View Full Version : Building of a Trailer Haunt

12-30-2006, 09:20 PM
Now the fun begins.

I got my first trailer of 4 I bought, delivered today.
I was to meet the driver at 8:30 am so I got there
at 7:30, but to my surprise the trailer was already there.


Just a typical December in SoCal. A sunrise with
palm trees and blue skies in the background.

So I loaded the surfboards and off to the beach.
No! No! Wait, Strike that, I meant to say.
I loaded the caskets and off to the haunt.


Happy New Years

To be Continued

12-30-2006, 09:36 PM
FUN!!! I bet you got some funny looks on the freeway with those caskets!
at HauntX last year I was in an elevator with me, a coffin, and a very very worried newleywed couple!
Happy Haunting,

12-30-2006, 09:52 PM
You think you could take LOTS-O-PICS
and do a photobucket progress site?

The Idea of trailer haunts does have my curiousity. instaed of a building all I will need is a parking lot. \\

LHOH will have a our BIG annoucement SOON

<hint> think MySpace... Shhhhhhhh

12-30-2006, 09:57 PM
Hey PH

Not even a seconded look, after all it is SoCal.
A lady at the storage looked at me and said
" Oh you must work for a mortuary"

12-30-2006, 10:04 PM
Hey Joedog

I plan to take Photo's and Video

12-30-2006, 10:05 PM
Coool. sign me up for the first How-To DVD

12-30-2006, 10:06 PM
Hey PH

Not even a seconded look, after all it is SoCal.
A lady at the storage looked at me and said
" Oh you must work for a mortuary"

haha, cars either show down or speed up when I am unloading from my storage, I keep the corpses in the front and usually they see the charred one......

12-30-2006, 10:11 PM
And tomorrow...the POWER begins!

12-30-2006, 10:28 PM
You got it Joedog

But it won't be the first on the subject.
I will try to show how I build mine from start
to finish.

12-30-2006, 10:53 PM
THAT my friend is what I need to know.
things such as interlinking, power requirements, and the technical stuff.

The "this is what we have inside" videos are cool but I want the down and dirty info.

12-31-2006, 06:46 AM
Sweet MidnightEvil, How meny trailers are you going to have?

Greg Chrise
12-31-2006, 09:02 AM
I would like to hear things like how much it costs to move them when you want and where you want, If there is a rent where you are keeping them and working off season. As in how does or will this compare with smaller trucks, lots of walls and storage garages. It is a not right now thing, maybe later as in the real world experience. I'm sure it is more but this could be offset by moving and set up labor to some degree. To what degree I wonder.

I really lucked out to have a nice large building provided every year but, it may not always be that way. I have seen large more than a decade haunts go to a 5 trailer unit. I didn't get time to see what the show was like.

12-31-2006, 04:04 PM
No WONDER I haven't heard from you! You've been busy getting the show on the road. I'm so happy for you! :D

12-31-2006, 09:14 PM
Today's acquisition

I picked up this generator from NightmareTony in a trade.
It hasn't been started in years, so I need to see if I can get it


12-31-2006, 09:23 PM

I bought 4 - 40ft trailers and want to get 2 more
for a total of 6 trailers.

That will give me 1,920 sq ft of haunt, with a
court yard of 3,800 sq ft.

12-31-2006, 11:32 PM
Hi Greg

I would like to hear things like how much it costs to move them when you want and where you want,

If you use semi trailers you can get them moved for $60 to $80 per hour.
If they are office trailer they run about $350 per trailer plus mileage.
I have a friend that's a truck driver and he will move them for free.

If there is a rent where you are keeping them and working off season.

I leased 1 acre for $650 per month. This is a deal, the going rate for
semi trailer parking is $125 per month and up.
I have some haunt friends that want to park their storage trailers there,
that will offset some of my rent.


Now for the good news.
I was talking to the landlord yesterday about the haunt.
(he is intrigued with the haunted house business)
When I leased the land he has asked me all type's of
questions about the business.

So yesterday he said "why don't you do the haunt here".
I lease 1 acre and there is an additional 4 acre's for parking.
How cool is that?

Jim Warfield
12-31-2006, 11:34 PM
Really cool! Just don't put your billboard too high up on that really tall tower at the rear of the property that you took this picture from. (Was it scary climbing such a high tower?)

