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We have seen some guides on Ebay, not sure how much help they would be. Mobile food operations like food trucks / trailers are a lot like restaurants and based on your menu depends on how to set them up. The large catering trucks new are very expensive and probably have the same layout out unless you have one custom built. We like the trailer concept better because you can order a trailer built how you want it for around $20k or less. We ordered our trailer as a food grade trailer without the cooking apparatus. Presently we have it setup for shaved ice and drinks for summer festivals. If we can get around or satisfy the Health Department requirements we may operate it as a catering trailer similar to the small catering trucks except offering fresh made sandwiches and salads. The only large item that has to be removed and replaced is the freezer or sandwich prep unit.
Different states have different laws concerning mobile food operations. Some states like Georgia require that you have a commercial facility to operate out of and then will only allow two locations / routes per county that you operate in per mobile food unit. Basically for us we need a small restaurant to operate out of and the cost makes it almost impossible for a single unit operation.
We know this is not what you really asked for but you can see the frustration we face every day trying to make this work.