Self-Lowering Restroom Trailer Shines at Trade Show

Self-Lowering Restroom Trailer Shines at Trade Show
Visitors to the 2013 Pumper & Cleaner Expo check out the ADA 8000 restroom trailer from ART Co.

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The ADA 8000 disability-compliant three-station restroom trailer displayed by ART Co. (A Restroom Trailer Company) at the 2013 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo is not the first self-lowering restroom trailer on the market, but several of the unit’s features made it a popular stop for attendees.

The ADA 8000 features a hydraulic lowering system that allows for the use of a more efficient traditional toilet instead of a macerator (grinder) unit. The trailer also comes mounted on a solid axle system that allows it to lower smoothly, according to ART Co.’s manager, Tyson Platz.

“We experimented with different types of lowering systems, and determined that the solid-axle system worked the best for what we were trying to do,” says Platz. “We had dozens of engineers crawling into and under the unit at the Expo to see how our solid-axle lowering system operates. We know ours isn’t the first self-lowering unit on the market, but we like to think we came up with some great improvements to the original idea.”

The unit, available in multiple interior finishes, features a 400-gallon epoxy-lined steel waste tank, integral trailer skirting, a heavy-duty 2 5/16-inch trailer hitch, a heavy-duty hydraulic tongue jack, ducted heat and air conditioning, and a folding ADA ramp. Platz says that the design was the company’s response to a nationwide need for disability-compliant facilities for special events, as many states now require handicap-accessible units at large public gatherings.

“We’ve had a lot of inquiries from customers in the past on ADA units, so there is obviously a need out there, and it’s a market that’s continuing to develop,” says Platz. “I think the market for this particular unit is ultimately going to be festivals that need something like this to meet state regulations. It’s a versatile unit that is a good fit at fairs or concerts, or at events looking for more luxurious accommodations, even though we don’t consider it a ‘luxury’ product. It can go to a public event and take some abuse.”

Options on the ADA 8000 include hands-free faucets, push-button flush toilets, heat and winterization packages, simulated hardwood vinyl flooring, AM/FM MP3 stereo and onboard freshwater tanks. Platz says the unit is assembled in-house at the company’s Constantine, Mich., facility.

“We use all high-quality components to put these together, including real maple fixtures that will last for years,” he says. “This was really our first attempt at creating a trailer that self-lowers right to the ground, and we’ve been pretty happy with the result.”

ART Co. plans to bring a new-and-improved version of the ADA 8000 with more features to the 2014 Expo. Platz says the company has been to four Expos, and wouldn’t consider skipping what he calls the “must-attend” event in the portable sanitation industry.

“We always get orders for our products, but the Expo allows us to take a look at what everyone else is doing, too,” he says. “Just having the chance to get in front of potential customers and talk about our products, especially newer ones like the ADA 8000, is huge. You can’t be in the business we’re in and not go to the Expo.” 269/435-4278;


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