Thanks everybody. I’m just starting out and this place has been really helpful.
Most events allow generators. Many events are providing electricity from giant generators too that for whatever reason are not usually a reliable source of electricity anyway, so always carry your Honda.
I forgot to mention. Always remember that Watts = Volts X Amps. That way you always know how many things you can run.
Get a hold of a amp meter or see if you can get the amps off of the frig model tag. RJF
Most of the events I work won’t allow generators. If you are the only one on a 20 amp circuit you should be fine. As long as your not using any type of warmer
I’m pretty sure I can get away with a non commercial frig. I know I can in some places I guess I need to call the counties I’ll be working in.
I’ll try checking w/ some rv boneyards.
Do you guys work many/any events that will not let you use a generator?
You better check with your local health department on this one. You may be required to have a NSF (commercial) fridge, though I’ve seen concession trailers with standard consumer ones.. As for the LP powered fridge (they normally run on LP, Electric or 12VDC), find a local RV boneyard.. You may be able to get one for a decent price. (call a local RV dealer in your area to find where the closest one is located).
It’s been my experience that 20 amps will run my commercial reefers/freezers and hood fan. Just.
If both units start up at the same time, it might blow somebody’s breaker.
That Honda generator is probably as quiet as your fan….you might run the reefer with the generator and use shore power to run everything else.
Both propane and commercial frig’s aren’t cheap. I’m getting low on cash.
Look at the start up amps/watts and running amps/watts for the fridge to figure out what else you can run based on total amps/watts.
When things are tight, start up the fridge first and let it get up to speed (about 1 hour)then add on the other stuff up to 15 amps.
Think about juggling electricity use, i.e., turn something off before turning something with equivalent amps on.
You also might want to think about a commercial fridge like True, that get cold real fast, unless you are going to pre-chill the fridge before heading to the event.
Not being or ever have been in the concession business I wonder do they still make propane refigerators?
I at one time had one in a camp that I had in rual Maine couldn’t kill it.
I belive mine was from the early 20s. Chow Jim
How much power do you need for your frig?
Most of the events I’m looking at only offer a single 15 amp and sometimes 20 amp outlet.
I’ve looked at some refrigerators at lowes and HD and they’re manuals said it needed a dedicated 115 volt 60Hz AC only electrical outlet. I’m not really sure what that means.
I’ve built my own trailer and all cooking equip is propane, but i’m starting to worry about power for the frig and lights and exhaust fans etc.
I do have a little honda eu2000i but a few events don’t allow generators.
How many appliances or whatever can you run off of a 15 amp outlet?
Concession trailer frig
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