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Old 01-17-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Painting Business, Ladder rack or trailer

This coming summer I am going to be operating a painting franchise in my area, the issue at hand is should I buy a ladder rack for my truck and put paint/ supplies in the bed. Or i have sourced a 6x12 enclosed trailer for about 150 bucks per month.

Comparison of observed details

BackRack headache rack
Pros;
Cheaper ~ $300 for rack
Savings in fuel milage
Cons;
miscellaneous wear and tear in/around bed
having to unload supplies whenever leaving truck unattended
Ladders are quite long therefore with 5 foot bed there may be quite an overhang front and back

Trailer Lease
Pros;
Save wear/damage on truck
Ladders will sit nicely on roof mounted ladder racks
Place to store all supplies and be locked
Cons;
Higher cost, ~ $150 per month, 600 for the summer
Reduced gas milage (unknown how much)

From anyone's experiance, will it be a pain in the ass to work from a trailer, having to haul it around when transporting ladders?


TL;DR
Trailer lease for ~600 or Headache rack for ~300

Any other input is appreciated! thanks
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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My vote is for the enclosed lockable trailer!

I used to install electronic systems out of the back of the truck. Quickly learned that a topper was needed and then graduated to a Leonard trailer.

I found that it was much easier working out of it. Supplies were more accessable and protected from teh elements. On several occassions I was given permission to leave it on the job site. Either way I could use the trailer for work and the bed of the truck for personal and I could leave the trailer at home when not needed.

Edit: If im not mistaken, you can write of the lease as a business expense
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Enclosed trailer for sure.
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Have you considered a cap/shell? There are tons of used ones out there for cheap. You can easily put cross-bars on the top and cary quite a few and long ladders on your roof. And they can be locked down easily. And of course the shell/cap will lock protecting your stuff inside.

I've got to say that besides the trailer option the cap/shell is the #1 way I see painters operating. And those with a trailer also seem to have a cap/shell for more gear..

Anyway, it's a cheaper alternative as you get started. And much more secure then a rack.
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trailer. nothing worse than coming home from a long day and having to unload a truck to get it ready for hunting/fishing/camping/date-night...
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