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Thinking About Building A Custom Food Truck?

by Michael 26. July 2016 04:37
You may want to think again.  **5/25/18 Update, we couldn't watch more people go through the painful process, we now build trucks and our main three tenants in how we go about it are listed below. We're not going to go into excrutiating detail on this matter since it's a pretty straight forward issue. We've been rennovating and assisting food trucks for five years now, and we have yet to find a builder that has accomplished the following three key items on ANY custom project:  Three Essentials to a Successful Custom Built Project 1. Adhere to a timeline, and complete the job on time 2. Adhere to a reasonable budget and meet (not exceed!) it 3. Do quality work, the way it was actually requested It's possible this unicorn is out there somewhere, but we have yet to find it. At least not at a reasonable price. You might say "well, why are you against building custom?" Our knee jerk reaction to that question is that it's almost impossible to reasonably pay back, so it doesn't make financial sense. By the time you've made your two or three thousand dollar truck payment, dealt with the wonky issues surrounding any equipment, and the used truck itself (which, by the way the builder probably bought for less than $10,000), plus the builder's custom project fees, you're pretty deep underwater. Not to mention, any issues that occur under warranty will be fixed, but you will be out of work during that time. At the end of the day, custom or not, you are still buying a flipped, used truck.  But it's under Warranty... Nothing is free about it, as most custom builders are charging $70,000 to start a build, despite the fact that can buy a fully outfitted trailer for $35,000. "Wait, what?" Are you asking yourself: "Didn't he say above that builders buy 10k step vans and convert them?" That's correct. The actual contents of a food truck costs around $25,000 (placed into a $10,000 used step van.) Most builders are sourcing the same water tanks, prefab windows, three compartment sinks, water heaters, vinyl etc. This stuff definitely adds up, but if you're good at math, you've got to be asking, "where is the other $35,000 that consists of the $70,000 custom build?" Well, that's labor, overhead and profit. Most builds can be done in a few weeks provided the right crews are in place. Part of the reason you can finance these trucks and get warranties when you build custom is the enormous margin on building them.   Our takeaway is that used is used, and a custom job does not make the truck any more reliable than any other used truck on the road. If you stay on top of things and do regular maintenance, it's very feasible to run a used truck with minimal down time. Some might say "but if you lose your engine, you could be down for three weeks." That's true. However it's also true with that $70,000 custom build, guessed it, it's still a used truck. If you want a new step van to be built out, you're looking at $100,000 easy.  So when questioning, "Can I be down for a few weeks if something goes wrong with my engine?" Just ask yourself if a few weeks is worth $50,000? Let's say it costs $10,000 to repair your truck, and three weeks of down time. The average food truck grosses around $5,000 a week, and actual profit from that well run business is approximately $3,000. Adding up those costs, would you rather be out $19,000 or $50,000? Instead of a custom job, we recommend the purchase of a used truck for $40,000-$60,000, which gives you a reasonable investment that's been in use for a few years. We have helped several owners purchase quality used trucks, and not once have they said, "Man! I wish I would have spent another $50,000 and built one for myself." Some might wonder why is this being written on an event companies blog? The answer is simple, we're tired of seeing local, small businesses being taken for a ride. Our hope is to find builders who will start treating customers right, who will fulfill the food trucker's requests, and who won't ship trucks with the wrong windows, no propane tanks, unfinished electrical and other items that are not up to code. If you are going to charge people an arm and a leg, then don't just give them the arm and wait to see if they come back and ask for the leg. No, we don't build trucks, and why? It's not what we do, and there are enough companies out there doing it unsuccessfully. Our goal is to guide you through the process with our industry knowledge, without contributing further to a problem that is already in place.  **Update 5/25/18 - we couldn't ignore the demand being created by trucks being let down. It has started to impact us as a company that supports food trucks in business development efforts by trucks not being reliable enough. We now do build trucks. Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us today!   Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.      

