Your food truck might act as a kitchen, but you need to maintain the entire food truck. Yes, this includes the actual truck itself.
After all, the last thing you want is your truck breaking down, and not being able to open up shop on any given day as a result.
Therefore, we will be providing some food truck maintenance tips. Don’t leave home without them, lunch truck owners!
Follow Basic Car Maintenance Practices
In some instances, you need to treat your food truck like it is a car. Therefore, stay up to date on oil changes, monitor your fluid levels, make sure your tires are good to go and don’t ignore signs, such as your check engine light.
Your truck is literally a vehicle — yet more important since it is the foundation of your business — and it should be treated as such.
Treat Your Truck To Car Washes Early And Often
Not only can a car wash (or in this case, a truck wash) extend the life of your paint but first impressions are everything in this industry. No one is going to want to eat at a truck with a dirty outside. If the outside of the truck is dirty … what is going on in the inside?
Not only that, but the outside of your truck could have your business name (this is, of course, a must) and/or phone number on it, and those types of things need to be visible.
Stay On Top Of Oil For Your Generator
Not sure when to change the oil in your generator? If you don’t have the manual on hand for whatever reason, you can always reach out to a food truck manufacturer. Nonetheless, if you want to keep all aspects of your truck running smoothly, you have to change the oil in your generator on a consistent basis!
Yes, we know, there is a lot of upkeep when it comes to a mobile kitchen, but it must be done.
Don’t Forget About The Equipment Inside The Truck
When it comes to food truck maintenance, it is essential that you not only take care of the outside of the truck but the inside as well. You should be routinely cleaning your food truck equipment, and inside of your truck. Make sure everything is running smoothly at all times — that’s how you ensure smooth sailing when it comes to your food truck business.
Winterize Your Truck
There are so many steps when it comes to properly winterizing your truck, and if you live in a colder climate, these steps are invaluable. For starters, you need to follow all of the steps above. However, you might also have to put on some snow tires, and monitor the tire pressure on a consistent basis, and make sure the battery has enough juice for the colder months.
As is the case during any other time of the year, you also need to make sure there aren’t any cracks on your windows, and the windshield washer fluid is full.
Mobile kitchen owners can make sure their trucks last a long time by following the maintenance tips above. Just remember, if one thing goes wrong, it could lead to you missing a catering gig, which could lead to you losing credibility (and money!).