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My Catering Trailer Does Not Have Any LPG 
I've just bought a catering trailer with just electric connections. Previous owner was running a tea urn, 3 fridges, 1 blender and a potato oven on festivals …

New Trailer For Hire Business - What Do I Need To Know? 
My husband bought a catering trailer new and fully kitted out to his specifications. We have taken the unit out a handful of times but it really isn't …

Caravan Conversion For Mobile Catering  
Hi, my wife has started recently selling cooked food at a local market, now looking to expand with a trailer, caravans are two a penny and I was going …

Mobile Catering Trailers From China  
Hello! I am in the process of starting my business plan and looking for a proper trailer. I want to make sure that it meets all UK regulations and that …

Crepe Trailer Business Newbie Looking for Advice 
Hi Guys, I stumbled across this site & so thankful i did, there's so much info. I'm a complete beginner here, so forgive the questions if they've already …

Unfinished Catering Trailer - Where Can It Be Fitted Out? 
I have a twin axle 12 x 6'6" catering trailer. Its previous owner began refitting it but left it unfinished. I want to add a fryer, a gas hob and a fridge, …

Commercial Kitchen Set up Away from House 
Hi There, I am looking to open a hot food catering company by cooking the food at my home address and delivery on orders to start with. I have been …

Buying an Established Catering Van Business 
Hi, I was just wondering about buying an established van from eBay or one of the other sites. First of all it seems a little strange to me that people …

Start Mobile Catering Business Go Big Or Start Small 
Hi everybody. I have a good budget to start up my business and a unique product to sell. Having never been in catering before I have been researching like …

Catering Van Deliveries Within a Larger Area 
At the moment I deliver Indian wraps & snacks on a Thursday only to a few local companies as I work the other days, but what I would really love is going …

Donut Van Business How Much To Charge At Private Event? 
Hi In the new year I am taking over an already established donut van business in my local area. I know they make good money at our local events but …

What Certificates Do I Need For A Mobile Catering Milkshake Van 
Hi everyone, just a few questions I want to set up a mobile milkshake truck , it will have a split relay with leisure batteries to power the electrics …

Food Trucks - Why Bakery Trucks Are Not Used For Mobile Catering 
I just wanted to ask you, if you respond to questions regarding food trucks? I've been wondering why bakery trucks are not used as food trucks? They …

Shipping Container Conversion a Good Option For Mobile Catering? 
Hi, does anybody know of any companys that convert shipping containers into catering units?

Hire a Catering Van 
I would like to start my business and test the market by hiring a catering van first. I note that trailers are easy to find and to hire but do you know …

Where Do You Park Your Catering Tailer in London? 
I live (and want to trade) in central London - where do I park my (single axle) catering trailer? I plan to transport it using Zipvan, and don't have …

Can I Convert a Big Car into a Sandwich Business 
Hello there I’ve wanted to do a mobile sandwich business for years. I have a KIA Sedona. In case you’re not sure about the make of cars like me, it’s a …

Cost of Doing Up a Catering Trailer 
Hi I am currently in the process of looking for a trailer to start my mobile catering business. I am having a bit of trouble however, finding one that …

Start Mobile Catering - What to Do with Food at Night?  
Hi I'm looking into mobile catering at the moment with a view to setting up a business next year, probably making things and trading from a van with …

Prepare Sandwiches for Catering Events - Caravan Conversion 
I purchased a small caravan with an intension to convert it to catering trailer. However after purchase I now somewhat changed the plan and now I intend …

We've Found a Really Good Catering Trailer to Sell Indian Food  
I was intrigued by the article you have on this website. My brother wants to do a similar thing, but with Indian food.Can you possibly send me your step …

Hire an Automatic Catering Van in the UK 
Where can i hire an automatic catering van from in the U.K?

Lunch Time Specials - What Different Menu Choices Can I Offer 
I have just opened my catering van and was wondering what kind of specials should I sell? I am selling all the usual things like burgers, hotdogs, morning …

What are the Requirements to Run Mobile Catering Business from Static Caravan? 
What certificates would I need to sell food from a static caravan? Also, IS IT LEGAL TO CONVERT A CARAVAN so food can be sold from it.

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What Do People Do With their Generator? Mobile Catering 
Hi I know this seems like a really silly question but what do people do with their generator whilst in and out of use?! I've read that most mobile …

Converting a Transit Van? 
Would it be legal to convert a ford transit van, or touring caravan into a catering van?

What is the best van to pull a catering trailer?  
Hi I need to buy a van to pull my catering trailer. The trailers 3ton and 20 feet long! Need a good, reliable van, 3.5t panel van! Which is the …

Use a Catering Trailer or Would a Caravan Do? 
Hi, I’m thinking of starting up a catering van business. Would I have to buy a purpose built trailer or would I be able to use my own 14ft caravan. …

What Are the Rules for Mobile Van Selling Bakery Goods? 
Hi thinking of starting up a mobile shop selling bakery goods such as pies, cakes sandwiches bread. I would be selling around places of work and on the …

Buying a Catering Trailer - Beware of What You Are Getting 
Hi David, 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 …

Mobile Catering Van or Trailer 
I wish to set up a mobile catering business initially just doing the small festivals and shows 5000 ish and do not know if a catering trailer would be …

