+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 20 of 20
Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By passmenow
  • 1 Post By Force McCocken
  • 2 Post By robburgoon

Thread: Outfitting an enclosed trailer

  1. #1
    Senior Member gkmccready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    316
    Liked
    28 times

    Default Outfitting an enclosed trailer

    The trailer I pick up tomorrow (2001 Exiss 22ft all-aluminum) is fairly bare bones...

    img_0922-r.jpgimg_0920-r.jpg

    More pictures here: Trailer-2012-4-7

    What it does have:
    • Nice beavertail to ease loading, but the ramp door itself is pretty thick
    • It's got a simple fluid storage, two roll paper towel holder, fold down work area thing on the side entry door
    • E-track on the side walls, but none on the floor
    • 4 tie-downs on the floor
    • Fold-down tire rack over passenger side of car (was put in over a Lotus & 300ZX, hopefully clears the Miata & RX7)
    • Tongue box (full of the towing hook-up stuff)
    • Rounded front corners so traditional square cabinets won't work

    What I'm thinking I'd like ideas about:
    • Ramp extensions (just something to get over the door thickness?)
    • Work bench
    • Cabinets / tool storage
    • Jack & jack stand storage
    • Helmet & HANS
    • Drivers gear

    I'm thinking a big set of drawers that fits the flat center section of the front of the trailer. Cover the left side curved area and middle section with a 1/2" sheet of [epoxied] plywood for a work bench. Hang a rod on the right side curved area by the door for hanging drivers gear. I think I'd prefer the current door mounted unit on a wall somewhere, and just a whiteboard/clock on the door.

    Let's see what you guys have, or hear your thoughts! I want to see air compressors, generators, nitrogen bottles, fuel jug storage, why I want E-track on the floor, etc, etc. Not that I'm going to run out and do any or all of it right this instant, mind you, but I'd like to see what's there. Before next weekend I suspect nothing gets done and I'm still working out of plastic bins like normal. :-)

    Simple, cheap, and usable are the three keywords...

  2. #2
    dirty smack talker hakeem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    2,940
    Liked
    813 times

    Default

    Just received some raceramps and ordered a bunch of stuff from pitpal.com to hold fluids, straps, towels, gloves, etc. Definitely adds up fast.

    Great looking trailer!

  3. #3
    Senior Member zjchaser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Aliso Viejo, California, United States
    Posts
    1,736
    Liked
    14 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by gkmccready View Post
    Let's see what you guys have, or hear your thoughts! I want to see air compressors, generators, nitrogen bottles, fuel jug storage, why I want E-track on the floor, etc, etc. Not that I'm going to run out and do any or all of it right this instant, mind you, but I'd like to see what's there. Before next weekend I suspect nothing gets done and I'm still working out of plastic bins like normal. :-)

    Simple, cheap, and usable are the three keywords...
    whenever I get around to building out the inside of my trailer I'm actually going to set it up to use the plastic bins. I like it better than cabinets. MY friend set his trailer up this way and its very useful. He basically built in shelving sized to fit a bunch of the grey plastic bins and has a lip on the shelves so the bin cant fall off the shelves without being lifted. That way everything can be kept organized in labeled bins and we can easily take entire bins with us for certain tasks instead of individual parts.

    I will build in space for a roll out generator, nitrogen bottle, fuel drum and jugs, 120v electrical(I only have 12v in mine right now), space for my kart to hang on the wall......

    my drivers gear stays in my driving bag. Since I'm often going to the track with other people it wouldn't do me any good to leave my gear hanging in my trailer.

    I can also recommend race ramps.

  4. #4
    Senior Member gkmccready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    316
    Liked
    28 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by zjchaser View Post
    my drivers gear stays in my driving bag. Since I'm often going to the track with other people it wouldn't do me any good to leave my gear hanging in my trailer.
    I hear ya, but it'd be nice to have it hung up somewhere once it's unpacked for the weekend. Plus, for me, I'm much more likely to be at the track with my trailer than there with somebody else's car/trailer...

  5. #5
    Administrator ucfbrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ventura, Calif.
    Posts
    3,535
    Liked
    1052 times

    Default

    What I'm thinking I'd like ideas about:

    Ramp extensions (just something to get over the door thickness?) You can use a continuous piano hinge the width of the ramp and a thick sheet of aluminum.

