Biggest Mistake I Made With My Pressure Washing Trailer Build (Don't Do This)


Hey guys, welcome back to the Lean and Mean Academy! Today’s video is titled "The Biggest Mistake I Made with My Pressure Washing Trailer." But before we dive in, I want to tell you about an incredible opportunity. We've put together a free web class for you on how I took my business from zero to over $250,000 a year. This class covers three crucial areas: how to get clients, how to keep clients, and how to position yourself as the top guy in your city, even when you're just starting out. Click the first link in the description or comments to sign up. I look forward to seeing you there!

Now, let’s get into the biggest mistake I made with my pressure washing trailer.

The Mistake: Lack of Coating on My Trailer

When I first got my trailer, it was just wood slats, and everything was bolted onto that. I didn’t think much of it until I noticed the wood starting to deteriorate. Soft wash units can leak, and even small drips of bleach can turn the wood into jelly, eating right through it.

Cody at Southeast Softwash actually coats his trailers to prevent this issue. He uses products like Herculiner to protect the wood and metal from rotting away. This is a step I missed, and it cost me dearly. My whole trailer started rusting, a problem many guys face.

The Solution: Proper Coating

As you can see, this is Line-X. Line-X has literally preserved this bed from rotting away to nothing. If you don’t have a bed liner or similar protection, your entire truck bed will rot out. It's not a matter of if, but when.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Prep the Bed: Make sure the bed is clean, sanded down, and free of loose paint.
  2. Apply Coating: I prefer Line-X, but any high-quality liner will do. Make sure it's applied correctly to prevent bubbling.
  3. Maintain Regularly: Even with coating, regular maintenance and cleaning are crucial.

Additional Tips

Some guys suggest using a bleach neutralizer. There's debate on its long-term effectiveness, but it might help. You’ll need to downstream it onto your rig to neutralize any bleach residue. Personally, I find that good old-fashioned water works well enough for cleaning.

Treat Equipment as Consumable

I treat a lot of my rig equipment as consumable. Sadly, within five years, the entire bed might need replacing, but if you run your business correctly, your margins should cover this expense. Don't skimp on protection and maintenance—it's worth the investment.

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