I am Mark, 34, from Idaho. I have been in the shaved ice business for 10 years now. Started out with a "sno shack", then bought a mobile sno shack, and expanded from there. Just wrapped up our last event of the year, slung over 1,100 cups of shaved ice in 6 hours.
Somewhere along the way I thought I wanted to be in the food (hamburger, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries, etc) business. So I bought a 16 foot concession trailer with the works. Ran that for about 2 years but it became clear it's not what I want to do, or at least not at the level I was doing it.
Sold the trailer and focused solely on shaved ice for the next few years. In the mean time I found a small niche buying/selling step vans. If memory serves me since I don't have my paperwork at the moment, I believe I have sold 12 over the past 4 years. Ever so often I would keep one, thinking I would turn it into a shaved ice truck, but then someone would come along, want to buy it and so I would sell it.
I bought another step van at the end of July. It's the first truck I have had that has a translucent roof. I think I am gonna keep this one. I like the light it lets in without having to add lights, though I probably will for night use, even though I haven't had night events as of yet.
The truck is a 1992 Chevrolet P-30. Former Frito Lay truck. 27' long with 18' cargo space. Was told it's a 6.5, but I have not confirmed this yet. Drove 2 hours to get it and another 2 to bring it home. Paid $580 and it runs as well as I think a diesel is suppose to. When I get my post count up I can let you folks know of a source to get cheap step vans.
I am kicking around ideas on how I want to build this. Perhaps it is "overkill" for doing just shaved ice, but at the same time I think it commands attention due to its size. Especially if I can figure out what kind of design/wrap I want.
In my mind they don't go hand in hand but I think I want to do hot dogs somewhere down the line as well.
If anyone is familiar with how Kona Ice has their truck set up, I am wanting to do something similar, especially with the way their syrup delivery is set up.
Anyways...I have pictures, but it appears I need to hit the 30 post count or email them to someone.
For now I'll continue to browse and read to get more ideas on my future build.