Hot Water & High Volume: New Hand-Wash Trailer Wows at Expo

Hot Water & High Volume: New Hand-Wash Trailer Wows at Expo
Hand-wash trailer offers Expo visitors a hot-water option

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McKee Technologies provided 2013 Pumper & Cleaner Expo visitors with a return performance of its hand-wash station trailer, this time with a hot-water option. “Most of the reaction was, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this,’ ” says Ron McIntosh, product manager for McKee Technologies-Explorer Trailers.

“They’re used to the individual, single plastic ones,” he says of the hand-wash units. “Most [visitors to the McKee Expo booth] would come up with a scenario where they could see themselves using this. We had some calls right after the show. There was a guy in Wyoming, he was really enthused, and within a week came back and ordered one.”

First appearing at the Expo about seven years ago, this year’s hot-water version of the hand-wash trailer features stainless steel countertops and sink bowls (four per side) with self-closing, water-saving faucets, soap and paper towel dispensers.

“We just thought we would refresh it, because we have been selling more and more,” McIntosh says. With increased interest in sanitation and health, especially in the food industry, McIntosh says the need for hot water has become a key feature.

“I realize a lot of the portable restroom operators have hand-wash equipment in the [restrooms] or the individual hand-wash stand; this is just a different approach with the hot water and [designed for] high volume,” he says. “It’s a lot like having a comfort station or a heated washroom with flush toilets versus a [standard restroom]. They both serve a function; it just depends on what level [of service] you want.”

McIntosh says summer heat will warm the water tank to a comfortable level, but it likely won’t be hot enough to meet food industry standards. “In the past 20 years we’ve seen quite an evolution [in hand-washing standards]. And there’s a dollar return for the operator,” he says.

The 108-inch-long trailer (72 inches wide and 72 inches tall to the top of the tank) has a 20-gallon electric hot-water heater (propane available) enclosed in a locking utility compartment that also provides room for supplies.

The trailer has a 230-gallon freshwater tank and 250-gallon graywater tank. McIntosh says the operators he talked to at the show envision using the hand-wash trailer at special events, such as county fairs, concerts and football games.

“A guy purchased one for graduations and spring events. Any place where you have portable restrooms, these fit in, especially if there’s food service. You need to wash; not only the customers, but the people handling the food,” he says.

“In the Toronto area, there are probably 18 of the units spread out among three or four operators for the big two-day festivals, like the Ribfest,” McIntosh says of the four-day food and music festival that attracts more than 200,000 visitors and has raised $2.5 million for charities in 11 years. “There is definitely a need there.”

Made of structural steel with 2,200-pound rubber torsion suspension, the trailer has a 2-inch coupler, five-bolt rims, front tongue jack and corner stabilizers.

“Where we have sold most of these previous to the [Expo] has been in the northwest states, like Oregon and California,” he says. “They put them up on the fire runs for the forest service. We probably have a couple dozen in the Oregon and California area that are designated for forest fire contracts.” McIntosh says one provision of the fire contract stipulates hand-wash stations have faucets and water that meets a certain temperature.

Use in agricultural settings is another possible application, he says, although it likely would depend on the crops being harvested and number of workers.  “If it’s a common meeting area for lunch, it probably would work.” 866/457-5425;


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