2002 Workhorse P42 Food Truck For Sale (SOLD)

by Guy 22. April 2014 09:48
  The truck is a 2002 Workhorse P42 Union City Body with a 5.7 V8 Gasoline engine with 150,000 miles on it in perfect condition. It is routinely driven all over Florida.  Neon lights under the truck, tune-up, new battery, oil change, generator has been fully serviced and added two flood lights to the outside. All equipment was installed brand new as of September 2012 and is all commercial grade: 10 foot hood High-velocity exhaust fan Fire suppression with current inspection papers Two 35 pound Dean double gas fryers 6 burner stove with full-sized oven Flat top griddle 36 inch Commercial stand-up freezer Sandwich prep fridge 48in Soda Fridge 6.0 cubic inch Stainless-steel work table, 3ft Hot water heater 10,000W tri-fuel generator can run on propane, gasoline or natural gas Insulated aluminum walls and cieling 2 DOT propane tanks, 100lb each 20 Gallon waste and fresh water tanks with dump and fill valves accessible on side of the truck Exterior lighting with controls inside of the truck 2 100ft 120V 30A cables 5 foot serving window 3 compartment dishwashing sink and 1 hand sink Individual propane shutoff valves are on all equipment truck wrap could be used for your business with placing your information on top. For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.    

Food Cart For Sale

by admin 14. April 2014 10:17
Back To Food Trucks for Sale For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. Food Cart for Sale (Sold) $32,900 and Truck $5,000 8'6” wide x 18' long WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing Concession/Catering Trailer, model MK182-8 Reinforced walk on roof Front-and-rear stabilizer jacks, 5000 LB capacity Two - custom fabricated steel tread plate propane platforms welded to frame for extra support with steel propane tank mounting brackets (100# propane tanks and regulators) Extended three piece 'A' frame (tongue) 2 5/16" top mount coupler with replaceable locking dog assembly 6" x 2" rectangular steel tube main rails 112” long commercial NSF APPROVED hood and grease extracting exhaust fan (Note: no space between the top of the hood and ceiling to clean – start hood 41” from front wall) Two 5000 LB, 10 degree up Torflex axle with 12" x 2" electric brakes, E/Z lube, and 6 on 5.5 hubs and drums with weather resist wiring package Four ST225/75R15 load range 'D' radial tires mounted on a 6 bolt electronic deposition coated silver spoke wheel Chassis fully undercoated with CPC 7' inside height, vertical posts on 16” centers Curbside 3 section TEMPERED GLASS CONCESSION WINDOW (45" high x 69" wide), single stationary window and two vertical slider windows with screens (16” mesh) for serving customers with lift-up awning built to match concession window Pair of gas assist awning rods to secure curbside awning in upright position 36" wide lockable pre-framed rear entry door with screen (16” mesh), lock and integrated dead bolt Easily cleanable aluminum diamond tread plate flooring over standard plywood floor Smooth and easily cleanable 1/4" white vinyl covered plywood ceiling liner with no exposed utility lines, piping, conduits or wiring Fully insulated sidewalls and ceiling 12” x  80” long custom white interior aluminum overhead storage tray along curbside wall above the concession window for additional storage space 24” x 80” long x 30” high custom white laminated permanent interior counter along curbside wall in front of the window 102” custom white laminated permanent interior overhead cabinet with latching cabinet doors along curbside wall above sink  8” deep x approx. 69” long custom stainless steel exterior fold down counter in front of curbside concession window Under counter 50 amp, 120/240v 16 circuit service panel with 50 amp main breaker, 25' shoreline power cord and through floor cable hatch to run your power cord outside Five - 15 amp, 120v GFI duplex wall receptacles with one exterior weatherproof 15 amp, 120v GFI duplex receptacle Three - 4' double fluorescent light fixtures with diffuser covers (bulbs not included) On/off wall switches for 120v electric 120v, 13500 BTU roof mounted air conditioner - Works very well Stainless steel 3 compartment sink with single faucet and integrated drain boards on each side (bowl size approx. 15”x15”x12 ”) and separate stainless handwashing station Removable cutting board to place over the 3 compartment sink (gives you additional prep space) On demand water pump with on/off wall switch 23 gallon fresh water tank (NSF or equal) located under the sink assembly and adjacent cabinet and 30 gallon waste water tank with waste vent stack. A dump valve located under the trailer for easy waste removal 6 gallon 120v electric hot water heater located under the sink assembly Aluminum teardrop fenderettes over wheel wells 14" x 14" screened (16” mesh) translucent roof vent with crank Seven way trailer end connector 50 amp manual transfer receptacle for tongue mounted generator THIS FOOD TRAILER ALSO INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING NSF Approved EQUIPMENT: 112” long commercial hood system with grease extracting exhaust fan – includes required fire suppression system Commercial stainless steel 19 cu. ft. stand up freezer and refridgerator manufactured by True Commercial stainless steel 6.5 cu. ft. refrigerated sandwich prep unit with 8 top pans manufactured by True Commercial LP 40# fryer with two baskets Commercial stainless steel LP 6 burner range with oven, flat top griddle, and lava rock char broiler Commercial stainless equipment stand with an adjustable underneath shelf for griddle and lava char with stainless steel table work top table with an adjustable underneath shelf next to the cooking line for additional prep space Commercial LP 2 well steam table (spillage pans and inserts not included) Soap dispenser Towel rack ABC fire extinguisher Stainless steel backsplash under the hood Fully enclosed 7500 running watt quiet model LP generator with electric start, battery box, starter battery (Note: mount generator over tongue)     For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.                Register for the Seminar    

