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Old 10-07-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Converting an Airstream for a Mobile Catering Kitchen

I do a lot of vending at events such as Art Shows, Renaissance Festival, and Fairs. I also do many private caterings for businesses and friends. A friend of mine suggested converting an Airstream with a competent professional kitchen I could license and use for production, as it would be cool, relatively easy to haul and the same height as my customers at events, as opposed to the height of many catering vans. Thoughts; oh wise members...

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:06 AM   #2
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I do a lot of vending at events such as Art Shows, Renaissance Festival, and Fairs. I also do many private caterings for businesses and friends. A friend of mine suggested converting an Airstream with a competent professional kitchen I could license and use for production, as it would be cool, relatively easy to haul and the same height as my customers at events, as opposed to the height of many catering vans. Thoughts; oh wise members...

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Hi Chef Paul, I've seen this in my area. Skillet Street Food
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Find a gutted unit and "Build to suit".

It is better to be used than end up as
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To "repurpose" is good.

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They are out there....following is just a sample:
Airsteam Project Trailer - $90Airsteam Project Trailer - $900
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:48 AM   #4
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I saw the Surreal Gourmet, Bob Blumer travel in his toaster.
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Timeless Travel does custom Airstreams. Check out their latest. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f206...eam-69837.html
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I've seen these come up for sale now and then on Craigslist. You might want to search around the big cities and find one already done than start from scratch. There are a number of them out there.
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Thank you everyone so far. Looking for one already done, on Craigslist is a very good idea, I will try immediatly.

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Old 12-03-2010, 05:20 PM   #8
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Me too!

Hi. I am also looking for an already-converted-to-commercial kitchen airstream for my company, The Skinny Pancake (Breakfast Burlington | french crepes | VT Live Music). I've been surfin' the net, but no luck. If anyone knows of someone looking to sell such an item, please get in touch with me at benjy@skinnypancake.com.

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Old 12-03-2010, 07:20 PM   #10
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Paul - here's one you may find interesting. This was a mail trailer for the WBCCI:

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There aren’t very many Airstream trailers already converted to commercial uses available for sale. We have been in business for 7 years and have so far only seen one of our foodservice trailers come up for resale. There are only a few others that we have seen on the resale market and these were so poorly accomplished that our clients were better off starting from a base trailer and working from there.

The Skillet Street Food trailer of Seattle was mentioned earlier in the thread. They built their own trailer and ended up with a chassis broken in two within a month of entering service. Their Airstream now rides on a flatbed cargo trailer. They have also been shut down by the King County Health Department for a number of code violations.

The process of converting a travel trailer to a concession trailer is not as simple as it may seem. Travel trailers were never built to haul much over their original build weight plus somewhere around 400# of equipment and provisions. When we start adding the commercial foodservice equipment, water tanks, water heater, generator, hood and fire suppression (required in most locations and highly recommended everywhere), etc required by code for a kitchen the weight starts to go up significantly. Reinforcing the chassis and replacing the axle(s) are some of the most important jobs we perform in a project such as this. Keeping the weight distribution and balance correct is absolutely essential to keep the trailer safely on the highway. We know of several trailers which have been converted using a typical food TRUCK layout which places the cooking equipment in such a way that the trailer has a very unstable negative tongue weight. Installing sufficient electrical supply and large enough propane tanks to supply enough propane vapor are also challenging.

On a used trailer we start by removing the existing interior all the way down to the exterior shell. We take out the fiberglass insulation which frequently harbors insects and rodents as well as absorbs and holds water from constant cleaning and condensation created by dish washing, boiling water and related activities. Then we install the service window, commercial electrical service, closed cell foam insulation and an all-aluminum interior which will meet any health code.

We can also start with a new Airstream or Westcraft heavy duty commercial shell and build out a kitchen from one of these trailers. The Westcraft body style can be seen here: http://www.timelesstraveltrailers.co...ry/patio-joes/


This foodservice trailer, operating in Boulder, CO, is a 2011 Timeless Airstream Heavy Duty model capable of a gross vehicle weight of 13,000#. A typical 23’ camping Airstream would weigh in fully loaded at 6900#. We worked with Airstream and their chassis manufacturer to develop these platforms specifically for the foodservice industry and they are only available through Timeless. We chose this size trailer as it is the optimum size for the required equipment and for drivability in urban areas.
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Thank you everyone so far. Looking for one already done, on Craigslist is a very good idea, I will try immediatly.

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Not sure if you are still looking, but I found this one while looking for a non-food cart airstream

Incredible Airstream Food Trailer
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:25 PM   #13
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I'm selling one Paul, please contact me if you'd like and I'm selling it at a 1/3 of the price of the StreAt Chefs Airstream and it has a built-in walk-in and 3 well dishwashing sink, I'm also selling it with a truck to tow it! Please contact me for pics and additional specs and information!
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Airstream mobile kitchen

I just posted mine for sale in the classifieds here. 72' 25' Overlander that I converted into a traveling kitchen. Self contained. 1 yr old build. $32,500 Can call me at 517 414-3585 Please be sure to check the AD
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