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Jamie_1

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  • Joined: 11/7/2010
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
Type of cart to buy Sun, 11/7/10 5:23 PM (permalink)
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Hi!  I'm new to online forums and to posting, so just let me know if I'm going about this the wrong way.  I want to set up my own cart but am not sure what type of cart would be best.  I have literally spent hours and hours searching things online...like cart type, insurance that i would need, my states requirements (which i was amazed to see vary by county), etc.  Then I just came across this forum and thought maybe it would be a good place to ask about cart type.  What I've found...
 
- Craigslist:  there don't seem to be any available in my area and i am a little nervous to have something shipped from a random individual...if I paid and then it didn't get sent, I would basically be "up a crick without a paddle" for the next few years. 
- Willydog:  the website makes them look really good, but there are some random complaints online about receiving a bad cart
- All American:  the website makes them look really good too, of course
- Top Dog
- I'm sure many, many more, all the websites make their carts look good, so I just thought it would be better to get feedback from real people using the real thing.
 
I'm in Minnesota and I want to get a good cart that is going to work to feed 100 - 300 people a day for the location I have in mind.  I really wish I was handy, but I'm not, so I figure I need to make sure and do enough looking into this so I get a cart that works.  I have enough money to buy a cart, but I'm not going to be able to afford to have random unexpected fix up troubles right at the beginning if I get a bad cart.  So I just want to make sure I start out with something good. 
 
Can anyone give any recommendations?
<message edited by Jamie_1 on Sun, 11/7/10 5:42 PM>
 
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    Jamie_1

    • Total Posts: 24
    • Joined: 11/7/2010
    • Location: Minneapolis, MN
    Re:Type of cart to buy Sun, 11/7/10 5:55 PM (permalink)
    I just discovered how to do a search on here....sorry for the annoying question - I can see it's been covered! 
     
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      BillyB

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      • Joined: 2/4/2009
      Re:Type of cart to buy Sun, 11/7/10 6:24 PM (permalink)
      [This post was marked as helpful]
      Hi Jamie, Welcome to RF, ask questions on what cart to buy and do a search for most everything else. If you don't understand something don't be afraid to ask. Tony Bad will come in and move this to the Pro Hot dog section, so don't look for it here. From what I have seen the All American cart is built real well, a bit more expensive but I don't see many people complaining about them. Talk to your HD, of what food you can and can't serve, talk with the city and see what they have to say............Take care, best of luck in your new business.....BillyB
      <message edited by BillyB on Mon, 11/8/10 6:16 AM>
       
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        bubbadogz

        • Total Posts: 16
        • Joined: 11/7/2010
        • Location: Spokane, WA
        Re:Type of cart to buy Sun, 11/7/10 7:18 PM (permalink)
        We are in Washington and literally spent months researching that same question before we bought one. email us at and I'll tell you the best deal if we had to do it again and we'll tell you our experience outside the public forum.
         
        Matt and Sandi-"Bubbadogz"

         
        <message edited by bubbadogz on Sun, 11/7/10 7:23 PM>
         
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          Jamie_1

          • Total Posts: 24
          • Joined: 11/7/2010
          • Location: Minneapolis, MN
          Re:Type of cart to buy Sun, 11/7/10 9:29 PM (permalink)
          Matt and Sandi,
           
          It looks like part of your sentence accidently got deleted or maybe we're not allowed to disply e-mail in the forum...I went back and read the FAQs and didn't see where it said anything about e-mail so I'm just assuming your sentence got cut off.  I'd sure appreciate your thoughts on the cart, etc.  My hotmail e-mail is Yippity_Dogs, thanks again!
           
          -Jamie
           
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            Foodbme

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            • Joined: 9/1/2006
            • Location: Gilbert, AZ
            Re:Type of cart to buy Mon, 11/8/10 2:40 AM (permalink)
            Jamie_1


            Matt and Sandi,

            It looks like part of your sentence accidently got deleted or maybe we're not allowed to disply e-mail in the forum...I went back and read the FAQs and didn't see where it said anything about e-mail so I'm just assuming your sentence got cut off.  I'd sure appreciate your thoughts on the cart, etc.  My hotmail e-mail is Yippity_Dogs, thanks again!

            -Jamie


            If you click on Bubbadogz name in the left column, you can access his profile and you will get a dropdown that allows you to send him a Private Message, a "PM". You 2 can connect there and exchange regular email addresses if both agree to do it.
             
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              quickdog

              • Total Posts: 500
              • Joined: 6/21/2007
              • Location: campbell, CA
              Re:Type of cart to buy Fri, 11/19/10 1:58 AM (permalink)
              Welcome to the forum. I did a quick search on Craigslist. here are a couple I found. Make sure you contact your health department and ask for cart guidelines before you commit to any cart.
               
              The problem with this cart is you will need a small utility trailer to pull it.
               
              http://minneapolis.craigs...np/bfs/2018385455.html
               
              http://stcloud.craigslist.org/for/2040965977.html
               
              http://eauclaire.craigsli..org/bfs/2016089111.html
               
               
               
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                DadsDogs

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                • Joined: 1/24/2010
                • Location: Las Cruces, NM
                Re:Type of cart to buy Fri, 11/19/10 3:28 AM (permalink)
                I've had no problems at all with my All American.  I have modified the cooler and added a grill but overall it's a great cart.  If I decide to upgrade to a small walk-in cart I may sell it.  I have a few perspective buyers who would be interested in it.  DD
                 
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                  Jamie_1

                  • Total Posts: 24
                  • Joined: 11/7/2010
                  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
                  Re:Type of cart to buy Mon, 11/22/10 1:53 AM (permalink)
                  Thanks quickdog and DD - good info.  I appreciate the replies.
                   
                  -Jamie
                   
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