QUESTION 1. Why buy your next Concession Trailer from WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing vs.. a typical cargo/utility trailer dealer?
To give you a little background on our company, we have been selling and building better trailers for over a decade now. Unlike many of our competitors, we have our own manufacturing plant where we build these mobile kitchens from the ground up. We can custom design and outfit any size food trailer up to 48' long to suit your particular concession stand. Our catering trailers are used by various domestic and foreign governments, disaster relief organizations, national franchises, movie production companies, theme parks and concessionaires just to name of few.
Our production capabilities are not just limited to concession trailers. We also design and construct mobile command post trailer, emergency response trailers, restroom trailers, mortuary trailers, tailgate trailers, cargo trailers and car haulers as well as other specialty trailers. You're welcome to tour both our facilities...one in Tampa, FL and the other in Waycross, GA where our manufacturing plant is located. To schedule a tour, please contact us at 812-628-0044 or at 912-283-7551. We'll be happy to show you around.
QUESTION 2.How can I get a quote for a Concession Trailer and how much does it cost?
We provide "No Obligation" quotes upon request. The quickest way is to call and speak to one of our design specialists at 813-628-0044 or you can click our "Quick Quote" link to request a call back.
Please be prepared to provide us with a list of cooking and refrigeration equipment that you'll need to run your concession stand, We'll also need to know what size food trailer your interested in. Our design team will then provide you with a scaled overhead floor plan as well as the cost of the proposed mobile kitchen. If it's within your budget and you would like to move forward, we'll then furnish you with a detailed written quote, which will pretty much mirror the layout but in more detail. We provide this service free of charge!
QUESTION 3. If I order a concession trailer from you, can you install my equipment?
Sorry but we only install cooking and refrigeration that we offer and sell. Please keep in mind, each piece is chosen to work well in a food railer and is price to include installation, including trailer design and layout, custom counter tops/cabinets, necessary reinforcement, required trailer modifications, electric and/or gas connections, testing and securing to side walls and/or flooring.
If you have your own equipment, we can still custom design a mobile kitchen to meet your specific food and beverage operation. Almost all food trailers have common elements such as an electrical system, a water system, a propane system, a commercial hood and exhaust fan, serving windows, etc. Al you'll have to do is provide us with a detailed list of what you plan on installing as well as accurate measurements for each piece. We'll also need to know the electrical and or gas requirements.
We've noticed that on more than a few occasions customer's who opted to install their own equipment in an attempt to save a few dollars have later told us they wish they ordered the equipment from us. Unfortunately most people don't realize the effort that goes into installing commercial cooking and refrigeration equipment or have the experience to properly secure everything from falling during transit. Let us seat the cost and details of installation...you won't regret it!
QUESTION 4.I have a limited budge. Can I purchase a basic concession trailer with minimal options and finish out the rest myself?
You can order as much or as little as you want. Some customers want a fully equipped turn-key mobile kitchen while others just want something bare bones and will complete the rest themselves.
QUESTION 5.What would be a good "ballpark" price range for a typical food trailer that's equipped with cooking and refrigeration equipment, sinks, serving window, hood system, combination of counter, cabinet and overhead storage space including electrical and propane system?
That's a hard questions to answer since each concession trailer is designed around your specific needs. For the most part, a basic set up will run around $25,000-$35,000 for trailers up to 20'. The best place to start for pricing is on our website, We try to give you examples of other trailers we've built in the past as well as the price for each.
QUESTION 6. I have specialized needs. Can you and are you capable of installing cooking equipment that I need to run my food operation?
Yes..we've been designing and selling concession trailers for over a decade now. We are one of the largest concession dealers/manufacturers in the country. Not only do we provide food trailers to National Franchises such as Pizza Hut, Fuddruckers and Subway, but we've built mobile food relief trailers for foreign countries, provided movie production companies with catering trailers, theme parks with concession stands and furnished a multitude of concessionaires with their concession trailers just to name a few. With over a decade of experience installing cooking and refrigeration equipment in mobile kitchens, we not only have the experience but we have the expertise that is unparalleled in the industry.
QUESTION 7. Why is a WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing Concession Trailer better?
Unlike converted cargo trailers or someone who purchases a shell from a manufacturer like us, all of our wiring and receptacles have been professionally installed and cosmetically concealed behind walls/ceilings vs.. running exposed conduit.
