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Outdoor mounted pressure washer
Ive seen trailer and truck mounted pressure washers, are these usually stored outdoors?If so how does the pressure washer hold up to the elements(there is some electrical wiring). would you be concerned about theft/vandalism.
i am thinking about getting a skid mount for my pw and mounting it in the back of my truck with some hose reels. how has this worked for you guys?
Outside is ok, but the weather does take a toll on the pressure washer. If you have a shed or covering it's best. Some guys will use grill covers when they're not using the machine.
Theft and vandalism are a concern, be careful where you park.
As far as the electrical, any decent pressure washer should have this wired in a way that is weatherproof.
My Trailer mounted unit sits outside of my Equipment Shed whenever it is not in use, that is where I put it. No cover.
I bought it 6 years ago, and no problem.
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I'm thinking about mounting my pressure washer in my truck bed. Is it possible, or practical to put a camper shell on the truck bed over the power washer? That will rule out any rain getting on the unit and will also help with theft. What do you guys think?
Only thing I would make sure of is side and back windows that pop up to ventilate. You don't want any exhaust to work it's way into the cab of the truck. Otherwise I see no issue other than having to crawl in the shell to work on the motor, change oil, tune up etc.
Originally Posted by Kurt
Has anyone on the forum ever tried to use a camper shell with a mounted power washer? Or, in your opinion is it simply unnecessary. I am a little worried about theft. I mean, how hard is it for someone to steal the thing after it's been mounted?
I have mine mounted in the back of my truck since 2007. It is on a steal skid plate with 4 bolts and nuts, there is no way anybody could steal it unless they removed the bolts(Nuts are underneath the spare tire, good luck with that one.
We have a couple units that sit in the bed of the truck most of the time. I think its less than ideal, but I guess its better than completely un packing the truck each night. For the most part they hold up ok.
Kurt we had this one truck that had a camper type shell on it. I cut one of the sides out above the truck rail to access the stuff inside. It worked ok but again less than ideal.
Personally, I would not leave the equipment sitting outside all the time but that's just me. My unit is mounted on a trailer and we keep the trailer in the shop when not in use. I used to have a van that it was mounted in and that worked great too. A pressure washer is a big investment so if you want it to last a long time keep it out of the elements as much as possible.
Ok, now I'm thinking about mounting it on a trailer. I want the trailer to be pretty small though so I can fit it into my garage to cover it and reduce the chance of theft. I'm thinking of mounting the PW and two reels on this trailer. Do you think this will work well? Anyone else use a trailer this small? Link below.
5 ft. 8-1/4" x 3 ft. 9-1/4" Trailer w/ Ramp
Last edited by Kurt; 08-30-2011 at 09:33 PM.
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