new job trailer shelf ideas


Old 09-13-09, 07:56 PM
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new job trailer shelf ideas


I just picked up an 7x16' enclosed trailer to put carpentry stuff in and haul it to jobsites. I was wodering if anyone had any clever ideas on shelving or inside layout. Will probably be putting portable table saw, miter saw, sawhorses, air compressor, ect. in trailer. I was thinking of just building racks on one side out of 2x4's but that doesn't seem very original. Trailer has side door and rear barn doors, any suggestions or pics would be very apperciated. Thanks
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Old 09-14-09, 03:56 AM
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Over the years I have set up many service vehicles and used slotted angle almost exclusively.
It is more more versatile and space saving than wood.

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I did many regular full size vans and the interiors of several cube vans I had owned.
The last cube van was similar to the dimensions as your trailer and it worked out very well.
I framed out the shelving and storage units with the slotted angle, used 1/2" plywood for the shelves and bolted 1/4" plywood where I wanted closed cabinets.
Where I wanted doors I used 1/2" plywood screwed to the angle to make a face frame to attach the doors.

I think you will find that the slotted angle will be the closest you can come to a professional interior with out spending big bucks.
If you buy the Dexion brand many dealers will loan/rent an angle cutter that makes building these things go very quickly.

One thing I had to always be careful of was not to overbuild and overstock to keep within the weight limits of the service vehicle.
It would be a good idea before you do anything to find a highway weigh scale and weigh the trailer before you start so you can keep tabs on how much weight you are carrying.

I found doing these interiors to be fun projects that you could use your imagination on.
Battery powered interior lights and even a large inverter for occasional use of a power tool are nice accessories.

Have fun.
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If there is not a height issue I like to use 2x6's as floor joists and build a raised floor. It is great storage for lumber; pipe; rebar and other long sticks. I also like to hinge the miter saw and other bench top power tools. That way I can swing them out of the way when counter space is needed. If weight is an issue use steel studs; they are stronger and lighter than wood.
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I put angled shelves along the bottom to hold nailer/dremel/laser cases so they won't shift in transit. I also have fronts on my lateral shelves to keep things in place. Mine run along the left side and front, leaving plenty of room for the table saw, cut off saw, compressor, vacuum, etc on the floor. All else is secure in the shelves. The top left shelf runs the length without dividers so I can put 10' lengths of conduit, pvc, etc on it. Mine's made of wood, but that's what I do.
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