View Full Version : Trailer Haunt for Fairs Input pls

03-25-2013, 10:22 AM
Ok guys. I'm designing and proposing a Trailer Haunt idea to get my foot back in the door. I lost 90% of my stuff in 2012's b/s year.

Last few years and times I'd been at the fair, people were spending way more money on the funhouses, rides and food than tshirts. So with my broken hand and what is called "production tshirt airbrushing" I probably would be better off NOT rebuilding my tshirt stand.

So I'm very intrigued about trailer haunts. There was a funhouse with mirrors that took 3 min's for my wife and daughter to go through. I think it was 3 tickets and there was a short line the night we went and it was a slow night.

My thinking was, if I could only purchase 2 trailer's and get them detailed and outfitted by this season, wouldn't this be a good opp. to run these at the fairs to at least get SOME revenue in to finish purchasing trailers and stuff. If this were to be plausible, what would a 2 trailer haunt be worth charging for if I can keep them 3-5 minutes?

Any ideas on this subject? Eventually, for 2014 I'd like to have 5-6 trailers outfitted with a courtyard in the middle to have a decent length show going so I can charge $10, be a bargain and pay for itself and maybe a hotrod at some point :P

Let me know any and all ideas please. My mind is still jacked from the experience and I'm just trying to get back on track.



Front Yard Fright
03-25-2013, 12:58 PM
A user on here shawng built by far the best trailer haunts I've ever seen. From electrical to use of space, it was so well executed. I highly suggest contacting him and seeing if would be willing to give you some pointers.

03-25-2013, 06:57 PM


my name is kevin and you can message me on here if your serious about it.

03-25-2013, 08:53 PM
Is it $25k for one 48' trailer? That's super expensive what all comes in it props and animation and cgi effects? You'd need at least 4 for a legitimate attraction that's $100k WOW.

Do you guys offer services where you cone to locations and build out people's trailers instead of buying new ones from you guys? I also hear that there are no scare zones in the trailer at the show so there was no place for actors to hide and scare from?


Michael Inks
03-26-2013, 10:01 AM

It certainly is an interesting idea and one that we've been exploring for a while. As an FYI, I've got about 15 years experience in the entertainment end of fairs and have taken a show (not a haunt) to about every event in the US at some point or another so I've got a fairly good handle on how it operates. Not 'pooh-poohing' the idea at all, because it could be a good opportunity, but there are some things to consider depending on how deeply you want to get involved. Totally doable, just keep these things in mind as you develop your plan:

RATES: The most interesting thing (obstacle?) about this industry is there is essentially not an industry standard. Every single event you encounter will present you with a different business model. For vendors particularly, it's an extremely competitive environment and of course... depressingly, it's all about the money. Real estate is premium. Once you get accepted, some events will charge based on linear feet of your space, some will charge on total square feet of your space, some will charge a percentage of your gate, and then most will come up with some bizarre concoction of all of those formulas. Just be prepared with a calculator. **See below

TRANSPORTATION: If you're just considering doing a couple of local fairs in October, then this next part probably doesn't apply, but be sure to account for transportation costs of the trailers. If you don't have access to tractors, most companies will move trailers in the $2.50 per mile range (or less) and there are several good resources for that. But if you're just talking local and have a buddy with a truck, you could certainly strike a better deal.

INSURANCE: So far most events are still sticking with the standard $1M liability, but some events are pushing up to $2M and in some cases $5M. Ugh. But that hasn't been so widespread yet.

POWER: This is a real consideration. Attempt to keep your power needs to a minimum! Can't stress this enough. Our show required 100 amps and that was a huge struggle almost everywhere we went from quality of the power, to distance of cable needed to reach the source. Not to mention actual amps available and their reliability. A good strong quite genny would be great if you could pull it off. Not a deal breaker, just be very specific in your pre-show discussions.

LOCAL REGS: This one will make you crazy(er). Every county of course is different. I'd suggest going the extra mile on safety, then have overwhelming comprehensive safety documents for the attraction that you can
'wow' inspectors with. Too much is worth it... rather than a 'no' opening or incredibly expensive last minute runs to Home Depot. Keep in mind, that while some safety regs are seemingly more relaxed as a temporary installation, some (SOME) inspectors can be a little tougher on the fair industry as they can hold a bias that the 'gypsy' nature of the industry creates a greater risk. Lots of documentation, and a friendly and professional attitude will do wonders.

