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    Here over the next summer I’ve got a lead on welding for a drilling rig company so I’m working on getting a rig together. How many of you guys run a trailer? Im planning on chasing rigs or doing mobile repair over the summers to put back money for school, and going to school the rest of the time so I’m not full time welding. Because of that I really would like to have a trailer and have the bed space for the rest of the time for other things. I’ve considered building a skid, but I’ve just got a 3/4 ton truck so weight is a concern and that’s why I was thinking about a trailer.

  • #2
    6 of one, half dozen of the other. In my opinion anyways. I personally would want mine on my truck like mine is.

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    • #3
      You should talk to the drilling rig company to see what they expect and want you to have. You can get all the answers you want here but it is really about what they want if you are going to work for them.

      I use a trailer for my business and it works great for the type of work I do but there are other types of welding work that it wouldn't work at all. You need to figure out what type of work you will be chasing and look at what your competition has and why.
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      • #4
        Cool thing about a trailer is you don't have to drag everything up to go eat lunch. Bad thing is you can come back and someone may have already done it for you.
        If you are gonna do this forever, get a dually now. You'll always wonder why you waited so long.

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        • #5
          How muddy and rough are the lease sites your trying to get to? That could be a major factor in deciding to not go with a trailer. Nice thing about having everything in an enclosed trailer, lots of room and everythings kept dry. Hook it up to the truck and go. Keeps your truck free for other uses like you say. Main reason most guys dont use them would be site access.
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          • #6
            You could always built a skid, provided you have the means to move the skid in and out of your truck

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            • #7
              A 3/4 ton truck is probably going to suffer in weight and fuel mileage if you have a welder of any consequence on board along with a set of bottles and all the other gear you may need...........I have a 1 ton dually with a 9 ft utility box and it feels the pain when in use..........the other problem with the open cockpit Truck bed is you just can't leave it anywhere.........although a utility box helps , but I still find myself having plenty of tools and goodies in the bed that makes it real hard to even go inside a store or restaurant just for a few moments.............

              I like the Idea of a trailer...but again the openness and a secure place to hide it when not in use would be a major concern for me........even an enclosed trailer might work but may be challenging to work out of............but again security would be high on my list either way as your going to school part time , you would really have to have a secure location , preferably inside to park it as those crooks love to hook up to trailers.......

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              • #8
                I have had insurance that covered it completely.....even with an open bed.
                That said you don't wanna use your insurance

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                • #9
                  I put everything inside a trailer. I have only 1 truck that I use as a daily truck and did not want to give up the bed to haul the welder around. It works for my welding needs

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