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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/10/24 20:23:15 (permalink)
did you ever get your double decker bus?
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/10/24 20:46:42 (permalink)
im looking for a double decker bus to buy, anyone Know of any?
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/11/23 11:10:53 (permalink)
did you ever get the bus?
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/12/23 00:15:37 (permalink)
If I had a DD bus, It would have to sell fish and chips!
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/12/24 20:51:55 (permalink)
The novelty alone would be worth it imo, I'd certainly give it a shot and try the food.  Eating area is a nice add to.  How about some propane heaters up top too?
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2012/12/24 21:59:24 (permalink)
First question....will you serve food in the bus like a seat down restaurant? If so, top floor or bottom floor? Because that's the difference in a 40,000 and a 200,000 investment. The liabilities and insurance will be more also in Michigan all buses are required to have a $5,000,000 dollars insurance req by m-dot. Check with your local DOT because the minute you put people in you also might be req to have restrooms, fire escapes, etc. What equipment will you have? Think about the weight of the vehicle.

Just a thought
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2013/07/04 13:19:48 (permalink)
I successfully completed the retrofit and restoration of a 1950 RTL double deck bus with commercial kitchen and restaurant on board. I did most of the work myself minus electrical, welding and cabinetry and had to spend over $40,000+. Major cautions to any who think they can simply buy a bus and open it - you would be dead wrong. Most states and countries have regulations you need to follow for permits, so examine them and know them well before starting. Our government is careless and quite behind the times in creating realistic codes for these types of adventures, they only have codes in smaller towns and smaller cities for businesses like brick mortar restaurants, not food trucks and carts. Be prepared to fight on many levels. Don't even consider fryers on board, hood ventilation with fire suppression is mandated everywhere I know of. Add another $10-12,000 for that if installed along with ruining the look of the bus. Anyone wanting to see a photo gallery of the restoration process of the bus I completed, visit my gallery of photos here:



A comprehensive timeline gallery can be seen here:


I sold the bus to a local diesel mechanic and the bus now operates in the Portland, Oregon area. Email me with questions if you are a serious builder.
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2013/07/04 18:32:02 (permalink)
Hey, I see you are in WA. I was told by labor and industies here that under no condition could I have people dining on my bus.  Did L&I approve your plans before you did your build?
 
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2013/07/04 21:22:54 (permalink)
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2014/06/22 19:27:49 (permalink)
I have been chewing on this idea for 20 years as I struggled through the corporate world to support the family. I am ready at this point but my son says I am late to the party at this point. I have several questions:

Does anyone have a DD bus for sale (converted or not) the plan is still to offer seating up top and kitchen below?

Is the ROI worth the extra $50 - $70 k?

How challenging is finding parts?

Their is not one in town, but their are plenty of basic food trucks. The grilled cheese truck does the best. Plenty of events, private parties, parking lots, tour opportunities etc. the other option is to get a turn key truck with a unique paint job and great food. I am ready and excited but any feedback would be appreciated.
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2014/06/23 01:15:02 (permalink)
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Re:Advice on building a food truck using a British double-decker sought. 2014/06/25 16:26:18 (permalink)
One thing I know worth mentioning - double decker buses here in the USA are like eye candy for children.  This means you are very likely to have parents with kids that want to come visit your bus, and speaking as a parent with 3 young kids I would totally go to a place like that as opposed to many other options, because I think it would be thrilling and fun for my kids (even if the menu isn't necessarily geared towards children).
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