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Old 09-10-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience in this? I own a small electrical company that does primarily residential work and I was asked if I'd willing to give it a shot. I told them I am willing, however, I made it very clear that this would be a learning experience for me( I will obviously bill accordingly). They said they can't find anyone else so that's fine. I'd like to hear from some of you that may have experience and know some unexpected things I may run into to.

Please give your honest opinions(as I know you will) on whether or not I should even take the job. I would love the experience and to help the lady out as it's a friend of a friend's. And let's be honest, I could use the work!

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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Lunch truck or retired RV turned hot dog truck?

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Haha. Let's assume the worst. If the truck doesn't already have wiring it was probably at one point owned by UHall...
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I don't know of any codes that would apply to a vehicle. SJ cord.
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How large is the truck? Gas? Diesel? Heating? Cooling? What kind of alternator is under the hood? If it isn't at least 200 amp's that's going to have to be replaced with a 250+. Is it going to be all DC? Or does she plan on sticking some AC equipment back there?
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I just saw a few pictures and what it looks like is more of a remodel. Definitely was properly built into a lunch truck and now it looks like they're redoing a lot of it. There was no pictures of the front of the truck so I'm unsure of the make but It's way larger then I expected. Definitely selling more then hot dogs! Let me give her a call in the next couple days and I'll post as much info as I can. Thanks a lot!
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Haha. Let's assume the worst. If the truck doesn't already have wiring it was probably at one point owned by UHall...
Ask B4T about Uhauls....
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dc, or ac?

I know how to wire cars in DC very very well.
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I just saw a few pictures and what it looks like is more of a remodel. Definitely was properly built into a lunch truck and now it looks like they're redoing a lot of it. There was no pictures of the front of the truck so I'm unsure of the make but It's way larger then I expected. Definitely selling more then hot dogs! Let me give her a call in the next couple days and I'll post as much info as I can. Thanks a lot!
I have seen alot of these popping up around my area lately. Most the ones Ihave seen have there own generator for lighting, refrigeration units etc. All the cooking tops/ovens are gas.
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I would ask EricS37 how he would do it.
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I would ask EricS37 how he would do it.
I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot stick.

But I have seen a few roach coaches down on the Bayfront. They look like they primarily run everything off of propane for cooking. I think you can buy 12 volt DC appliances but I don't know if they would be capable of heavy duty commercial food prep. Might need to hook 'em up with a good inverter for regular 120v appliances.

Honestly I'm talking completely out of my ass because I've never wired one before and I really don't want to.
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I would use seal tight, gfci countertops, small sub from generator with shore hook up when available ac. Possibly a 50 amp inlet but its impossible to guess. Tell them to keep major cooking appliances to gas. Electric will require larger generator and shore hook up.
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I corrected the wiring on a lunch truck several years ago. Major pita. The original wiring consisted of a GE panel wired with 20 amp 120 volt 2-wire feeder for several other 20 amp sp circuits. This feeder was wired to a 50 amp 4-wire inlet that was manually welded to the side of the truck. It also had a transfer switch for the mobile generator built-in to truck. The whole thing had to be reworked for basic things like this.

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