We simply build them better! Experience makes a difference, and ours is unmatched in the industry. We have combined our State of the Art Designs with the best raw materials available to manufacture our trailers.
Superior Frame Construction...A WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing frame is a product of the industry's best engineering and designed to provide over 15 years of daily service. Heavy-duty tubular steel main rails and full height C-channel cross members to deliver commercial grade durability. Steel corner posts, front and rear, extend to the bottom of the frame providing the maximum welding surface possible. End rails and corner posts welded together both horizontally and vertically and gusseted for long lasting durability.
Corrosion Preventive Measures...Helping to thwart the damaging effects of rust, every one of our chassis is protected with a laboratory tested, Corrosion Preventative Compound. All exposed steel is painted with a state of the art process including both a primer and urethane topcoat for a smooth, long lasting finish. Also, a special corrosion resistant barrier is applied between the steel frame and exterior aluminum skin to prevent electrolysis.
Torflex Rubber Ride Axles with E-Z Lube Hubs...Each and every trailer is equipped with a Torflex rubber torsion suspension system with progressive torque action and independent wheel movement for maximum shock absorption and road stability. E-Z Lube hubs with outside grease fittings for bearing lubrication without disassembly. E-Coated wheels and brand name tires.
Solid Support Down the Road...After you make the decision to buy a WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing concession trailer, our commitment to you is not over. We have a comprehensive Multi-Year Warranty Program that is more than just words. It's about how quickly and responsibly we respond to your needs. It's the peace-of-mind you get, knowing your investment is protected by an established company with a solid reputation.
And please don't get us wrong...cargo and RV style trailers are good low cost choices for their originally intended purposes but its just that those originally intended purposes were never meant to included use as a commercial food trailer.
QUESTION 8. What is your address and hours of operation?
WorldWide Trailer Sales, Inc.
5514 Shadowlawn Ave
Tampa, FL 33610
WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
3077 Brown Drive
Waycross, GA 31501
QUESTION 9.What is "NSF" and why is it important to me?
NSF stands for "National Sanitation Foundation". It's the organization that rates whether or not a piece of cooking and or refrigeration is suitable for commercial use. If you'll be operating as a mobile vendor, you will be required to have NSF equipment. In many states, this does not apply to temporary vendors.
QUESTION 10.What's the difference between a "Mobile Vendor" and a "Temporary Vendor"?
Most State's have a different set of codes and requirements pertaining to food service concession trailers. There are two classifications...temporary and mobile. What distinguishes a mobile from a temporary is the length of time and the kind of event where the food service takes place. If a concession stand sells hot dogs and goes around the various industries throughout the year, it's considered mobile. If you set up at a vacant lot on a daily basis, your considered mobile.
Temporary vendors on the other hand, normally set up for no more than 14 consecutive days at public events such as fairs, carnivals, street festivals, etc. and may also be granted more lenient requirements.
In order to obtain a permit/license to operate as a mobile vendor, you must contact the regulatory agency (County Health Department) where you'll be vending for a written application. Be sure to let them know whether or not you will be operation as a temporary vendor or as a permanent/mobile vendor as the requirements will be different. Generally temporary vendors will be licensed and inspected at each and every event prior to opening.
QUESTION 11. How much does my concession trailer weigh and what type of tow vehicle will I need to pull it?
Because a concession trailer's weight can vary greatly depending on size and equipment, the following are only approximates. In some cases, a weight distribution kit is recommended to distribute tongue weight. As a rule of thumb, anything up to 18' can be pulled with a 1/2 ton tow vehicle such as a Chevy Silverado 1500 or Ford F-150. Anything from 20'-24', a 3/4 ton tow vehicle should be used such as a Chevy Silverado 2500 or Ford F-250. Anything over 24', we recommend nothing less than a 1 ton dually. These tow vehicles are your Chevy Silverado 3500 and your Ford F-350's. Please keep in mind, these are only recommendations and you should always refer to your vehicle owner's manual for proper towing capacities.
8.5' wide x 14' long = 4,900 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 735 lbs
8.5' wide x 16' long = 5,600 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 840 lbs
8.5' wide x 18' long = 6,300 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 945 lbs
8.5' wide x 20' long = 7,000 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 1,050 lbs
8.5' wide x 22' long = 7,700 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 1,155 lbs
8.5' wide x 24' long = 8,400 lbs with a tongue weight of approximately 1,260 lbs
QUESTION 12. What size ball and received hitch will my tow vehicle require?
