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4 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vending Trailer

4 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Vending Trailer

Millennials like unique things. They especially like unique things done well. That’s why about 47% of Millennials have happily eaten from a food truck or food trailer—despite what their parents may say about its cleanliness. Trust us when we say that ‘roach coaches’ are a thing of the past. Mobile food establishments have to meet strict health code requirements like any other place to eat.

Are you thinking about expanding your business to appeal to the openmindedness of the Millennial generation? A vending trailer could be a great way to make your business goals come true.

This concession trailer features custom shelving for storing merchandise. A used vending trailer, like this one, is a great affordable option for getting started.

Trailers present a versatile and cost-efficient option to expand your business. Having a mobile kitchen means there are a few considerations you’ll need to make, first. Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Power

Powering your concession trailer is very important. You won’t be able to fry up delicious churros or keep your snow cones cold without it.

You will have unique needs depending on the type of food you plan to sell. For example, a smoothie stand may need to run several high-powered blenders at once, as well as run the refrigerators and other tasks.

Plan for your power needs, both now and in the future and ensure that the trailer you buy will have enough plugs for everything and be able to handle the load.

Also, depending on where you set up shop, you won’t always have a reliable source of power or may have to use extension cords. This can put a damper on your operation very quickly. For these situations, you may want to  consider a generator big enough to supply your power needs.

2. Plumbing

Your vending trailer has to fulfill certain plumbing requirements according to your local health code. Find out the requirements for the areas you plan to serve and keep them in mind as you shop for a vending trailer. 

Not all trailers will have what you need, but as long as there is space to install it, that works too.

Typically you’ll need two sinks. One for handwashing and the other a three-well sink for sanitizing dishes and equipment. You’ll also need at least three tanks. One for clean water, one for hot water, and one for wastewater.

3. Layout

The layout of your trailer is extremely important. A well-organized setup will streamline the workflow of your employees, allowing them to serve customers more quickly and efficiently. 

You may be able to find a vending trailer that will work for your needs. But a better plan is to design a custom layout if possible. 

4. Storage

Your vending trailer will need adequate storage space for all the products you’re going to be selling. If your products largely need to be refrigerated, be sure to invest in large, easily accessible refrigerators. 

Non-perishables can be stored in virtually any nook and cranny. However, be sure that the layout is well-organized so your employees aren’t struggling to find what they need.

Get Your Vending Trailer Up and Running Today

There you have it, four considerations as you’re choosing the perfect food vending trailer for your business.

Still have questions or ready to buy? Contact us today. We’re happy to help you pick out the perfect trailer and help you make your dreams come true!

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