MAINTAINING PORTABLE RESTROOM TRAILERS

WHAT IS NEEDED TO SET UP A RESTROOM TRAILER?

SET UP IN LEVEL DRY, WELL DRAINED AREA

Delivery to site should be performed by an experienced driver with appropriate driver’s license.The delivery site for the restroom trailer should be reasonably level, dry and well drained. As the site position is chosen it is important to allow space for a pumper truck to park close to the trailer. There is a dump valve located at the front hitch end of the portable restroom trailer that the pumper truck will connect and remove waste from restroom tank. Access may be needed by a truck each day as the unit may need to be pumped out daily.

PROVIDE NECESSARY POWER FOR RESTROOM TRAILER

Most restroom trailers are powered with electricity. It is recommended to provide each restroom trailer with at least two independent and dedicated 20 amp power circuits. (A winter package with electrical heaters will require more electrical power) The dedicated circuit means there is no other power draw on the circuit. It normally is the site owner’s responsibility to supply power cables to the trailer and insure that the lines and the circuit to which they are connected have no other power draw on them.  Maintaining portable restroom trailers electrical components by inspecting,  cleaning, and repairing on a regular schedule.

TROUBLE SHOOTING RESTROOM TRAILER ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS

Most electrical problems in the restroom trailer are caused by lack of proper amount of power to the trailer. An air conditioner may start but will kick off a breaker after a short time without adequate electrical power. Be sure that each power cord is properly sized (gauge) for a) the distance it will run and b) the 20 amps it will draw. A light weight electrical cord will lose power the farther it is away from the power source. A generator is recommended for the restroom trailer if the power source is more than 150 ft. from the restroom trailer.

PROVIDE A CITY WATER CONNECTION

Every restroom trailer will need to have a garden hose with a minimum water pressure of 40 psi and a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute at the restroom trailer. There is a city water connection on the trailer provided below the mechanical room. A standard ¾” garden hose should be able to pressurize and provide fresh water for the toilets and sinks.

RESTROOM TRAILER ON BOARD FRESH WATER TANK

If an on board fresh water tank is provided in the mechanical room of the restroom trailer, a water pump will need to be turned on in order to draw the water from the tank. When the restroom trailer is equipped with an on-board fresh water tank, the water needed for toilet flushing or hand washing can be drawn from this tank.  Additionally it is important to maintaining portable restroom trailers tanks by cleaning and adding treatment chemicals.

IN SUMMARY

PROVIDE A FLAT, LEVEL AREA TO SET UP RESTROOM TRAILER WITH ROOM FOR A PUMPER TRUCK
PROVIDE AT LEAST 2 20 AMP SHORE LINE CORDS
PROVIDE A FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO REACH THE RESTROOM TRAILER