Shopping for Used Concession Trailers? Here’s What to Look For…

If you’re starting your own mobile food business shopping for a used concession trailer is a good place to start. There are so many things to consider when looking for the best-used concession trailer that it can be overwhelming. Prices on used trailers can be significantly lower, which means you may be able to find one you can afford without a bank loan. Used trailers often come with equipment already installed – another money-saving benefit.  Once you’ve determined your budget, use these tips to keep track of the factors you should keep in mind in your search.

Space and Configuration

It can be challenging to navigate the various types of used concession trailers available – there are so many options and configurations.   Really think about the space and storage that you’ll need for your particular food trailer. The last thing you want to do is purchase a concession trailer that doesn’t meet your specific needs.  Visualize an event from setup to tear down, and a transaction from customer order to food prep and serving. Anticipate how you will move throughout the trailer for any given customer purchase so you can be sure the layout of your trailer enhances your process rather than hindering it.


Concession trailers are required to have a water supply. You’ll need a sink for hand washing as well as a three-well sink for sanitizing dishes.

Bring a copy of local health department regulations as you inspect potential trailers so you remember to check for everything you need.  Make sure the used concession trailer you buy either has tanks and plumbing that meet the specifications for your locality or that there is adequate space for them to be installed.  You’ll need a freshwater tank, as well as a wastewater tank and hot water tank. 

Bring a mechanic with you

Before you buy a used concession trailer you’ll need to get an estimate of the cost of making improvements, upgrades or changes.  Bringing along a mechanic could help save you time and money in the long run.

When viewing potential trailers examine all the concession equipment. Determine how much energy your machines will need and be sure the trailer’s circuit board can handle a busy day.

Also, pay attention to the materials used to build the interior of the used concession trailer. You want something that will be sanitary, easy to clean and can withstand the wear and tear of daily business.

If you’d rather start from scratch you’ll need to find a supplier that will work closely with you to meet your needs.  A well-equipped concession trailer will go a long way in ensuring a successful business. Contact Custom Trailer Pros today to set up a personal consultation and make sure your business runs smoothly from the start.

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