LODGING: If you're local, then no worries. Just be sure to figure in housing costs for your folks and per diem, etc. if you are going out of town. If you have access to RV's most fairs have a lot for just such a thing at a reasonable rate. Motel 6 can be your friend for your crew... but book early, cheaper hotels fill rapidly in advance of fairs.

**RATES REVISITED: It's possible that some fairs could be a little more malleable with their rates if they can be convinced that your attraction will bring in revenue that they wouldn't have gotten had you not been there. As opposed to performing dog shows, barber shop quartets and defunct family circus acts, I think it's entirely reasonable to think that you could convince a fair that haunted attractions are capable of drawing it's own crowd who might just come out to specifically to see your well marketed House of Horrors. With your pro experience, I'm sure that you could demonstrate that you have the ability to fire up your own well-oiled marketing machine. They'd like that. Just be prepared to work WITH their marketing department.

LASTLY: A great resource, really a must, is IAFE (http://www.fairsandexpos.com), the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. This is a well organized association that virtually every reputable fair, vendor and entertainment belongs to. They publish a book that among other things, details every event in the country (and beyond) including contact information, grounds size, demographics, attendance (attendance is a number you really wanna look at!) and other useful tidbits.

Hope this has been helpful. Holler at me anytime in a PM if there's anything I might be able to add. As I mentioned, we've been looking at this option for a while, but being involved in other things, haven't taken the plunge with a haunt. So we're looking forward to a 'guinnea pig.' Ha! Best of luck!!!

03-26-2013, 04:48 PM
Is it $25k for one 48' trailer? That's super expensive what all comes in it props and animation and cgi effects? You'd need at least 4 for a legitimate attraction that's $100k WOW.

Do you guys offer services where you cone to locations and build out people's trailers instead of buying new ones from you guys? I also hear that there are no scare zones in the trailer at the show so there was no place for actors to hide and scare from?


I saw Dead House's trailer designs at Transworld... I thought their design looked pretty darn cool. Correct there wasn't really a lot of places to hide people. but it appears they design/build to suit... so I assume a simple matter of adding some nooks. I assume Dead House was showing off their talent of crunching a whole lotta cool scenes in trailers versus presenting a fully workable haunt.

Otherwise, I think there are a number of remedies to your dilemma, but sometimes discovery the answers oneself is the best way.

03-29-2013, 10:56 AM
Thanks for the responses.

Michael, yes I want to hit a few fairs, but only to make a little bit of money to help purchase the other trailers and building $$. I have an investor that has a small amount invested in my last haunt, but big enough he's not going to want me to pay him back with my current job lol. He WANTS a business to come out of this. Even if it just pays the bills and my wages. Even I will be very happy with that. Just as long as I can keep it open to build it up.

I don't want to make a lot of money. Just be comfortable and I know new businesses will always take 'building up' to get there. This is why I'm considering the fairs and MAYBE a carnival or two in a town or so away. But yes, ONLY small time, local, VERY LOCAL events. Nothing huge. All this is about, is to get my haunt built up to a $12 sizeable haunt with value.

I also plan to power the whole event with 12v, with an A/C unit outside of the trailer and a generator w/ backup running as the power plant / charger. I have a friend who can sell me Gen's at wholesale, so if I wear one out, I can pick one up relatively cheap.

Right now, I'm just working on design of the first trailer and the facade. I'm not sure if I want to go cheap and PAINT the trailers, or actually build a facade so when they're setup you have to really look to see the trailers in it. "trailer skirts", wall extensions to hide the gaps of the trailers on the side and everything. Costs more but will be a lot more appealing to the customer.

Michael Inks
03-29-2013, 12:45 PM
It's quite possible that I spouted out far more irrelevant information than you were looking for. I've been known to do that. Great luck on the haunt! (I like your 12v plan, very low amp friendly!)

03-29-2013, 02:13 PM
You may want to reach out to Jim Upchurch he own 11th hour Haunted House in Chicago. It's a trailer haunt and he was the instructor for the trailer haunt class at TW. I took the class and he really knows his stuff about this subject.

Greg Chrise
03-29-2013, 06:34 PM
All the things Micheal Inks said, really isn't an over statement. Most fairs have set the bar a little high and you have to be a member in good standing in the national group and pay your member ship fee. It is not only to list where you will be attending but a way for them to track vendors. Where all the shows are and when may seem totally useless but you still have to have the link to that association.

