Toy hauler is a command center, carries utility vehicle when providing event service
Servicing portable sanitation equipment at multiday remote events can be logistically difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Paul and Nancy Fassnacht of Lafayette, Indiana, think they’ve found the perfect solution. Paul is the operations manager and Nancy the CEO of Midwest Rentals, a company owned by Nancy’s mother, Ruth Schafer.
“Nancy bought us a camper just to stay on site in case something happens and that’s worked out really well,” Paul Fassnacht says. The 28-foot Sportsmen trailer is their home away from home. It provides peace of mind to customers and makes it easy to service units without having to make numerous trips back and forth to the shop.
“A lot of these events have after-parties and they’ll go three days,” Fassnacht says. “For some of the trailers, we’ll have to go gas up the generators or shut them down at night and service them, and we’re right there.”
It also provides a command center for the team to coordinate activities, and a respite station where they can relax and eat. “We’ll go in and buy the food – hamburgers, whatever they want – and cook it on site,” Fassnacht says. “They come in and eat and get right back at it. The trucks don’t have to leave the event. It’s saved lots of man hours.”
The camper is classified as a toy hauler and it carries a Polaris Ranger utility vehicle used by service technicians to restock restroom supplies and check on equipment. “Some of these events are getting to be so many acres you can’t walk across it,” Fassnacht says. The Polaris comes with a flatbed and can pull a small trailer for hauling units or other equipment.
Fassnacht says the camper idea has worked out extremely well and they now use it for events near and far. “It’s a safe home for my guys. They can come in, get a sandwich or a pop, or they can rest for a few minutes in between services. It’s become a must for us.”
Read more about Midwest Rentals in this month’s issue of PRO magazine.