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Mobile Refrigerated Trailer Serves Community Groups
Bob Lamb of Greenfield, Ill., built this tandem axle, refrigerated trailer to help out his community. It's used regularly by local groups for sporting events and fundraisers.
  "This trailer is available to all civic and religious groups. Churches and community organizations often use it, and a lot of people borrow it. The refrigerated meat inside is always kept at a safe 32 to 35 degrees," says Lamb.
  "I built the trailer 8 years ago at a cost of about $8,000, which is a lot less than you'd pay for a commercial refrigerated trailer of comparable size."
  According to Lamb, there had been incidents where local communities were holding celebrations, only to be closed down at the last minute by regulatory officials for not meeting state requirements.
  The trailer measures 10 ft. long, 5 ft. wide, and 6 ft. high. The walls have 2 in. of insulation and are made mostly of stainless steel. Power is provided by a 3/4 hp single phase electric motor that operates off a portable generator or electricity. There's a 3-ft. wide door on back. Meat is stored on trays, and the trailer is also loaded with bags of ice to keep ice cream mixes cold.
  "People take temperature readings every 30 min. and record them on a chart at the back of the trailer. That way when a state inspector comes by he can verify we're meeting regulations," says Lamb.
  "At community events we often take 2 trailers so we can haul gas-powered cooking equipment, including fish and chicken cookers and a half dozen french fry makers. We store the gas in a 150-gal. fuel tank mounted on the trailer's tongue."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Lamb, 512 S. Main, Greenfield, Ill. 62044 (ph 217 368-2131).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #4