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  • Coal, he didnt need a 50Kbtu furnace, 20# bottle probably went 2 weeks in that little trailer. It was one of the guys on the forums but cant recall which one? I dont think he stayed in it for months on end, probably got a motel on occasion or once during the middle of the week? Not sure but it made a lot of sense for his application and towed behind his rig like a feather. I know he said he had it all fixxed up and it was very comfy.

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    • I think he had a little one like these in the pic, went inside and customed it. http://www.internet-trailer.com/?gts...rgo%20trailers

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      • even the options are cheap on these. http://www.sdgsales.com/ct_6_ft.htm

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        • Originally posted by Sberry
          Coal, he didnt need a 50Kbtu furnace, 20# bottle probably went 2 weeks in that little trailer. It was one of the guys on the forums but cant recall which one? I dont think he stayed in it for months on end, probably got a motel on occasion or once during the middle of the week? Not sure but it made a lot of sense for his application and towed behind his rig like a feather. I know he said he had it all fixxed up and it was very comfy.

          a 50K unit would heat the inside of that trailer to about 180F... I keep a little 12,000 catalytic propane heater in my tool trailer (14' enclosed). even when it's -15F, it'll heat the inside of that UNinsulated trailer to about 55-60deg. running full bore for 8hrs a day, I'd get 3 or so weeks out of a 20# bottle.
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          • I really liked his idea of being cheap light and simple. It may not work for everything all the time but the convenience factor was high and the investment low. I think he had a grill, a little fridge and a small micro, probably ate out at least once a day, thats what I would do if I could, inverter for a little AC power. Personally I would forget about work and rolling around in the mud if I had to put another 40k in a truck and another 40 in a trailer,, ha,, thats just me. I think if I was making tis a major plan it woiuld involve some truck and trailer rebuilding, get something you could live with, make it what you want, something proven and for a trailer I would be tempted to start with one of these cargo units and build into it or possibly find a travel unit and tear the guts and all that junk out and start over. I have an airstream, had another one and liked the floorplan of the old one better but If I was going to live in it for a job it would get stripped. Under all that shine the utilities are terrible, just a bunch of tubing and romex pluss all that 12volt crap and it would be history with modern inverters as well as having self draining plumbing instead of rolled tubing. I would toss a lot out, one bed, a couple folding cots if extra was needed, a new layer of foam insulation added, curtains instead of doors, all 120V power. I wouldnt need 4 burners and full oven, make the bathroom bigger.

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            • rig pics

              heres mine, its still a work in progress
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              • Originally posted by welderdan View Post
                heres mine, its still a work in progress
                Hi welderdan welcome to the site. Looking good! What model of Lincoln do you have on there?

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                • welcome welderdan.

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                  • its a '99 classic 3d, i also have a '47 shorthood thats at the mechanic awaiting a makeover

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                    • Originally posted by Coalsmoke View Post
                      I don't know about that. A 25,000btu is the stock heater, and as an option you can add another one (I think its recomended below -25F). When its -40F out, its exponentially harder to keep the heat in. these aren't small trailers either. In my opinion, they are too big at 33 or so feet.
                      The trailer I was refering to (and I believe Sberry was too) was the converted 6x10 enclosed, which, if insulated would be easily heated with something far smaller than 50Kbtu. even at -40C/F. a 33' travel trailer would probably need something in the 50Krange when it's that cold.

                      if you *really* need some heat, I've got a 1,250,000 BTU burner salvaged from a floor heat boiler. sitting out back at work.
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                      • I might be tempted to run the piping up high, even in a raceway along the ceiling where its warm and use pex. I liked the guys plan with small and could come up with something for backup that was simple, a plaque with outside air intake maybe?

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                        • A semi truck driver lives in a cab sustancially smaller than the 6x10. At first that seems small but thats not bad either, all I need is enough to get out of the cold, hang up a few cloths, some storage under the bed and some heat. 95% of the space in my house I dont use. Look how big a pickup camper is, plenty for a guy to make it in. I would be looking to keep weight down, make it easy to pull.

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                          • I wish I could remember who this guy was, was it Sparkee27 maybe? He said 6x10 was plenty but maybe a guy could go to 12 with single axel yet if it wasnt loaded real big? He carried a few gallons of water. I heard a guy that carried a couple 5 gallon buckets and bag of kitty litter in case he couldnt find a place to take a dump,, ha,, he put the lid on and every once in a while tossed it into a dumpster and started a new pail,,, ha wouldnt need to fool with plumbing. Simple can be good. He come on the board once in a while at night hooked to cell phone from there. Said it was very cold out but he was toasty. These are just ideas, just thinking of options. They are not all good if they are too complicated or too expensive, after all the object is some comfort and to save money. I liked the 6 ft wide idea, easy to see around while towing and the stock mirrors will work on truck.

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                            • welderdan; welcome to the gange, you are a bit smaller than most of the guys here but maybee they will be nice and keep the short jokes to a minimum.
                              nice truck.
                              although i'm shore some one will say something - about the lack of steel toed boots.
                              thanks for the help
                              ......or..........
                              hope i helped
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                              • Originally posted by Portable Welder
                                I can understand the below zero thing, those are the nights you and your helper just need to spoon.
                                Just kiddin, however sharing a camper with a helper when it stays above 20 degrees at night is a good way to get the job done and do what you are suppose to do on the road, make money & save money not drink it up in the bar and loose it at over priced motels.
                                My best friends brother in law is a boiler maker, Hes a **** of a nice guy but he blows alot of money at the bars and on his motel and keeps his wife and kids living in a double wide trailer when he makes around $ 90,000.00 a year.
                                If your going to blow your money like that you might as well get a job at wall mart. at least then his wife could get a job too.
                                Potable welder why is it that you have to stay with your helper to get the job done? and why does it have to stay above 20 to get the job done?
                                what if it goes below 20 does that mean you can't get the gob done If I am making 1300+ a day why can't I drink some Jack? and out of that 1300 why can't I pay for my own room by myself? and your best friend's brother'n law what if he's happy living in a trailer oh sorry double wide trailer and
                                spending 90,000.00 a year?. Why would you work at WallMart if you made
                                90,000.00 a year? what if his wife doesn't want a job? as you can see
                                there's alot of what if's here, The reason? CAUSE YOU HAV"EN WORKED IN
                                IN THE ALBERTA OILPATCH!! Got to go 2nd period of battle of Alberta is on.GO FLAMES GO

                                Portable welder do you have a rig?
                                DODGE 1 TON 6.7
                                PIPEPRO 304
                                TO MANY TOOLS
                                JUST WELDING IN CIRCLES
                                rig welders are like wheelbarrows hard to push around
                                and easily upset
                                go flames go

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