is it worth it to convert this trailer?
I bought a used trailer, previous product was elephant ears and other fried goods. It has 5 deep fryers, 4 tiny sinks, a small propane powered water heater, small water tank and grey water tank. The electrical box (rusty) is mounted underneath the sinks. It has 3 big windows, really good light and across the perimeter of the roof there's a string of carnival-style dancing lights.
I don't want to sell fried food, I want to sell healthy sandwiches/soups/salads.
I am considering removing the fryers and the little sinks and adding a moderate sized commercial 3 compartment sink, a grill and 2 burners and a refridgerator. I'd also be replacing the countertops, cabinets and adding shelving. I was planning on doing as much of the work as possible myself and having friends with expertise in plumbing/electrical/construction helping out.
At this stage, I'm wondering:
1) the electrical box is currently under the 3 part sink. I'm going to move the sinks from their current location to be located directly adjacent to the water tanks. If I leave the electric box in place it will be low to the floor. In a concession trailer is it generally permissable to have an electric box located inside a cabinet with work surface (but not sink) overhead? In the cabinet the box would be easily accessible via front & side cabinet doors.
2) is there any reason I would not want to purchase a standard commercial 3 compartment sink? I'm thinking it would be much more efficient and thorough process of washing dishes if I have the luxury of space to dunk the pans and bowls. I ask because I keep seeing ads for "concession trailer sinks" which all seem much to small to be useful.
3) Since I'm going to be washing greens and vegetables, I'm going to need a good supply of water. HD requires 15% more grey water capacity than potable water. I was considering a 42 gal wastewater tank with a 30 gallon plus a 5 gallon potable tanks, with the two potable tanks running in series. Is there a better solution?
4) the charming string of dancing lights is controlled by an archaic series of switches triggered by a spinning mechanism. It's the sort of thing that is on carnival rides. Has anyone had experience getting approval from the permitting authority (if not HD then building inspector) for this type of wiring? (I realize I can ask the permitting authority but getting them to answer the question is an expense & I'm at a crossroads now)
5) Rather than do this expensive rebuild and clean-up (after 30 yrs of elephant ears the trailer needs more than a good scrubbing) would I be better off finding someone who wants to use the trailer to sell fried food and start searching for a more appropriate cart?
post edited by tempehtime - 2012/07/20 13:02:18