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Old 07-08-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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Iím relatively new here, looks like Iím the only one to do a bus into food truck. Thereís probably a reason for that. Lots of additional regs Iíve got to deal with. Let alone raise and straighten a 7í section of the roof for my hood vent. Iíve been working on it for a few months hoping to open in late August early September. Keeping it school bus colors the menu will have school related names ie the home room, or the fire drill, etc. itís at the welders now hopefully have it back next week. Trying to figure out how to post pictures??

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Old 08-10-2018, 03:42 AM   #2
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I am possibly 1 day away from buying my bus to do this too! We should definitely connect about the process. I am doing a pizza bus, so mine is honestly pretty simple as far as kitchen etc. Only cooking equipment will be the pizza oven, regular deck style, and I can vent it out with a pipe. I am in NV, requirements are min 6' inside height so without needing a hood I should be good. I am going to DIY the whole thing top to bottom, I can't wait. I've been researching things non stop about installation etc. Water pumps and heaters, propane, mounting everything, water tanks and gaskets and plumbing... You know! Then, getting the thing insured, registered, converted, re-registered, etc. Getting (hopefully) a Thomas 24 passenger, handicap, 7 window. I'm crazy anxious, if I get this thing there's no turning back!
Got any photos of yours?
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:30 AM   #3
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I was in Huntsville, AL a few months ago. There is a mexican food truck bus there. Of course I had to stop and try it out.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taco-Bus/159852460728280
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:08 AM   #4
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there is a guy in the northeast who is moving to florida who has his bus just about built.. it is called the groovy grill bus.. he might be a source of info for you.


https://www.facebook.com/GroovyGrill2016/


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Old 08-11-2018, 07:21 PM   #5
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Hey briznitch
Glad there is another skoolie food trucker on here. Definitely have to keep in touch. I was hoping to be open next week but I am dreadfully way behind schedule. Probably be mid September. I canít believe you donít need a hood vent. I should have gone the pizza route. Lol. Thereís a bunch of hurdles to jump over here In Tennessee. Hoping things go smoothly for you.
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Old 01-19-2024, 04:48 PM   #6
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Any updates?

I am curious to find out how everything turned out with these food bus ideas? I saw one in the Bronx and thought it wpuld be cool to build one but I live in California and don't know hiw I would go about it with thus stare having such strict laws.
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Old 01-19-2024, 05:01 PM   #7
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I saw a bus down in Alabama about a year ago now. It was in a Dollar General parking lot and was a mobile mexican restaurant. Half was set up as a kitchen and half was seating, with an awning and more seating outside. Lost the photos when I lost the phone, but it was a pretty cool idea, and seemed to be working just fine for them. Food was good at least.
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Old 01-19-2024, 05:58 PM   #8
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Sounds like a great idea. I just don't see any food buses other than the oizza bus in NYC. There's probably a good reason why folk don't use buses to serve food.
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Old 01-19-2024, 06:04 PM   #9
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Sounds like a great idea. I just don't see any food buses other than the oizza bus in NYC. There's probably a good reason why folk don't use buses to serve food.
There's not, they just didn't think of it.
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Old 01-19-2024, 06:50 PM   #10
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theres a member here building a complete coffee shop in a crown.. last pics he posted were quite impressive!!
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Old 01-19-2024, 07:38 PM   #11
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I am curious to find out how everything turned out with these food bus ideas? I saw one in the Bronx and thought it wpuld be cool to build one but I live in California and don't know hiw I would go about it with thus stare having such strict laws.
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Phillip Bernier, founder & builder of The Cheesy School Bus, is a longtime resident of Greeneville, TN. The items on his menu are named after school related terms. One of which, the ĎFire Drillí, is comprised of Buffalo Chicken, Jalapenos and Pepper-jack cheese. Then there's the ĎTeacherís Petí which is classic Mac and Cheese. He also serves soups and other items that are complementary to his grilled cheese selections.



