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Unread 11-11-2009, 05:16 AM   #1
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I am looking for some insight on the types of material that can be used as counter top / prep table in a trailer build. I know I have to have the three bay sink installed what are some other standard requirements for a vending/catering/ bbq comp trailer?
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start with the local health dept. Generally stainless for counter tops is good. The real key is everything should be NSF approved. Hand sink, approved water system. A lot depends on what you want to vend. If you want a fryer then you need hood vents with appropriate CFM's and a fire surpression system. Just having a 3 bay sink isn't enough. They measure the sinks to calculate if your hot water heater has the capacity. Be prepared to upgrade.

Best bet is work with the HD on a plan before starting anything. Pick out equipment and before buying get the specs to the HD especially hot water. And that's just the start. If you are cooperative with the HD they generally will work with you and help. If you piss them off then it's a real long road.
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I guess i'll answer your PM here....

I used 3/4" melamine panels for my whole build. These panels are available at Home Depot. Already have a white washable finish and come in 2' x 8' panels.


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Water system is all available at a camper parts store.
32 gallon fresh water, 40 gallon waste water, 2.8 GPM water pump and a couple 4 gallon hot water tanks. 1 for hand wash and 1 for 3 bay sink.


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If you have any plans to vend and aquire a permit, you MUST submit a plan review to your local HD BEFORE you do any build. Don't waste your time putting something together and hope they'll approve it.

Good luck and keep the questions coming!
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Best bet is work with the HD on a plan before starting anything. Pick out equipment and before buying get the specs to the HD especially hot water. And that's just the start. If you are cooperative with the HD they generally will work with you and help. If you piss them off then it's a real long road.
THIS i can attest to.....
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Thanks Bubba, I am working on the plan with the HD now, I am awaiting their packet of info they have i am planning on loading the smokers in the trailer when not in use. I wasnt trying to rush you to answer, i am just really anxious to get this build going. I am wanting to do something like you were with the roadside vending (actually you and the Boonhaugler thread sparked my interest) What type of refridgerator do you have in yours?
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Has to be a commercial NSF approved fridge. Ford and i have this unit...



Restaurant Equippers sometimes has scratch n dent models.
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Good news, I went to the HD today, and we discussed all the options i had for this build, we even put together a parts list and some what of a lay out for the trailer. Now i have to finalize the design and submit a formal document with the information (which we wrote at the HD) to get final approval.
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This has been a great read......Im looking for a trailer for comps. and benefits...
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Agreed!! talk to them first, even if you have a design in mind. I ask this of all my customers. Then we take their drawing, quote the trailer and then do a CAD drawing for the customer and HD to signoff on again. This way everybody is covered and happy. Then we start the build once the approved drawings are sent in.
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Thanks Bubba, I am working on the plan with the HD now, I am awaiting their packet of info they have i am planning on loading the smokers in the trailer when not in use. I wasnt trying to rush you to answer, i am just really anxious to get this build going. I am wanting to do something like you were with the roadside vending (actually you and the Boonhaugler thread sparked my interest) What type of refridgerator do you have in yours?

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If you have any questions in regards to a build,feel free to give me a shout if you like. I'd be glad to provide you a quote or help in anyway I can.
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