer on the job sites?

I'll say it's usually all a person can fit between two driveways


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No kidding, some new developments here barely have room to park one full size truck.
In the last 2 years I can only count a handful of times that I wouldn't have been able to park a long trailer at my job. With my truck which is 20', plus a 16' trailer and tongue, you're looking at 40'+ of rig to park.
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No kidding, some new developments here barely have room to park one full size truck.
In the last 2 years I can only count a handful of times that I wouldn't have been able to park a long trailer at my job. With my truck which is 20', plus a 16' trailer and tongue, you're looking at 40'+ of rig to park.

That's about right. Around here I usually fit by a couple feet but that's it. If someone parks in your way it's rough


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