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kc2006
02-18-2008, 05:41 PM
Well I finally started to get the stuff for my "mobile office"!

I'm setting my truck up so I can do anything from it. I bought a mobile printer, I already have a power inverter, have a laptop, just need a laptop mount.

The printer will be mounted behind the passenger seat, and I'm building a sheetmetal shoot out of polished aluminum so the paper will slide and stop right at the front of the seat so I can get to it easily. The inverter will be mounted on the back wall of the cab so I can easily plug and unplug everything, then the mount for the laptop will go right infront of the center seat.

I'll get pics of the whole install, just kinda excited that I'm finally getting to it!

AMW Graphics
02-18-2008, 06:02 PM
Quote[/b] (kc2006 @ Feb. 18 2008,5:41)]Well I finally started to get the stuff for my "mobile office"!

I'm setting my truck up so I can do anything from it. *I bought a mobile printer, I already have a power inverter, have a laptop, just need a laptop mount.

The printer will be mounted behind the passenger seat, and I'm building a sheetmetal shoot out of polished aluminum so the paper will slide and stop right at the front of the seat so I can get to it easily. The inverter will be mounted on the back wall of the cab so I can easily plug and unplug everything, then the mount for the laptop will go right infront of the center seat.

I'll get pics of the whole install, just kinda excited that I'm finally getting to it!
Don't know if your making your own or what, but i used to do this with my lawn co and pressure washing biz. Nice for fast estimates, customers loved it.

I used these...
http://www.jottodesk.com
(a lot of truck drivers use them too, and they hold up very well)

Good Luck!

Steve
02-18-2008, 06:12 PM
Oh how cool!

Can you take some pictures of the process of making it and installing it?

I can't wait to see it all!

kc2006
02-18-2008, 06:23 PM
Yea I'll get a bunch of pics.

I'm going to just buy a laptop mount, I'll check that site out, I'm looking at some on ebay too.

First step is cleaning the garage so I can get the truck in there. I hate working out in the cold.

kc2006
03-03-2008, 05:02 PM
Sorry it's taking so long to get pics, I'm slow lol!

It seems that whenever I want to do something, I get swamped! First, we got a bunch of snow events so I had been plowing alot. Then a friends plow broke the other day so we rebuilt it in my garage since I have all the tools and heat. Just finally got his plow done today. I was able to clean up the garage some while he was working on the plow so that worked out good.

Got the ink cartridges filled for the printer, still need to get a laptop stand though. I ended up going with just steel for the little paper shoot. I couldn't see paying $50 for a small piece of aluminum, so I went with the $4 piece of mild steel. I'm headed out to make the paper shoot now since it's in the mid 50's I can work with the garage open.

Just finished up printing invoices for plowing and printed up contracts for this year. Amazing how some nice weather gets you really motivated.

Steve
03-03-2008, 05:52 PM
This sounds great!

ritchiem
03-03-2008, 09:27 PM
I am very interested to see the finished product.

kc2006
03-04-2008, 10:30 AM
Well got the paper tray almost done. It couldn't of been simple. At first I made just a simple 9" wide tray with 1" tall sides, it fits great under the middle seat. BUT! The fabric on the back of the seat wraps down under the seat so it was blocking the passage way of the paper. So I had to notch the tray, bend it down about half an inch, then build almost like a mouth for the paper to go in between.

So just need to finish the mouth part of it, sandblast and paint her up. I might even put a piece of vinyl on it to make it slippery because the printer doesn't discharge the paper very hard.

I'll get finished pics tonight. I have to go do bids on banks here, got a bid packet for 20 banks and the snow finally melted off so I can see what needs done. So I'll be working on the tray tonight.

kc2006
03-04-2008, 10:35 AM
Forgot to mention, I can't find a laptop mount I like so I'm going to make one. The nice laptop mounts are like 100-150 bucks and still not exactly as I want.

