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sillydogz

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purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 11:26 AM (permalink)
Hey folks, I am currently in the process of getting a cart going for the spring. I have been doing NON stop research of carts and have a few questions. I was all set to go with benscarts.com cash cow but the axle width is too wide for my cities regulations. I am now looking at a couple other models but couldnt find much info as far as peoples experiences go so here's the carts im looking into and was hoping some of you might have some first hand experience with any of them:
 
Dream Maker - Ventura
 
 
hotdogcarts.com - 200 Series

 
Willydogs - Hummer

 
I like the layout of the 200 series but have found NO information anywhere regarding peoples experiences.
 
 
 
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    Tristan225

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    • Location: MI
    Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 12:40 PM (permalink)
    CMS i beat the he'll out of mine on bumpy Michigan roads. Never any problems. Time proven design.
     
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      sillydogz

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      Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 1:20 PM (permalink)
      tristan225 thanks i'll look into it. 
       
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        ChrisOC

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        Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 2:55 PM (permalink)
        Make sure your Board of Health will approve the cart. 
         
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          ChrisOC

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          Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 2:55 PM (permalink)
          Make sure your Board of Health will approve the cart. 
           
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            sillydogz

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            Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/12/13 2:59 PM (permalink)
            @chrisoc i've already contacted the city and state and have all the guidelines. i was all set to order from ben at benscarts.com until i realized his cart wouldn't meet the guidelines. definitely a bummer but it is what it is. 
             
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              nshaw65

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              • Location: Bristol, TN
              Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Mon, 01/14/13 6:18 AM (permalink)
              Find a trailer that meets the guidelines and build your own.
               
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                hella good tacos

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                • Location: Portland, ME
                Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Mon, 01/14/13 8:22 PM (permalink)
                Sillydogz,
                 
                In Portland they make an exception of an additional 6" for the wheels.  Are you certain that windham doesn't do the same.  
                 
                IN Portland the size restrictions of the cart are for the box itself and they allow the extra space for the axle/wheel. 
                 
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                  sillydogz

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                  Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Mon, 01/14/13 11:16 PM (permalink)
                  @hellagood yea its the same but bens carts are at 7.5" for a fender width on both sides. By the way i'm a big fan of your stuff! You do great work.
                   
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                    djtomatoe

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                    • Location: santa cruz, calif
                    Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 01/26/13 12:33 PM (permalink)
                    i started with a cart from this company
                    great cart and great people to work with
                    Tristan225


                    CMS i beat the he'll out of mine on bumpy Michigan roads. Never any problems. Time proven design.


                     
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                      KreidyDogs

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                      • Location: By-the-Sea, NJ
                      Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Thu, 02/21/13 9:46 PM (permalink)
                      How do you find that out? I'm in central NJ and have been doing all the research I can to get this up and running (it seems like a dream haha). I'm starting to make sense of all the rules in NJ and looking at different carts. It seems that the health inspector has to come inspect the cart before you even apply for a license with the county. Do you go by the guidelines posted by state of NJ such as on sink regulations, temps, cleaning etc?
                       
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                        Fishbilly

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                        • Location: Aurora, IL
                        Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Fri, 02/22/13 2:52 PM (permalink)
                        Start at the health department.
                         
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                          KreidyDogs

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                          • Location: By-the-Sea, NJ
                          Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Sat, 02/23/13 9:08 PM (permalink)
                          Thank you Fishbilly.  I've visited the NJ Dept of Health website and they have a 52 page PDF on health regulations, but it's not well divided as to what applies to mobile units and what does not. I'm also trying to learn if you are allowed to store your cart in a residential garage. Is that were most posting store their cart? I will give the health dept a call to see if there is anything in writing more specific to mobile vendors. But here in NJ...state agencies are usually not super helpful on the phone. lol. oh well  This forum is so helpful, I'm so glad I came across it. 
                           
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                            zumguteetz

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                            • Location: Cincinnati, OH
                            Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Thu, 02/28/13 5:42 PM (permalink)
                            I vote for TopDog carts, Mine has served me well for 4 seasons.
                             
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                              THE WILD DOG

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                              • Location: Hunt Valley, MD
                              Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Thu, 02/28/13 11:25 PM (permalink)
                              TD carts are really good. Dream Maker is top notch as well.> REED & Joel both are fantastic to deal with. Bens carts are not bad carts.. Most standard carts are all the same width i'd like to think, it's kinda a streamline thing.  Check with ben again, he's got a few different models and i'm sure that he can modify it to make it fit your needs. they have an entire metal shop they do business out of.    Tell him Wild Dog said to ask.
                               
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                                sillydogz

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                                Re:purchasing a cart NEED HELP! Fri, 03/1/13 7:35 PM (permalink)
                                I suppose I should update this! I purchased bens cash cow and added a bunch of features. I have to trim the fenders down 1/2  an inch but other than that its good to go. its sitting in my yard still on a pallet as the weather has decided it doesnt want to give me the time to assemble it.
                                 
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