Hello all! I am brand new here and know next to nothing about trailers, much less these adorable fiberglass 'eggs' I'm now learning about. I'm a groomer and have been looking into trailer options for going mobile...poking around and doing research. I ran across an older grooming forum where some ladies had posted about their success in converting some Boler's that were on hard times. I kinda fell in love a little...these things are adorable.
Usually, most grooming trailers are converted from cargo type trailers, and they are *heavy*. I'm attracted to a fiberglass trailer for two main reasons...one, they have a very unique look and I think one could be fixed up really cute! Also, I like the fact that they are so light weight
. I have a Toyota Highlander that I was hoping to pull it with. I'm not a fan of trucks or those giant SUVs myself...and that is what I would have to buy to haul a cargo trailer. Hoping to avoid that bit.
So I'm looking into this possibility, still not sure if I'll be able to pull it off but...thats what research is for! So thats where I'm at right now, looking into some of the possible problems I might find and seeing if I can get around them. If I can find a trailer that is on harder times in the interior and redo it for a mobile grooming trailer...I have no handy skills myself, so I'd have to find a place to do the work for me. I do have some big ground work questions though!
I'm a little worried about the weight
it will have to carry. 50 gallon fresh water tank, with another 50 gallon tank for the grey water, some sort of smaller set-up for hot water. Grooming table(125lbs?) and a tub...not stainless steel, still looking at options but nothing too
heavy. Also a generator
....I figured I would need to beef up the tongue so it could be placed there, outside. From the little I've looked the safest way to deal with the weight
worry would maybe be to just give it a new axle(plus brakes!)? Easy way to make sure the tongue is larger/hardy enough to hold the generator
as well. Would that be possible? It'll need a fair amount of power and a fair sized gen, I live in So Cal so I need to be able to run my AC as well as a high velocity dryer at the same time. Any sort of ballpark on what it might cost? For the axle
I'm guessing...AC unit goes on top? Shouldn't be a problem? I figure its a tiny trailer, won't take too much to cool it.
Weight distribution/sturdiness. Because this is going to be a working mobile trailer there are certain ways the inside will have to be arranged. The tub at one end with the water tanks underneath...the grooming table at the other. Ideally in a cargo trailer I'd but a cabinet along the end opposite the tub and the table in the center...but because the wheels space will be cutting into the trailer it will cut into space...so I don't think that will work. Do you think the trailer would be too terribly bouncy or unstable if I had say, a lab inside that was throwing itself around? Anyway to help make it more stable?
**Thinking about it now...depending on the measurements the tub might have to go in the back. Because of the door. I'd have to map it out with the actual numbers to know for sure.
I figure if I'm dealing with a good shell of a trailer with a lacking interior...the insulation is going to need to be redone. I'll be bathing and drying dogs in this trailer so things can get wet. I'd need to install some sort of exhaust fan but...unfamiliar with the insulation best used in these guys. Would moisture/mold be a problem you think? I have to get an interior I can clean and wipe down...dogs shake!
Dimensions! Where is the best place to find the actual length/width/height on the models I'm interested in? I'm having a bit of problems finding them for some...I'm 5'8, I need to be sure I can stand up! Also trying to see how everything would fit. I've looked around a bit...and I'm liking the look of the Uhaul
13' and the Perris Pacer
. I liked the looks of a few others like the Boler
...but they have 'steps' in their floors that would only trip me up. Sticking around the '13 length because I'm worried about keeping it as light
weight as I can!
As I said before, I'm not handy or trailer savvy at all! If everything works out and I think this is the way I want to go, whats the best way to find someone to do the work for me? Would just going and asking an RV place for someone work? Buying a cargo grooming trailer can cost anywhere from $11,000 to $24,000 or more! I'm hoping to keep to the low end of that...and not need to buy a new car. But, still in research mode, hoping! Any help from you experts would be 1000x appreciated!