Versatile Slide-In Unit On Display

The steel 980-gallon modular unit from Imperial Industries is designed for convenient service.
Versatile Slide-In Unit On Display
Randy Tischendorf, left, Imperial Industries director of sales for portable restroom service units, discusses the features of the company’s 980-gallon steel modular portable service unit with a 2014 show attendee.

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Some portable restroom operators prefer bolt-on-and-go convenience in a vacuum unit tried-and-true steel tank construction, and Imperial Industries was aiming for that audience when it displayed a 980-gallon modular pumping unit at the 2014 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International.

“Although there are many other materials out there being used, we still get a lot of requests for steel tanks and components,” says Randy Tischendorf, Imperial Industries director of sales for portable restroom service units. “We’re actually seeing a resurgence in sales of these units.”

Imperial builds the unit to fit on most truck chassis or flatbeds, including both two- and four-wheel-drive models. It requires a chassis with an 18,000-pound or greater gross vehicle weight, and 6,000-pound front and 13,000-pound rear axles. The chassis must have a minimum of 84 inches from the cab to the rear axle to mount the modular unit.

“This is a product made specifically for the do-it-yourselfer,” Tischendorf says. “These units ship ready to install, which means a big savings for the operator. They can pick their own chassis, or use one in their existing fleet, and bolt it on themselves. A lot of our customers will do the upgrade during their slow season. It’s an easy retrofit."

The unit has a 980-gallon steel tank (680-gallon wastewater/300-gallon freshwater) with an epoxy coating inside the water tank; a Masport HXL3V vacuum pump (106 cfm of vacuum power provided by a 9 hp Honda gas engine), with a right-angle drive; 2-inch water fills, at ground level and on top, with a 3-inch vent; a Whale washdown pump with 50-foot garden hose; a 1-inch water sight tube; two 2-inch waste-tank sight glasses; a 2-inch freshwater bucket fill; a 3-inch waste-discharge valve; a bolt-on aluminum hose tray; a 21-inch manway for tank-cleaning access; a tank-mounted moisture trap; an oil-catch muffler; a 3-inch to 2-inch top fill with 30 feet of hose and a poly valve and wand; vacuum and pressure relief valves with a liquid-fill gauge; a driver’s side work light; 18- by 18- by 24-inch and 18- by 18- by 36-inch aluminum toolboxes; and an aluminum two-restroom rear carrier with LED lighting.

“This is the perfect unit for an operator who is upgrading from a traditional slide-in unit to a full-fledged service truck,” says Tischendorf. “It is going to be more cost-effective than buying a new vacuum truck, and the unit itself is going to be more compact and easier to fit into tight spaces. Sometimes the components on a service vehicle will fail before the life of the chassis is done too. The nice thing about these units is that if you have to get a new chassis, but your modular unit is fine, you can take it off and mount it on a new chassis.”

Tischendorf says the response to the new unit on the floor of the Indiana Convention Center was better than expected. “This was really our first attempt to market our product as a self-contained bolt-on unit,” he says. “We sell slide-ins, and market full service units complete on a chassis, but this was different for us, so we didn’t know what to expect. The response was great.”

According to Tischendorf, Imperial Industries tries to unveil a new product every year at the Expo, now called the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show. That won’t change in 2015.

“Seeing all the people that were excited about this new modular unit really got our juices flowing,” he says. “We get excited about our new products, but we try to wait for the show every year to let the cat out of the bag. It’s the perfect audience for what we offer.” 800/558-2945;


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