Buying a Catering Trailer - Beware of What You Are Getting
Just an update I bought a catering trailer from eBay for a lot of money, because it looked great and it came with up to date gas and electric certificates.
Stainless steel all round spotlights in the roof and sides, all griddles, bain marie and generator included etc
Was buzzing and spent all my redundancy money on it.
But I decided to get the gas and electric checked just for peace of mind. Really....the chassis and lights were not earthed neither was the generator, re wiring was taped together behind the fridges with sellotape !
The cables for the generator were illegal and the ends were the wrong way round. The rubber gas piping was out of date by two years, cracked eroding and leaking gas, the regulator just spun round on the bottles and the stainless steel all way round including the counters were the griddles sit was cladding.
I could go on and on, both the gas and electric people gave me warning notices...anyway we are nearly sorted now but has cost us another grand in money.
Warning to all watch what you buy, pull equipment out, look in cup boards, check dates on rubber gas piping check certificates and see if anything has been added since they were done.
Ask to see the griddles electrical stuff is working look at regulators...mine was a death trap and through ignorance i didn’t know it was an expensive lesson.
Anyway I’ve got a site and a safe van and really looking forward to trading after nearly 4 weeks of tears, frustration, anger and sleepless nights.
I’ve just heard of someone who bought a trailer and the griddles don’t work..Poor things, my advice to new starters - ITS YOUR MONEY YOU WOULD NOT BUY A HOUSE/CAR WITHOUT CHECKING EVERYTHING!!!!
Thank you David for all your support and answering questions this has been amazing :-)