Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-19-2011, 07:51 AM   #1
Rivet Master
47WeeWind's Avatar
1948 16' Wee Wind
1953 21' Flying Cloud
Denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,169
Images: 20
Boulder regulations choke AS food trailer

Inspired ideas are often stymied by government regulations, in this instance by food service regulations for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Some details can be found in this linked article:

Boulder's StrEat Chefs trailer, started by Hosea Rosenberg, stalls out - Boulder Daily Camera

I've noticed a few converted-to-food vending Airstream trailers for sale recently. Is it the tough economy, or too much government regulation that's causing people to give up on this particular Aluminum dream?
Fred Coldwell, WBCCI #1510, AIR #2675
Denver, Colorado - WBCCI Unit 24
Airstream Life "Old Aluminum"
Airstream Life
"From the Archives"
47WeeWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 08:26 AM   #2
Wise Elder
Jammer's Avatar
2010 30' Classic
Vintage Kin Owner
South of the river , Minnesota
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,169
Regulatory compliance is a central part of running a food trailer, and is just as important as getting a suitable location and the correct product mix. Boulder is not alone in disallowing mobile food vendors entirely.

I have friends who have worked the county fair circuit in other (non-Airstream) trailers and while the regulatory climate gradually worsens each year there has been no sea change.
Jammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 09:06 AM   #3
Master of Universe
Gene's Avatar
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 12,501
Have you ever gotten sick after eating at a restaurant? Gastroenteritis is no fun. So restaurant regs are good things so long as they don't go too far. After reading the entire article, I see Boulder is working on a way of permitting trailer restaurants. Some of it is to prevent competition with established restaurants and that is not good as they are really different types of food providers. But Boulder is a small, very busy city with few places to park and trailers may not fit in well in much of the city.

Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
Rivet Master
safari62's Avatar
1962 22' Safari
1957 22' Custom
1963 16' Bambi
Vacationland , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 954
Images: 43
Since we do have not read the contents of the regulations it would be wrong to say they are limiting creativity and new business ideas just because of the restrictions now in place. I assume they were already on the books before these vendors showed up? So they had to know in advance what these regulations were.

But if these laws are unfair they can be revised. It requires up close and personnal interaction with your local Representatives or town counsel members. This can be a long and unpleasant exercise that many businesses may not be able to afford.

Unfortunatley for these wheeled enterprises, the brick and mortar establishments that are paying real estate and business taxes have the ear of town officials. They can and have some would say rightfully so worked to put in place more restrictions on locations the vendors can park. Or maybe it is just another way to limit the competition.

And no one could complain about food saftey issues and possible environmental hazzards from chemicals ao gray water systems dumping.

Some GOV regulatons are there to help protect the general public. To many laws? Sometimes not enough.

But I would dare to say some of these regulations with be very difficult to read and understand, and associated fees will be an inhibiting factor for any start up.
safari62 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Truck & Trailer Weights nickmeloy Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 6 04-02-2014 10:02 AM
Food Trailer Custom Built Airstream eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 04-17-2011 12:20 AM
Food Trailer Custom Built Airstream eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 04-09-2011 03:10 AM
How do you deal with your trailer while exploring? mikescha On The Road... 18 02-21-2011 11:36 AM
A sad end to a wonderful trailer rmk110761 Airstream History 9 02-15-2011 09:12 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.