This is my first post.
I'm going to be starting a mobile Gelato business. I am curious to see if getting a gas or diesel step van is better.
I don't plan on being on the freeway and only plan on driving around town to about 10-15 locations a day.
I'm looking at spending about $15-$20k on the truck and hopefully another $15-$20k for the equipment and the retrofit. I'm looking at a 15-18ft truck and the weight I'd be carrying is not that much. A 300lb Gelato case, 200lb freezer and 200lb fridge and prep table and 3 bin sink and wash sink and a few cabinets.
I saw a truck online and they have a video link and the diesel motor is pretty loud.
So I'm curious what the benefit of a gas or diesel would be.
Also, any advice in building the truck would be great. I have to have a platform that slides out since the customers need to see the Gelato trays and see the presentation and because the floor of a truck is about 30" at least and the Gelato ase glass starts at 30" it will be too high from the street level to see inside the truck.
Also, I was trying to runs much of it as I can n lithium batteries but I would need too many. My max amps at 110v is around 50 amps with two AC units, the gelato case, fridge, freezer and water heater.
I live in the desert and saw those evaporative coolers and they run on 12v and only take 4.5 amps and also saw a flash water heater that operated on two D batteries and propane and that would decrease my amp draw even further.
Just curious if anyone has used these swamp coolers or flash heaters.
The only washing I would be doing is the ice cream scoops and 5 liter bins so I'm wondering if a flash heater would be the way to go.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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