With spring finally in the air in many locations around the United States, it won’t be long before food truck businesses that were dormant for the winter will get things started back up again. Now’s as good a time as any to look over some items from Mobile Cuisine. It’s a great to-do list if you happen to be one of those preparing your food truck to welcome customers you haven’t seen in a while:
Start by taking a walk around the exterior of your truck and giving everything a careful once-over inspection. Water leaks are often known to show up after a vehicle has been in storage for the colder months. You’ll want to make sure that everything on the outside that’s been caulked stays that way. Because who needs any more unwanted moisture after the winter that most of the country had had?
Now is the time to take a peek inside all of your appliances to be sure that insects or critters haven’t taken up residence anywhere. C’mon – if you were a small creature and needed a place to live for the winter, how cool would it be to hole up in a stove or other cozy space? Like maybe a Concession Hood?
After you’ve made sure that the power is off and all items are disconnected, clean your truck’s batteries with a solution of baking soda and hot water, paying special attention to connections, terminals and trays. And also make sure that the fluid levels are where they are supposed to be in each battery.
Move on to the truck’s propane supply – after ensuring that all appliances that use propane are turned off and that there aren’t any open flames in the area. Turn on your truck’s leak detector, too. As you crack open the valves on the propane tanks, let your nose tell you if anything is leaking.
For a more thorough check, use some soapy water around your regulators and valves – any leaks should create more soap bubbles. Obviously, this is one test that needs to be followed up on so that any leaks are properly repaired. Even if you think you are leak-free, remember – seals can dry out over the winter, allowing for a leak to show up where none previously existed.