Having your own generators sounds like the thing but if you go to an established fair, they will insist you hook up to their power generators with long expensive cords. They will site the standards of how their show is run. The fuel is only in one or two places and the noise is kept remote.

Further, just to get into one or two shows to do a trial, they will insist you pay up front for your space and utilities $500 or several thousand dollars, especially if you are taking cash instead of their ticket system where they handle the splitting of money.

So starting out you will want to avoid the more established festivals and carnivals that will require putting up several thousand in advance hoping you get customers. I have popped into any fair or festival that has the old style haunted house or dark ride and watched for hours the actual flow of attendance. You are in competition with all sorts of things with their own barkers and just sitting there with even a $250,000 rig they are only seeing 2 to 3 people every 20 minutes that actually do the haunt. You can take the established attendance for any such show and you might actually attract 1/2%. Not impressive for all the hoops you need to jump through.

I have sat with dudes that owned carnival set ups and they didn't turn toward a gain until they had 8 games spread through the festival. It has been a long time but pulling that off was drive all your stuff in, get it all inspected every time and pay the boss $10,000 for the privelage of setting up. Pay for the crew to stay somewhere and be open the whole 12 hours the show is open to the public so this means several shifts of very reliable people to get your front money back.

So also as Micheal suggested you want to make the haunt some kind of additional thing that at least in concept is going to make people want to come. So the subtlety of this is if you aren't getting the feed back that this would be a great thing, you are into a festival that is a little too developed and wants to manage you with your money.

You will have to explore things like where the bands are, successful DJs and hook up with local resorts and even large churches. Rather than festivals, work the large flea markets and trade days.

Build insulated walls for the generators to control the noise from other vendors. Any place you can't use generators is a tip off to something that is too well established and you might as well be fighting a union.

04-01-2013, 11:33 PM
Thanks for the input guys. Especially you Greg. You've helped me out a ton last season with getting my feet wet.

I was thinking, even to start with 1 or 2 trailers for a few small events etc, that should be a HUGE blessing. The main thing is, not having to pay rent for a full year!! I was going to have to pay $24,000 just in rent for this coming year... Take that off and what do I have? Much less need to hit higher numbers for my first few years while I build up.

I have spoken with a few people and I have a bunch of different areas I can set up. Even my 5th and 6th choices are REALLY GOOD places! Mainly very HIGH traffic areas... at least for around here lol.

Also, the carnival things around here don't seem to be too terribly restrictive, at least as long as I cooperate, let them choose my 'spot' etc. They'll probably, most likely want me to go to their ticket system but I don't care. Making money is making money to me for the first settings. I'm just trying to get the ball rolling. THEN I can purchase a few more trailers and continue building.

Any other input? Any other advantages you guys can see? I'm serious, if I can clear 2,000 ppl a season I'd be ecstatic and really, we WOULD'VE HIT THAT # in 2012, had it not been for the crazy ex to fail at the rest of .... ok. If we had completed even 50% of the marketing it would've been easily done.

Thanks again.

RJ Productions
04-04-2013, 02:48 AM
One of the aspects not covered is heat. If you are planning to utilize these during the summer fair season you basically have a steel box oven sitting in the sun all day. On top of that you now put 98 degree heaters (every person entering) through that will continue to maintain that heat level. I run my haunts in Vegas. I have holes and vents cut into every trailer, fans at every actor spot and it's still hot...in October!! During the late fall when working on the trailers it will be 100 outside and 130 inside!!

Second, almost everywhere you will go will probably require a sprinkler system. Can you hook up to a hydrant everywhere you want to set up?

Third, most locations will have no idea how to inspect the trailer show. Your inspection process might take longer that the actual fair. Since there is no standard you would have to submit plans to each jurisdiction, probably weeks in advance. Then they would want time to inspect before you even open the doors. Most locations for a fair will not allow you the time to set up and wait for fire inspections. You have one maybe two days prior max.

Transporatation was mentioned and is a legitimate concern. Do you have one truck making multiple trips or multiple trucks making one trip? Distance between fairs? Do you travel from one to another or return to a base location between shows? Licensed, insured drivers will be $100-$150 and hour plus mileage.

