How should i power my catering trailer?

by mathew eaton
(stoke on trent)

I am in the process of renovating a 12ft catering trailer and my next step is deciding on a method to power things. Should I go for all gas, all electric or a combination?

Or for ease of installation electric is the easiest option for me as I have electrician friends who will do the work and sign the work off for free.

I also have a 4Kva generator which could possibly power things for me. My only concern is that having a noisy generator may alienate us from some events due to noise.

Has anyone come across this problem before? Fuelling during the day will not be a problem as the generator I have has a long tank which should last the day. Also will this generator power the following?

-Bain marie
-Combined fridge/freezer
-Small chip fryer

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Nov 21, 2014
Question for WILL
by: Rachel

Hello Will,
Can you please give me some more info on how you connected up the system and other parts I need to buy please.
Many thanks

Oct 25, 2014
LPG Equipment
by: David-

Hello Adrian,

It is possible to run food heaters off LPG gas, but you are not permitted while the vehicle is in transit. It's fine, when stationary so if this is what you mean, then this will not be a problem.

Best of luck

Oct 25, 2014
Gas or electric
by: Adrian

Hello! I'm i interested in this too! I am considering a mobile soup and baked potato round and wondered if it were possible to run the food heaters off LPG as the van would be constantly mobile?
Is this possible?

Feb 11, 2011
All LPG Gas Appliances for Mobile Catering
by: David

Hi Mathew,

To be honest with you and if it’s not too late, I would choose to install everything to work of LPG and have nothing running off the electric.

It will be cheaper and you’ll only have to pay out for an LPG test as opposed to LPG and electric certificates. (not to mention in some cases a P.A.T test)

My personal preference has always been LPG which evens goes for the generator which can be converted to run of gas with an LPG conversion kit.

My whole catering trailer was gas powered, no messing around with diesel or petrol generators.

When you’re running low on a bottle of gas just – simply switch to the second LPG bottle and off you go.

Seriously! it will be a lot less hassle in the long run.

Best of luck

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