Industrial-duty restroom trailer built to provide comfort in remote and extreme locations.
By the company’s own admission, the Comfort Station industrial-duty restroom trailer from McKee Technologies - Explorer Trailers doesn’t offer many frills. However, what it does offer is rugged, heavy-duty construction, and a roomy restroom compartment that is easy to clean and maintain.
The trailer has been available for several years, but this year was its first time at the Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo International. The unit’s heavy-duty carbon steel construction and comfortable private facilities designed for industrial use in remote and extreme locations answers a big market need, according to Derek Potma from McKee Technologies.
“The Comfort Station is available in many different configurations and sizes, and has an all-steel exterior designed for rough elements,” Potma says. “The roof is actually a one-piece steel shell, and is entirely leak-proof. This unit is really unlike anything else you’ll find on the market.”
While many restroom trailers on the market have interiors that are somewhat cramped, the Explorer is spacious. That was a designed element, according to Potma, which allows workers on construction sites or on oil and gas fields access to the facility without needing to shed heavy clothing and tools beforehand.
“We wanted to design a restroom trailer that gave workers on rugged work sites the room to go in and shut the door behind them without feeling cramped,” Potma says. “The Explorer is large enough that it can be used as a changing room, too. It was designed with the need for excess space in mind.”
The washroom includes stainless steel sinks, easy-to-clean fiberglass-reinforced plastic interior wall panels and metal floors. It is equipped with a 90-gallon freshwater tank and 130-gallon sewage holding tank. Loading and transport is simple using either incorporated top crane lift hooks or the bottom forklift skid. The utility closet offers service access to thermostats, water and electrical. The fully insulated and heated unit is wired for 110V electrical service and can be operated down to -40 degrees F.
“The whole interior of the unit is designed so that it can be hosed down after a day of operation,” says Potma. “Everything on the inside and out in this unit is resistant to the elements.”
McKee Technologies markets the unit as ideal for construction sites, mining operations, refineries and disaster relief. In fact, when discussing the trailer, Potma likes to tell the story of the Comfort Station unit that survived a hurricane at a marina in New Jersey.
“We knew we had a unit at this particular marina, but we didn’t know if it survived Hurricane Sandy until they sent us a photo,” says Potma. “You can see damage and devastation all around, and there in the middle was the Comfort Station intact. It had some scratches on it, but that’s about it.”
Potma says he is encouraged by the positive reception to the Comfort Station he saw at the Expo. “We saw a ton of interest, especially from manufacturing plants and industrial areas that were looking for something semipermanent and pretty maintenance-free,” he says. “The response was actually better than I expected. We’ll definitely bring the Comfort Station back down to the show again next year.” 866/457-5425; www.explorertrailers.com.