Comments made here are not to "rain on your parade", merely point out real issues from someone who actually owns and operates a trailer haunt.

Smart thing you are doing is to ask questions FIRST, before you spend money!! Good luck


04-04-2013, 01:52 PM
Thanks for teh response. I thought I made it clear, I'm not traveling with the fair. I only have 2 locations I want to go to. My town, and the town 20 min's from me. I plan on speaking to the FM's in the next week or so and see what they think. The main thing is, I want to be able to just set up a few times, at the fair if possible and have a couple of starter shows. Then next year I plan to add on. I'd like to have 4 trailers to start with in 2014.

I will probably have one truck do all four. I have 2 friends with CDL's, one with a company truck, one with his own rig and I also have inlaws that can help with transportation.

My main goal is for it to be portable. When I get the name slowly built up, and marketing money saved, I can start advertising to be at a certain place for the season. I have 3 locations that are out of city limits and on farms etc (possibly 5 now that I think about it) that I can setup with much less aggravation from the legalities. NOT to be ANY LESS SAFE! None at all, but to keep tight wad jackarses from keeping me from running. You know, the people who just DO NOT want a haunt in their area. But honestly, in this area, haunts have been very welcomed from what I have learned so far. In Paragould here, I was praised by the local FD BECAUSE I approached them! They said and I quote "Well we've had many haunts here, but you're the only one to have approached us. We've never even been to the others, like the one at the nursing home or the one at xxx street. So you've already got our respect for trying to do things right. We like that. "

Eventually, hopefully in just 2 seasons, if all goes well, I'll just set up at a farm or other location that has parking, pay rent and be out of the 'hairs' so to speak. Here in Arkansas, during October (when I mainly want to setup) it's usually COLD! Everyone in lines are always wearing jackets etc. I've always gone to haunts here and being a hot natured person, I, most of the time are either cold, or wearing a jacket! And I hardly wear a jacket. I wear t shirts when it's snowing outside. Irrelavent I just realized but o well lol.

You did make me think about the fairs though for sure! So thank you for helping me realize that the fair runs DURING THE DAY as well!

Since I'm making this a long post, anyone care to throw some ideas out that could be great themes for a trailer haunt? How about a theme, that I can 'EASILY' paint / build a facade to cover the trailers with? Actually building a facade to 'hide' the trailers would be very expensive and time consuming, not only to build, but for setup as well. I have thought of the idea as a partial carnival setup and utilize the trailers as part of the looks. However, I don't know about others, but there are SO MANY people who just WILL NOT go to a haunt (around here anyways) if they know it has clowns or the like. I am sure it wouldn't affect sales too much tho, huh?

Sorry so long. just killing time before I have to go BACK into work. (split shift thrown at me, very unfair since I 'again' can't see my child due to work :( )

Thanks again guys,


04-04-2013, 08:11 PM
Seriously check out our site and give us a call Dave already has many different lay outs drawn up and ready to build and with a facade drawn up for all of them .....you won't be let sown to the amount of detail we put into our sets .....we can cater to anyone's theme
And as far as local school fairs go you can use the trailers as a donation to the fair ....ala....they make all the addmission and you have your name all over it for advertising purposes and hand out flyers to let them know where you will be during October.....win win tax write off and publicity.....
That's my thoughts

Greg Chrise
04-04-2013, 10:22 PM
Trailer hotness is a real issue, please donate to the cure trailer hotness foundation......

So maybe, you get reefers, refrigerator trailer(s) and do so some kind of freezer theme, like roswell aliens on ice side show or it could be a mobile butcher shop. I'm thinking the alien museum would fly, could be any season and an oddity, not necessarily haunted house.

The inside of the trailers can evolve too. In the first showings it doesn't even have multiple walls, it has platforms and creatures you have made out of any crap with little cards describing the 26 supposed alien species. Maps of the galaxy and videos of UFOs or pictures and news clippings.

The year two it becomes alien autopsy haunted house like the old Silo X shows, Just with two trailers you can have a big central courtyard with big things like a junk helocopter or military vehicles that are donated, rented for just one show? Plus this intresting concept is how we have gotten lots of charity groups with no money off the ground, borrowing props, donated props, on loan from other shows for honorable mention.

Props can evolve too. Year one they are paper mache over great foam, year two the same props get a coat of latex and air brushed, year three they get mold casts and one creature becomes 15 creatures made.

