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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I'm from Charleston S.C. and am looking into starting my own food trailer. While doing research on possible public location which don't need a permit, and the costs of the ones that do, I am trying to find a trailer in my price range. I am finding some that are anywhere from $5,000 - $40,000. The thing that confuses me is that some trailers which are much more equipped than others are less expensive then some which are empty?? I don't want to invest in a low quality trailer. Anybody know anything about this?

Also,

I am looking into making BBQ. I would like to smoke my butts in my Green Egg. Any ideas on where I could do that? I would not want to transport it if I could help it.

post #2 of 10

You need to sit down with your local health department and find out what is required to make the trailer useable.

 

The 'well equipped' cheaper units may have been rejected by the health department.

 

Also ask if you must have a health department approved kitchen as a home base---in this area we must.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

All good suggestions.

I am getting different answers from numerous sources. It is my assumption that I will need l licensed kitchen to do all my prep. DHEC is probably pretty stern on that. Where my problem lies, is that I can't find a kitchen where I can smoke my butts. Plus, I want to do them in my Egg which won't be available in other kitchens. You are able to cook manny different foods onsite such burgers so it is questionable if I might be able to attach a smoker onto my trailer.?

I will get ahold of local health department. DEHEC seems to be an unreliable source of information. They have me going around in circles.

post #4 of 10

sven kappel

I wouldn't hesitate to talk to other vending truck. I know here a lot of them have a commissary that one can use or rent.

Some of the food trucks here have a smoker attached to trailer. I'm not sure where you are but it might help to look in the south USA for a smoker trailer.

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post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Right,

Im here in Charleston S.C.  BBQ trailers are unfortunately out of my price range running about $15,000 and up.

I will def. have to rent space/time at a commissary, however, I smoke at about 2 hours a lb. which as you know needs to be consistently watched over. I am trying to think of a possible loop hole such as smoking them at the house on my egg and have a small smoker attached to my trailer to make it appear to be what they were cooked in. Even thought it would be great to have some chunks in there smoking to draw crowds towards that mouthwatering smell...

Obviously I want to be as legit as possible though. I am going to find out how we will be inspected. I'm sure it's on a random, but to what extent is what I would like to know.

I will definitely contact other vendors to get some inside info.

post #6 of 10

sven kappel,

I've banged around this idea even before they were popular. I'm curious, have you looked into the prices for insurance? I'm assuming general liability, but is it vehicle ins. or rest. ins.? or both? property or umbrella?

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post #7 of 10

This is who I use, $1M GL policy only for food trucks/trailers fliprogram

post #8 of 10

chefbuba,

Thanks for the information and the very good link. Can I ask how you insure your rig?

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post #9 of 10

I use the fliprogram for my gl on the business and have a separate comp policy for the trailer.

Commercial auto on the truck covers the trailer when towed.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

very smart

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