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Old 12-28-2013, 09:37 PM  
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Agree with TNT.

1995:


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Four sided advertising for little money.

The 1995 was very detailed and included hand-painted details.

SIMPLE, CLEAN and easy to read.

The first truck won a national award for the graphics.
The artist was a genius, may he rest in peace.

P.S. "Wraps" are TOO busy, in my less than humble opinion, unless most of the wrap is white or the base color.

I oughta gotta starta takin'a pictures of the "too busy" wraps that I see every week.
come to NYC with your white truck, and see how much you stand out lol.
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come to NYC with your white truck, and see how much you stand out lol.
LOL

You mean I'll blend in with the rest of the locksmith vehicles?

LOL ?!

(Seems to me you're "talking" JUST to hear yourself "talk." )
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Picked up a 2008 GMC Sierra z71 last Monday, then picked up a 2014 LOOK Express 7x14' (with extra 6 inches headroom) last Thursday.

I've been spending all weekend working on it. Threw up 1" foam board insulation on ceiling and walls (haven't gotten to the door yet). Installed service panel and three 15amp circuits. Wiring is just dangling until I get some conduit run.

Found some 2x2 black interlocking foam rubber tiles at the Depot and just got most of the flooring done today. I was initially a little worried about durability of that flooring, but I opened one pack in the parking lot and tried to tear it and couldn't, so it'll do.

Anyway, here are a couple pics. You can see in the one that my powergrab glue didn't hold up all the ceiling insulation like I hoped. So now I'll be throwing up some 1/4" ply on the ceiling then running my conduit under it and that will hold up the insulation.

Walls will be covered in 1/4" ply when I get to it next week, too. Plan to have work bench on one side, shelves/cabinets on the other, then fridge and microwave in the V-nose with a generator and my compressor there as well. Plugs and lights to follow.

HUGE HUGE upgrade from the POS van I paid 3k cash for years ago.
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Nice looking trailer. I lined mine with 1" insulation on the walls and 1 1/2" on the ceiling. I am able to cool it with a small air conditioner in the summer and heat it with a tiny ceramic heater in the winter. I use mine as an office trailer. The one thing I should have done was spray foam the underside.
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Got a bit more done this afternoon.

Started getting the ceiling finished (went with 1/4" OSB after I've added up what I've spent already on this thing).

Ran the first run of conduit for the set of plugs that will be in the back left corner.

The Romex runs along the ceiling in plastic conduit, then when it drops down to plugs/switches, I took my Dremel Multi-max and cut a chanel out of the foam. That way the wires will be basically in the wall and covered by osb once I get the paneling up. For the plugs, I'm using single gang shallow boxes. Cutting holes out big enough to recess the box into the foam then securing the box through the foam (the screw holes overhang the surrounding foam) and into the original trailer paneling. OSB to cover all walls, then faceplate covers will give it a more finished look.

Was a real pain in the ass to get the GFI and 14/2 to fit into the shallow box. I couldn't find a shallow double-gang box at the depot, so I'm going to have two right next to eachother and load the standard plug off the GFI.
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Nice looking trailer. I lined mine with 1" insulation on the walls and 1 1/2" on the ceiling. I am able to cool it with a small air conditioner in the summer and heat it with a tiny ceramic heater in the winter. I use mine as an office trailer. The one thing I should have done was spray foam the underside.

I guess I haven't looked underneath a trailer at any point. What is under there that the spray-foam would stick to? Aluminum bottom, like the top?

Seems like it'd be worth it from a insulation standpoint, but definitely from a rust-preventative standpoint as well.

I'm really glad to hear that you can keep yours cool with a small AC unit. I was hoping to have a closed up cooling station of sorts for long outdoor summer jobs. Did you cut through the wall and mount it permanently? Or do you have a portable unit with ducting?
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I cut out a hole in the front of the trailer. I had my welder weld a box in so it wouldn't lose any structural strength. I also removed the factory paneling and put the foam in between the structural steel. I then put 3/8" plywood up in place of the paneling.
This trailer was on a job in Lubbock Texas in 100+ temperatures and it never got over 70 inside.
I have a friend in Florida with the same trailer as me. He owns a spray foam company so spraying the underside didn't coat him anything.
This accomplished several things. The first was radiant heat seeping in was eliminated. The second was it reduced trailer flex. Third it kept the critters out. The best thing was it cut down on air resistance and increased his fuel economy.
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/afyiw9uq8z...2016.34.00.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cq42xob0qn...2016.33.26.jpg

Here is a picture of my trailer after I wrapped a project in DC. I drove 560 miles to Detroit like this.
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Here is a picture of my trailer after I wrapped a project in DC. I drove 560 miles to Detroit like this.