The trailers can evolve, you can rent cargo containers and only have the walls and props come in with a smaller trailer and set up like a moving haunt. Unload everything and have the rental company come get the containers. Or this same concept can be in conjunction with your one owned trailer that kind of expands into any space in a day or so with enough help.

A few days ago I though what are we talking about, renting little Uhaul trailers and spooking them out then show is over the trailers have to be back in the morning with only 5 miles on the hubs charged. Win Win! But in my silliness, yes some pretty nice trailers can be leased for short term and things set inside and taken to the location and make money, take it back to nowheresville disassemble and return the leased trailer within the lease time.

The real deal with trailers is if you own them, there are inspections, liscensing, possible tickets on the road and spot inspections, tires that cost hundreds of dollars each. Brakes that are supposed to work, outside skin that is supposed to be in a certain condition. So with all this crap in mind, we never moved out trailers and used pick ups and smaller trailers of all different sizes with lots of vehicles at a time moving the whole 3,000 SF and props in a single day. Set up in 2 days of the wall system, a week detailing. So lots of work but, very small actual expense.

So like cargo trailers have no wheels are dropped on the ground, could be used like pods and moved loaded partially. So you can calculate actual cost versus potential income and stay under all the time.

Moving a trailer with walls already installed is actually not as stable as you would imagine, the trailer body sways around and loads and unloads on the floor and jiggles pretty substantially and shakes your wall system apart and from the walls, so you have to kind of engineer things for these movements and stresses and build thing more substantial than normal or get into steel frames. So you think you saved money but you have to invest so much more to make it really turn key. It is like an earth quake inside a trailer. I would imagine opening the doors and seeing heads on the floor and animatronics jammed. What was an outstretched arm is now sagging. All the hours retouching things versus just moving in with smaller trucks that don't bounce anywhere as much as they are more comfort/passenger oriented.

To the extent that there is a series of crappy not as road worthy trailers somewhere as storage, and move things from there to any space, leased super nice trailers with giant billboard vinyl coverings that speak of professionalism that are actually rented for a week. Or container trailers that rent for $150 per month. Or dare I say, mobile homes you can get for free and get up to some standard for use. Then sell those you got for free to someone that wants one on a deer lease and move up to trailers.

These are just I don't have a lot of money start up ideas. You sort of get into a mess once you consider a wall system layout to be permanent. Aluminum floors and fiberglass walls and transluscent roof fiberglass is what is out there, the older ones with wood floors and steel sides usually are cheap but need a total Smithsonian Institute rebuild. So Aluminum floors and nice walls off problems mounting things and making this stay undamaged during a move.

The other issue is off season storage expense of trailers in a location or with pads where it doesn't sink into the ground. Then you have to call in a semi wrecker winch truck to get the landing gear up out of the dirt. The landing gear can sink through asphalt and then someone has to pay for that. In what was supposed to be a simple trip you have problems with tires, wheel bearings or brakes locking up because of moisture and rust in the brake drums because they sat a fw months. No moving problems that have to get very expensive on site repairs. You have to be a trailer wrangler and loader to have seen all this crap. Murphys Law happens. Just random vandalism and several hundred dollar tires. All suprises you don't need.

Greg Chrise
04-04-2013, 10:33 PM
Where ever the storage lot is, the thing just grows from side show to museum to haunted house. Temporary locations with lots of sweat equity set up earns money and every time out, adds another trailer to the storage area empire and no efforts or money is spent to make them fully road worthy just yet. In other words cheap trailers that have been retired. I have gotten them for 2500 for one or 1100 for one delivered. Some times there are deals where 3 for 3,000 or less when a freight company is retiring a fleet. It becomes a timing thing of when the purchase is right as opposed to have to have them now, how much are they scenario.

Greg Chrise
04-04-2013, 10:35 PM
Not to mention, once you have something like that, a few semi trailers, there springs up truck loads of people who want to buy them as a side business, you don't fall in love with them right away if you can sell and trade to nicer units or much better prop ideas.

04-04-2013, 11:56 PM
And again Greg. Thank you.

Yes, plenty to think about. I have thought of a lot of that. I really don't think it'll be THAT big of a deal for us. Especially since we're only using the trailer idea to get back in the game. Eventually I'd like to make enough to put down on a perm building and sell the trailers to outfit the new haunt. Or, let someone run the trailers as a side from our main haunt, or something. PLenty of things to do with them.

