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vehicle and everything shook when
you walked up the steps? Think about
what happens when there's alcohol and
everyone is rowdy and the event goes on
for six hours. [The trailers] can't
be delicate."
When investing in trailers for rental
inventory, size matters-both the
number of toilets per trailer and the
physical size of the trailer itself. A trailer
model that is neither too small nor
too big for the most common sizes of
events on a rental company's books will
generate the best return on investment,
so it's important to have a ϐirm grasp
on the local market. Which current
and potential clients are likely to rent
Luxury portable restroom trailers like this one
from Lang Specialty Trailers reflect customer
demand for high-end flooring and decor.
Photo courtesy of Lang Specialty Trailers.

HOW MANY TOILETS DOES THIS EVENT NEED?

T

he Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI) offers the
following guide as the minimum number of units needed for special

events. According to the PSAI, under normal conditions, most people will
use the facilities once every four hours. Weather conditions and food and
beverage consumption will increase usage. Alcoholic beverages may
increase usage by 15-20 percent. Be sure to include event staff in the total
number of attendees, as they will need to use the facilities as well. These
estimates assume a 50/50 mix of men and women.
NUMBER OF UNITS REQUIRED
1 hr

2 hr

3 hr

4 hr

5 hr

6 hr

7 hr

8 hr

9 hr

10 hr

1-50

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

100

2

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

250

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

500

2

4

4

5

6

7

9

9

10

12

1000

4

6

8

8

9

9

11

12

13

13

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the trailers, and what are the typical
sizes of their events? (The sanitation
industry publishes rules of thumb
for numbers of toilets per person at
an event-see the sidebar below.)
A single- or double-stall trailer
model may be only 10 feet in length,
but the biggest trailers, with 10 stalls,
can run close to 30 feet in length.
Some larger trailers offer fewer stalls
in favor of more amenities. (Some
manufacturers, such as Rich Specialty,
do a lot of custom work and can
build trailers with up to 15 stalls.)
"A ϐive-station trailer is probably
the most popular; that's what we sell
most of," Ghrist says. "It's a 14½-foot
box, which is easy to ϐit into almost
any space-and in the special events
world, space is always at a premium."
That size works well for events with
up to 300 guests, he adds, "but at a
wedding for 100 it doesn't look out
of place. It's not some giant trailer."
While some tent rental companies
invest in trailers, others ϐind it easier to
partner with a company that specializes
in them. "Every time we talk about
buying our own, I realize it would not be
as proϐitable as using the subcontractor
we've had for 25 years," Puff says. "His
equipment is amazing, his service is
second to none, his pricing is competitive
and I could call him right now and say I
need bathrooms at 3 p.m. today and he
would be there at 10 minutes to 3. I don't
think we could do it as well as he does.
You have to know your strengths
and weaknesses."

HIGHER EXPECTATIONS
Not surprisingly, as the restroom
trailer market has grown, so has the
temptation to make them fancier and
offer them with more amenities. Taaffe
calls it the "Baskin-Robbins approach."
"You see so many different things, so
much bling, and too many colors and

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