Grilling for Truckers!

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Zack P, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Zack P

    Zack P Bobtail Member

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    I'm really curious about something that my Fiancé and I have tossed around in random discussions.

    Being that we are part of a trucking family, her older brother is a truck driver and both him and their father are owners of Valkyrie Trucking. With all the issues that happened over 2020 with truck drivers not being able to eat or worse yet, handing out their hard earned money for ####ty, overpriced truckstop fare that isn't the greatest nutrition that drivers need to function safely and healthily.

    We have tossed around the idea of buying a grill or some such cooking appliance with a couple propane tanks and other supplies and driving where truck drivers are and making them fresh food that isn't punishing their wallet or their belt. (Unless we do a bang up job and nobody could resist overeating of course!)

    We would most likely have a couple spots or even a text line or something that tells you where the food truck would be at, scheduling wise. This way if you want to swing by a rest area or something, we could quickly run up to your truck door and hand you your food through the window and off you go to make that deadline without sacrificing much time. We may even make it a point to stop at DC's that are primarily Reefer loads so that drivers who are sitting can get a quality meal while waiting to be loaded or unloaded. The possibilities are endless!

    My question; what would you drivers like to eat if we did something like this?
     
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  3. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    I think many would like this but I think the issues you will have is being compliant

    I’m not sure but would assume you may need some sort of approved set up?
    Hanging out at rest areas or truck stops also might have their own set of complications like TS and rest area not wanting you there either due to competition or just a legal liability issue?
     
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  4. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Truck stops would definitely not let you in. It's all about the Benjamin's.

    The Petro in Oak Grove Missouri built a WTF wooden fence around the barbecue joint to try and keep people from going there.
     
  5. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    I see a whole host of licensing issues..
    Rest area’s that already have contracts with vending companies..I see you bankrupt with litigation fees.

    truck stops, you want to set up shop on their property and steer their customers away, lol.
    May work for 5-10 minutes.
     
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  6. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    Agree
    Sorta like the drug dealer on the wrong corner thing
     
  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    There was a diner near the peelot in Spartanburg that did deliveries to the peelot via CB.

    You could probably work that angle.
     
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  8. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    That seems like a long road to a daily living
    I’ve seen guys. More so in TX it seems doing this morning and evening selling burritos
    That seems to work. Premise and easy sale
    But made to order via the CB and grill?

    I like the idea but hate the plan
     
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  9. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    I've seen guys working industrial areas of some cities in a roach coach or a van. One guy up in Toronto ON, back in the 90's, had a 3 wheel bike with a hibachi, selling grilled Portuguese sausage on big roll.

    GOD those suckers were good!!
     
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  10. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    Those guys I’m sure have permits with the city
    Miami is a great place for some pretty good food off the wagon as well
     
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  11. Zack P

    Zack P Bobtail Member

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    I understand the planning isn't the greatest yet, but I do know there would be licenses and permits that we would need to acquire and keep current. For instance, we would need state-related food truck/restaurant permits just to operate in each of the states we're in. And Federal licensing to cross state lines.

    As for truck stops, we would run similar to door dash. We wouldn't be parked in the truck stop unless we needed fuel. State rest areas I don't see being a major issue as long as we had the licenses and permits to be at those rest areas. Privately owned rest areas would be a little more difficult, but not impossible. Then there would be the DC's that take their sweet ### time loading or unloading the trucks; those would be options as well, granted we acquire permission to do so beforehand.

    I just was curious about what food the drivers would like to see offered?
     
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