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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: competition; how much is too much?
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:47:13 PM »
   That's the plan right now, if the cost aren't more than 300 for the month I'll give it 4 weeks. I don't like paying for space either and so far I've talked my way out of paying fees for all the events I've done. I just have to get my body back in gear to work from 4:30am till 3pm at the market. Thanks for the advice if it works out I should be able to cut my time on the street down to two days and be way more profitable. Thanks again guys.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: competition; how much is too much?
« on: January 17, 2018, 05:57:09 PM »
   The dogs will definitely be available just not prominent. Nothing cheep about this market I sold there for years started at 30 a week up to 300 for a guaranteed monthly spot. Double that with the trailer. The food trucks are segregated into two outlying areas and they pay even more, but they get power and water. My cart would be on an end isle I have to call the manager closer to the season opener to get this years fees.       

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Hot Dog Vendors / competition; how much is too much?
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:17:11 AM »
     Making decisions about possible new location for next year. The is a flea market that I used to sell at before getting into this business. If you have watched that crap show flea market flip you've seen the place and me too. This market is huge anywhere from 800 to 1000 vendors every Sunday. There are a lot of food trucks here (their numbers are not included in above). The is the original hot dog stand over 30yrs there, one hot dog trailer and 3 hot dog carts, not to mention taco, bbq, cupcake, steamed burgers, donuts, coffee, lemonade, fried chicken the list goes on.
       I think I can make money here by selling everything but my hot dogs, Kielbasa, red hots and adding brats. I know my hot dogs are better than the other 5 hot dog slingers, not only my opinion btw, but I feel it's just too saturated with them to even get noticed. My plan is to have dogs with me but promote the other items heavier. Any thoughts?

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    Good job hanging on to it this long. I would gotten rid of it a long time ago and kicked myself later. Nice score.

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Thanks man every now and then I get an idea then start thinking, that's too far left field it won't work.  It's nice to hear I'm not alone on this limb. Like I said I used to be a picker still am to a degree so most of the outfit will be from my pickining resources. So it should go together cheap cheap.

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   Happy New Year to you too. No  big change to my menu yet. I have a box truck from my flea market days that I pull my cart with. As soon as the weather allows I'm turning that into a pantry and cold storage. My plan is to do all my prep in the truck rather than on the cart. I have an 8000 watt inverter that will run a refrigerator and coffee pot plus anything else I need. Not turning it into a food truck just a better storage system than I have now. My plan for next season is to try to not run out of anything.

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General Discussion / Re: I think I got fired from a job. I broke.
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:44:54 PM »
  AZ I have to say if you lost any future jobs from this client so be it. Something tells me you're not the type to worry about doing the right thing no matter what.
   When ever I get heat from some self important blowhard I remind them of Romans 12:3  Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment. If they're a real AH I simply put it, There but for the grace of god go You! That usually shuts them up. Good luck hope you get better clients.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Cart Give Away
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:16:26 PM »
   I'm glad too that someone who needs a cart won it.  It amazes me DD how many people I meet that view this business as a get rich quick venture. I'm not talking about the people that see the hucksters trying to sell carts. I'm just talking about customers who try to run figures in their head while they order from me. Mostly the college students from the university down the block. Not one of them realizes the hours put in just on the day we set up. Forget the hours put in for bookkeeping menu building permitting etc. 

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Booze Dogs wants to sponsor/re-brand me!
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:35:52 PM »
  Ditto on the contract! Have a lawyer go over it for you to further protect yourself.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Swooper Flags
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:31:45 PM »
   
That was my first thought too DD but I believe on the big dog cart the receiver is on the working side of the cart and detaches once the cart is set up.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Swooper Flags
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:49:38 PM »
   Welcome to the board. I have a couple of the flags you're talking about and they really get whipping around in the wind. There is going to be a lot of pressure at the mount. Also it's basically a big weather vane so you're going to need at least three foot of clearance all around the mount.  If you could get a hitch receiver tube and secure it to a good solid point on the frame out of the way then use a receiver flag mount. It should be strong enough to hold the flag and not damage the cart in a high wind. Good Luck!
    Note; you are going to have to think about your customers in relation to the cart and flag. You don't want the flag interfering with their access to you and your food.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: To each of you, a very merrry Chrismas
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:22:47 AM »
AZ I hope you had a good Christmas and were able to get some caroling in.  I also hope the new year brings you health, happiness and profits.

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Tilting a commercial refrigerator while moving
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:51:39 AM »
Good luck with your expansion Super. That Turbo looks like a nice fridge. I like the top mount compressor over the bottom. Keeps the heat above the box. I have a box truck I use for towing and dry food storage, will be converting half into prep area. Adding sinks and refrigeration and prep table. Let us know what you think of that fridge.  Hope your New Year is profitable!

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Tilting a commercial refrigerator while moving
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:11:36 AM »
Hey super I found this on the GE website after posting the above. I think the last sentence applies to your situation.


When loading the refrigerator in a moving van, truck, etc., it is best to keep it standing upright. If laying the refrigerator on its side cannot be avoided, it is important to follow the above instructions on securing the components inside the refrigerator to prevent possible damage.

When using a dolly or hand truck, always truck from the side. Possible damage could occur if trucked from the front or rear. Should it be necessary to lay the unit down, lay it on its side
•Lay it on the side opposite the hinges (on top and bottom freezer models) so the door will remain closed.
•Side by side models should be placed on the freezer side. That door is less likely to come open.
•Exceptions are Monogram, bottom-mount and compact models - these must always remain upright. Because of the design of the drain, compact models should be kept upright at all times to prevent drain water from running back into the appliance unless new out of the box. If it does have to travel on its side, turn it off a day in advance, and allow to drain.


Important: If it has been necessary to transport the refrigerator on its side, it should be stood upright for an equal amount of time as it was on its side before plugging it in. If on its side for more than a day, leave standing for 24 hours before running. (If laying on its side just briefly to service, clean or adjust, just a few minutes of stand time will be enough.)
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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Tilting a commercial refrigerator while moving
« on: December 22, 2017, 11:02:04 AM »
   You can tilt a fridge as long as you wait to plug it in afterwards. I have forgotten the math but it boils down to an hour standing unplugged x the length of time on it's side. Tipping the fridge that far I would say if you wait at least 24 hours you should be good to go. That gives the coolant a chance to settle back in place so you don't burn out the compressor.  I have done this with home refrigerators with no problems afterwards.  If you are really worried call a refrigeration repair shop and ask what they think.

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