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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/10 12:18:19 (permalink)
The original electric tankless unit would draw too much power and I wanted to try to switch to propane but routing gas lines would be an issue not to mention venting on the serving side which I am OK with now. However I purchased a Ariston GL6+ as it is used by a food truck company here in Atlanta. I read online that it is 12.5GPH but other specs say it is just 7GPH. I have to prove to my HD that it is more than 10GPH which is what they require.
 
Chasen, it is good to hear that your truck will run on the one EU3000I. Do you have a list of your electrical equipment? Is that including running an AC unit?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/10 21:38:22 (permalink)
Right now it has the Water pump, water heater, 2 vent fans, 48" prep station,
2-4' flouesnt lights, 2- outside lights..
I still have to add the true T-19 refrig. but hope it still runs with that..
I didn't put an A/C on it , we have a portable A/C that we used in the other truck we had.. In the summer there is NO way to keep the truck cool so we chose the portable a/c so we could direct it where we want it.
I have someone coming to look at mine tomorrow, they need a truck to use in Dallas and mine should only need an Ansul system installed to make it pass Dallas..
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/12 12:59:58 (permalink)
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/14 21:41:59 (permalink)
I was really interested in the inverter system.  May I ask why it wouldnt work?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/14 22:02:37 (permalink)
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I was really interested in the inverter system.  May I ask why it wouldnt work?

 
Over time it would have cost me more money to maintain it, I would not handle extended operation (long days). The recharge time was too long. I like solar and wind and I am trying to convert my house so the batteries and inverted will get put to good use if I can't sell it.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/16 12:39:16 (permalink)
Man, that stinks. I was rooting for those batteries! How much are you asking for batteries and all? Do you think you could just get a small generator to trickle charge the batteries all day? The generators just seem to burn through a ton of gas. I guess I have to work through the numbers again , but it just seems like the payoff in savings from batteries would add up Really quickly. At least for us the numbers seemed to work a couple months ago last I ran them.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/16 18:16:05 (permalink)
Coffee,
 
I will be using 2 PH2700PRI generators, quiet and 8hrs on one gallon of gas. Similar to the Honda EU models. I have the inverter listed on CL and on Ebay for $500 and I am selling the batteries for $100 on CL (local pick up).
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/16 22:06:32 (permalink)
I am going to run the gas line underneath my truck from driver side to passenger to serve the new LP tankless heater. I do not have the tools to thread the black gas pipe and I am not spending another couple hundred to have the plumber come back out. I have been reading online that I can use CSST and it is safe to run up through floors, etc. has anyone used this on a truck instead of black pipe?

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 08:03:05 (permalink)
Thats what I used to vonnect my equipment from the black pipe..4'pieces..
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 08:16:31 (permalink)
chasendad

Thats what I used to vonnect my equipment from the black pipe..4'pieces..

 
I am going to run this under my truck through the floor beams then bend and come up through the floor using the termination fitting (below) at the floor. I found more information on CSST last night and running it versus the black pipe will be within code.
 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 15:24:25 (permalink)
I might suggest you also help protect it with a flex tubing something like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/...-tubing-12008-025.html
If not for the full run then use it where there are corners that could cause the gas hose to rub on corners and such.  
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 15:47:43 (permalink)
Yes I would protect the tubing anywhere road trash may hit it and any rubbing on the frame.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 15:59:03 (permalink)
Just a question for you all, why are you using black pipe if the flex hose is within code?  It is so much easier to use than running hard pipe, I would have mentioned it somewhere earlier, but thought it was required to use black pipe for code.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/17 16:14:07 (permalink)
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I might suggest you also help protect it with a flex tubing something like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/...-tubing-12008-025.html
If not for the full run then use it where there are corners that could cause the gas hose to rub on corners and such.  

 
I will put putting 1" thick black foam pipe insulation around it before fitting it between the floor beams.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/19 09:46:04 (permalink)
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I was really interested in the inverter system.  May I ask why it wouldnt work?


Over time it would have cost me more money to maintain it, I would not handle extended operation (long days). The recharge time was too long. I like solar and wind and I am trying to convert my house so the batteries and inverted will get put to good use if I can't sell it.

