I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer

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2009/11/05 09:25:38 (permalink)

I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer

I'm picking up a old travel trailer that is built like a tank. I want to convert into a Concession Trailer. Are there any Plans or Websites out there that I can use on this Project?
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    hermit
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/05 10:40:25 (permalink)
    I had briefly considered this myself. I decided against it after I thought about the time & hassles of ripping stuff out, re-paneling, etc. I viewed many that are for sale on craigslist, ebay, etc.

    Another consideration - A nearby city allows carts / trailers downtown, but they cannot be homemade (or converted travel trailers).

    When looking at existing "campers converted to concession trailer" for sale, I asked myself, "would I buy food from THAT?" My personal answer was probably not, as most of them looked really tacky. Like many people, I do not have the $$$ to buy a professionally built trailer, but I want something that looks decent that will draw customers in, not drive them away.

    I bought the E-Z built hot dog cart plans & going to start with a small cart, then hopefully grow into a trailer that I will likely have built by a company.

    E-Z built cart plans:
    http://hotdogprofits.com/

    Company I may likely choose to build trailer:
    http://www.allacart.com/

    I've not seen any plans for conversions. Just look at photos of existing stuff. The main thing is deciding where equipment would be set to make food prep / serving most efficient.
    post edited by hermit - 2009/11/05 10:41:43
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/05 11:15:36 (permalink)
    I`m with Hermit on this, old travel trailers look tacky as far as I`m concerned. Is it too late to turn around and go back home? Start over................presentation is the key. Look good, make money, be happy laughing all the way to the bank.
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/05 12:03:57 (permalink)
    The old (and new ) Air-Streams look pretty good for the food thing.
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/05 12:14:02 (permalink)
    Petunia's Silver Jalapeno in Chattanooga, Tennessee has done just that with a '70s vintage Silverstream trailer.  And they do a land office business.

    http://www.petuniassilverjalapeno.com/

    I'm sure Virginia Cofer (Petunia) or Laura Powell would be happy to field some questions from you.
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/05 12:31:10 (permalink)
    Been reviewed here on Roadfood before
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/3274/top-dog
    Or tv Surreal Gourmet
    http://www.bobblumer.com/
    post edited by Curbside Grill - 2009/11/05 12:34:11
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/10 19:33:22 (permalink)
    The old Air Stream Bambi model is an ideal shell to start with. Unfortunatley, they are high maintenance (to keep shiney) and a used one starts at about $10k in serviceable condition. These are exstremely popular with the restoration crowd and go for $18k - $25k in like new condition, sometimes higher. The new models of this same size start about low $30k s
    You can buy one heck of a nice consession trailer for $25k

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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/10 20:56:56 (permalink)
    i know people who know people who have done this with much success
    post edited by Gene's Dogs - 2009/11/10 21:27:46
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/12 13:02:53 (permalink)
    Links to commercial units.  If you're handy or have a construction background it should be easy to build a similar rig

    http://www.cateringtruck.com/customunits.htm

    http://www.cateringtruck.com/motionpictrucks.htm
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    Re:I want to convert a old Travel Trailer in a Concession Trailer 2009/11/13 12:24:24 (permalink)
    spent many years on the state fair circiut on the mid way and have had concession stands from home built to $180,000 Outerbacher funnel cake joint, the more professional it looks the better you will do. you may be better off dstarting with a $400 dollar utility trailer base and build your own its not hard and will look much better than a converted travel trailer.
    post edited by PopsDogHouse - 2009/11/13 15:29:18
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