1999 Chevy P30 Stepvan Food Truck for Sale

by Guy 8. April 2014 05:47
1999 CHEVY P 30 Stepvan, extra large size $19,900 OBO (SOLD)    (145,500 miles)  There is a platform for a generator in front of the truck. A 45 pound LP gas tank is located under the truck body. All new equipment: 7 foot Stainless Steel Exhaust Hood from Hood Mart/ concession package Coleman 15k air conditioner 24 inch LP gas griddle with thermostat. There is room under the 7 foot hood to add a deep fryer or another stove, griddle, etc. Gas stove, converted to LP gas (Hotpoint) We chose this stove because of the weight. Fridge (GE/Magic Chef) Stainless Steel tables 1 work table 24x24 1 work table 18x48 1 prep table 24x48 with 2" backsplash   Includes brand new hot water heater, brand new 50 gallon grey water tank, 30 gallon fresh water tank 3 sinks, separate hand-washing sink   All electric, gas, and water is hooked up and ready for inspection   Brand New white paint, ready to add your own designs   Two large serving windows with cover. Outside wall outlet close to the serving window   All the inside walls are insulated and covered with stainless steel, non-slip rubber floors   Ready to put on your own final touches on and get it inspected.     For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.      

Ybor Food Truck For Sale

by Guy 26. March 2014 09:54
The truck is professionally wrapped, but a few changes can be made for your concept.Brand New 9500 Watt Generator (Warranty Included)New Electrical PanelPropane SystemWater System (two tanks)New Air Conditioner roof topFull-Size RefrigeratorSandwich Prep Refrigeratorhood system (ansul not included but have parts)LP fryer double LP griddle largeGranite Counter TopNewer Front TiresSmall WearsWater heaterTriple SinkHand Sink *If you're interested in the business, we can discuss further but this is only for the truck.Also have a touch pad with point of sale software plus new cash register ($500) extraThe truck has won awards, has great reviews, up to code, all insurance and paperwork is up to date. *2013 People's Choice Best Cuban Sandwich*2014 Best Cuban in the USA*Cuban Sandwich Festival ~ Latin Times For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. $29,500 Reduced to $23,000 (SOLD) See other Food Trucks for sale For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600.  Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.      

South Florida Food Truck For Sale

by Guy 17. March 2014 11:43
For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. This Freightliner diesel truck is a complete mobile commercial kitchen that can be used for cooking anything you like; seller used it for wings, burgers, fries, etc. Has 245,000 miles on its engine, and is in very good condition. See details for features / equipment list.  $64,900 Includes: stainless steel shelves to attach when serving roof mounted ac/heater sound system cash register assorted lighted signs three door refrigerator sandwich unit with shelves gas flat griddle gas open face char grill three 40 lb gas fryers 3 comp sink fresh and gray water tanks with water heater portable oil filter machine counter space two 100 lb propane tanks 10,000 watt diesel generator             For more information on the truck, please contact Michael at (813) 464-5600. Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.