powering food truck/trailer

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2010/08/26 21:24:14 (permalink)

powering food truck/trailer

Not much of an electrician so I am wondering how mobile kitchens/trailers power there equipment?  Are generators used or is the power from batteries?  Just don't know.  I want to convert a truck or trailer into a mobile kitchen.  Thank you in advance.  B.
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    Buck & Vi's
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/08/26 21:45:35 (permalink)
    My trailer has a 50 amp breaker box Ihave a fridge, sandwich station, freezer,fan, window a/c, central a/c, 2, 4 foot flor. lights, hood fan, I can run everything on 6500 watt genset, but my present location I hooked into there service I was lucky the building is empty but they never turned the power off so i got a cord made and put a welder plug on one end and hooked into where they had a welder hooked up and all set ! I pay the power bill each month.
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/08/26 23:04:54 (permalink)
    Buck,,,what is your power bill monthly?... mine runs about $70...plugged in 24/7
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/08/27 07:15:19 (permalink)
    don't know yet Bubba, it should be coming in anyday now though, mine is only on there from 8ish to 3:30 then everything goes off. i got two dedicated outlets at the house 1 for the trailer 110 v just to run the refrigeration units and 1 for the ice maker on the porch.and i'm on a yearly budget at the house pay the same price all year long summer and winter.
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/08/27 07:53:38 (permalink)
    Our trailer is set up pretty much like Buck & Vic’s. We rewired it for direct plug into 120v 30 amp. We are looking to get into the food truck craze and presently have a 5500 watt generator that we are going to mount on the trailer tongue. We are probably going to add a separate box for the generator and maybe even some separate outlets. We plan on adding a 28” sandwich prep unit, a couple of soup kettles, sandwich press and maybe a meat slicer. The only unit that will run constantly is the sandwich prep.
    post edited by JodyP - 2010/08/27 07:54:41
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    ps303
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/08/28 07:17:07 (permalink)
    Has anyone researched solar panels for supplying power?
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/09/08 10:55:28 (permalink)
    I'm glad I found this thread, I was wondering the same thing.  I also had questions about ice and would really like to see the ice machine setup on the porch.
     
    I have consider solar power or alternate power sources at home, but never thought of using it on a mobile kitchen - it sure would be alot quieter and also cheaper than running a generator over time.   I wonder if it could hold enough power to run on days that the sun isn't shining brightly ..
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/09/08 17:31:09 (permalink)
    Read the Solar sites.  www.backwoodssolar.com is a good informational site.  We could run on 100% solar but we only need electric (12vDC) for a couple of water pumps. I want to add a couple of lights but those will most likely be 12vDC as well since we operate the cart off of our Jeep's battery.  you will not run an AC unit off of solar. Nor will you run any other power hog. You can run a few lights, 12vDC pumps maybe a small refrigerator or freezer off of the solar.  you would need to add up your power usage first.
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/09/09 05:37:10 (permalink)
    mamie; my ice machine is a manotowic 400 lbs [link=mailto:a@day]a@day[/link] and it's on my carport actually, i just ran a line from my outside hose bib, to the machine, and then hooked the drain hose up so it would drain off the carport, I also put the ice maker on a set of castors that are attatched to a heavy duty cartsorta thing made out of press. treated 4x4s so it could be moved around for cleaning etc. we dont go thru a whole lot of ice but it;s handy to have when you need it.
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2010/09/09 07:52:32 (permalink)
    We are going next week to a RV show to look at Honda generators. Our Generac too loud. We want to make the trailer into a rolling sandwich shop Monday through Thursday and must have a quiet run generator. At festivals we order electric hookups.
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    Re:powering food truck/trailer 2011/05/22 19:26:42 (permalink)
    I will have pretty much the same electrical equipment and was wondering if you could share the details of your setup. I am trying to figure out what generator, circuit box, etc. to buy.
     
    I will have a small single door sandwich prep station, single door commercial refrigerator, hood vent, roof top AC unit, DC RV roof vent and DC water pump for sink. I will also have a meat slicer but it will not be used all the time.
    I will also have a 36" griddle but I will use propane for that. The power needs will determine if I buy a propane or electric steam table.
     
    How do you exhaust your RV smoke? I have seen some setups where the exhaust pipe was routed up to the roof. In the thread it says you also hook up to external power, are you using a transfer switch for that?
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