Food trailers vs trucks: Let’s unpack the differences
Many of our customers are faced with the difficult decision of choosing between a trailer or a truck for their mobile food venture. At first glance they may seem very similar, however there are a lot of nitty gritty details that you may not think of. Below we look at some of the details you need to understand to ensure you choose the best option for your business.
The food trailer is typically the more affordable option, allowing for a lower entry cost. One advantage for the food trailer is the varying sizes, dependent on your equipment specifications. However, most people don’t consider the weight of a trailer, especially those kitted out with a commercial kitchen. For the most popular food trailer options, being a dual axle (4 metres or above) the towing capacity is 3.5 tonne. Therefore, your vehicle must be able to tow up to the 3.5 tonne capacity even if the unit weighs less. It is essential to have a large 4×4 SUV or Ute with a large towing capacity in order to safely tow a food trailer. Typically, food trailers are best for stationary and long-term parking locations due to them being large in size and difficult to manoeuvre.
On the other hand, the food truck has a lot to offer. Being one unit, the food truck makes it a lot easier and safer to navigate through cities and fitting into tight vending locations. The trucks also have a larger towing capacity meaning more equipment and storage for your unit! Even though this option is typically more expensive, it will be more cost efficient in the long run. Here at Bella we are in partnership with Fuso to offer a fantastic finance package to help set up food truck businesses. Food trucks also retain a great resale value if you ever decide to part ways with your mobile food business.
Both options have their pros and cons. Every mobile food business will have their individual specifications so it’s important to talk to an industry professional to ensure that you are choosing the right unit for your business. Here at Bella we offer a premium service from start to finish to ensure your mobile food business runs smoothly. Submit an inquiry to find out more information.