Do you want to set up your own business? Then a food truck is a great idea!
This type of business allows you to set your own hours and gets you out on the open road with the wind in your hair! You also get to meet lots of friendly people and visit some amazing places. First, however, you need a food truck and a Ute with a tray back is the ideal foundation for your custom canopy.
What is a truck canopy?
Many tradies have a truck canopy fitted to the tray of their Ute because it makes storing, transporting and securing tools and equipment very easy. Painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics and construction workers all find that a custom Ute canopy suits their needs perfectly.
Made from 2.5mm aluminium, the Dunn & Watson canopies are lightweight, durable and look great. They can be built to suit any size Ute tray and can be customised to suit your specific needs. You can also customise the interior of your custom aluminium canopy by installing a range of cargo drawers and fridge slides.
What is a food truck canopy?
A food truck canopy is a custom made canopy that’s designed to be installed on the tray of your Ute. However, before you order your food truck canopy from Dunn & Watson, you need to know the type of design that’s best for your business. With this knowledge, you can create the perfect canopy for your food truck. After all, a custom tray and canopy requires a significant investment, so you need to get it right the first time.
Here are some of the questions you may need to answer before ordering your custom truck canopy.
- What type of food and drinks will you sell?
- Do you need an espresso machine?
- How will you store perishable goods?
- Do you need a large water container?
- How will you display your food and drinks?
- Where will you store rubbish?
- How will you power your equipment?
The answers to these and many more questions help you design both the exterior and interior of your custom food truck trailer. You need to get this design correct before you order your custom food truck canopy because any mistakes now can be very costly in the future.
What type of vehicle is best for a custom tray and canopy?
A custom tray and canopy can be fitted to just about any vehicle. There are food trucks made from horse boxes, school buses, caravans and VW Beetles. However, one of the most perfect vehicles for transforming into a food truck is a Ute with a flat tray. That’s because it’s fairly easy to transform. All you need is to attach a custom truck canopy to the flat bed, one that’s designed specifically for your business.
Of course, this is assuming that you can operate your business from the exterior of your canopy (coffee trucks come to mind here), rather than needing to be inside the canopy (ice cream vans!). If you need to operate inside your van then a Ford Transit is a popular choice because you can stand upright inside and there’s plenty of room.
However, a Ute with a flat tray is a great option for most small food businesses. That’s because it’s cheaper to buy and run than a large transit van, can be easily packed up and moved to your next location and can be parked in standard-size parking bays.
Benefits of a custom canopy for your food truck
Fitting a custom canopy to your food truck is a great idea with many benefits that include providing shade to make your business stand out from the competition.
Provides plenty of shade: If you’re standing outside your Ute making coffee, sandwiches or other consumables then a custom canopy for your food truck you don’t want to be in the full sun for very long. A custom made food truck provides you with enough shade to keep you protected throughout the day.
Helps to organise your truck: With a range of custom canopy drawers and fridge slides you can thoroughly organise your food truck making it easy to store and find everything you need. Organisation also keeps everything safe and secure during transportation.
Makes your business stand out from competitors: If you’re operating amongst competitors, a custom made food truck will make you stand out from the competition. It’s a great way to promote your business!
Makes your business unique: A custom canopy on your food truck gives your business a unique design that promotes it to potential customers. It also makes your food truck easy to recognise so that customers can head over as soon as you arrive on-site.
Attract more customers: When you’ve gone to the effort of designing a custom truck canopy, you can be sure that it will attract more customers to your business!
How much does a custom Ute canopy cost?
A custom Ute canopy that’s designed for a food truck will cost at least $5000 if not a lot more. It all depends on your design and the needs of your business. Call our friendly customer service team on 1300 210 549 for an obligation-free quote.