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Trailer parks

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by beanz27, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    So I did a search, didn't bear much fruit. Anyways, was just contacted to plow a trailer park.......is it really as easy as it looks? I mean it looks to me like that's the easiest plowing I've ever seen, just drive forward and plow.....anyone got anything special to say about them?

    Just don't wanna sign them, then find out that it's something I'll regret. I'm still amazed they haven't signed anyone and it's december......amazing.
  2. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,415

    Careful of the girls who live there... you could come home with something that don't wipe off. :eek:
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Great advice! I'll make sure to stay away from them!!Thumbs Up
  4. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    I've seen at least one place that had speed bumps on its roads. Dunno how or even if that might affect plowing.
  5. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,380

    I plowed 1 once it was known to b called hillbilly heaven
  6. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    That would be my concern, why they've waited this long or had issues getting a contractor.
  7. aloe

    aloe Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 285

    Price or lack of payment. I do a property that had a horrible rep. I seem to make them happy but I charge on the upper end & ice is near a zero tolerance. They are slow, very slow with payments tho. That's what late fees are for!
  8. xjoedirt55x

    xjoedirt55x Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Have you personally been on site and looked at what the conditions of the drive looks like? If it is something filled with potholes and other crap, that could be a reason.

    If you are going to pick up on the chicks, go for the ones in the double wide, they are the upper echelon.

    In all seriousness, maybe drop a line and see who they previously had doing the plow work. It may have been joe blow that lived in the trailer park with shovels duct taped to the front of his truck just to knock a few bucks off his rent. If that is the case, it may not be a bad gig, but if it was a reputable company, maybe you could ask them if you know someone within.
  9. jimbo64

    jimbo64 Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    A lot depends on who owns the park but I would wonder why they don't already have someone to plow by now. If it seems to good to be true it probably is.
  10. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    That's why I'm concerned. I'll be taking a look this week but I will be asking why they waited till December to figure something out for plowing.
  11. snowcommander

    snowcommander Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Any trailer park that calls I just give them an hourly rate. Usually scares them away which doesn't bother me because I'm not a fan of speed bumps on new trucks and plows...
  12. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    Personally I'd be more concerned about all the empty PBR cans everywhere. Snow piles would look like hillbilly Christmas trees.
  13. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well just went and took a look at it, I can see two reasons they don't have someone yet. One, nearly the whole place is gravel, 2 the place was just purchased and the lady that bought lives an hour or so away.

    The problem I have is the contract that their "corporate office" wants me to sign. It's set up for contractors "rehabbing" trailers, and other guys like that. No mention of snow, and the contract basically goes against everything we discussed prior to my coming there. So we'll see if they want to sign mine, I'm not signing theirs.

    Another thing, they apparently don't give me a check locally, Corporate does that, and they are based in Colorado. So I'm not sure I'd want to deal with that anyways, seems like a hassle that I don't like.
  14. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Speed bumps and cars will be everywhere.
  15. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    No speed bumps here.....gravel everywhere though.
  16. jimbo64

    jimbo64 Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    From what you described I think I would pass if it were me. Sounds like a lot of headaches.
  17. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Kinda what I'm thinking. They asked for a per push, hourly, and seasonal price. All 3 were high for my area. If I get it, I think I'll be able to swallow it at the rates their paying....hell I might be able to compete with some you NY boys with pricing soon at the rate I'm goin lol.:Dpayup
  18. Doughboy12

    Doughboy12 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,698

    Don't say swallow when you are talking Trailer Parks ... FWIW
  19. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    run forest run.....