Mobile office trailers, aka construction trailers or jobsite trailers, are crucial additions to many sites. They can provide space for planning or act as break rooms, sales offices or even pop-up retail or clinic spaces. But these trailers aren’t one-size-fits-all. They come in several sizes and floorplans and can be customized in a wide variety of ways. Before you decide on a mobile office trailer, it’s worth exploring the options.
Questions to ask yourself
To get exactly the right mobile office trailer to meet your needs, start by asking yourself these questions.
How much space do you have for it?
Trailers come in sizes from 36 feet long to 70 feet long. You’ll need enough space for the trailer of your choice and for the truck that brings it in. The truck must be able to access the site, unload the trailer, turn around (possibly) and exit. If the characteristics and traffic flow of the site will change over time, plan for trailer removal as well as trailer delivery.
You’ll need to choose a site for the trailer that’s near a distribution panel or another power source, or plan to rely on a generator. If you choose a trailer with a bathroom, plan to place it near the site’s water and sewage lines.
Who will be using it?
How many people will be using the trailer? Mobile office trailers can fit one to 10 people depending on the size and configuration.
Who will be using it? Will customers be coming in, or only employees? Do you need a private office, a planning space for managers to gather, a break room for crews, or all of the above?
Among the floorplans available are those with one private office and one common area, two private offices and one common area, and two private offices, one conference room and a restroom. The largest mobile office trailer features three private offices and one common area. Consider your current needs and how those needs may change as the project progresses.
Keep in mind: If the mobile office is one of the few buildings onsite with heating or AC, it might be more popular than you anticipate.
Do you need storage space?
Mobile office storage space is a common request. Trailers can be configured with closets and other storage spaces. If you need more storage space than a mobile office trailer can provide, consider a locking storage container or ground-level office container.
Do you need a restroom?
Renting a jobsite trailer with a bathroom can save you the trouble of renting another porta potty or give you an extra, more private, more convenient bathroom facility for managers or customers. Trailers come with plumbing hookups, but of course you’ll need water and plumbing on site.
Customizing the trailer inside and out
The interior and exterior of mobile office trailers can be customized according to your needs. Ask your temporary equipment vendor what options they offer.
Built-in file cabinets and drawers are handy for planning and administration offices. To save time outfitting an office, United Rentals customers can order a trailer equipped with desks, chairs, coffee machines and waste baskets.
For a sales office, commercial carpeting enhances the ambience. Custom finishes and branding are options for retail spaces, as are glass doors, which make the office more inviting.
Outside the trailer, security screens are popular, as is skirting, which keeps debris and animals out from under the trailer. Awnings can help keep the office cool and lower your HVAC costs. Decks add extra space. Ramps, railings and OSHA-compliant steps can make it easier for staff and visitors to get in and out and bring equipment or supplies with them.
When you need temporary, climate-controlled space on site, a mobile office trailer is often the ideal solution. United Rentals can help you choose the right trailer for your needs and customize it for functionality, comfort, ambience and “curb appeal.”