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  • 1mobilegroomer
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    My daughter got a 18 Gryphon and is happy with it after about a year in use, but she is bending toward next owning a van.

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  • K9hiker
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    Hi!
    I have some questions about your Gryphon trailer, I just got one so I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me since you are experienced with one! Thanks So Much!

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  • Lee
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    pictures of the interior by chance?

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  • petagreespa
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    I am on my third mobile unit, first one was a unit I built from a box van in 96 - I got tired of putting engines in that one so I got a trailer - worst financial business decision I ever made. The generator sat to low to ground and would suck up heat from pavement - vapor lock baby...even though it was a tandem axle, I had major problems with the axles, I would be driving down free-way and be like, damn, some body lost a tire... it was my friggin tire - the spindol just snapped and the tire was passing me on the freeway, this hapened at least 5 times and thousands of dollars later I decided on my Third unit and best financial business decision I ever made - Sprinter Diesel dooley, diesel generator/Inverter-hybrid system.

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    Last edited by petagreespa; 10-02-16, 09:36 PM.

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  • littlearkgroomingshoppe
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    Originally posted by 1mobilegroomer View Post
    Finally going from trailer to van so happy. Trailer was a good financial start but love not having to tow any more.
    I hear ya. Just bought a short bus to convert. After pulling a trailer for almost 4 years I'm ready to not be towing my 6x10 trailer around. Our biggest hurdle now other then time and money is where to put the genny

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  • PugMomma
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    Hi what size trailer did u get ?Does it have a generator?If so what kind?How much did it cost?

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  • 1mobilegroomer
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    Finally going from trailer to van so happy. Trailer was a good financial start but love not having to tow any more.

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  • EggCArver
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    I am looking at getting a diesel shuttle bus to convert. The conversion won't be much of an issue as I built my own trailer 8 years ago and keep it maintained myself. I'm going to insulate the **** out of it to start. Anyone with regrets on using a shuttle bus? Pros/cons?

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  • GentleHands
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    We bought a 1978 dodge van that was being used as an ice cream truck. It was a lot of work and took many months but my hubby is very handy. We got it converted into a working rig. Interesting i thought other than maneuvering a trailer would be a better option. I started out with a very small budget had to but bits and pieces at a time before it was a usable rig.


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  • littlearkgroomingshoppe
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    I have a 5x12 trailer that I pull with a ford explorer. Water tanks, heater & tub are in the rear of the trailer. Ive been mobile for a year. No pRoblems other then a few holes in my tv number from learning to maneuver it backwards.

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  • odiedog3180
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    I have been mobile since 2006. I have always had a van never a trailer. The van has always worked better for me. I just recently put a new van in service. It is a van that runs strictley off of batteries. It recharges as you go from client to client. You never have to worry about running out of power. If anyone has any questions about this van I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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  • doggonecutempg
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    My husband and I are starting a mobile business and decided to go with a Class C RV, an older model when things were built right and easy to work on, which is cheaper and gives you all the amentities like water heater, generator and bathing area and the space for equipment and storage of supplies. Plus they are built to take the additional weight and have a bathroom which is needed. When we decide on our rig we will post before and after pictures!

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  • Uncle Dave
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    With experience with both we went with the WGT sprinter van. They use a "dually" rear wheel setup that greatly adds to the lifespan of the rear ties and gives the vehicle lots of extra unused capacity so it isnt so close to maxed out like the Hanvey or a Pet Pro.

    The diesel gensets and engines are vastly superior to their gas counterparts in terms of maintenance and fuel economy.
    There is no comparison between the 2 - full stop.

    I published comparisons between a ford E250 and Onan 7000 gas setup vs the sprinter and 8K diesel and we are saving between 4 and 600 a month just in fuel and more when you compare oil changes, time to maintain and time lost due to 2x the frequency of frequent fueling stops. Fueling three times a week was common in the Ford setup vs typically once in the sprinter at about 20 minutes a stop thats around 33 hours a year saved or pretty close to one full work week of personal time recouped.

    Trailers are flexible- BUT dragging around 2-4 extra tires is simply less efficient than than fewer- especially in a city where you are constantly making turns because they all use solid axles. You have twice the tires and an extra set of brakes and wheel bearings grease maintain and replace.

    Parallel parking is hard for some as is the extra length. Some neighborhoods prohibit trailer parking overnight.

    I have a capable tow vehicle (9500 pounds) but choose not to wear it out towing a work trailer.
    A 1/2 ton truck will wear quite a bit faster when towing 5-7K every day all day and a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck is total overkill.
    The WGT has about a 500Lb tongue weight to in many instances one SHOULD use a weight distributing hitch.

    To the people that say if their tow vehicle breaks down they can "just use another tow vehicle" I wonder how many of you actually own 2 tow capable vehicles?

    After skinning this cat multiple ways in convinced the Sprinter dually/ diesel setup is the way to roll....

    Uncle Dave

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  • Sorel
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    Great idea with the "consultation" .. definately adding that aspect to the business plan.

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  • All_4_Animals
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    Hi there!
    I thought I had a closed mind to Trailers... but not so anymore. I would would to find out more info on trailers specially. Could people post pics here and when they talk about their trailers, say exactly which kind they have and what they pull it with??
    Thanks!! This would be So helpful!

    I have pulled trailers before but only a few times ever and that is the easy part, going forward! I am most concerned with backing up/parking... (as others may have been as well). I just recently needed to back a trailer into my driveway and had a heck of a time, although I am sure with practice over time I will be able to maneuver trailer correctly and with ease!

    I recognize there are pros and cons to all options, I do however like the trailer option for - price point, can be stationary, switch another vehicle to pull it if regular one breaks down, ...
    parking seems to be the biggest con...??? anyone else?

    There seem to be so many sizes and companies... be great to get more responses here!

    Thanks!!

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