A VERY COMMON practice that low quality grooming trailer companies do is try to convince the public that they use “quality parts” is by advertising their “stainless steel” tubs.
LOOK CAREFULLY at the below closeup of a competitor’s $30,000 grooming trailer’s tub. Yes, it is stainless steel, but look at how it is built.
• First. Notice the “camouflaged” silver caulk in the corner. It is there to keep water from leaking out of the tub. Because of the thin steel that is used for almost all other grooming trailer tubs, it is impossible to have a truly watertight tub. The reason is because thin stainless steel cannot be welded, therefore caulk is the only way to try to keep the tub together. Caulk attracts mildew and requires constant maintenance to keep its integrity. GT fully welds the bathtub and no caulk is used anywhere on the entire bathing center. GT uses stainless steel that is twice as thick–GT does not cut corners!
• Second. The thin gauge steel of competing tubs “sag” in the middle. No, GT’s tubs don’t sag.
• Third. This particular tub (in the photo) drains to the wrong side so it has a difficult time emptying when parked in front of a customer’s home. A common theme in low-quality grooming trailers is their lack of common sense design. It sounds simple (because it is) but grooming tubs need to drain to the curb side of the trailer because of the curve of the road. Of course, GT’s tubs drain to the correct side.
• Forth. There is only enough shampoo storage for about 4 tiny bottles of shampoo. Some trailer designs have no storage for shampoo. GT’s tubs can hold up to 8 full size gallon bottles of shampoo plus a few “tiny size” bottles.
• Fifth. Most tubs (as does most low quality conversions) have plastic tub racks. This is the grate that pets stand on to keep them from sitting in their own dirty water. Plastic is more difficult to keep clean and allows microbes to grow more easily. GT doesn’t cut corner by using plastic, we fabricate a stainless steel rack.
• Sixth. Something else to look out for is how the the water lines are plumbed. A “quick and easy” way for conversions to build trailers is to use “flexi pipe.” Although flexi-pipe is easy for the conversion company, it is not a professional way of building grooming trailers because heated water softens the pipes. This can cause them to burst. Often the “pipe clamps” work loose and then a disaster erupts when water leaks all over the mechanical compartment. That wouldn’t be a “big problem” with GT because we waterproof the floor (even in the mechanical compartment) however the low quality companies don’t waterproof the mechanical compartment. GT uses solid plumbing in the mechanical compartment, waterproofs the floor with $1,000 worth of rubber flooring, and fully insulates the pipes for freezing climates.
CONCLUSION: The “SILVER CAULK PHENOMENON” is only a sign of how the mobile grooming conversion industry markets its trailers. The details are important, and GT is obsessed with getting it right. Even if things “can’t be seen” our customers enjoy the fact that their GTs are the best-built, most thought-out, and fun grooming trailers on the market.