Whew......it's somewhere between Beverly Hillbillies and super professional contractor.

Quite a rig man.....and at 4 miles to the gallon, you must have had plenty of pit stops.

Must have been a big job to travel from up our way down to DC, eh?

What part of the D are you from? I'm about forty minutes west.
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Installed service panel and three 15amp circuits.
Why 3 circuits? You have 3 cords to plug into 3 different circuits at jobsite? Or 50A cord?
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Whew......it's somewhere between Beverly Hillbillies and super professional contractor.

Quite a rig man.....and at 4 miles to the gallon, you must have had plenty of pit stops.

Must have been a big job to travel from up our way down to DC, eh?

What part of the D are you from? I'm about forty minutes west.
I have a full time crew that works in DC. Yes I felt like the Beverly hillbillies all the way home. I actually get 8 mpg weather it is loaded or empty.

My office is in White Lake but we do work all over the Metro area. I have 2 crews doing rehabs everyday in Detroit and another crew doing everything else everywhere else.
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By the way their is about 25 sticks of number 5 rebar on that roof rack. That trailer is a 2005 and has been all over the country. It has been through numerous disaster areas including Hurricane Wilma and Katrina.
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Why 3 circuits? You have 3 cords to plug into 3 different circuits at jobsite? Or 50A cord?

Instinct told me to put three in there, but please anybody correct my logic if it's wrong here (I haven't wired the other two yet, so not too late):

We build a lot of fences in the summer, and I was thinking back to how many fuses we've blown at customer's homes when the compressor is kicked on and you, say, use the chop saw at the same time. So I wanted at least two separate circuits to plug power tools into. Figured I'd throw the high output T5 light fixture on one of those.

Then I remembered somebody telling me once that a microwave ought to be on its own circuit, and since I'm going to have a small microwave and mini fridge up front, I figured I'd throw a third in there dedicated to those.

Make sense? Or am I being too cautious? As you can tell, this reasoning is all based on an amorphous collection of hearsay, shoddy memory, and the thought patterns of a non-electrician.
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By the way their is about 25 sticks of number 5 rebar on that roof rack. That trailer is a 2005 and has been all over the country. It has been through numerous disaster areas including Hurricane Wilma and Katrina.
Very interesting. Where do you pull those jobs down from?

We have no problem staying busy locally here and I'm not planning on travelling that far while my kids are still young, but I'm curious about how you ended up taking jobs in DC and the east coast, etc.
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Instinct told me to put three in there, but please anybody correct my logic if it's wrong here (I haven't wired the other two yet, so not too late):

We build a lot of fences in the summer, and I was thinking back to how many fuses we've blown at customer's homes when the compressor is kicked on and you, say, use the chop saw at the same time. So I wanted at least two separate circuits to plug power tools into. Figured I'd throw the high output T5 light fixture on one of those.

Then I remembered somebody telling me once that a microwave ought to be on its own circuit, and since I'm going to have a small microwave and mini fridge up front, I figured I'd throw a third in there dedicated to those.

Make sense? Or am I being too cautious? As you can tell, this reasoning is all based on an amorphous collection of hearsay, shoddy memory, and the thought patterns of a non-electrician.
My question is where are you going to plug this in? No sense to have 3 15a circuits if you plug it into 1 15 or 20a circuit.
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My question is where are you going to plug this in? No sense to have 3 15a circuits if you plug it into 1 15 or 20a circuit.
Yeah, you're going to have to have 3 long cords to get to 3 different parts of the house (to find 3 different circuits).
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It isn't brand new but it is reliable, presentable and doesn't leak fluids all over the customers driveway. My only complaint is there is no way to shut the cab lights off with the doors open.
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My question is where are you going to plug this in? No sense to have 3 15a circuits if you plug it into 1 15 or 20a circuit.
I was thinking when the generator was running. I plan to backwire it into the panel. Make sense?
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I was thinking when the generator was running. I plan to backwire it into the panel. Make sense?
It does now

I have seen guys wire their truck that way and then plug it into an 15a outside outlet which defeats the whole purpose of 3 circuits.
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It does now

I have seen guys wire their truck that way and then plug it into an 15a outside outlet which defeats the whole purpose of 3 circuits.
Talking about this raises another question to me: If my service panel is plugged into a customer's home (which I anticipate doing fairly often), and we overload one of the plugs with too much draw, will I always necessarily pop my own breaker first before the house breaker pops?

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