One of our favorite times of the year is when we take a look back at our best projects from the previous year. While we value every customer we work with, the bigger custom trailers really make us proud, so we had each member of our team vote on our top trailers of 2020. Here are the trailers that made the cut:
Honorable Mention - Muskegon Voting Trailer & Belle Isle Conservancy Registration Trailer
These two trailers narrowly missed the top 10, but are still worthy of being highlighted because, although they are simple concession-style trailers, they served a higher purpose that made a positive impact in an otherwise down year.
The 16-foot City of Muskegon Government voting trailer played a key role in providing voting accessibility for residents of Muskegon, Mich. It was taken to neighborhoods, schools, and community centers, giving residents the opportunity to register and submit an absentee ballot without having to travel far from home or wait in long lines. Staff working the trailer could issue absentee ballots, collect ballots, register voters, and answer questions, and it also helped ease the burden on the US postal system.
The 16-foot Belle Isle trailer is still in use through this summer, giving Belle Isle Park – Michigan Conservancy staff a mobile office and visitors a registration point, information booth, and wayfinder. In September, it operated as a registration point for their Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsored Senior Thursdays, which allowed visitors 55 years old and over an opportunity to experience the Belle Isle Aquarium for free in a safe, socially distant environment.
#10 - Mobile Pilates Studio Trailer for The Movement FLX
Coming in at Number 10 in our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is this mobile pilates studio trailer that we did for The Movement FLX. This 28-foot deckover ATC stage trailer was custom built for pilates on the go in upstate New York with floor-to-ceiling windows on one side and a continuous deck from the interior to the stage, allowing plenty of natural light and a great open air space to work out. With the trailer, owner Tracy Janczak has created a safe space to conduct classes in the parking lot of places like Canandaigua Country Club, and also serve as a platform for speakers and other community events.
#9 - Product Display Trailer for HD Cam Tech
Number 9 on our list of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is this product display trailer for HD Cam Tech. The 5'x8' MTI cargo trailer was custom-built with a concession style window shadow box, allowing the customer to install a large flatscreen monitor to showcase the camera and surveillance equipment that he offers.
It's a small trailer that packs a punch with working cameras installed around all sides, giving HD Cam Tech a nimble and sharp looking display trailer to take to their customers and show off their capabilities while containing all of the wiring and controls neatly inside the trailer.
#8 - Mobile Command Trailer for Lafayette Police Department
Number 8 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is this command trailer for the City of Lafayette, Ind. police department. This 20-foot ATC Trailers command trailer was a joint effort by the SWAT team and hostage negotiation team, giving each of them a small command space inside the trailer, an exterior shadowbox mounted 55-inch smart TV to view a drone feed in real time, a 19-foot awning to protect form the elements during briefings, and a walk-on roof for drone landing.
#7 - Mobile Performance Stage Trailer for The Goodman Theatre
Number 7 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the stage trailer that Goodman Theatre took all over the city of Chicago this past fall, putting on theatrical performances in city parks. The 24-foot ATC stage trailer was wrapped both inside and out and utilized as a performance stage for Cheryl West's play 'Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak on It', which was offered for free at public parks all over the city. Since indoor performances were closed due to the pandemic, Goodman took the play on the road in a pared down version.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, it was "the first post-COVID theatrical endeavor in Chicago authorized by all four unions commonly affiliated with live musical and dramatic productions," and we're proud to have helped make it happen.
#6 - Product Display Trailer for Digger Specialties
Number 6 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the 36' product display trailer for Digger Specialties. This ATC gooseneck trailer was fabricated by Digger themselves to feature their fencing, railing, column, and outdoor lighting products in a way that allows them to slide out so customers can see individual options. Larry Burkholder, the training manager for Digger, pulls the trailer all over the country to train employees at lumber yards and deck stores on Digger's products.
#5 - Mobile Foot Lab for Sidas USA
Number 5 on our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the Mobile Foot Lab trailer we did for Sidas USA. This 24' wedge nose stage trailer was built out with interior cabinets for product storage, slat wall for product display, a built-in shop vac, boot fitting stations, a full graphic wrap, and more, allowing Sidas to travel to ski resorts, outdoor stores, and events, showcasing their insoles, boot liners, and other accessories made for an active lifestyle. Like the Digger Specialties trailer, the Sidas tour staff use the trailer to train store staff on the importance of boot fitting and boot insoles, as well as how to make custom insoles.
#4 - Sno Cone Concession Trailer for SnoProblems
Number 4 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the sno cone trailer we did for SnoProblems. This 6'x12' concession trailer is one of the great success stories of the year as a group of out-of-work high school and college students pulled together a small business that exceeded all expectations. In fact, they said it did more business in the first 2 1/2 weeks than they thought it would do all season, providing residents of the western Chicago suburbs a tasty treat and an excuse to get out of the house on the long hot summer days in downtown Naperville.
#3 - Experiential Marketing Stage Trailer for Henry Repeating Arms
Number 3 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the experiential marketing trailer for Henry Repeating Arms. This 24' ATC stage trailer was fabricated by Farmington Displays, Inc.in Connecticut and used at the Henry 180 Nascar Xfinity race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. It featured a display of some of their rifles, branded items that customers could purchase, and a tablet entry to win a limited edition rifle.
This trailer is a great example of how we do business at Advantage Trailer. We're big proponents of the inviting and engaging properties of a an experiential marketing trailer, and while we love to fabricate them ourselves, we're just as happy to sell you the trailer that you can have built out by an existing fabrication partner that you may have. To us, it's all about giving you the ability to engage with your customers in the best and most efficient way possible.
#2 - Mobile Pro Shop & Tasting Room Trailer for Black Quail Apparel & Flecha Azul Tequila
Number 2 on our countdown of our Top 10 Trailers of 2020 is the mobile pro shop and tasting booth trailer we did for Black Quail Apparel and Flecha Azul Tequila. It started off with a 24-foot ATC stage trailer with a full matte black exterior, interior, and trim package and a lantern smoke vinyl flooring to provide a nice contrast.
Black Quail then customized the interior with minimalist clothing racks and shelves, as well as spot graphics to convey their brands. Originally slated to launch at The Masters last spring, Black Quail had to pivot due to the Covid shutdowns, but they have been able to use it at events throughout Texas so far. We can't wait to see it in person soon!
#1 - Mobile Golf Apparel Pro Shop Trailer for Linksoul & TRUE Linkswear
The moment we've all been waiting for is here: Our top trailer of 2020 is the mobile pro shop trailer that we did for Linksoul and True Linkswear! This 20' ATC stage trailer featured a minimalist design with black iron pipe hanging racks and faceouts and raw wood shelving for the brands to showcase their latest clothing lines. We also built a custom cabinet to cover the wheel well with a built-in beer tap, a butcher block top, and outward-facing illuminated shelving for shoe and hat display.
The trailer debuted at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando last January with plans to travel up the west coast visiting PGA Tour events, golf courses, and lifestyle events before the pandemic put those plans on hold. Still, they have been able to use it a few times and look forward to hitting the road again soon.