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Thread: Power for "Food Trucks" or "Food Trailers"?

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    I haven't done any food trucks. I had 1 business owner asking about putting outdoor receptacles for them. I gave him a NEMA chart & asked him to share it with the truck owners so we could see what they all used. His panel had little space open so I thought of putting all needed outlets, 2 per ckt, with a selector switch between. He said he would usually have 1 truck at a time. We talked a time or 2 and I never heard back from him.
    Yes, I'll be happy to do a first class job for less than anyone else and take a dollar a week for 10 years.

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    Don’t kill yourself providing all kinds of outlets for them. It’s really a free for all frenzy how from one concession to the next electrical needs go. One guy will say all I need is 30amps, next guy you ask if he’ll hold on 30 will say no I need 40amps, another guy will say 50amps, yet another will say 60amps, then comes the Coup-de-gras guy who runs all electric fryers doing fish says he needs 200amps and by god he wasn’t sh—ing he really drew 200 amps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
    One day they will put food trucks in the nec.... Right now there isn't an official inspection of the vehicle other than the health department. We have done a few-- one went to Chicago and I was old that the health officials were very impressed with the wiring. Little bragging there....

    If I have any say, I would recommend that food concession trailers come with minimum 50amp 120/240 volt supply cord and connector so that it would become a widely used standard, as it would work well with pedestals and surface power receptacle boxes already in the market for RV’s. In addition to that, if 60 amp service is needed the pedestal manufacturers also provide 60amp receptacles as auxiliary equipment for their boxes.

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    I would propose the CS6365 for food truck builders and those of us wiring food trucks.
    It's 125/250V 1 PH and gives you the added protection of locking.
    Its common on generators so if the vendor needs to get a generator for other events they are all set.
    It the standard plug we install at larger venue's like fairgrounds and convention centers.
    Stage / and sound type folks use them for outdoor lighting or spider boxes etc.
    So if your wiring a courtyard that might be used for other purposes like a outdoor event your good to go.

    https://www.hubbell.com/wiringdevice...365C/p/1634357

    Just my 2cents
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    Comments based on 2017 NEC unless otherwise noted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortuga View Post
    I would propose the CS6365 for food truck builders and those of us wiring food trucks.
    It's 125/250V 1 PH and gives you the added protection of locking.
    Its common on generators so if the vendor needs to get a generator for other events they are all set.
    It the standard plug we install at larger venue's like fairgrounds and convention centers.
    Stage / and sound type folks use them for outdoor lighting or spider boxes etc.
    I'd suggest that, too, but unless you're doing a general infrastructure (not sites specifically for food trucks), you end up over-provisioning since IME most trucks don't need even 30A, and only about half of the trucks need 240v- hence my comment earlier about adapters and spider boxes. If the OP wants trucks to be able to roll up and plug in, installing only CS connectors doesn't help much.

    How many portable generators have CS outputs? Usually the biggest is an L14-30 unless you get into trailer-mounted units. (Not saying they don't exist, only that I've never seen one.)

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