You'll need a 2 5/16" ball as well as a properly sized receiver hitch. We recommend a Class IV or Class V receiver. You'll also need a 7-way round/pole connector to secure a connection between your trailer and two vehicle. This activates your trailer lights and braking system (if applicable) and is generally standard on most late model tow vehicles.
QUESTION 13. Can you deliver my new concession trailer?
Yes...we can provide licensed, bonded and insured transport door to door or meet you partial or half way. Delivery cost is separate from purchase price and is paid upon delivery. The cost is generally $1.65 per mile one way but is subject to change based on fuel costs.
QUESTION 14. Do you provide financing for your food trailers?
We don't provide any in house financing but we can refer you to several lending institutions that can assist you. We always recommend you contact your local bank or credit union with which you already have a relationship with to obtain a favorable interest rate. Let them know you'll require a "commercial vehicle loan" and since our trailers are titled, the bank can place a lien on it to cover it's security interest.
QUESTION 15. What do you require to place an order for a custom concession trailer?
Once you've approved your floor plan and specs (invoice), we require a 60% non-refundable deposit to begin construction of your food trailer. Your balance is due by "Cashier's Check" or "Wire Transfer" payable to WorldWide Trailers within 5 days upon completion or delivery whichever comes first.
We also accept all major credit cards but you'll be responsible for a 3.5% procession fee on the total amount charged.
QUESTION 16.Will I have to pay sales tax on my catering trailer?
No...we do not collect sales tax on your concession trailer. You'll be responsible for registering and paying sales tax to your home state.
QUESTION 18. How long will it take to build my trailer?
Our lead times vary depending on the time of the year. After January 15th, orders for customized food trailers begin to back up and completion dates can exceed 8 weeks. Since no two concession trailers are ever exactly alike, we can't begin construction until we have a confirmed order/deposit. Even though most food vendors are willing to wait for a WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing Concession Trailer, we always encourage our customers to place their orders as soon as possible to avoid missing key events or pre-planned start up dates.
QUESTION 18. Do you stock any concession trailers?
Yes...we try to stock as many concession trailers as possible. Please call our Sales & Design Department at 813-628-0044 for availability.
QUESTION 19. How long does my warranty last?
Your concession trailer comes with a 6-Year Manufacturers Limited Warranty. Your cooking and refrigeration equipment come with a separate 1-Year Warranty provided by the manufacturer. Please see "Terms & Conditions" on our website for more information about our warranty program.
QUESTION 20.Since you're a trailer manufacturer, do you sell products other than concession trailers?
Our production capabilities are not just limited to concession trailers. We also design and construct mobile command post trailers, emergency response trailers, restroom trailers, mortuary trailers, tailgate trailers, cargo trailers, car haulers, motorcycle trailers, BBQ smoker trailers, gooseneck trailers as well as other specialty trailers.
QUESTION 21.How do I power my concession trailer?
We recommend you call and speak to one of our design specialists who can guide you in this regard. When you buy a food trailer from us, you also purchase our experience and expertise.
Generally, unless you plan to operate at a fixed location where you'll have an external power source or your planning on vending at larger fairs and festivals where they can provide you ample power, we strongly recommend you power as much equipment with LP (propane).
By keeping your electrical requirements to a minimum, you'll find more locations you can operate at and you'll probably be able to power your appliances with a portable gasoline generator in situations where no electricity is available.
QUESTION 22. What do I need to know about generators?
In general, generators are sized by the number of watts/amps of electricity they produce both on a continuous level and on a surge basis. In turn, electrical appliances are rated by the number of watts/amps they consume while running. As a rule of thumb, 220/240v appliances require twice as much power as the 110/120v.
What most food vendors fail to consider is electrical appliances containing motors, a category that includes air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, soft-serve machines, hot water heaters and exhaust fans, require between 2 and 3 times their normal running wattage just to start up. Even though this "surge" only occurs for a millisecond, the generator that's needed to power these items may require a rating of over twice the sum of the total running watts of those particular appliances. This can easily exceed the rating of normal built-in or portable quiet model generators, which usually have a maximum output of 7,000 watts.
High quality "truly quiet" model generators are expensive and require maintenance. This includes changing the oil, servicing the air cleaner and changing the spark plug(s). Aside from that, be prepared to pay 2-3 times what you'd expect to pay for a generator you may find at your local home improvement store such as Lowes or Home Depot.
