Are Your Restroom Trucks Specially Outfitted For Events?

Take a page out of this innovative family company's restroom handbook to meet the unique demands of special events.
Are Your Restroom Trucks Specially Outfitted For Events?
Richard and Peggy Dean are shown in the Dean Enterprises yard with one of their International semi tractors used to move shower trailers for long-haul service across the country. (Photos by John Ehlke)

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Like many portable restroom operators, Peggy and Richard Dean of Dean Enterprises in Fond Du Lac, Wis., keep their construction units separate from their event units. But they’ve also gone so far as to have separate service vehicles for each. 

They’ve got six special-event vacuum trucks – five 2008 to 2012 Ford F-550s built out by Best Enterprises Inc. with 800-gallon waste/250-gallon freshwater stainless steel tanks and Masport Inc. pumps, and one Ford F-750 from T-Line Equipment Inc. with an 1,850-gallon waste/450-gallon freshwater steel tank and Jurop pump. 

Their five route trucks are 2003 to 2008 Ford F-450s and F-550s with 600-gallon waste/250-gallon freshwater tanks and Jurop pumps. Two were built out by Best Enterprises with stainless steel tanks, one by Satellite Industries and one by T-Line with steel tanks. 

Vehicles are stocked differently. For instance, the company uses different tissue for each application, and different deodorizers (from Satellite and Walex Products). “We use a stronger formula for routes so it will last the duration between services,” Peggy Dean explains. Route trucks are equipped with salt brine in the winter to keep units from freezing. 

Event trucks, which rarely go out in the winter, are easier to maintain and to keep up a good appearance, whereas route trucks experience tougher conditions and work in extreme weather. Winter temperatures are often 0 to 20 degrees F but can plunge to 15 or 20 below, Peggy says. The vehicles park in the heated shop each night. 

“The equipment that’s carried on the truck, the sizes of the toolboxes for supplies and such, are all different,” she says. “So if somebody needs to do an event they hop in a special-event truck and it’s set up exactly the way it needs to be for an event. If they need to do a route, they’ll take a truck that’s set up exactly the way it needs to be to do a route.” 

Keep your service rigs stocked with these essential deodorizers and cleaning products:

  • ScentWave liquid non-formaldehyde deodorizing chemical from Armal accelerates the disintegration of waste and paper and controls odors in portable restrooms.
  • Porta-Treat water-soluble packs from Bionetix contain natural and safe aerobic bacteria that digest odor-causing compounds and waste in restroom holding tanks.
  • Water-soluble toss-in restroom deodorant packets from Century Chemical Corp. feature Fresh and Clean odor-control technology.
  • The POWRPAK series for portable restroom holding tanks from Chempace Corporation have been reformulated to offer continuous odor control and fragrance for seven days in the extreme heat of the summer months.
  • Eliminator deodorizers from Del Vel Chem Co. neutralize waste and other foul odors. Available in concentrate and ready-to-use formula, the neutralizer contains no formaldehyde, phosphates, oxidizing agents or phenols.
  • Glacier Bay Dry Toss Paks from Five Peaks provide the same odor control, fragrance and deep blue color mask as the company’s liquid deodorant, in premeasured, ready-to-use pouches.
  • Oil Works ready-to-use fragrance oil from Green Way Products by PolyPortables combats odors from pump exhaust and portable restrooms.
  • Majestik Re-Charge 6000 portable restroom deodorizer from Imperial Industries chemically destroys waste odors and leaves a pleasant fragrance.
  • True-X Series deodorizers from J & J Chemical are made with time-released ingredients that eliminate odors, mounding and scale, and help clean the tank as the waste load increases.
  • Deodorizing Urinal Screens from Johnny’s Choice by Chemcorp Industries Inc. provide effective screening for urinals, and also freshen and deodorize.
  • Certified Graffiti Remover ready-to-use water-based paint and ink remover from Nilodor Deep Blue safely breaks down the bond between paint and the surface.
  • Cooper’s Own Mango deodorizing urinal screens from PolyJohn Enterprises won’t interfere with urinal drains, and provide odor control and bacteria action that helps deodorize both urinal and drain.
  • Non-Para urinal blocks from Porta Pro Chem Co. do not utilize paradichlorobenzene, which has been banned by several states due to health safety concerns.
  • BioShield75 positively charged polymer from RestBest-SmartGuard mitigates touch-point contamination for up to 90 days with one application.
  • Bio QuickScents 60 portable restroom deodorizers from Safe-T-Fresh are powerful, all-natural powders that offer odor control and cleaning power.
  • St. George’s Foam Shield from Servant Products improves the conditions of portable restroom holding tanks, stopping backsplash, suppressing odor, keeping bugs out and improving the tank’s visual appeal.
  • Xtreme Clean portion-controlled portable restroom deodorant packets from Surco Products are ultra-concentrated.
  • Bravo urinal screens from Walex Products are a urinal odor-control product featuring bacteria action that deodorizes and cleans. The fragrance release lasts 30 days.

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