The main area I'm wanting to keep them in is my town. IF i take them out, it'll only be a 20 min drive. But I understand 20 min's on a bad brake or tire can mean disaster.

I have a few places I may be able to set up, that'd be a great location, and possibly even perm! But, I'd have to fort a marketing bill too at tha point to get the people there. BUT, again, I wouldn't have a $1,000-2,000 / month rent bill to pay either. These can be used for the simple fact some great locations... JUST DON'T HAVE A BUILDING! I didn't think about that till recently.

Evolution: Yes, absolutely, I'm a po' man so all my shiz will have to evolve. Sure, I may get a small loan to make a few purchases from Frightprops or Poisonprops etc. , maybe another order from GoreGalore... but yes, most of my stuff will have to be hand made, which is ok, I love to do it. I thought of themes like you, from Aliens, to even a Traveling Meat vendor etc. Don't want to do the 'hillbilly' thing but, it'd really fit though. Plus, Horror in the Hollow in Piggott Arkansas (1 hour away) has that theme done, and done well.

04-11-2013, 12:42 PM
OK, so has any of you heard of the "Terror Trucks?"

I found this guy that has these trucks and apparently they're what, 38'? or so. Anyways they seem to be doing well for him. I was curious as to if anyone here knew who it was or knew anything about them.

What is your take on it? THey look very cool to me!


Greg Chrise
04-11-2013, 09:30 PM
What I see here is a $35,000 truck and a $12,000 trailer with $4,000 in wrap graphix, a $4,000 web site, every social media stream know to man and this thing being successful on tour, mainly in California locations.

I have learned the hard way that things that seem hot and trending that young people should be all excited about do not translate to the same levels of particpation outside of California. So what the real plan will be is for this guy to hit as many shows as he can for a year or two and then end up on Shark Tank seeking $350,000 to grow his franchise business so other people can send him money.

You can rent it for 3 hours for $1500! Any where! Any time of year! That is $500 per hour. So how much can you charge for 30 feet of scares in our part of the country? $5? so you have to get 100 people per hour to go through this. When the reality might be 60 people to 120 people per day. Sounds like he got all the money times 3 for real economics in non California locations.

So what is the alternative to this? A $600 school bus with the words "free candy" spray painted on the side might be more economically feasable.

Real numbers for a one day or weekend event when broken down by attendance and percentage of who gives a crap come down to like 500 people per event per year. So at $5 you are talking $2500 per outing. Or the reality is it might be some festivals do every 6 months because the true value of the attendance is half per event and that is how they harvest the market. Some even do their festivals every 3 months because only 100 people actually purchasing things and supporting vendors happens. In reality.

You really have to watch who is the overall sponsor of things. Generally a city has a festival and they seem to have lots of parks they want money awarded to so they have to show a regular schedule of things going on. They want money in the form of government funding and awarding of tax funds, not making money by attendance or real exchange of goods at what ever the event is. And although there is a great community feel to many of these things and a tremendous social feel and experience, actual money making might be as little as $75 for all the crap you went through to comply with, be approved by and participated in this philithropic atmosphere. You can't afford to be a philanthropist or a franchisee or in any form foot all the bills for the community at large to give the world some kind of feel. When it gets right down to it.

Oh, but you are going to these things and giving shit away to get your name out there. It doesn't work like that, you are getting taken. So it is going to be kind of hard to have your name out there and build a 4 or 5 trailer attraction on $150 per year. Actually it can be done. All things the industrial world doesn't want to pay to disguard of properly can be gathered up and made into things. BUt don't plan on any of this as your total means of financing or paying off previous business partner debts.

So maybe the terror truck guy has spent all the money, has all the props and all the gizmos and it is totally worth the experience and the rig is the most up to date it can be. Does it actually profit? Nothing wrong with doing and testing out an idea but not if you can't afford to not eat from your $150,000 worth of rig and business planning. SO there is a bigger picture, like he can build one for you! He can sell you the old one! He can do so many things but it isn't an instant cash deal and there are probably many that have become involved in the venture whether it makes money or not they gain something. Like the graphix wrap guy gets referal business to have your graphix done on you business truck business, the trailer company has their name on their and someone wants a trailer like that really bad. Maybe all of this was done as things provided by sponsors to test out this idea we are kind of seeing as a trend right now.