Phillip is well known for keeping the Cheesy School Bus kitchen & equipment clean and sterile. A practice he adopted from his a long career as a Sterile Processing Technician at Takoma Regional Hospital.



🧀He & his food truck are still active. Look for them on Facebook, Yelp, Nextdoor...
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Food trucks around here must be serviced by a commissary/ restaurant. A home kitchen does not qualify, and the truck can not stand on its own, meaning that even fully equiped it must get water and dump dirty water at a commissary. Check your local laws first.


Must say a skoolie does give a good starting point because with metal walls and ceiling, that complies with the health code for washable surfaces.


We are trying to get a railroad car set up for a coffee shop, and that has the health department all confused, and saying no as much as they can... It does not fit what they think should be a food truck, nor is it a building. Oh what fun.
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Old 01-20-2024, 06:29 PM   #13
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A railcar coffee shop sounds awesome. I don't see why the health department make such a big deal about it. As long as it meets all the health requirements, who cares what it is. Hopefully you get it done.
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I looked them up and the bus looks great. They have an awesome concept there.
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Old 01-20-2024, 06:52 PM   #15
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Food trucks around here must be serviced by a commissary/ restaurant. A home kitchen does not qualify, and the truck can not stand on its own, meaning that even fully equiped it must get water and dump dirty water at a commissary. Check your local laws first.


Must say a skoolie does give a good starting point because with metal walls and ceiling, that complies with the health code for washable surfaces.


We are trying to get a railroad car set up for a coffee shop, and that has the health department all confused, and saying no as much as they can... It does not fit what they think should be a food truck, nor is it a building. Oh what fun.
...Is this where I say, "all to be expected from a state where you can't buy alcohol at a proper liquor store"?
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Old 01-21-2024, 07:01 AM   #16
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Food trucks around here must be serviced by a commissary/ restaurant. A home kitchen does not qualify, and the truck can not stand on its own, meaning that even fully equiped it must get water and dump dirty water at a commissary. Check your local laws first.


Must say a skoolie does give a good starting point because with metal walls and ceiling, that complies with the health code for washable surfaces.


We are trying to get a railroad car set up for a coffee shop, and that has the health department all confused, and saying no as much as they can... It does not fit what they think should be a food truck, nor is it a building. Oh what fun.

interesting on free standing... we have a lot of free standing food trucks here at festivals.. they have to meet kitchen codes with sanitizing and hand washing sinks etc, circulating hoods for any grills or fryers, cases for all food due to the likiliehood of flying insects in summer.. at larger festivals typically the venue will provide water and often times even drain tanks behind the trucks so they can stay all weekend or week-long and not have to drive out to drain and fill their tanks.. ..


a railcar coffeehouse sounds like a neat thing! ive been in one that is a double decker bus.. i think that was in asheville.. the bus was permanently located, however to maintain its status as a food truck vs a restaraunt, the bus has to run and drive each year.. so the double decker was driveable even though they only did it just to pass inspection...


as a dine-in restaraunt it woulve been required to have a permanent plumbing, a restroom for customers, grease trap, fire alarm system, and something else i cant remember what they said..
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interesting on free standing... we have a lot of free standing food trucks here at festivals.. they have to meet kitchen codes with sanitizing and hand washing sinks etc, circulating hoods for any grills or fryers, cases for all food due to the likiliehood of flying insects in summer.. at larger festivals typically the venue will provide water and often times even drain tanks behind the trucks so they can stay all weekend or week-long and not have to drive out to drain and fill their tanks.. ..


a railcar coffeehouse sounds like a neat thing! ive been in one that is a double decker bus.. i think that was in asheville.. the bus was permanently located, however to maintain its status as a food truck vs a restaraunt, the bus has to run and drive each year.. so the double decker was driveable even though they only did it just to pass inspection...


as a dine-in restaraunt it woulve been required to have a permanent plumbing, a restroom for customers, grease trap, fire alarm system, and something else i cant remember what they said..
Very good insight. Thank you bro. I will contact the DMV tomorrow to see if they will allow me commercial registration on a school bus for the purpose of selling food.
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