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IrreverentJack

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170 days ago

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I’m going to be moving soon. Packing all my tools up and paying for storage is more distasteful than selling everything off – and that would be horrible. The good news is that I was talked into watching a few episodes of Breaking Bad one evening after driving by campers and older motor homes almost floating away on flooded ground. I had a Temporary Shop on Wheels Epiphany – and it didn’t even hurt. I’ve decided not to look at motor homes but to look into older campers and enclosed trailers. A few other LJ's have thought of this before. I’ll be living in a rural/farm area so there won’t be a neighbor issue and was thinking about an (how long can it be?) extension cord from a 220v dryer outlet to power it. Resale value on an enclosed trailers is good, so in a few years it would be easy to get most of my investment back. Anyone have any ideas on advantages to gutting an old camper vs. a new or used enclosed trailer – cargo or car hauler?

Any thoughts will be appreciated. -Jack


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 170 days ago

As big as you can handle. Headroom is always nice.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Mark Davisson

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#2 posted 170 days ago

As someone about to spend $1,200 on a new motorhome roof, I will suggest that you check for leaks before buying anything. If you see any signs of ceiling or wall water stains, I’d be very cautious.

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#3 posted 170 days ago

Our high school marching band has a 48’ gooseneck van that I brought back new from Goshen IN. It would make a dream shop! $15K new, though. You might be able to find a used one from a school that has dropped the program…
DanK

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#4 posted 164 days ago

The problem with using a trailer for a shop is, the door(s) are too small and the floor is not strong enough to handle machines of any weight. Also interior headroom is not good.

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#5 posted 164 days ago

In 2012 I moved all the equipment in my wood shop by myself. I rolled all the equipment into one of those “PODS”. It is only 3” off the ground so a small ramp worked well. I then had it moved and unloaded it into my new shop. Total coast for that to me was about $250. Floor of it was plenty strong. Look into what it will cost to keep it per month. You may be surprised.

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Bob Current

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#6 posted 164 days ago

I would buy a sea container and have it moved. We have several of these fitted out is different configurations.
They are built like a box car, set right on the ground and have large rear door. Usually can be purchased for $1,500.00 and most states don’t make you pay or license because it has no wheels. The can carry 40,000 pounds and can be moved full as long a everything is secured.

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IrreverentJack

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#7 posted 164 days ago

I think something like this might be my best option.

2006 28’ Pace Shadow Gt enclosed trailer that has the Daytona package – $4000

I’ll be renting for a while. Landlords might be more tolerant of tenants with trailers over shipping containers. I don’t know about camping trailers but the car/toy haulers usually have 3/4 ply on 16”o.c. steel tubing. Might go a little north of the GVW once it’s parked but if I jack the corners and middle I should be okay. -Jack

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