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scrub
Dec 19th, 2004, 03:53 PM
Just a few short hours ago I got the apron pass to get an enclosed trailer.

I was going to make an announcement on the forum a few weeks ago that my partner and myself had found a fixed location and was about to sign a lease. Well that fell apart. It wouldn't have worked anyway without a few more partners. All the money we would have made would just cover the expenses. Making money is difficult when I can only work on the weekends for now. I knew it was a bad idea. I just felt if I had a building the clients would line up.

In the past weeks I've looked at a few detail companies that offer trailers. Prices started as low as $5000 for a flatbed with gear. I figured I could make something like that myself and save tons of cash. With how much I could save, I could probably step up to an enclosed trailer and still be below the $5000. I might not have all the equipment but it's a start.

After dinner we stopped by Lowes to take a look at their enclosed trailers. We got to talking about the prices. The wife unit didn't like the idea of paying rent every month regardless of how many (or few) cars I detailed. I didn't think she would entertain the idea of spending so much on a hobby. She actually preferred the trailer one time cost rather than a monthly rental cost. That floored me. I thought the smaller monthly costs would be an easy cost to absorb, rather than a big one time cost. I never even thought to mention the trailer idea due to the higher cost.

More to info to come... Just wanted to share :D

detailbarn
Dec 19th, 2004, 04:04 PM
scrub , congrats on the support of your wife , it makes things alot more worth while. As for the trailer , I have a couple idea's I would be more then happy to share with you. I to am purcashing a trailer , actually a couple units to expand my operation. Shot me an email with what you're looking for in a trailer. Couple of questions to think about , what is your tow vehicle? This is a big factor is what size trailer you will be able to tow. Second how many cars do you plan to detail in a day , meaning how much product will you need to carry? Will you need a power source? What equipment to you want to carry? I have a couple of plans that I came up with that may be of interest to you. If you build it yourself you can certainly do it for under $5000 fully equiped and stocked.


thedetailingbarn@comcast.net

JeepZJlover
Dec 19th, 2004, 04:53 PM
why not just make your own trailer

Tim Lingor
Dec 19th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Hey scrub,

I am sure everything will work out! Buying a trailer is a big investment.

But, you will be your own boss! Plus, you will be able to go where you need to! :xyxthumbs Having the wife's support is very important! :)

Please keep us posted!

Tim

HotRodGuy
Dec 20th, 2004, 04:12 PM
apron pass, that's hilarious

alanceperson
Dec 21st, 2004, 01:12 AM
Scrubs i feel you pain on the renting. My wife did the same thing. Unfortunly i didnt listen and had to give renting the shop a few months down the road .Now Im having to work 3rd. Has soon as I'm able I'll be going mobile.

AutoNova
Jan 5th, 2005, 06:42 PM
I bought my trailer from DeTrailers, it was pricey but having someone put the trailer together who knows what they are doing is worth it. Myself and my wife applied for a credit card with 0% financing (APR) for 1 year to buy it and paid it off before the time expired.

I have a 5X8 Carson trailer with Honda generator and powerwasher and a 100 gallon tank w/ 100ft hose with a 16 gallon wet/dry vac.

scrub
Jan 5th, 2005, 06:58 PM
sounds nice! How are you making a shady area to work?

I think I've seen their website. I'm still looking for an enclosed trailer. Checking the classifieds for a good used unit.

AutoNova
Jan 6th, 2005, 01:17 PM
Originally posted by scrub
sounds nice! How are you making a shady area to work?

I think I've seen their website. I'm still looking for an enclosed trailer. Checking the classifieds for a good used unit.

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I just work in the sun unless their is a shady area, I use PB products when I am outside.

AutoNova
Mar 11th, 2005, 05:10 PM
What ever came of your trailer?

AutoNova
Mar 11th, 2005, 05:12 PM
Originally posted by scrub
Just a few short hours ago I got the apron pass to get an enclosed trailer.

I was going to make an announcement on the forum a few weeks ago that my partner and myself had found a fixed location and was about to sign a lease. Well that fell apart. It wouldn't have worked anyway without a few more partners. All the money we would have made would just cover the expenses. Making money is difficult when I can only work on the weekends for now. I knew it was a bad idea. I just felt if I had a building the clients would line up.

In the past weeks I've looked at a few detail companies that offer trailers. Prices started as low as $5000 for a flatbed with gear. I figured I could make something like that myself and save tons of cash. With how much I could save, I could probably step up to an enclosed trailer and still be below the $5000. I might not have all the equipment but it's a start.

After dinner we stopped by Lowes to take a look at their enclosed trailers. We got to talking about the prices. The wife unit didn't like the idea of paying rent every month regardless of how many (or few) cars I detailed. I didn't think she would entertain the idea of spending so much on a hobby. She actually preferred the trailer one time cost rather than a monthly rental cost. That floored me. I thought the smaller monthly costs would be an easy cost to absorb, rather than a big one time cost. I never even thought to mention the trailer idea due to the higher cost.

More to info to come... Just wanted to share :D

I think the thing that gets you with a fixed location it has to be some place very visible to drive in traffic and that is too expensive to afford. Otherwise you have to count on dealer business to make ends meet and that kind of takes the fun out of things.

scrub
Mar 11th, 2005, 05:13 PM
I'm still debating and waiting. My real job is having cut backs. If I get cut I will for sure get the trailer. Right now, I just am trying to make more money than last year and am having good luck. I don't want to drop the cash until I need to. Plus I'm working on some other prospects with a couple of shops locally too. All I need is the time and opportunity. Thanks for asking.

scrub
Mar 11th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by AutoNova
I think the thing that gets you with a fixed location it has to be some place very visible to drive in traffic and that is too expensive to afford. Otherwise you have to count on dealer business to make ends meet and that kind of takes the fun out of things.

One of my plans involve a dealership. They want a full time detailer on premises. I want to use their building and bring in my own clients too. Maybe I can skip out on the rent thing if I hook up their trade ins and auction cars (within reason). We'll see. The guy in our area that is the best around for used cars just had bypass surgery so I might be able to help him out while he recuperates.