We are seeing it where every once in a while and article comes out about a unique business venture. It hits the magazines and internet and you can do it too, here is the guys information! He can make anything mobile you want from a haunted house to a hot dog truck, so the real motivation isn't necessarily getting lots of ticket money, it is cheaply getting out there and having 15 minute conversations with other people that might want something built for lots of money. They have a deal with a trailer company and a deal with a graphix guy and he has the experience so yes, he can make what ever you want happen for the right amount of money.

To imagine actual numbers of people want to do this and pay some amount of money out of thousands in attendance is a tremendous gamble. You want to hit two shows and build a $150,000 mobile attraction when in reality it might take 5 years of putting in your dues never missing a performance at any event to build up customer expectations and attendance numbers even at a transcient show. It is going to have to crazier than cool graphix wrapped on a "custom" expensive trailer and a truck that gets 4 miles per gallon.

Even if you hit 12 events per year and saw religiously 500 people per event, you will develop only one retarded fan that wants to know where you will be next. Mind you he doesn't have $5 but wants to talk to you for 300 hours a year about it. Quite frankly this is even what haunted houses become, mobile or permanent locations, a life size presentation of skills and services you offer off season or to help others or perhaps the entire haunt is on display to sell.

A guy who is set up to do costumes and masks builds a haunt and might just make expenses but got hundreds of leads to who needs to buy masks and costumes and his latest actor training seminars. A scenic design guy shows off his sets and you can have one done at your haunt or buy this room here or he can do a facade for you. A welder will show off his props he engineered and built and he can make things for you too!

But the blind only see a line of people with money in their hand at $10 or $20 a pop and how much could that be? What could it buy? Not much actually, it is a money pit, a giant portfolio of what can you do, what products do you know where to buy or are effectively a dealer for.

So the terror truck guy even if only 6 high school kids come through all day long for $3 is really striking up conversations with old dudes about what kind of trailer is that, how much can that tuck pull and who does these grafix and how much does all this shit cost. Can you help me hok up a generator like that on my RV? Sure! If you have $800 I'll be there Wednesday! Or I'll hook you up with my trailer guy or I'll hook you up with this grafix company, they do great work.

Sorry that is the reality. Even the big boys have the most elaborate most animatronic and CGI effects laden haunt and they can build one for you in China! Here is how we did this becomes the conversation piece to what you could do for half a billion dollars for an amusement park or a historic location and employ this crew of people or for a fee I will procure and deliver all the props from several vendors!

So what is it you do besides get ticket money and change tires on trailers in the highway with cars coming by at 85 mph in the rain. What kind of service is this the lost leader for, or do you employ a bunch of people that can do things and this is their handy work right here!?! Who do you know, who sponsored your endevor that you are promoting, not who do you owe money to that may someday expect a pay back. Where are the win win situations in your bigger plan while you live on $20 a day.

Greg Chrise
04-11-2013, 09:45 PM
Greg! That is your most informative post ever! We are just going to start sending you regular checks! Thanks!

04-14-2013, 05:59 PM
So what is the alternative to this? A $600 school bus with the words "free candy" spray painted on the side might be more economically feasable.

Sometimes I see the wall of text and say to myself, "Greg post... will it be worth the 10 minutes it will take to read and decifer?" And then I find the gold nugget. Yes. Yes it is. Genius.


04-22-2013, 01:22 PM
Just thought I'd update. I found 3 trailers. 2 48's and a 45'er. 45'er is the only one with FRP walls (Fiberglass Reinforced Plywood) But, the others are in good shape and I can easily see them being very usable.

Basically, they're CHEAP! All good tires, decent brakes and only 1 may have stuck brakes but he said he would take care of that for me. 2 of the trailers have only been retired 6 months. $3,500 for all 3!!! And he'll move them all for me. It's a guy that my best friend works for.. he owns 2 of them and HIS best friend owns the other. Already talked about a deal to pay so much down and pay more at the end of the season. (If I don't pay cash up front)

I have a chance to do this. I have 7 possible drop spots in 3 different towns with the furthest being 20 min's away!

Going to try and get 2 built for this season.... if I have resources and time.. and help I will try the third one as well.

I pretty much have no choice so I'm gonna move forward if I can.

I'll make a new thread when I get them purchased and dropped.