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- Pit Products Show Trailer Story: Customizing and Improving Trailer
This is a six (6) part series related to the Pit Products show trailer.
Part 1: Choosing a Trailer
Part 2: Design of the Trailer
Part 3: Customizing and Improving the Trailer
Part 4: Outfitting the Trailer
Part 5: Trailer Wrap
Part 6: First Trailer Event
Once the paint dried we went back to work on the customizations we had planned for our enclosed trailer. To review, we made major improvements to the trailer by installing overhead lighting on the ceiling of the trailer, an electric solar panel attached to the trailer tongue, a custom trailer nose cabinet to take advantage of that often wasted space in the nose section of enclosed trailers, some floor tie downs, and a set of stabilizing jacks.
Overhead Lighting for the Trailer
We ran LED light strips along several rails of the trailer roof framework. The LED lights were to be controlled by a set of switches mounted on the corner of the diamond plate aluminum trailer nose cabinet we’ll discuss later. You can see the wires running up along the nose of the trailer in some of the photos below.
Solar Panel to keep the Trailer Charged
In order to take the load off our trailer’s battery when we weren’t near any electrical supply we installed a small solar panel on top of the trailer tongue in the front of the trailer. This was a very interesting project that required learning about electrical inverters along with the need to punch some holes in the front of our trailer to pass the wires through. We were very careful to install waterproof sealing plugs around each hole to keep any rain out of the inside of our enclosed trailer.
Trailer Nose Cabinet for the V-nose Area (Not Available)
We really wanted to take advantage of all the space in our show trailer to demonstrate an example of a Pit Products storage solution and also so we could have a good place to hide all the extra stuff you never seem to plan for when hitting the road with your enclosed cargo trailer. There are always extra supplies and gear needed at the last minute.
We are pretty impressed with our custom trailer nose cabinet. We hope you are too! This baby took some careful planning both before and during the fabrication and installation process. Our crew really knows how to take care of business when it comes to designing, manufacturing, and installing the best looking and most functional enclosed trailer storage cabinets you can find.
Trailer Floor Tie Downs and Stabilizing Jacks to Keep Trailer Secure
You never seem to have enough places to tie down your ATV’s, motorcycles, lawn mowers, dune buggies, or whatever type of gear your are hauling. That is why we were sure to install a good set of heavy duty floor mounted tie downs. You’ll never regret adding these to your trailer…just ask your friends who have had a piece of equipment pierce through their trailer wall after taking a corner too fast or hitting some bad potholes.
It’s also good practice to have strong stabilizing jacks installed on the underside of your trailer to help keep your rig level and secure even when parked on uneven ground or when your trailer is going to be loaded with funny weight concentrations. The Pit Products crew got into this project by welding mounting brackets to the underside of the trailer frame so the stabilizing jacks could be tucked well out of the way and out of sight when not in use.
Hopefully you appreciated learning a bit about the improvement features we installed in our new Pit Products travelling show trailer. The overhead trailer lighting, trailer tongue solar panel, custom trailer nose cabinet, trailer floor tie downs, and the set of trailer stabilizing jacks provided us good challenges during the design and install, but we are confident these trailer enhancements will pay dividends for years to come.
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