I'm making one with a quick disconnect at the bottom so I can take it off, fold it up and slide it under the seat when not in use.

The woman likes to sit in the middle of the truck and I have 2 people in the truck alot of times so it's a must have.

layla17
03-04-2008, 03:35 PM
The whole mobile office idea sounds like a pretty efficient one. I'll definitely have to consider getting one started up before the season starts for me.

kc2006
03-06-2008, 04:17 PM
Ok got a few pics to start! So I spent all this time making the paper tray, it seemed as though it would fit fine but then there was one piece of bracing on the seat that wasn't wide enough. So I started looking for a new place to mount the printer. Finally after some looking I found a good spot.

Had a piece of industrial velcro left over from mounting my plow control so I stuck it on the bottom of the printer and mounted the printer to my armrest. It works out really nice, and if I need to, I can take it out or move it really quickly.

Headed out to make the laptop mount now. I already found a nice mounting place for the base.

kc2006
03-06-2008, 04:18 PM
Would help if I remembered the pictures http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

kc2006
03-06-2008, 04:20 PM
Tucked away so no one knows its there

kc2006
03-06-2008, 04:21 PM
and with the armrest down.

Steve
03-06-2008, 05:40 PM
That is awesome! Nice Work!

kc2006
03-06-2008, 05:52 PM
I was so mad that I didn't get to use the paper tray I made http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif It came out so nice.

I have the laptop stand about halfway done. The base is made, just need to make the top plate for the laptop to sit on. I kept it simple, mounted it so the base is tucked under the seat, then one knob lets the whole mount come off.

I'll get pics up as soon as I'm done. After all this, next step is fender flares for the truck. $300 bucks for flares though Ouch! http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

kc2006
03-20-2008, 09:14 AM
Heres a couple (bad) pics of the laptop mount. I have to find the "construction" pics of it. I made it so I can take the main stem out of the mount, then take the top plate off. I still need to cut a piece of lexan and glue it to that top plate, I figured the lexan would be lighter than a big piece of steel.

kc2006
03-20-2008, 09:16 AM
The pics of it in the truck will be better. I'm hoping to have it in today.

kc2006
03-20-2008, 09:19 AM
Heres a pic of my first test batch of biodiesel. I'm switching over to running bio this year. Can't handle diesel at $4.15 a gallon. If I end up getting a couple of large bids that I have in, I might trade in the 60" efi for a 72" diesel and run bio in that too.

I'll get pics today of the truck, I put the fender flares on last week and put a protective paint on the bottom of the truck and color matched it. Almost like a rhino liner.

Nikon
03-20-2008, 12:28 PM
My mobile office is this right here =) the At&t Tilt pda/smartphone.
http://www.wowway.com/~nikon/photos/office/tilt.jpg

kc2006
03-20-2008, 04:14 PM
I like that phone, I need to get something new and I want a tilt type like that.

I have a pda that I use also, but I wanted something that I could take and print estimates/contracts on spot. My hand writing is horrible so it was a must.

kc2006
03-20-2008, 04:48 PM
Here we go! Got pics of the stand and a couple of the truck with the flares. the flares really cleaned the truck up.

I still need to trim the plate that the laptop sits on, but I glued the lexan to the metal and had to let it dry first.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741125_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741160_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741146_ORIG.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741158_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741159_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741170_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741172_ORIG.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v643/mean83sc/4151741171_ORIG.jpg

UniversityLandscapers
03-20-2008, 06:00 PM
How is the laptop held on to the plexiglass? Are you just using the friction to keep it in place?

Steve
03-21-2008, 09:00 AM
Kurt that is fantastic!

kc2006
03-21-2008, 09:33 AM
I'm not sure yet. I have a couple of pieces of velcro that I might use, or companies normally put 2 elastic straps on the plate, then they just slip over the laptop to hold it there.

I don't think the stand came out too bad for just using scrap I had laying around the garage lol.