Summer is a beautiful time for mobile food truck owners. With people spending more time outdoors enjoying the warm weather and going on vacation, the amount of foot traffic is much higher than in the colder seasons. That means it’s crucial to take care of any food truck repairs that are needed now to avoid a costly breakdown during the busy season. Here are a few ways to stay on top of maintenance.
Mobile Food Truck Summer Checklist
1. General Maintenance
As with any vehicle, mobile food trucks require regular maintenance to stay on the road, so check your engine oil levels, brake fluids, and coolant levels to keep the engine protected. You should also make sure that your headlights, brake lights, and interior lighting are operational.
It’s tough to get your custom kitchen to the customers if your wheels aren’t working. Check the tread levels on the tires to avoid damaging them on the road, and make sure they are properly inflated. The warmer weather increases the pressure, and if they are overinflated, they are more prone to losing traction and blowouts.
3. Test the Battery & Interior Generator
The summer heat can wreak havoc on your mobile food truck’s battery, accelerating the chemical activity and the internal cell corrosion, so it’s important to have it inspected. Similarly, the generator is needed to keep your mobile kitchen products operational, so check that the filters, belts, and oil levels are all in good order.
You likely need refrigeration for the food and drinks, so you’ll want to make sure it’s ready to handle the heat. The most common issues occur when the condenser coil is ignored, so remove any pent up dirt and debris with a brush and vacuum.
5. Exhaust Fans
Unless you want to spend the summer sweating it out in the kitchen, ensure the interior exhaust fans are operational. The right fan should be able to remove the heat and greasy air adequately, so if you feel like it’s not providing the right amount of circulation, check to make sure there are no issues with the drive belts.
The best way to make sure your mobile food truck is prepared for the summer is by contacting Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions in Brooklyn, NY. For the last 40 years, they’ve provided the area’s premier food truck repairs, and their talented team has the experience and tools needed to make sure every aspect of your custom food truck is ready to handle a busy summer. Though based in New York, they’ll travel to Philly, Boston, New Jersey, Maryland, and North Carolina. Schedule an inspection by calling (800) 253-4815 or learn more online.