Items filtered by date: June 2011
Thursday, 30 June 2011 00:00

The Making of a Custom Portable Shower

When a volcano erupted in Iceland in March 2010, it caused flights to be grounded for a couple of weeks in New York. Officials at JFK Airport called, “We have thousands of stranded travelers here in the airport—  we can’t fly with ash in the air. Everyone is camping out in the waiting areas and they need showers!”   We responded immediately by taking our portable shower units to New York. We were on the road in just a few hours.

Hurricane Katrina – it was one of the largest disasters of our lifetime in the US. Everything is under water, homes and businesses destroyed, including the water supply. There’s water everywhere, but none of it is safe or clean. Thousands are displaced and basic needs—like a shower – become essential. VPS responded.

That’s where Kurt VandenPlas put ingenuity and skill together to create portable shower trailers. He builds each one from scratch. The sum of the parts—creates a nice warm, mobile shower.

Kurt builds the base for the trailer that will hold the showers:

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The trailer fits onto the custom built base :

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This sketch shows how the showers will be built inside–unit can be custom built to hold from 8-18 shower stalls:

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The stalls, shower heads and parts are assembled in the trailer.

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The portable showers are clean and tidy inside.

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Each trailer has its own clean water tank attached underneath the trailer and a generator that heats the water. The waste water from the showers is also contained in another tank – and will be properly disposed of when full.

The trailer is easily moved from one place to another to accommodate the needs of people. These units are sent to disaster areas, but they are also used for special events, like a big festival or a bike tour. In fact, the portability allows it to follow an event—such as a bicycling tour. As the cyclers go from one location to another, the portable units follow the tour and provide a clean refreshing,  portable shower at the end of a long, hot ride.

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Here we are at a country festival.

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VPS has created a Very Portable Solution to meet a need.

Sunday, 19 June 2011 00:00

From a Bicycle Enthusiast

We wait all winter for the dates of our annual long-distance bike tour. How we bikers love it—hitting the open road—watching the fields pass by, anticipating a stretch of shade to cool us off—even just for a few moments as we cycle through the coolness.

We ride with passion and sweat; we drink water all day long and sweat some more. At the end of a long day’s ride, pushing up and down hills and doing what we love, we pull into a park to camp – the sweat dried to our skin, muscles happily tired.  It’s a basic park—no extra facilities. We pitch our tents, think about dinner, but what we really want is a nice refreshing shower to get rid of the baked-on sweat and dust from the day’s ride.

And what comes tooling along our route, moving with us each day is a portable shower! Clean, wet and refreshing. Soap and water feel so good  to get the grit off; and sinks with mirrors attached to the outside of the trailer feel like an incredible luxury. VPS, Thank you for providing a refreshing shower. There’s nothing like it!  

And now, what’s for dinner?

A Passionate Cycler

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 00:00

Four Areas Where You Are Covered

We take care of things that you don’t want to have to think about—like where and how you get clean, where to get your clothes clean and where you take care of “business” – bathroom “business”, that is.

Four areas where we make sure “facilities” are available:

  • Special events – large festivals, weddings, anniversaries, music events, corporate events.
  • Parks and other recreation areas.
  • Disaster relief—such as after hurricanes, tornadoes and floods.
  • Construction sites – lots of workers on site, with nowhere to “go.”

Special events – A wedding or corporate event in your plans? We have luxury restroom trailers that will make you and your guests feel, well pampered. For high-end events, think oak and marble on the inside with porcelain-style sinks and 100% clean. Kris at VPS, Inc. adds in a few personal touches on occasion. An outdoor wedding or a high-end corporate event  is possible with all the nice things taken care of; our business is to take care of your ”business.”

Parks/recreation areas – A day on the lake fishing or playing in the park is great family fun. Keeping yourself hydrated is what we hear from medical professionals and others in order to stay healthy, especially in summer. Hydration means, it has to go somewhere and portable restroom units by VPS are in many area parks and recreation areas in Northeast Wisconsin. Our units are far from the “old outhouse” of days past. Today, it’s all about being spacious, well-lit, clean smelling with plenty of hand sanitizer.

When Disaster strikes how do you take care of basic needs? Tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods—it’s all devastating. We’ve come to the rescue with portable restrooms, hot/clean showers—yes, even showers! And Laundromats that are contained in a trailer. Kurt builds each unit – his own custom design—we carry and heat our own water and dispose of it later as well. Most importantly, we jump into immediate action when we get the call. It’s our “calling” to help those in need.

Construction sites – If you are building it, well then, you can’t use it yet. We provide portable restrooms on construction sites year-round, to help those who are making life better for others with new buildings. VPS has a process where we keep the units functioning even during our cold winters. There is no  “third tree on the left”—na-ah—Just clean, fresh, portable toilets placed on the construction site for those hard at work.

Look for us throughout Northeast Wisconsin: Green Bay area, Fox cities, Manitowoc, Oconto and Marinette.