 
Reese, why you are going to sell the inverter and batteries? Basically I'm doing my electrical design based on your experiences with this system. The fuel in my country is very expensive for a generator and this method can be much cheaper for me because I will use only about 1300-1600w. What problems do you have? How are you charging the batteries and how long it takes to charge? Why do you say it would cost more money to maintain it? I also want to use an inverter and batteries to work 6 hours at day and do not want to lose my money.
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/19 11:22:20 (permalink)
Im interested as well- I have a bank of 4 6v interstate deep cycle HD bat run s/p which can be charged via shore power/gen/or off the vehicle alt when running.  the batt's are 232 ah each- have a 5000 watt inv-  and im running 2 refers at 7.5 a ea and a hood at 6 a continuous as well as other small misc - i also have quite a bit of 12 v stuff int/ext lighting /freezer /stereo  and by my calcs ill have plenty of power  
 
granted ill have to be watching things here and there and i do have the ability to switch on the built in genny- but i like the batt system i have- 
 
I am interested in your findings - is it that you think you will need to replace the batts every year? as soon as i can post pics i have some interesting dwgs of my system
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/19 11:44:53 (permalink)
King3,
 
I would have to buy a large enough charger to charge my batteries within 8 hours. One of the 6 batteries would take 4.5hrs to charge at 40Amps. I have a 40Amp charger and a much larger one will cost alot more. The setup weighs almost 400lbs. The batteries behave differently based on the weather, and have less capacity if too hot or cold.
Gas is not that expensive here in GA and the inverter generator can run 8 hours on a gallon. I want to work more than 8hrs a day on some days. The inverter generator just seems more reliable.
 
I rushed to buy the setup as it was the only option that would fit in my under truck compartment and I did not want to mount anything on the rear deck. However, now after experiencing how quiet and portable/lightweight the inverter generators are and seeing 1 unit power other small food trucks, this is the option I chose.
 
This is just one of the many items I purchased and regretted later but the items are for sale now if interested.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/21 09:19:55 (permalink)
Reese, with which charger delays 4.5 hours? Still using the NOCO gen4? or are you using the solar charger?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/23 15:15:45 (permalink)
Hey Reese I was looking through your pictures and noticed the floureacent overhead lights. I couldn't find in your posts why you didn't wind up going with the LEDs you had purchased from superbrightleds. Why didn't they work?
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/02/23 22:33:09 (permalink)
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Hey Reese I was looking through your pictures and noticed the floureacent overhead lights. I couldn't find in your posts why you didn't wind up going with the LEDs you had purchased from superbrightleds. Why didn't they work?

 
I figured that the overhead florescent were cheaper and would not use much wattage and I would eventually replace the tubes with LED tubes. I used the LED strips for other things like illuminating my menu board. They would have worked.
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/03/01 13:50:04 (permalink)
Convinced health department to review my plans before I find a commissary. I'm not going to pipe the new water heater until they approve.

 
Working on neglected cab interior and sound system.

 
One of my new generators arrived today.

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/12 00:15:22 (permalink)
Reese, you selling food yet?!?!?!
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/19 09:57:43 (permalink)
Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.
 

 

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/19 09:58:18 (permalink)
Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.
 

 

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/19 09:59:08 (permalink)
Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.
 

 

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/19 10:01:18 (permalink)
Thanks to Chasendad for printing my vinyl wrap and saving me some money. I started wrapping the truck on days when the pollen was not so high. This is tedious work and not a one man job. If it looks like there are discoloration or chips that is just pollen build up that I have not rinsed off yet.
 

 

 

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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/19 10:01:44 (permalink)
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/04/24 00:00:04 (permalink)
Truck looking good
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/05/25 07:36:50 (permalink)
Just starting to look at P30 and international trucks to start a food truck business,  Going to do the builded myself.  Dose anyone know where I can find Box specs from the manufacturer.  I need to determine what size box would fit the restaurant fixtures, sort of map it out so Im not buying wrong size equipment.
 
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Re:1993 Chevrolet P30 Food Truck Build 2013/08/18 21:12:23 (permalink)
What plans though? I am not even sure the location of my hot areas compared to the cold ones? Not to mention I cna not even draw lol!
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Don't know about your state, but here you can't build anything without having gone to the health dept first, and having your plans approved.
Regardless if it is required, it is a very good idea to submit a set of plans so you are not trying to build in the dark.
Do some reading of a guy named schmelly on here.... a perfect example of how not to do it.


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