Trailer workshop ideas?

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  1. Aug 30, 2019 #31

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    when it comes to any form/size of shop, i have never heard someone say," i wish i put less lights in it."
     
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    Spare tire
    Jack
    Lug wrench
    Spare wheel bearings
    100 miles from home on Sunday night is a bad time to realize you don’t have these things
     
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    Good reference source. Thanks. Bookmarked it for follow-up needs.
     
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    Oh, man! Hope you made it home safe.
     
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    The older one gets, the truer this becomes...
     
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    For lighting, I would probably go with LED shop lights, get a small generator to power the lights, maybe a small electric heater for those winter launches, fans or AC for summer.
     
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    For lighting and fans I would look at RV 12v equipment and mount a RV battery outside by the tongue.
    Long slow draws are hard on auto battery's and sooner or later you will leave a light on and kill it.
     
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    I would go with a combination of these two:
    1) 12V RV lighting and fans
    2) RV battery on tongue of trailer
    3) RV 12V charging system
    4) Small generator for when 120VAC is not available.
     
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    If you need modular track tie downs, straps, etc, This place is good to go to, although most of their stuff is on the larger size, and it can be a little pricey.
     
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    They do have battery enclosures at Menard's.
     
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    LIghting:I've been using a 14ft long strip of white LEDs. Use about 200mA of current on a 12V battery and pretty bright as well. If you would paint your walls white to reflect light around, the lighting becomes softer, and overall more useful.
     
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    I used strips of LEDs in our trailer. I like this technique for a few reasons.

    They don't draw much current. I accidentally left the lights once when locking the trailer and they were still on when I reopened it a week later.

    Even if they aren't very bright, they cover a large area without shadows. I put the strips across the roof every foot or so. So they illuminate the whole inside of the trailer and I can move around in the trailer without casting much of a shadow on things I am looking for.

    Also they weren't very expensive and were easy to wire into my 12V system.

    -- Roger
     
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    I used strip LED's to light up my gun cabinet, never thought of using them in my little trailer. I'll have to get me some more.
     
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    Nice trailer so far --- making it multi-use really makes it that much better!
     
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    That is where I am headed. My SUV went to the west coast with my daughter in October, and I got a Savana cargo van to replace it as a tow vehicle. Planning a modest RV conversion for it, with solar panels on top and LiFePO4 house batteries. Might be easiest to run a cord from the van system to the trailer for lighting, fan, and audio rather than have dedicated power source in the trailer.
     
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    I was gonna make one out of an old tent trailer. Use the slide out beds for big rocket tables, put a rollaway tool box, work bench, and a rolling desk chair. Probably keep one side as a tent so I could bunk in it too. Bought the trailer, but then got a travel trailer and couldn't pull two, so sold it.
     

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