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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/12 02:14:34 (permalink)
Belcibo: did you ever get nite photos of your outside lighting?I'm thinking hard about getting some.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/12 07:53:37 (permalink)
I have not, maybe this weekend.  I still have not installed the final part of the electrical, the power cord.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/16 14:31:40 (permalink)
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Where did you get the cutting board insert for your sink? I've looked many places and they are very expensive. I have a full sink in my truck and need more workable space. Any ideas?

Ordered my piece today locally from interstate Plastics.  3/4" thick, 15 1/2" x 31 1/2" was $45 with a one day turn around.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/16 14:54:46 (permalink)
Electrical Panel
 

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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/16 14:56:24 (permalink)
Interior to date.  Getting close.

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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/16 14:59:22 (permalink)
Sinks and water heater, one sink has not arrived yet:

 
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/16 15:00:12 (permalink)
Lots more coming just have not had time to post pictures, up against our opening deadline.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/23 10:38:30 (permalink)
Inspection is this Thursday with our first event Saturday, coming down to the last minute getting everything working properly.  Promise I'll post lots of pictures after (if) I get through this weekend.
 
Propane regulator issues, leaking fresh water fitting, pilot light on fryer not lighting, little stuff just running out of time!
 
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/23 23:42:23 (permalink)
Love the truck and good luck with the inspection
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/24 11:11:40 (permalink)
A few Issues Resolved:
 
For my propane system I ran my two 100lb tanks to a single stage 1, then the output to the individual appliances.  
 
The appliances would turn on and run for around 10 seconds and turn off.  The appliance regulators were being over pressured and shutting off.  
 
I found was a mistake I made with the regulator setup.  For those that don't know, you need a stage 1 and a stage 2 regulator THEN the appliance regulator.  The appliance regulator do not count as your stage two.  They are design to see around 11WC input.  Added the stage 2 and everything worked.
 
My Pitco fryer pilot would not light.  Removed the pilot tube and cleaned out the jet which is VERY small.  After that the pilot worked fine.
 
My on demand water heater failed to light as well.  I could hear ticking but it was giving me a gas pressure error code.  Removed the front cover and found the harness to the gas solenoid was not connected.  Reconnected and it worked as well.  Smoking hot, it hits 150F.
 
Now we are ready for the inspector tomorrow.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/25 01:14:38 (permalink)
Good deal getting the loose ends taken care of and best of luck with the inspector!,

Cheers!
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/25 04:19:11 (permalink)
I have to check my appliances this month,There all new to me,Not even sure how to light them.anyone have tips/how to, please post or IM me. Hoping the snow will go away so I can get out there.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/25 18:30:27 (permalink)
We have passed our initial inspection!  Inspector said the truck looks great.
 
One issue found, the top of our cold table is running at 38 but the lower section is 41/42.  Its max'd out so looks like it needs a charge.  Used unit, buyer beware I suppose.
Our freezer unit runs as a fridge as well so it will be plan B until the Cold Table gets fixed.
He also recommended we close the gap between the hood and the roof.
 
First event is Saturday, I'll start posting pictures next week after the madness is over.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/25 20:41:25 (permalink)
Awesome, Nice setup and great pics. Hope your first event is awesome.
 
I just got approval for my build so will be beginning shortly. Hope I can document ours as well as you did.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/28 22:55:41 (permalink)
Our first day is over now.  Not long after we arrived the inspector showed up for our first real world inspection.  Everything passed with no findings.  He cautioned us on not having an AC unit installed, said something we should think about adding.
 
Started the morning at the Farmer's Market as the newbies.  Sold a few breakfasts but the rush hit around 11am and lasted until probably 12:30.  We had long lines, saw some people leave the line, but had lots of praises on the food and were told the food was raising quite a stir around the market.  We had several that came back and ordered more.  Cycle times were way too slow as we figured out our system.  Checking the order times on Square Register, which worked great by the way, we were around 3 minutes per order. All the equipment worked, layout needs some tweaking but overall it was a fast paced thrill of a ride.

 
And most of all as they say, Happy wife..happy life!


post edited by BelCibo - 2013/04/28 22:57:39
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/28 23:03:45 (permalink)
right on!!!
as long as the wife is happy don't care what anyone else says! 
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/29 04:13:14 (permalink)
What are you using for a receipt printer?and where and how much I need to get one this month.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/30 08:08:20 (permalink)
daddywoofdawg

What are you using for a receipt printer?and where and how much I need to get one this month.

 
Ah receipt printer.  Here's the latest on that.  The printer is an ethernet and the only ones Square recommends are ethernet.  The trick is to get your 4G/3G phone or MIFI to an ethernet port.  The way I plan on doing it is either use my phone as a hotspot or buy a MIFI.  Then get a Cradlepoint MBR95 that will take the  Cell phones wifi and get it onto the ethernet.  The printer will direct plug into the router, the Ipad will hit the router wirelessly.  Wala, printed reciepts, order numbers, chef tickets etc.  I should have mine up in a few weeks and can share the results and how to set it up. We are adjusting layout for this weekend and its just not high enough on the priority list.
 
MIFI is also coming out with a hotspot that has ethernet the second week of May.  That will allow you to eliminate an extra piece of gear.
 
 
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/30 08:12:17 (permalink)
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Belcibo: did you ever get nite photos of your outside lighting?I'm thinking hard about getting some.