    1cbn4_as01.jpg

  6. #6
    Senior Member gkmccready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    316
    Liked
    28 times

    Default

    That's pretty much what I was thinking, too... like this: Trailer Door Ramp|Trailer Ramp|Trailer Loading|Pit Products

  7. #7
    track slut passmenow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    San Diego.
    Posts
    186
    Liked
    33 times

    Default

    Hope this helps...

    I carry two trailer spares and found this small ramp helpful.
    Change a flat on your tandem wheel trailer without a jack.
    Black RV Trailer Aid Pit Pal Products | Trailer Accessories, Trailer Cabinets, Garage Organization: Black RV Trailer Aid

    How about a good trailer coupler lock.
    Trailer Coupler Lock - Gorilla Guard for 2" Couplers Tow Ready Locks 63228

    many ideas here..
    Pit Pal Products | Trailer Accessories, Trailer Cabinets, Garage Organization

    I added windows, replaced an overhead vent with a 15,000 btu A/C.
    A vinyl flap door for privacy and to keep the cool air in.
    Vinyl Strip Doors Pit Pal Products | Trailer Accessories, Trailer Cabinets, Garage Organization: Vinyl Strip Doors
    110 lights and a generator to power it all.
    If you keep it at a public storage lot I would skip the windows, too easy to break inÖ

    If you donít have a generator and air compressor the 2,000lb Nitrogen bottle does the trick.
    I use Nitrogen for the tires, recharge shocks and the air jacks.
    Make sure your Nitrogen hose is rated for the PSI range you use.
    My air jacks take 350psi.
    Amazon.com: Pit Pal Products 257 Nitrogen Bottle Bracket - 2 Piece: Automotive

    A wireless remote controlled winch was a very helpful.
    Not easy to drive in and open the car door or slide out the door window every time.

    Check your trailer tire dates, regardless of tread replace them every 7 years before they fail.

    Check brakes and bearings so you don't have problems on the road.
    They make a complete backing plate replacement that replaces everything.

    A good brake controller in the truck.

    New set of 4 tie downs for the car.

    Long ramps for lowered cars.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 100_0690.jpg  
    ucfbrett likes this.

  8. #8
    Senior Member gkmccready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Redwood City, CA
    Posts
    316
    Liked
    28 times

    Default

    All great comments. The trailer is going to come with one of the little ramps and a spare. The note about tires "expiring" is especially interesting!

    A picture is worth a thousand words for getting ideas of using inside space. Pretty small trailer (22ft) but my buddy had a bench and storage in his 20ft and it seemed pretty spacious with a BMW 320i in it...

  9. #9
    Senior Member fatbillybob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    928
    Liked
    564 times

    Default

    winch!!!! makes life so easy especially when things didn't go well. Also then you don't have to do the dance trying to get out your door after you drive your car inside.

  10. #10
    RaceTape Ninja Force McCocken's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Norf Cackalacky
    Posts
    748
    Liked
    327 times

    Default

    Stripper pole.

    No, but seriously, a roll out awning for shade/rain cover.
    ucfbrett likes this.

  11. #11
    RaceTape Ninja Force McCocken's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Norf Cackalacky
    Posts
    748
    Liked
    327 times

    Default

    Overhead lighting, maybe rechargeable-type LEDs, that work even if the generator is off. I hate walking into dark, enclosed trailers and locating the tire rack with my forehead.

  12. #12
    Senior Member zjchaser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Aliso Viejo, California, United States
    Posts
    1,736
    Liked
    14 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    Overhead lighting, maybe rechargeable-type LEDs, that work even if the generator is off. I hate walking into dark, enclosed trailers and locating the tire rack with my forehead.
    as long as you have a battery on the trailer or are plugged into the tow vehicle then you can run 12v lights with no gene running. I only have 12v lights right now but will add 110v as well.

  13. #13
    RaceTape Ninja Force McCocken's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Norf Cackalacky
    Posts
    748
    Liked
    327 times

    Default

    Good point. The LED type are nice, low draw units if someone leaves them on by accident. They last longer too. If you get the kind Emilio put in Crusher, you can cycle through different colors and flashing sequences to compliment the stripper pole.

