Designing Beyond Food Trucks

Design and engineering capabilities tell the difference between elite custom fabricators and those that operate and build as job shops.  Not all builders have an in-house design and engineering team that can generate 3D renderings, perform strength testing, and suggest configurations that optimize efficiency. APEX Specialty Vehicles is one of the only premium specialty mobile builders that staffs a full-time design and degreed engineering team capable of designing beyond food trucks. Let’s explore a recent project that outlines the use of 3D renderings and superior engineering capabilities to bring this unique project from simply a vision to fruition.

Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps

APEX Specialty Vehicles partnered with Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps to design, engineer, and build out two custom 53-ft trailers. The need for replacement trailers arose when Santa Clara Vanguards’ existing trailer was involved in an accident, which resulted in an opportunity to make some design and engineering changes to the trailers to fit their specific needs.


APEX worked directly with SCV’s team of designers and engineers to bring their vision to fruition, with the help of the detailed 3D renderings.

Both engineering, design, and fabrication teams worked extremely closely to assemble the two 53-ft trailers, which were equipped with high-end refrigeration and freezer units, along with industrial cooking equipment. The trailers travel around with the SVC to prepare and serve meals to performers and staff. This custom project sets the tone as the new industry standard in music and performing arts trailers. Check out SVC as they tour the country!

About SCV:

The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps is our World Class performing ensemble and one of the founding groups of Drum Corps International (DCI). Formed in 1967, Vanguard (A-Corps) travels between ten and twelve weeks each summer throughout the United States performing in competitive field shows and parades.

Selecting a Builder That is Equipped with Designing Beyond Food Trucks

APEX focuses on the upfront design of each project, creating a fluid and executable build process. APEX is one of the only specialty builders that staffs five full-time design engineers. Our focus is on the upfront design and engineering of each project, eliminating any inconsistencies before the build process begins. Let’s compare specialty vehicle builds to home building. As a home owner, you would never build a home with only a simple floor plan and a basic quote given to you by the builder.

Think of APEX as the architect for your mobile custom build, merging the design and engineering portions of the equation into a 3D environment to provide a quality design, scope of work, equipment list, and pricing proposal. We spend an extensive amount of time designing each project in 3D, which addresses many of the issues before the build begins, ensuring your unit is still on schedule for completion on your due date! When you build with APEX, there will be no unexpected delays… bottom line. Each project we build has 80+ hours of design and engineering, and 20+ hours of procurement and equipment management invested before even hitting the production floor!

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How does APEX do this?
APEX has changed the specialty build culture from on-the-fly job shop mentality to forward thinking design and engineering focused. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done so within the design process:
– Five engineers on staff
– Quote 5-10 fully engineered builds each week
– 3D renderings and floor plans

Building a mobile custom truck or trailer is similar to building a home. You wouldn’t begin building your home without an accurate floor plan and pricing, correct? This is no different.

• APEX is the architect for your custom project vision, ensuring the unit is built using the highest quality products and finishes within a mobile environment.

• Our experience paired with our in-house design and engineering department flawlessly brings your vision to fruition.

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Quality is king, and APEX is committed to providing the highest quality process, product and post-service. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, APEX integrates continuous improvement into their business model, and works to achieve the best possible product for our customers.

In addition to providing an exceptionally built custom vehicle, APEX backs our fabrication with an unmatched 5-year warranty. APEX supports and facilitates the repair process for any warranty/craftsmanship issues, no matter where in the country the truck is located.

If you are an entrepreneur, restauranteur, big brand executive, food truck operator or performing arts department wanting to learn more about a custom-built food truck or trailer, please reach out. APEX would be happy to explain the process, answer your questions and provide a quote!  800-259-4804