An enclosed pressure washing trailer is a major investment, and should be carefully researched prior to purchasing.
The Power of Pressure Washing
Pressure washing businesses have grown exponentially in the last decade. The application of high-pressure water produced by specially designed pumps is 100 times more powerful than the typical garden hose, which is why it is so effective in cleaning a variety of items.
While the majority of smaller pressure washing systems is used to clean concrete, decks and house siding, commercial grade models can tackle larger projects such as:
- Parking lots
- Airport terminals
- Equipment in industrial plants
These big-ticket jobs require pressure washing equipment that is reliable and effective. To maintain the integrity of expensive pressure washers it's a good idea to keep them as safe as possible, which is why many business owners invest in enclosed trailers for their equipment and cleaning products.
Pros of Pressure Washing Enclosed Trailers
There are a number of benefits to purchasing an enclosed pressure washing trailer:
Commercial power washing equipment is not cheap. Enclosed trailers help prevent pressure washers and other tools of the trade from getting stolen or vandalized. Fully enclosed trailers allow you to travel with your pressure washer without fear of it getting damaged on the road. The specially designed trailers also allow you to park your pressure washer at a hotel, in your driveway, or outside your place of business without having to worry about it being exposed to the elements or potential thieves. With an enclosed trailer your expensive equipment remains behind locked doors and out of harm's way.
Large pressure washers take up a lot of space. Most business owners store their equipment in a garage or other enclosed facility when they are not using it. However, in the case of commercial grade pressure washers, size is a factor, and a single 425-gallon tank can eat up storage space very quickly. Having an enclosed trailer to store your pressure washer frees up space in your garage and allows you to have all of your gear under one roof.
An enclosed pressure washer trailer is ideal for business owners who don't like to waste time loading and unloading equipment at the beginning and end of each workday. Having your equipment on wheels at all times is not only convenient, but it also provides peace of mind knowing that you can accept jobs on a moment's notice given that all of your equipment is packed and ready to roll when needed.
Most enclosed trailers can be customized for your particular pressure washer. The majority of enclosed trailers feature rear double cargo doors, which provide easy access to the pressure washer, generator, and hot water burner system. In addition, most trailers also come equipped with a standard right side door, which allows access to the front storage area. The trailer's storage area can be customized with aluminum cabinets, tables and storage racks. For a bit more money you can have your enclosed trailer fitted with a burglar alarm system. What's more, enclosed trailers are available in a variety of colors to match your tow vehicle.
Cons of Enclosed Pressure Washer Trailers
Enclosed trailers can add value to your cleaning business, but there are a few factors you should consider before investing in one:
Enclosed pressure washing trailers are pricey. New models generally start at around $17,000 and can top out at about $25,000, depending on how well equipped they are. You could opt to purchase a used trailer. However, most pre-owned models come with hefty price tags as well, ranging from $8,500-$15,000, depending on the make and model.
Most enclosed pressure washer trailers are very large, which means you need to have a vehicle that can pull the excess weight. If you are on a tight budget and have limited space, you could consider getting a "lite" series model. The smaller versions offer the benefits of an enclosed trailer, but won't put such a huge dent in your budget. In regards to size, you should also consider the width of your clients' driveways. Some streets and driveways are very narrow, which can make turning the trailer around a challenge.