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Calling all trailer users,

 

How do you find it ? I only do weekends as I have full time job.

 

I’m toying with a van but just think the insurance is dear and there uncomfortable because I’m 6’7 and have no leg room.

 

I just sold my pickup because of insurance and fuel costs and so don’t have any vehicle atm.

 

What do you think is the best way to go ?

 

Cheers

 

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presuming you are considering to use a trailer in a wfp situation.

 

If you have issues with pickups and vans and insurances and fuel costs and ....... then I would probably suggest you carry on working full time and give the window cleaning side a miss.

 

I found a trailer rather difficult to use. Its heavy when full, difficult to reverse and you don't dare unhitch it in a cul de sac on a hill to turn it around as it will escape from you.

Mine had tanks built on and those froze in the winter and I couldn't get more than 6 months out of a leisure battery which was mounted on the draw bar.

Parked on the drive I felt it was vunerable to be stolen even although I had a wheel lock on it.

 

Even although I towed it with a small Suzuki Van, storing my poles inside the van meant they poked through the gap between the seats. (In those days we didn't have gardiner poles. The Unger Teleplus oles were longer than the length of the cargo area inside the van.)

 

I would never consider going back to a trailer. I would rather have a van and use that privately than have a car pulling a trailer. But then I'm a foot shorter than you are.

 

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A good friend of mine favours trailers, and have built his second one now. It does looks smart.

 

He does admit it is cumbersome when parking in a busy street, and I got a few customers off him because he couldn't park in the area properly, where my van was more nimble.

 

Also, it's a nightmare to drive with the trailer when empty and it's windy.

 

He lives in Denmark now though, so no risk of steep hills. :1f602:

 

I wouldn't give up my van. So much more convenient.

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I’ve never spoke To someone who says Carl I’ve got a van and what a trailer what advice do you you have.

I’ve spoke to plenty that started with a trailer and asked about vans.


Trailers were meant to be there to limit the capital outlay if you don’t want a van then work from a trolley but eventually you will end up with a van


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I’ve never spoke To someone who says Carl I’ve got a van and what a trailer what advice do you you have.

I’ve spoke to plenty that started with a trailer and asked about vans.


Trailers were meant to be there to limit the capital outlay if you don’t want a van then work from a trolley but eventually you will end up with a van


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I was already wfp(tank) with the pickup so I’ve got all the stuff. Do any guys wfp with a tank out of there car ? Wouldn’t like to get a leak lol


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I'm with @spruce here mate. If you have so many issues with it then is it really for you? If you are looking to go full time with it a van is a worthy investment. If the insurance and fuel costs are an issue why isn't the cost of a trailer? If you're happy just doing it at weekends then why not just get a car, a bunch of containers and a backpack? Simple set up that will allow you to make a bit of beer money. You can just purify the water at home into the containers and take them with you?

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I'm with [mention=125]spruce[/mention] here mate. If you have so many issues with it then is it really for you? If you are looking to go full time with it a van is a worthy investment. If the insurance and fuel costs are an issue why isn't the cost of a trailer? If you're happy just doing it at weekends then why not just get a car, a bunch of containers and a backpack? Simple set up that will allow you to make a bit of beer money. You can just purify the water at home into the containers and take them with you?

That’s what I used to do but just don’t think you get enough flow with a backpack hence why I moved to 100 psi pump and tank


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1 minute ago, andy1992 said:


That’s what I used to do but just don’t think you get enough flow with a backpack hence why I moved to 100 psi pump and tank


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Which backpack did you have mate? I bought the Gardiners V3 just before xmas and I get a better flow rate than I do from my 100psi pump and tank. Gotta admit its a pain in the ar5e refilling it but I only use it when I can't get close to the customers property or when there are a lot of snagging points.

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Was a gardiner one. Not sure exactly which version it is. Tbf I was only doing gutters and fascias with it and then when I went back to windows I just assumed it was weak and went for tank setup


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