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Enclosed trailer lighting/wiring advice

I'm selling my 5x8 enclosed to move up to a bigger enclosed.

Shopping for a <20ft enclosed.

Looks like I'll only be able to afford a basic, plain-Jane metal box. But what I'm PLANNING I can do over time.

I tow motorcycles to two different places.

One bike (my Supermoto) I tow to road course race tracks like VIR, Shennandoah, and CMP.

SOME of these tracks have 30 amp and 50 amp camper style hookups. Out at the Patriot course at VIR they only have 110 hookup and THAT'S very limited.

Here I typically spend the night and sleep in the trailer....or at least I WANT too in the new(ish) trailer. NOW I sleep in a tent

The other place I haul bikes is to Brushy and that's usually 3-4 dirtbikes for the day. HERE there is NO power hookup at all. But I DO have a small 1200w 110 generator.

I'd LIKE to spend the night up there and ride multiple days with the new(ish) trailer.

I say all that, to elaborate on my needs.

When I get to either place its likely dark...so I need immediate light from a 12v system to get started...then I need to switch over to 110 as to not drain the trucks system.

I'd LOVE some good lighting. Now I'm not sure I'll have the headroom for a big florescent light(s) and incandescent is a voltage suck and yellow lighting sucks.
I was thinking about LED’s for both the energy savings as well as brightness….but DAGGONE….to do it RIGHT that’s expensive as HELL???!?!
I’m speaking of things like THESE lights but I’ve seen several links to those cheap LED strip lights on eBay.
Any help on lighting? And advice?

Also….inverters…..I know nothing about them, but keep reading about how people have hooked their trailer lighting to inverters. What’s a wise way to wire the trailer for my desired use? I.E. I need 12v lighting to get set up…then switch to 110.
I don’t mean to sound like a total idiot…but I deal with water/sewer and stay as far away from lighting and electricity as I can (water+power=crispy fritter)

Got any pics or advice on what you’ve done to YOUR enclosed trailer?

Also need to consider heat and A/C at some point when the finances allow. Lots of guys at the track use portable swamp coolers/heaters with the vent thru the floor via dryer duct, which seems to be a valid solution but any suggestions are welcome. Also for heat I thought about a gas furnace w propane tank for electrical savings (make do with the small generator I have instead of buying a $2k monster), but even with direct vent I’m just not cozy thinking of sleeping in a BOX with a GAS heater.

Suggestions, advice, links….all welcome


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