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  1. Default Trailer haunt 
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    First if you cut doors in a trailer it needs to be framed with steel, not wood to keep it structurally sound!

    Here is a description and pics of our trailer haunt which is for sale ($60k)

    Our customers did not realize it was trailers and it can be set up FAST! You also have the advantage of being able to work on it all year round!.


    Contact Jim Upchurch at 708.243.6864 or email eleventhhour@mac.com for more info.

    The trailer show is available independently for $60,000. The remaining inventory for $60,000 or everything for $115,000

    12 semi trailers, 6 of which make up a trailer show.

    Trailer Show

    All run with 5 circuits in EMT,
    One circuit for emergency
    Show control and scene lights
    House lights

    liquid tite for trailer to trailer connections,
    1/2 inch hard piped air line with quick connect every 10 feet
    doors framed with 2 inch channel,
    reinforced thresh holds with 3x4 inch angle
    Emergency lighting, smoke detectors hard wired throughout

    Trailer 1

    Foyer,Main electrical panel, raising stairs, cd player,amp, speakers
    Study, bookcase exit
    Pages (detailed passageway)

    Trailer 2

    Toy Room, dance lighting, toy box pop out
    Bathroom, air cannon, drop down, bose powered speakers
    Bedroom, under bed pop out

    Trailer 3

    Closet, pop out
    Attic, animated rocking chair, peppers ghost, animated wheelchair, animated baby, 2 animated trunks, speakers, cd player, gilderfluke minibrick,

    Trailer 4

    Victorian hallway (translucent uv murals appear in a hall of doors)
    Falling wall
    Pop out, bose powered speakers

    Trailer 5

    Kitchen, walk through refrigerator, animated cabinets
    Boiler room, animated lockers, tilting barrel, 60gallon compressor

    Trailer 6 (new dolly legs)

    Slatted wall hallway,
    Cellar with shock drop floor (studio tek), gilderfluke minibrick and sd25 mp3 audio player, speakers
    Church (unfinished) with pews and monks

    Steel ramps down to courtyard
    20+ tombstones, animated dog, animated “doug a grave”

    Costume and makeup trailer
    Power, lights, 2 side entrances, insulated “reefer” trailer, external lights, dressing room, “kitchen” costume area, lockers, shelving, seating. Costumes, accessories for over 100 actors. Box of misc cake and airbrush makeups, prosthetics, etc

    40’x100’ pole tent

    2 10’x 30’ frame tents

    20,000+ sq ft Camo netting,

    Scarefactory giant demon

    Approx 200-300 walls, 100 scrap walls (all fire treated at some point)

    CITC FX Polar controller, dmx ground fogger ($4,500 new)

    American DJ fog chiller

    2 fx-100 foggers

    3 500 watt amplified PA speakers

    45’ Trailer full of misc hardware, props, lights, general haunt junk, vortex parts (enough to make one) costumes, snenic pieces etc.

    35’ trailer lined with steel pallet rack shelves and molds, fluorescent lighting
    vertical proofing oven, work table, translucent ceiling, 4 50lb bags of hydrocal, misc airbrushes and spare airbrush parts and hoses, airbrush manifold

    45’Trailer, double side door in center, 1/2 full of lumber (most fire treated). Remainder, walls, steel, building materials, gratings, steel caging, extruded metal sheets, sheet metal, etc.