  14. #14
    dirty smack talker hakeem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Posts
    2,940
    Liked
    813 times

    Default

    First try out of the race ramps. Pretty good. Probably should have gotten the longer versions as I am still doing a little bit of scraping, but not by much.




  15. #15
    Senior Member robburgoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    5,362
    Liked
    673 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Force McCocken View Post
    Overhead lighting, maybe rechargeable-type LEDs, that work even if the generator is off. I hate walking into dark, enclosed trailers and locating the tire rack with my forehead.
    It would be pretty pimp to add a solar panel to the roof if there's a way to keep it from overcharging the trailer's deep cycle battery
    hakeem and Force McCocken like this.
    "I have five different tools to measure whether something is level. All of them disagree. One of them is telling me that my car is undamaged and symmetrical. I like its story the best."

    Follow "Rob Burgoon Racing" on facebook.

  16. #16
    Administrator ucfbrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ventura, Calif.
    Posts
    3,535
    Liked
    1052 times

    Default

    + 1 on the Race Ramps. They are not cheap, but they are lightweight and effective.

  17. #17
    Senior Member zjchaser's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Aliso Viejo, California, United States
    Posts
    1,736
    Liked
    14 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    It would be pretty pimp to add a solar panel to the roof if there's a way to keep it from overcharging the trailer's deep cycle battery
    there are a bunch of little and cheap solar charge controllers for 12v systems to keep the battery charged: Amazon.com: Sunforce 7 Amp Charge Controller: Automotive

  18. #18
    Sir flink
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    840
    Liked
    389 times

    Default

    Glen, check out my ramps this weekend. Two 6' pieces of ply, hinged at the top of the trailer door. Very convenient. To get the car on and off I put some blocks under the rear of the trailer and wind the front up a foot. I have a 6" splitter, 80mm off the ground. Can't get into my driveway, can't get it onto the TH dyno, can't get it onto NASA's track scales, but I can get it onto my trailer!

  19. #19
    Senior Member robburgoon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    5,362
    Liked
    673 times

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    It would be pretty pimp to add a solar panel to the roof if there's a way to keep it from overcharging the trailer's deep cycle battery
    OTOH, if your batteries can last the whole race weekend, there's no need for a solar panel if you charge through the trailer connector.
    "I have five different tools to measure whether something is level. All of them disagree. One of them is telling me that my car is undamaged and symmetrical. I like its story the best."

    Follow "Rob Burgoon Racing" on facebook.

  20. #20
    track slut passmenow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    San Diego.
    Posts
    186
    Liked
    33 times

    Default

    Big trailer needs an inventory list...
    here's my race weekend trailer check list...
    PS On these older trailers I like the idea of carring an extra trailer bearing hub too.

    Truck back seat
    Luggage
    Straw hat
    Ball cap
    Video camera, charger
    Bottled water
    Gator aid
    Trailer tongue lock
    Truck Club

    Driving bag
    Suit
    Cool shirt
    Shoes
    Gloves
    Ear plugs
    Chatterbox
    HANS

    Truck center
    GPS/Directions
    Tech sheet/documents/CC car point sheet.
    Reading glasses and Sunglasses
    Sun tan lotion
    Vitamins
    CDs
    Hand wipes
    Phone
    Luna bars

    Truck bed
    Bike
    Jack stands
    10 chairs
    Ice chest with block ice only.
    Ice chest with Gator Aid/water.
    Gallon of filtered water

    Race car
    Keys
    Cutoff switch
    Cool shirt ice chest
    Go Pro
    Lap timer

    Trailer
    Generator.
    Tool box.
    Sears socket box.
    Plastic box with parts.
    Aluminum jack
    Jack side pad
    Power bleeder
    Brake drain bottle
    Micro towels
    Wheel spacers
    Pyrometer
    Tie wraps
    Cordless impact gun w charger
    Torque wrench
    N20 bottle.
    Impact gun.
    2 trailer spares
    Other race tires.
    Trailer lug wrench
    Trailer flat ramps.

    Trailer door
    Work gloves
    Air jack wand
    Air gauge
    Paper towels
    Windex
    Final inspection
    Oil
    Brake fluid
    Clock
    Ear plugs

    Charge
    Cell Phone
    Cordless impact gun
    Go pro.
    Chatterbox
    Car battery
    Lap timer.

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts