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Well, if the craft show would allow it that is. Or flea market, whatever. But seemingly all the examples are pop up camper trailers converted to food or drink stands. This will give you the general idea anyway. I think it's a great idea, if the venue will allow you to use it. Possibly not all will, but even so there a lot that will. It would be great to just pull in, park one of these, raise the roof, and ready to sell whatever, no carrying, setting up, etc. Or, you could even convert one to a small workshop, I know that older pop up campers can often be had very cheap, even free at times. Neat idea, regardless.
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Theo,

I am also subscribed to that website and saw this yesterday. I agree they can be had for very little money. Some people make snowmobile or ATV trailers from them.

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I am also subscribed to that website and saw this yesterday. I agree they can be had for very little money. Some people make snowmobile or ATV trailers from them.

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Yeah, that is a neat site, subscribed to it I don't know how long ago. Didn't use the link on there tho, googled. And kept getting steenkin' Pinterest links. all for food conversions, but most couldn't even get the link. But, at least that should be enough info to get someone started on a craft trailer, rather than a food concession. I didn't know it was that site, until the Pinterest link actually worked. My friend that sold his boxes at craft shows was always on about how much labor, and trips, it took to get his boxes in, then setup time, and when the day was done having to take any unsold out. Something along these lines would have been considered a Godsend to him back then. I think now all his work goes to concession shops and custom orders.

Heck, I just thought, something along those lines would be good for just transporting your stuff.
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Hard to get one in a 10x10 space with table and chair.

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Hard to get one in a 10x10 space with table and chair.
If that's the space give, a modified trailer should fit OK. Wouldn't need a table and chair, just have a shelf inside, and carry your own chair. Or, even a shelf that folded out.

My shop is small, and it's a bit crowded. Thinking if I can find one of these pop up, I could put walls in it, and have a small shop, then use my present shop for wood storage. For what I do I would have plenty of space, and would even be able to insulate it. Insulation. Hehehe

An alternative, it could make a small mobile shop, carry basics, and you could use canvas walls, or wood walls that would fit into place. That is if you wanted to lower the roof, if not, then fixed walls would work. Hey, it's a thought. Would beat having your tools in a camper shell, then having to leave your truck, and gear, in for work - with a trailer you could just shift to a different truck, minimum time lost. The guy that put on a new roof for me a few years ago had all his stuff in a trailer, while everyone else I knew of had a truck camper shell. He even left the trailer at my place overnight, so his assistant could get started before he got there. Ever since is has always struck me as a great idea, having a trailer with all your gear, he even had an air compressor in it - plus you could stand upright in it, try that in most camper shells.

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If you need some inspiration for a tool trailer, check out Ron Paulks trailer!
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I knew a guy that had his shop in a container. He fabricated trailers out of angle iron and did all his cutting on a couple of bandsaws and welding was done behind the container. They are 40"long and 8' wide. You can buy them cheap and they will deliver them to your place.
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Hmmm, most craft shows give you a 10' x 10' space and the trailer is too big to fit. Sounds like a project for someone to design and make a purpose-built trailer that was easy to tow and easy to manhandle into position at the event. The basic mechanisms of the pop-up trailers could be used and maybe add some drop-down wheels that would let you push the trailer sideways when needed. Anybody up for the challenge?

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Not me. Too much trouble. With the "booths" side by side, it gets crowded in a hurry. Now depending on where the craft event is, it might be possible to park a trailer behind the booth if there are no more rows of booths.

At one large event, I saw a trailer or two but they had several spaces rented which gave them more room to operate. That would seem to work OK for a multi-day event where your goodies could be stored inside over night.

And then there was a post on FaceBook just yesterday. A guy in Rockwall, Tx had his trailer stolen that contained all of his business tools. He posted pictures in case anyone saw it. A Well laid out and stocked trailer for a carpenter/trim man, etc. Now he has nothing but his pictures. It a sad world we live in these days.

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Hmmm, most craft shows give you a 10' x 10' space and the trailer is too big to fit. Sounds like a project for someone to design and make a purpose-built trailer that was easy to tow and easy to manhandle into position at the event. The basic mechanisms of the pop-up trailers could be used and maybe add some drop-down wheels that would let you push the trailer sideways when needed. Anybody up for the challenge?
Challenge? What challenge. Simple. Modify this design, large umbrella on top, carry it to and from shows on a flat trailer, then move it into your space, along with all your goodies. Easy peasy. And, in the off season you could use it for surf fishing, gathering apples, or whatever. Sometimes you guys make things seem sooo hard.
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