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Tom McBride: The requirements for the trailer. First and foremost, it needs to be made with steel tube construction.
Look down to the left hand side there. You’ll see a little chart for our trailer wall study examples. The most common that you see in the cargo industry are Z-channel or hat post. You can see what it says below it. Then you can see all tube over there.
That’s what we utilize in our construction. That’s what we’re looking for in a trailer that we build. We’re looking for strength and durability for the long haul.
When we build for our clients we simply use steel tube, no and, if, or buts about it. Is it cheaper to do it with hat post and Z post? Absolutely. That’s how they cut their cost on that stuff. But again, the transport or the cargo trailer industry is a different animal. They’re not designing trailers for our specific needs.
Again, requirements for the trailer. We look for them to be made with steel tube.
Number two, it needs to be made with four inches of polyurethane foam. The big foam challenge.
The two main players out there, you’ve got polyurethane foam and polystyrene foam. Polystyrene foam is better known as Styrofoam. It’s pretty readily available at your big box stores. You can go buy it by the sheets, usually thinner than what’s pictured here.
The problem with polystyrene is it’s only R4 per square inch. R4 R rating is the rating. The higher the number, the better the insulating properties are of it. Polyurethane foam has twice the insulating value per inch. Ours is actually R8 per square inch.
What does all of that mean? It simply means that your trailer’s going to cool down quicker and hold temperature quicker with something with polyurethane foam in it versus polystyrene foam. From an energy conservation standpoint, a lot better properties all the way around with the polyurethane foam. That’s what we’re looking for.
Back to our requirements. We’re looking, first and foremost, for it to be made with steel tube. Number two, to be made with four inches of polyurethane foam. Number three, it needs an extended tongue with a platform for the generator.
We extend the tongue with a platform for the generator. The generator is what you’re going to use while you’re traveling down the road. The picture here is one of our trailers with a four foot extended tongue, that’s what we do on ours, with a platform on the front. It’s ready for a generator to go right on there.
The cord comes straight down, plugs in, and that’s how you’re going to run your trailer while you’re going over the road, pure and simple.
We recommend an optional 5,500 watt generator that we’ve seen run times anywhere from 10 to 12 hours of run time out of a tank of fuel on ours. Again, extended tongue with a platform for the generator to use for distribution. Or if you’re in a power loss situation and you want to run with a generator, that’s where you can put the generator at.
It needs to be made with steel tube. It needs to be made with four inches of polyurethane foam. It needs an extended tongue with a platform. Number four, don’t forget the cooler curtains.
It sounds simple but you don’t want to forget them. They might be hard to see but they’re the little vinyl curtains, strip curtains that hang down on the backside of the door just as you open the door. They make it nice to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.
That’s going to help you as you’re loading and unloading, working out of your cooler trailer.