14ft Catering Trailer - Will My Car Tow It ? 
I have just brought a 14ft catering trailer but have a 1.6 Senic and my question is would that be able to tow the catering trailer, which is also a twin …

How To Check If Mobile Catering Trailer is Stolen 
I want to buy a catering trailer and want the advice on it.Please advise me what paper work do I need to get from the seller of Mobile catering trailer? …

Mobile Catering Trailer or Catering Burger Van? 
Hi David, I was wondering if you can help me. I'm not sure whether to buy either mobile burger van or a burger trailer. I think you mentioned somewhere …

Carvan -Catering Trailer Storage - Sheffield .UK 
Can you advise of any caravan, catering trailer storage services around the Sheffield area were i could store my trailer overnight and have 24hr access …

Mobile Catering - Should I Buy a Catering Van New or Second Hand? 
Hi I have been reading your story about how you started up in the mobile catering business. I am 27 and looking at starting my own small business with …

I want to Hire a Catering Van, not a Mobile Catering Trailer? 
I have seen many businesses offering catering trailers for hire, but i want a catering van, such as the evico. do you know of any?

Insurance Cost To Hire Out My Converted Catering Van 
I am thinking of buying a converted-to-catering Citroen H van but not looking to use it myself for a year or two. Which is why I am thinking of buying …

Can I Use a Vintage Van for Mobile Catering? 
Hi, I am currently in the planning stages of setting up a mobile catering business to hopefully work the festivals and similar events next year. …

Is £22,000 too much to pay for a new fish & chip van? 
We are looking into buying a fish and chip van. Having looked at both used and new catering trailer/van units. We are still faced with the prospect …

Selling a Special Mobile Catering Unit - Double Decker Catering Bus 
Hello everybody, because of private reasons I probably have to sell my mobile catering unit. As it is a very special vehicle (an old double-decker bus) …

Mobile Catering Trailer or Static - What's The Difference 
I’m a little confused about the difference between a mobile trailer and a static one. I intend to move my trailer every day after trading and then …

Small Catering Trailer 10/ 7ft do I Need an Accountant to Do Tax Returns? 
Hello I’ve just brought a small catering trailer and want to be above board, do I need to get an accountant to do my tax stuff, I’m a little confused please …

Mobile Catering Van - Driving License Question 
Hi, I'm about to set up my burger van & was wondering if my license enables me to tow a catering van - I passed my test in December 2006? Also if I …

Converting Merc Van into a Mobile Catering Van - What Are the Requirements? 
hiya, I have a large mercedes van that i want to convert! what legal requirements do i need to follow and how much do i have to pay to get registered for …

Do I need a Tacho To Tow .VOSA Have Given Me Fine 
I was on my way to silloth market towing my wifes donut van. Vosa pulled me over and checked the van i was towing the trailer with and told me i need a …

MOBILE CATREING UNIT FOR RENT/SALE 
Hi,I AM PETE FROM DONCATER,SOUTH YORKSHIRE, I LENT SOME MONEY TO A "FRIEND" HUH... WHICH I HAVE NOT RECOVERED....I HAVE HIS CATERING TRAILER WHICH I HAVE …

Catering Van Or Trailer For Catering Business 
Hi I Would Like To Start A Catering Business. But unsure whether to buy catering van or trailer. I find the vans are quite expensive and also at certain …

Signage? For Mobile Catering Trailer 
Are there any restrictions to adding large, temporary Signage to a stationary van/trailer? I want to be able to be flexible with my output and tailor …

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Second-hand trailer - what should I look out for? 
Hi David and all readers I have arranged to view a used mobile catering trailer and pitch, but I've no experience in the business. Do you have any …

Renting a Mobile Trailer First! 
Hi David I loved your story and am thinking of starting up too. However I'd like to taste the waters first to see if it's the right thing for me to …

Does My Catering Trailer Need To Be Garaged At Night....?? 
Hi David and All, I have recently been made redundant and my partner already managed a sandwich shop...we have talked for months of going into business …

Single or double axle? 
Hi David, Once again thank you for answering my previous questions so promptly. I was involved in a serious accident in Feb 09 and have spend quite …

Starting Out With a Mobile Catering Business. 
hi Ive been reading about your experience and must say its a great help knowing you went through what i am now! I'm due to be made redundant in 2 weeks …

Needing the Loo! Mobile Catering Food Business 
Hi I have sought out a pitch on a medium sized industrial estate and am now taking my hygiene certificates etc. to start trading from a trailer selling …

Selling Grilled Food On My Catering Trailer Business 
Hello, Your page is very useful :D I have a idea to sell grilled food on weekends, and as I have no idea how will it work I Have decided to pick …

Do I need to apply for a HGV license  
Hi my name is Noor, I am a chef and used to work in a restaurant.Now i am trying to open a fast food trailer but, i am a bit confused and need your …

Rent a Catering Trailer ? 
Please could you let me know where best to hire a catering trailer ? thanks karl

Where is the loo? when you are working In Mobile Catering 
Hi,I read with much interest your experience in starting your own mobile catering business.This is something I have always wanted to do. Just a quick …

Debating Buying a Burger Van - What To Do First? 
Hi everyone, I'm debating buying a burger van but I have no idea where to start! I know I need to get some sort of license and maybe get planning permission …

Recommendations for Cheap Commercial Van Insurance? 
Please could you let me know if anyone has any recommendations for cheap commercial van insurance? We would be using the van to transport equipment …

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