Basic Care Tips for Food Trucks

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Let’s Take a Look at Basic Care Tips for Food Trucks

As we are in the midst of winter and the winterizing tips for your food truck, let’s discuss some other basic care tips for food trucks to ensure your investment remains operable, profitable, and looking fresh! We divided the basic care tips for food trucks into three sections: Exterior, Interior/Equipment & Mechanical. Let’s explore each of the sections in greater depth.

Basic Care Tips for Food Trucks: Keeping the Exterior Graphics and Paint Fresh and CleanBasic Care Tips for Food Trucks

According to, graphics on a car, truck or trailer can generate between 30,000 and 70,000 impressions – or views – per day. As a builder of specialty marketing vehicles and custom food trucks/trailers, 95% of APEX clients utilize graphics to promote their brand, message or business. Similar to any paint finish, maintaining and caring for vehicle wraps should be part of your vehicle maintenance routine. For a longer-lasting wrap, you should wash your vehicle weekly, however if it is exposed to dirt or pollutants, you may want to wash it as needed throughout the week. Be sure to use a gentle automotive detergent with a sponge or soft cloth while washing the wrap. In addition, rinse the entire vehicle with clear water to get rid of any suds. Continue reading our post on How to Maintain Vehicle Wraps for additional information and insight into the exterior maintenance of your food truck.

Basic Care Tips for Food Trucks: Interior Equipment

After you’ve invested time and consideration into What Cooking Equipment To Use in a Custom Food Truck, it’s critical to keep your equipment both sanitary and looking new. Many builders vary in the equipment used for their food trucks, so we can only speak on the quality and consistency of APEX’s custom food trucks and trailers. The equipment used in our food trucks are high quality, and stainless steel. Each element is engineered and designed to fit into the food truck perfectly, and most efficiently. Treating the interior of a food truck like a restaurant or personal kitchen will ensure the equipment maintains its expected lifespan, and provides an inviting atmosphere for visitors to feel comfortable and confident in knowing your food truck is clean and has passed regulations/licensing. There are many cleaning products that are stainless steel-friendly and conducive for wear and tear on the food truck equipment. Be sure to discuss the specific cleaning options with your builder to understand what should (and should not) be used on each piece of cooking equipment and counter top.

Basic Care Tips for Food Trucks: Mechanical and Truck Maintenance

A look at our previous post on How to Winterize Sampling or Food Trucks offers the basics for keeping your food truck operating and generating profit. A few tips that should become part of your daily routine include:

  • Check the tire pressure regularly, especially during the winter months when temperatures fluctuate
  • Test your battery
  • Check truck fluids – oil, antifreeze, water, transmission, and power steering fluids


Are you ready to begin designing your food truck, so you can get on the APEX 2017 build schedule? We have a limited number of spots available throughout the year, so give us a call to begin the process!