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I am in the process of building one of these. I am interested in hearing opinions and ideas on a concept such as this. It's purpose is straight forward. Thanks for the input!
 

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Looks cool

That's certainly nice looking.

We have lots of direct sellers here that take their product to the various farmers markets within 2 hours drive time. All of them that I can think of use a box truck and a tent. They need the transport capacity of the box truck to make the day worthwhile. A place at the market costs the same whether you sell 1 tomato or 5 bins so they try to have enough and varied enough product to make the day worthwhile. A tent, 2-3 tables, a couple of chairs, some signage etc. is all loaded to the rear of the truck along with perhaps a hand pallet jack to move product from the front of the truck to the back.

Many of them have been in business for a long time so they are doing something right. Some only hit 3-4 markets a week, others might do as many as 24 with multiple trucks and people. It's a good day for them if they can sell out by noon and be on the road home.

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I like the idea of the Box Truck. I thought this idea might be a little easier on the wallet to start with. When you say "Box Truck" are you talking about a UPS style truck?
 

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That's nice, giving me ideas for this upcoming season, my wife would love that. :good2:
 

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I think that's the nicest "mobile farm stand" that I've ever seen!! As others have said, most of the folks at our farmer's markets use a pop-up tent and offload all the stuff from their trucks on to tables under the tent. Your idea would certainly save a lot of set up and tear down time.

We have one farmer around here that pulls a farm wagon with what looks like a circus tent mounted on it. Even though I know the guy personally, I hate to get stuck behind him on the road. Having the farm wagon with what is essentially a sail on top of it limits his top speed to about 30 mph. :banghead:

A couple of things...

The trailer in your picture looks like it has 15" wheels on it. That's a good thing as it means it's probably a 3500 lb axle on it. You're going to want at least that. Don't use some cheap trailer from Tractor Supply or Lowes that has 13" tires and a 1000 lb axle. If I were doing it - and had to buy the trailer - I'd probably consider a tandem axle utility trailer instead of a single axle.

It's going to be next to impossible to make your mobile farm stand aerodynamic. You're going to need to build the structure to basically withstand a side wind (which is actually going to be from the front of the trailer) somewhere around 60 mph - probably higher. You're also going to need to physically fasten the structure to the trailer.

Yeah, you probably already have considered all this, but... :laugh:
 

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You will be hauling "precious cargo" that does not take well to a lot of shaking,,,
because of that,, I would build it as a tandem axle,,

You will not make much money,,, if your tomatoes are "mushy" from hitting a speed bump,,
whereas, if the trailer was a tandem, the load would have just rolled over it.

The height is the other reason for the trailer to be a tandem,,
yours would not be the first trailer turned over by a gust of wind,,
the extra axle will help lower the center of gravity,,,
 

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I like the idea of the Box Truck. I thought this idea might be a little easier on the wallet to start with. When you say "Box Truck" are you talking about a UPS style truck?
Something like that. They are usually have a 12' - 14' box, a pull down rear door and are low enough to make it easy to get in and out of the truck. Some have used Uhaul or Budget trucks bought used to start with and keep the cost down. The only ones that I can think of that have refrigerated units are those selling meat or seafood. Veggies generally have to ride in air temp but the trucks leave the farm early- 5:00 or so depending on the trip. Diesel costs more but many of them end up with diesel engines because of the longevity. They will put a lot of miles on a truck during the season but then it sits in the off season.

The trailer idea could be a way to start at even lower cost if you build it yourself and have a pickup or SUV to pull it with. It's a bit more hassle to maneuver in a crowded market and you may have to detach and park the towing vehicle separately but could be a nice attraction. If you go that route, spend some time really thinking about how you will transport your product AND how you will display and sell them. Most of the time, you want people to see your product so you or your sellers will be behind the product. It could be a fun project and not too expensive but even with the box trucks, they continuously tweak them to add a way to stow the tent, tables, chairs, dress up the exterior etc.

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I considered a tandem axle trailer but ended up going the single axle route for cost reasons. I ended up with a Sure-Trac 6x12 commercial grade trailer with a 3500lb axle.
 

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there;s a lot of possibilities, I think you have to look at a bunch and incorporate ideas from those that work for you. Here's a few I liked:

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Thank you all!
 

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Well, you did it. Nice job! :bigthumb:
 
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