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Imagination Is All That Is Required for Food Trucks and Concession Trailers

The food truck phenomenon has taken hold of the world's imagination. The public has embraced eating at these tasty and convenient mobile eateries, and budding entrepreneurs are taking notice. With the right new or used food truck or concession trailer married to the right foods, you can build the custom food vending business you have always wanted.

What are food trucks?

A food truck is a mobile restaurant, wherein the kitchen and the vehicle are one unit. The kitchen is built out in the boxed space of a step-van. The size of the kitchen area is usually in the range of 10 feet to 26 feet, with the most common size being 16 feet or 18 feet of kitchen space. Food trucks have been around for years, but lately they have become more popular as a result of today's modern food truck movement, which started in 2008. An advantage of having a food truck rather than a concession trailer is the option to move around more easily.

What are concession trailers?

Concession trailers, or food trailers, are trailers that are not operated as mobile units. They are moved by being pulled behind a vehicle. Concession trailers are commonly 8 feet to 53 feet long and are normally 8 1/2 feet wide. With the large size comes more storage space and cooking area than what is offered by a food truck. Food trailers are the most useful when parking in long-term locations, and these items can be found on eBay.

What type of equipment is included in a concession trailer or food truck?

You will need the right equipment to meet the health codes of local municipalities. There may also be regulations for how much prep space you need and how large your sink should be. If you are unsure of what vending equipment meets the local health codes, call the health department. Some of these items will be included on the food truck, but some may need to be purchased separately and installed by either yourself or a professional. Some of the types of equipment you will need include the following:

  • Plumbing system
  • Sink and drain board for dishes
  • Grease trap and disposal system
  • Water heater
  • Freshwater and greywater tanks
  • Exhaust hood with fan
  • Ordering window and awning
  • Power generator
  • Stoves, grills, fryers, and prep area
  • Warmer and cooler
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