 
Still have not got a night shot for you.  With it pitch black they are ok, particularly on the lighter colors.  If you were in a lighted parking lot they would only add a hint of light to the side. Plenty to light a menu board.  I'd say they are not as bright as a 60 watt porch light.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/30 08:18:26 (permalink)
Another piece of advice based on our build.  We are a full service unit with no commisary.  We boiled some noodles, ran around 2 gallons of coffee,washed hands and dishes.  At the end of the day we ran out of water before cleaning all our steam pans.  Filling three sinks takes a ton of water.  We went with a 20 gallon fresh water tank, hindsight it should have been 30+.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/30 08:20:50 (permalink)
doesn't your Ipad have 3/4G?
Ya I need to light the menu and marqee so maybe those aren't the answer.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/04/30 12:10:38 (permalink)
daddywoofdawg

doesn't your Ipad have 3/4G?
Ya I need to light the menu and marqee so maybe those aren't the answer.

 
Our Ipad is not connected to our cell plan.  You somehow have to get your internet service to an ethernet port so the printer can get on your network.  That's where the router comes in, running in bridge mode I believe.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/06 07:57:02 (permalink)
Finished the second Farmer's Market now.  Sales were up slightly.  Around 1/2 our customers last time were friends, this time only four or five.  Lots of return customers from last week raving about the food. Turns times were much better and the line never got more than two people deep even with higher volume.
 
An observation though, lines are GOOD.  When there is a line it sucks people right in, no line you can see their reluctance to walk up.  Gonna have to pay a couple people to make a line lol.
 
At first we were not going to setup tables but now it is a must.  When someone is eating at the tables you can watch new customers peering over their shoulders to see the food.  I even heard a couple conversations were they recommended the food to those looking.
 
An interesting menu moment....We raised the price on our Blackened Fish sandwich one dollar making the highest price item.  Volume on it doubled from last week and it sold out.  Strange aye?
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/16 22:39:59 (permalink)
Finally some pictures:

 

 

 

 

 
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/17 08:16:57 (permalink)
How did you mount the griddle to the work table?
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/17 09:16:56 (permalink)
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How did you mount the griddle to the work table?

 
I used Speedrail bases to mount all the tables and freezer to the floor then the two burner and the grill to the table.  They are too expensive from grainer but here's a picture of them:
 
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/HOLLAENDER-Structural-Fitting-4UJ14
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/17 18:57:03 (permalink)
cpl quick questions:
1 propane tank or two?  what was the layout of the tank to equipment piping sizes?  where did you get and how much for propane regulators? what do u ask for when buying them?  did u put a/c?  how many btus on all equipment?  what size generator?  whats ur menu? can u post it? truck looks good. how long start to finish? cheers mates
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/17 19:27:16 (permalink)
Two 100lb propane tanks off an RV under mounted behind the rear tires.  To meet my BTU requirements at low temperatures, I needed two tanks to meet the vaporization rates needed.
 
280k BTU wide open
 
Flexible hose from tank valve to 1/2" black pipe.  1/2" black pipe to a Fisher Two Stage RS232BBF ($40). 1/2" black pipe to a tee, one leg 1/2" to on demand water heater, one leg to service appliances.  3/4" pipe from 1/2" once it entered the CAB.  5/8 yellow flex pipe from Home Depot from the 3/4" black pipe to the appliance regulators.
 
Regulator needs to meet your BTU requirements. The Fisher listed above will flow 350k.
 
No AC.  I wired for it but I'm not sure it will do any good.  I have 3000CFM going through the exhaust hood, that's like 4 changes a minute of air.  AC will be little more than a little cold air blowing in your face.  I may still add one for non-cooking times.
 
Generator is a 6000w Kipor that actually has died on me.  Working on replacements now but will be a EU3000is Honda and a second one if I add AC. Three year commercial warranty is hard to beat.
 
Started Truck in November.  Worked every Saturday and weeknights until I could not feel my feet any more :)
 
Menu is:
Chicken Sandwich
Fish Sandwich
Pork Sandwich
Grilled Mac and Cheese
Italian Melt (Grilled italian cheeses with veggies)
Potato Balls
Ribbon Fries
Apple Fries
 
There are a few more items but you get the idea.  Not all items available at every service.  3 or 4 mains and three sides.
 
If venue will be low volume we go with the grilled sandwiches, mob style events will be faster steam table sandwiches like the chicken and pork.
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/18 06:44:06 (permalink)
I've got the I pad and square register app on and I am going to be using the square register for my p.o.s. system they have a great "free" one, easy, all set up just waiting for a printer. as I recall square only has 2 receipt printers that will work with there system. I had the numbers but cant seem to locate them right now (I think tsp 143 lan.) but only need the I pad, wireless router, and Ethernet printer only Ethernet printer will work for this system, I was fortunate enough to have the company  we are located at furnish us with a wi fi connection for the I pad too. I down loaded pictures for the menu and installed them on the I pad, really quite easy and makes it easier associate pic instead of words....
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Re:Food Truck Build 1979 P60 2013/05/18 06:52:56 (permalink)
belcibo, whats the idea on 2 hand sinks? also that 3 compartment sink cover looks pretty heavy duty, (thick) custom? i need to get one about 70"long...
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