All about your food truck

Kitchen Food Trailers: All about your food truck

If you are a food lover with a bit of interest in entrepreneurship, you might have heard of food trucks. These mobile food services give delivering food to the customer a whole new meaning. Not only is it cheaper than a brick and mortar restaurant, but it is also more versatile since you can take it to where the people are. 

As someone who is new to the food truck industry, we understand that you have a lot of questions about your truck and how you can manage it correctly. Here at Kitchen Food Trailers, we would be happy to assist you with your needs and provide you with the necessary information you need to thrive in this side of the food business. 

The first thing that you need to do is to know the parts of your vehicle to ensure that it is safe. Take a look at the information on trailer towing and weights below:   

Trailer towing and weights

The best Kitchen Vending Trailers are made from fully waterproof and insulated materials! The reason for this is because it is easier to maintain and it looks amazing on your truck. Not to mention that it snakes your truck more efficient. Here at Kitchen Food Trailers, we can make customized food trucks for you!

All you need to do is to select from our multiple trailer sizes and see which works best for your needs. Along with the size, you must also consider the weight of your trailers. Having a too heavy trailer would mean that it would be harder to move around. For this reason, you need to look for kitchen wares that are made from lightweight materials such as carbon fibre. Visit us now at Kitchen Food Trailer and get a consultation from our experts so we can turn your dreams into reality!

Weights and trailer capacities: Do your trailers have the best towing capabilities?

Aside from your trailer itself, the most important thing you need to consider is the ability of your trailer tow to carry heavy loads and actually maneuver your food truck. However, keeping your trailer and tow at the right balance isn’t as easy as most people think. There are a couple of things that you need to consider in your equation. 

You can begin by knowing the parameters of your trailer and vehicle. Along with this, you also need to consider your towbar and other trailer equipment. All of these aspects would help you get a full grasp of whether your trailer tow and truck is actually in the legal parameters. Take a look at the equipments you need to consider below: 

Tare: Tare is what we call the dry weight when it comes to trailer trucks. You can compute the tare of your truck by analysing the weight without the passengers, fuel, equipment and luggages that could manipulate the actual weight of your truck. 

Payload: Payload is the opposite of tare. This is the weight of your vehicle plus the people, luggage, fuel and every other equipment you would need in your food truck. 

Gross vehicle mass (GVM): GVM is what we know as the maximum permitted mass of a vehicle. You can’t exceed this weight, otherwise it would be hard for you to move your trailer around. 

Gross combination mass (GCM): GCM is what we call the sum between the GVM of your vehicle and the maximum towing capability suggested by the vehicle’s manufacturer. This is the full laden mass of your vehicle sling with the maximum towing capacity of your truck. 

Towbar static load: The static load of your towbar usually refers to the maximum downward force that your tow can exude and apply. 

Towbar maximum drawing capacity: The towbar maximum drawing capacity is one that is decided by the manufacturer of your truck. This is usually the maximum weight that your trailer can pull. 

Noseweight: The noseweight is a mass measured by the tow hitch of your vehicle. According to South African law, this mass could be between 25kg to 100kg.

Manufacturer’s maximum towing capacity: The maximum towing capacity of your vehicle is measured in kilograms. This weight refers to how much weight a vehicle can handle as suggested by the manufacturer. 

Here are two brake-related concepts that you also need to consider:

Braked trailer: The braked trailer is a classification of trailer wherein your truck comes with an overrun brake mechanism to help it come to a stop without much movement when parked in your usual spot. According to South African law, all vehicles with a GVM of more than 750kg should be braked for safety measures. 

The overrun brake runs by the coupling compress and absorbs shock and pressure whenever the truck moves forward. This brake can be activated using cables. What this does is that it causes the trailer to braske in the same time as the tow car with only a fraction of a second difference. 

Service (additional) brakes: This is uncommon in Africa and not a lot of people opt for it since it is expensive, but the service brakes run by hydraulic, vacuum and electrical mechanisms. This brake is recommended for vehicles that exceed the recommended tare for the tow truck. All of the three mechanisms are activated by depressing the tow car’s brake pedal. However, there are systems that can be controlled separately from a switch or lever inside the vehicle.  

Common misconceptions about food trucks 

To realize what’s true from what is simply a myth, you need to first know the common misconceptions about food trucks. Allow us to debunk with you the common myths surrounding the mobile food industry below: 

  • Food truck owners work fewer hours – Well that is a misconception if we’ve ever seen one. Food truck owners often work as early as dawn to prepare the ingredients and other necessities for the food truck since they need to work fast to meet the public’s demand. A food truck owner often works up to 16 hours a day! Of course, you can lessen this by working half a day, but it’s still no easy task like most people think. 
  • It’s easier than owning a restaurant – This isn’t true at all. If anything, it is harder since you have to work in a small space while also maintaining a fast-paced environment in the kitchen.
  • Food trucks can park anywhere – This is very common even to people who are familiar with food trucks and as fun as that can be, this one isn’t true at all. There are areas that allow food trucks while there are also some that prohibit it. Moreover, even though food trucks are mobile, it can be hard to move around a lot since it can affect the condition of your kitchen and your popularity with the customers. Of course, the usual places for food trucks are the parks.
  • Food trucks have zero overhead – Just because a food truck is mobile doesn’t mean that it has no overhead. Maintaining a food truck can be costly. You should consider the expense of gas, maintenance, food inventory and even permits. All of these add up to a huge overhead bill that most people don’t see. 
  • Great food brings in customers – This holds true in some way, but it isn’t as easy as most people think. No matter how good your food is, if you don’t have a well-executed plan, your business will still fail. You need to combine these good foods with considerable prices and an aesthetic design for your truck and packaging.     

Frequently asked questions

As a new food truck owner, we are sure that you have a lot of questions regarding your truck and we would like to extend our help to you as our valued customer. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions in the Kitchen Food Trailer. Check it out now!

When does my kitchen trailer require brakes?

According to South African law, a braked mechanism for trailers is required for trucks that exceed the GVM of 750kg. 

What are the advantages of a double axle trailer?

If you are looking to have a double axle trailer, its most notable advantage is giving your vehicle less strain and a higher loading capacity. For this reason, there is less risk of jack knifing whenever your vehicle deflates a tyre. This system basically ensures your safety on the road. 

Do you offer financing for kitchen food trailers?

Of course! We know how difficult it would be for you to start your business. For this reason, we offer financial assistance and help through down payments and long term payment plans. 

A word from food truck experts 

Now that you have the basic knowledge about food trucks, it is high time to formulate a plan on how you can design your truck. Check out our other articles here at Kitchen Food Trailer to get an idea of how to best design your truck. 

This might seem like a lot of things to do, but if you are willing to go through the tribulations of the food truck industry, we are sure that your business would be a success. As a piece of advice, you only need to make your truck authentic. Give your mobile cafe or restaurant a personality and people will surely flock to your doors. Add a little twist to your menu and trust Kitchen Food Trailers to provide you with the best design fit with the image you want to create for your brand.

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