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Should You DIY Your Food Truck?

legionfoodtrucks - August 30, 2023 - 0 comments

We all know that running a food truck business can be one of the most lucrative businesses you can start. However, you might face a massive dilemma while acquiring a food truck to start your business. 

Ideally, most people prefer buying a pre-built truck, but a few would prefer DIY food trucks. Both options have pros and cons, but creating or customizing a food truck may be more challenging due to the needed installations. Keep reading to learn why you should consider a pre-built truck over a DIY food truck. 

Adherence to Local Regulations for Food Trucks

The food truck industry has many codes and regulations that food truck owners should adhere to. Therefore, if you choose to build your food truck, you must be able to meet these requirements. Otherwise, you may end up regretting starting the food truck business in the first place.

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Choosing the Right Vehicle

One of the greatest advantages of making a DIY food truck is that you can convert any vehicle to suit your needs. However, if you’re new in this business, you might be unaware of the best layout that would suit your business model. Even experienced food truck owners can find it challenging to determine the best layout, especially if they’re used to pre-built trucks that come with custom designs.

Besides that, since you’ll be looking into a used vehicle, you might find it challenging to assess the condition of the vehicle. It’s hard to tell whether a truck is poorly maintained if you’re not a mechanic or have prior experience using it. Therefore, you may likely deal with constant mechanical problems once you start running your food truck business. 

Equipment to Run the Food Truck

Food trucks are equipped with typical kitchen appliances such as refrigeration, clean-up stations, a handwashing station, grills, stove tops, ovens, and deep fryers. You’re expected to fit them into your DIY food truck project. Setting them up might be challenging, considering the labor and tools needed to fit them. Unless you have your workshop and have experience with these kinds of installations, ensuring that these appliances perfectly fit your food truck may be challenging. 

Setting Up the Truck’s Electrical Component

A DIY food truck requires different wiring from the initial vehicle to maintain enough electricity to run its appliances. Therefore, you might need to make new electrical wiring that fits your design layout. This is a demanding task that requires an experienced food truck electrician. This might raise your project cost or put you at risk of injuries or fires if you install the wiring yourself. 

Build Your Custom Food Truck at Legion Food Trucks

Building a DIY food truck comes with many risks, from selecting the right truck, determining the best layout, fitting the appliances, setting up the electrical wiring, and more. This can be time-consuming and might even cost more than expected. 

At Legion Food Trucks, we will help you build a fully-customized food truck that meets your specification. Rather than spending time and money on a DIY project that may not materialize, our team of experts will help you build a food truck that meets the required health standards and codes and serve your needs perfectly. Contact us today and learn how we can help you build the perfect food truck for your business. 

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