    40’ drop deck trailer

    45’ trailer

    Trailers contain some of the below and then some

    12 steel drums, 12 plastic 55G barrels

    4 12’ roof trusses, 4 10’ roof trusses

    Steel bridges

    1600+ sq, ft vinyl siding

    custom built commutator for 110v and sound for spinning room

    motorized commutator

    4 sets of pressure treated steps

    8 american dj uv wash fixtures

    13 air cannons

    4 11g accumulators

    30+ diabolico panels

    misc cylinders, valves and fittings

    3 bins of airlines

    2 50’ 1/2’’id Goodyear air lines and fittings

    clamp lights

    Boxes of misc wire

    Boxes of misc speakers and sound equipment

    Extension cords (lots of em)

    4ft fluorescent fixtures

    30+ track lighting fixtures

    collapsible box office with plexi windows

    40’x40’ fr vinyl scrim

    2 16’x16’ fr vinyl scrims

    black fr vinyl scrim (5’ wide)

    dentist chair

    Thousands of sq ft of FR vinyl material, beige, white and mostly black of course. Some with murals, some with 3d murals

    skull lord platforms with 3 tier steps and 200+ plaster skulls

    10+ rolls of black FR carpeting

    Misc crates.

    8x5x4 crate of foliage
    another crate of lab and computer set pieces
    another of body parts, heads, skeletons etc.

    large lab props

    rolls of 4’’ irrigation tubing (used in lab)

    more than a dozen computer monitors

    semitruck prop

    steel gratings

    2 hospital gurneys

    1/2 VW beetle

    Weathered Gazebo prop (actually welded aluminum made to look like wood)

    Sculpted “wood” monk 5’ tall

    Cemetery benches

    Foam “dirt” piles

    furniture pieces in various states of distress, or rebuilt for scares

    GAS POWERED 120cfm compressor with 60g storage

    30g electric compressor

    and more and more
    Jim Upchurch
    Eleventh Hour


  2. Default  
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    We never framed it with steel, maybe because we weren't traveling?
    "If you fail to plan, plan to fail"

  3. Default  
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    Those steel-eating termites eat alot slower than the wood-eating ones, unless you are making car payments on it.

  4. Default  
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Course how many people know that Verdun Manor is also a trailer haunt?
    The word for the day is NPD. Check it out.

  5. Default  
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Las Vegas
    Someone once asked “How scary can you be in a trailer?”
    To that I responded, “How scary can you be in a tent or in a warehouse?
    As I have stated in many of my seminars, EVERY haunt format has advantages and disadvantages. Your job is to MAXIMIZE the advantages, MINIMIZE the disadvantages.

    The trailer format has it’s advantages, you have a definite ceiling and can create real rooms. The major disadvantage is definitely space. You must think differently when working in an 8 foot width.

    There are tricks of the trade that those of us with trailer haunts have developed over the years. Some times I have spent tons of time and money on an effect that just didn’t work. I’m sure there are many out there that similar stories in their particular format.

    All of the successful trailer haunts mentioned all utilize the 6 trailer configuration. This is really the minimum footprint to use and give your customer a good length show. A few years ago a California company tried to market a one trailer haunt. They had drop down sides and other features to try and increase the square footage. They spent a lot of money designing and building it. They couldn’t even sell the prototype. Anything structural like that had better have a Structural Engineer designing and signing off on the plans!

    The biggest consideration is to remember to think through any structural changes you make. The trailer has to move. You do NOT want something to collapse or fall off during transportation. At the very least you could get fined, but you could injure or kill someone minding their own business driving down the highway behind one of your trailers!!!

    Thanks SpFXChic for the compliments! Glad you liked our shows!
    R&J Productions
    Las Vegas, NV

  6. Default  
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Edmonton, AB, Canada
    Hey there. I was just wondering, if anyone has used a tanker trailer in a trailer haunt beofore. I imagine some interesting things could be done with a tanker trailer. What are your thoughts?
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    Last edited by dusty588; 01-24-2011 at 05:04 AM.

  7. Default  
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Only seen Knott's use a tanker trailer as a prop in front of the log ride back when it was called Toxic Terrors. Company name was Toxico, with the X being bones....
    The word for the day is NPD. Check it out.

  8. Default  
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    I would sure want some unclosable air intakes installed first.
    Was it about two years ago when an air-tight truck smothered a large number of Chinese people trying to sneak into England?
    Maybe paranoid feelings in small spaces is what we should be feeling sometimes?

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