If your a food trailer owner you probably don't have much spare time. It's difficult to squeeze in everything you have to do during the course of any given day. However, food trailer maintenance is not something that you should neglect. It will end up costing you much more in damages and time lost by not regularly performing maintenance of your trailer.
Here are 4 ways you can maintain your food trailer and stay on the road and in business:
Rotate the tires. Be sure to rotate your tires every six months to prevent blowouts, maximize your gas mileage and get the most value out of your tires. It's a quick and cheap way to be safe.
Take care of your wrap. You probably spent a few thousand dollars on your nice new wrap. Be sure to keep your trailer out of sunlight while not in use to minimize wear. Also, keep it clean to maintain it's look and seal. You can probably squeeze a couple years out of properly maintaining your wrap.
Check you equipment. If your kitchen equipment fails, your business may fail. Set up a maintenance schedule for your kitchen equipment. This includes grills, fryers, hoods, refrigerators, generators, etc. Neglecting them will surely lead to major problems for your food trailer business.
Check the lights. This should be a daily habit. If your blinkers or headlights are out other drivers may not see you and you may not see them. Older trailers use incandescent bulbs which can go out regularly. Be safe and check your lights and blinkers as a part of your regular daily routine. Make sure your connecting between your truck and trailer are tight. Replacing a bulb might be check, but an avoidable accident is very expensive.
You will lose business every day that your trailer is in the shop, so be sure it's a quick visit for maintenance by scheduling way in advance rather that being at your mechanics mercy. You can also lose repeat business of credibility if your trailer is off the streets too long. Maintaining your trailer will keep you in business, keep you safe and help keep up the value of your investment!