Originally Posted by pdxfood
... I'm wanting to convert it to a food truck. Will this thing work?
FIRST go to your local heath dept and get the regs. Be prepared to get the runaround. It's not personal but HD's get a lot of looker that back away from the hassle involved. What state are you in? Some states are harder than others. Some just make it difficult, others make it almost impossible. I suggest that you make a mobile kitchen. Costs more but gives you more options. Build to pass either CA requirements (toughest in the US) or TX (saner but still tough). If you can pass an inspection in either of those states, generally you can pass an inspection anywhere. We built the food cart to pass TX requirements. We passed TX requirements (food handler permits & certified food manager). We vended in NC, GA, TX & NM. Hard work and long hours. The street vendors in NM are not doing well. They have to have supplement to their vending, either 2nd job or chase festivals a lot.
Go to the pro forum on Roadfood.com
and READ both the Restaurant and the Hot Dog. We all pretty much posted in both. Dealing with the idiot regulations for mobile kitchens are mostly covered in the Hot Dog carts (covers all the street and festival vendor topics). If you are serious about this then you need to be reading and posting on those forums. And don't think you can "get away" with anything in regards to a heath inspection or permitting. You know the expression "Cleanliness is next to Godliness"? Well you need to be shooting above heaven for cleanliness on a food cart.
BTW, we could pass any surprise inspection by the Health Dept. And have passed several in TX, NC and NM. Anytime, anywhere. We passed.
We no longer vend. It got to be too hard on David, the money just wasn't here in NM (tacos is all they want and they don't seem to be keeping the remaining vendors occupied). Now that David is gone, I have no intention of getting back in to that mess. Plus it's getting harder to make a living vending food. I only keep in touch with one food vendor now. The things I had predicted several years ago is coming to pass. The legal permitted food vendors are being regulated out of existence leaving the non-permitted free to do as they please.