12-31-2006, 11:48 PM
Jim you crack me up.

Climbing up is always easy, it's when people try to come down they freeze up and freak out.

Greg Chrise
01-01-2007, 02:51 AM
I'm not sure what the aggregate of the lot is, I would watch what it looks like after and during a rain before considering this good parking with traffic on it. All the sizes are right it seems.

Also with trailers, you have to be carefull that they have wide planks of lumber or concrete pads under the jack legs or they will sink into the ground just with the weight of a trailer, unless this lot was cultivated just for this purpose.

Plus, if you haven't already you need to chain the generator to the trailer or it will be gone.

Jim Warfield
01-01-2007, 07:43 AM
But Gregg, according to that one song that was so popular when I was in highschool, "It never rains in southern California!", so parking lot mud would be a non-issue.
Those generators just can't resist the call-of-the-wild electrical current they make , the call of all those over-excited little electrons saying, "Go to ground! Go to ground!"
Can't find your missing generator? Just begin diging right where you last had it.

Raycliff Manor
01-01-2007, 09:14 AM
That is awesome news Gary! What a great way to start 2007! Keep us posted on the progress. It's always exciting to see an entrepreneurial success story unfold! :wink:


01-01-2007, 01:23 PM
Man '07 is starting out great for you. If you have a good halloween this year maybe your landlord will trade you rent for part of the take.

01-01-2007, 08:09 PM
Uh, trust me, the generator is NOT something to be lost. Inf act, he may have to chain the TRAILERS to the generator! (it is an old World war 2 vintage, was still gassed up when I got it and it really sunk the flatbed I brought it down in, I figure it weighs 9-10,000 pounds. But yup, it has a better home with Midnight Evil. I won't declare exactly what the trade was for, but when the process is complete, it is for something for ALL haunters.

Greg Chrise
01-01-2007, 08:21 PM
You got it? 55 gallon drums of chocolate pudding for the haunters retirement home?

01-01-2007, 10:24 PM
offers Greg some pudding

Greg Chrise
01-01-2007, 10:35 PM
Hay, shouldn't this crap have been in a refrigerator or something? Pthew!

My retirement plan sucks.

01-01-2007, 11:03 PM
Is running a generator going to be more costly than normal? Depending on the times, of course

Just curious

Greg Chrise
01-01-2007, 11:20 PM
Generators end up being more expensive than permanent hookups, The over all cost in this case is very little compared to the expense of paying for an electric run and seperate transformer installation 300 feet back on somebody else's property.

I'm sure the landlord has way back in the cockles of his mind that somehow having a haunt there will up grade his facilities and he gets to inherit what ever improvements. Sure, it could be here!

Say you spent $30 a night on fuel, it would cost $450 over the course of 15 nights? fewer nights, less money. But ultimately something set up in trailers can move any time it wants and get to a better and better location and not leave behind $1200 in hookup development at each place.

For general building, I would consider smaller generators and have those as a back up if need be when the season arrives. Smaller ones will run all day long on 2 tanks of fuel, in this day and age $5 a day? That big one will run a haut fine and hardly crank up but fuel consumprion is a function of engine displacement (how many cubic inches of engine) It looks like a militar issue so it is good for about 6 miles per gallon, a gallon per hour or 6 to 8 gallons per night.

I have seen haunts running on two small ones, all to avoid donating to the landlord whereas, the smart landlord would develop the property for you, trying to keep that monthly money coming in.

Alas over time, landlords look at all that open space and invite more and more similar storage opportunities and then things are in your way and it is time to move.

01-02-2007, 01:20 PM
For the trailers, are we talking about cutting holes in the sides and things like that, or are you trying to leave them as un-manipulated as possible?

01-02-2007, 03:12 PM
You have to cut emergency exits into the sides of the trailers.

01-02-2007, 07:01 PM
Hey Greg

It's about 1,000 ft to run power, so it would cost about $5,000 :cry:
I'm working on some other forms of power. I will keep you posted.


I will be cutting door's to get from trailer to trailer and for emergency exits.
I will be posting photo's as work progresses.

01-03-2007, 12:37 AM
Are you closer to La Habra or Anaheim Hills?

01-03-2007, 07:55 AM
Hey Infoamtek

My Studio/Office is in Brea
57 freeway @ Lambert