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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Grill
« on: December 07, 2013, 09:25:24 AM »

Hey! That Sizzle-Q looks sexy.  I have a flat griddle that I use, but it is cast Iron, and that one looks more professional.
Just checked my closest Sam's (Which is 65 miles away), and it is in stock.  Might just have to pick one up next time I am in town.

Thanks painless! (I think mine was an additional $4.68 for shipping and that was cheaper than gas in my case.)

And I use it every day, it's held up great, and it sure is nice to have the option of a grill + griddle 'all in one' for $150!

~ Red

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Grill
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:42:16 PM »

General Discussion / Re: email notice
« on: December 01, 2013, 08:44:06 AM »




(The inside is stripped...and nothing says out with old and in with the new...than tearing out cardboard insulation and fake wood panel walls!)

~ Red


The 'illustrated' exterior work list is complete:

~ Red

(More to follow.)

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Chili and Condiments
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:16:34 AM »
I let my customers load their dogs with the basics and the condiments however they want for free. (Think Subway.) I keep religious records of what my customers are using and what is waste, so I've got a good handle on what costs are based on what's being actually consumed, that gives me the cost average for my basic dogs, and I set my retail based on cost X 3 as a rule of thumb. Specialty dogs and items are based on making the item + recipe cost + mark-up.

Hope that helps,

~ Red

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Chili and Condiments
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:06:47 PM »
I have tried chili but I have found that it is not worth the effort or the cost.  I agree with you on the basic, condiments.  I use Mustard, ketchup, cut onions, relish, hot peppers, banana peppers and kraut and my special sauce.  i figure about .05 per item for cost.  You will find that some most will only want mustard, ketchup, relish and onions but not all.  you will learn your customers.  start small and basic...DUGGS DOGGS GOOD!! GOOD!!

Great advice!

~ Red

Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Hot Dog Cart Ins. In Maine
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:50:32 AM »

Here's the link for FLIP.


IMHO you should DEF check out FLIP.

~ Red

Thanks Ben!

(I'm really looking forward to this build and giving this trailer a unique look. And I'll try and keep the pictures and updates coming as it shapes up.)

~ Red

Concession Trucks and Trailers / DIY Retro Style Concession Trailer Build
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:46:42 PM »

Brought this home Friday.

6'x10' w/ all aluminum skin, serves out double doors in the back, 50's chrome bumper, 'shore power' style wiring for power inside and out, top vent, 2 double louvered vent windows on each side, wood paneled walls / roof on the inside, 3 leveling stands, and a 'parking brake' that engages by hand when the trailer is parked.

I think I'm gonna clean and polish it 'brite' to a chrome like airstream finish / shine, add ½ moon hubcaps, red rims, and wide white walls for a rat rod style vibe.

And then who knows, this is my 1st trailer and an upgrade for me, so I'm super excited to get started.

(Any DIY trailer builders out there, (or anyone), who has any hints, suggestions, tips, or tricks ~ I'm all ears.)


~ Red



Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »
Thanks Ben! (I love'em too ~ and I think it'll be a great item to introduce for the winter ~ and get people hooked on 'em.)

~ Red

Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:51:33 PM »
Can you share how you cook the peanuts.


I'm thinking about adding hot / warm items for the winter and I'd like to know as well.


~ Red

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