For those situations where a generator is absolutely necessary, we generally recommend using a "super quiet" portable generator if it can handle the load rather than an onboard or built-in gen set. Generator noise levels are measured in decibels (dB). We would avoid any generator with a noise rating in excess of 74 dB at 7 meters. Just because it say's "quiet" model doesn't necessarily mean its "quiet". Many sound like lawn mowers but are called quiet.
We sell several high-end "truly quiet" model LP, gasoline and diesel generators (portable and on-board) provided by some of the best manufacturers in the industry such an Honda, Kubota and Onan. These units range from 6,500 watts to 40,000.
We also offer affordable tongue mounted gen sets with protective ATP/mesh enclosures that will get the job done for far less than our high-end models.
If you decide to go with a portable model, you can carry it in the rear of the tow vehicle or inside the concession trailer and remove it when you get to your location.
By placing the portable generator 20-25 feet away from the trailer, you can further reduce its perceived noise level.
QUESTION 23. What if I don't have access to electricity and my electrical requirements exceed the capacity of a built-in or portable generator?
We can generally accommodate all power loads but in some cases, the size generator you need vs. what you have to spend become the problem. Unfortunately when your power needs surpass 6,500 watts in the "truly quiet model" series gens, you have to jump to a much larger unit starting in the 12,000 watt range and can go as high as 40,000 watts. These generators are necessary to run larger operations with greater electrical loads.
You do have a couple options. One is, you can allocate more into your budget for a properly size "truly quiet" model generator or like many other food vendors, they opt for a smaller generator in the quiet series and manage their load. Managing your load simply means that when your power needs exceed your maximum running watts on the generator, you'll have to temporarily turn something off such as your air conditioner or hot water heater in order to power up something else. This is common in the industry for those who choose to operate with a "truly quiet" model generator and can't afford the larger gens.
We continue to refer back to "truly quiet" model generators because this is an important topic. Let me give you an example. We like two portable generators and I'll give you an example of each. First we will discuss the "truly quiet" one by Honda, model EU6500is. This is Honda's super quiet portable generator. You will not find a quieter model generator anywhere. Its decibel rating is 60dB(A) at full load and a mire 52dB(A) at 1/4 load. We could actually stand right next to this generator and have a normal conversation without raising our voice. The only downside is the generator only produces 6500 running watts which puts most vendors right on the border of their power needs. This is where managing your load comes into play so you don't trip breakers.
We can mount this generator over the tongue but not in a compartment. All portable generators are meant to operate in open air on level ground. If we mount it over the tongue, we will enclose it in an ATP/wire mesh compartment to give it some protection from the elements as well as a deterrent to theft. The Honda "super quiet series" generator starts around $4,000 up to $4,500 enclosed.
We also use Onan's commercial quiet series generators. These gen sets are bullet proof but aren't cheap. They can be enclosed in a compartment or mounted over the tongue in an ATP enclosed compartment. These generators are quiet models but not quire as quit as the Honda. The propane version (LP) produces 6,500 watts while the gasoline model puts out 7,000 watts. These gen sets run around $6,500 installed.
We also use Kubota commercial quiet model diesel generators for those vendors who require heavier power loads generally exceeding 12,000 watts. These generators are intended for the full time operator and because of the weight and size, can only be mounted in a generator compartment. These too are "quiet" model generators. These generators including the compartment and fuel tank range in price from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the size.
And lastly, we can provide a more economical means of powering your generator by utilizing a 10,000 watt portable gasoline generator. It's not a quite model but what we do is enclose it in an ATP/wire mesh enclosure and mount it over the tongue. This provides some sound proofing but not enough to consider it a "quiet" series gen set. Some vendors actually like the portability because they can move the generator away from the concession trailer to reduce noise levels. This is probably the most economical way to run your power needs. All you have to do is plug the power that's provided with the concession trailer and you simply plug it into the 50 amp receptacle on the generator and your good to go. Aside from being the most economical, these generators are easy to maintain and at the same time, provide a sufficient amount of power for your needs. These gen sets only come in gasoline and they range in price from $1,500 to $2,250.
QUESTION 24. Do you sell used concession trailers?
No, we only sell new concession trailers manufactured by WorldWide Trailer Manufacturing.
QUESTION 25.I want to get into the concession business but I'm not sure where to start. Can you recommend some books or resources that would be helpful?
Absolutely...if you go to our "Concession Guide" link on our website, you'll find an informative E-Book written for those interested in starting their own concession business.