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Painting Business, Ladder rack or trailer

Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by spares, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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    spares

    spares [OP] Canadian Bacon

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    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
     
  2. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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    757southpaw

    757southpaw Well-Known Member

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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
     
  3. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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    09DC4X4

    09DC4X4 Night In The Ruts!

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    Too much, thanks TW.
    Enclosed trailer for sure.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    OZ-T

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    Trailer
     
  5. Jan 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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    mountainwolfpup

    mountainwolfpup Living the dream !!!

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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.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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    aficianado

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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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