Building a food trailer/truck.

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2014/08/26 09:56:39 (permalink)

Building a food trailer/truck.

I am going to start a food trailer / food truck but i cannot make up my mind. I'm kind of on a budget but not sure if I should build from a bare trailer or buy a used one and add what I can. i can get a enclosed trailer for 1100.00 but would have to redo the siding. Its a toss up.
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Re: Building a food trailer/truck. 2014/09/05 16:31:48 (permalink)
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Re: Building a food trailer/truck. 2014/09/08 15:34:34 (permalink)
Build or Buy: Do you have the space, tools, and skill to do a build? Do you have any help? You'll need to do alots of trade skill tasks potentially including metal work, electrical, plumbing, gas lines, etc. You'll need knowledge in many areas or help in those you don't have.
Do you have the time? You can get up and running a lot faster buying a trailer.
 
Truck or trailer. A Truck will cost a lot more to buy than a trailer, but if you're building from the ground up, a truck may not be quite as much more. For example: You can buy a full trailer for say $10k-30k and Buying a truck will cost $40 if you're REALLY LUCKY, but more like $50-80 for a used one. But building from scratch, the basic trailer is $2-5k plus build and equipment cost and the truck can be anywhere from $5-$25k plus build and equipment. So if you can score a decent truck for under $10k, your build cost for a truck are not astronomically higher than a trailer, but it is more complicated (do you have auto skills as well?)
 
A truck can go more places more practically, but if you're looking at doing part time at events and festivals, a trailer is not a big limitation. if you're looking at full time daily operation, a trailer will be difficult.
 
So in summary: How do you want to use it? How much can you spend in time and money? And what are your skills?
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Re: Building a food trailer/truck. 2014/10/12 09:12:07 (permalink)
I am going to start a full time food truck. Yes i have the skills to build and have the help from and electrician and plumber. I was going the trailer route to start because it is cheaper than a truck but I have seen some p30's popping up in the 3-5k range so I'm thinking about a truck now. I'm just weary of getting a truck so cheap and have motor/tranny issues.
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Re: Building a food trailer/truck. 2014/10/15 20:35:56 (permalink)
Maybe this will help put your mind at ease a little. I have a 1988 P-30 with 249'500 miles and knock wood it has been a work horse for us. These things are made to work day in and day out, if it's not running you can't make money.
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Re: Building a food trailer/truck. 2014/11/08 10:22:37 (permalink)
hello 
 
I bought a trailer. It was used previously at events and comes with water tank, sink(s), service windows, fryers, and griddle, warmers,plumbing, gas, and electrical all already in place and good to go. I paid $8500. And I'm wondering did I pay too much?
 
What I have left to do is replace entire vent hood and exhaust system. Clean it, paint primer, put a wrap on it. I also need to emplace both steam table and cooler table, and buy four-eyeburner stove top and oven.
 
otherwise, it is huge (but tongue heavy).
post edited by The_Haute_Potato - 2014/11/08 17:08:47
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