Whether you plan to rent a mobile kitchen for a few days or for several months, there are certain factors you need to consider. Ultimately, you want to have the ideal temporary kitchen space that won’t break your budget. Here are some mobile kitchen trailer rental tips from Mobile Kitchens USA:
1. Stick to Your Budget
Before you even start shopping around for temporary kitchen options, develop a budget. Know exactly how much you have to spend on a mobile kitchen rental, how much it will cost to operate (staff, food supplies, utilities, etc.). Setting a smart budget is a good first step to avoid overspending and in helping you decide how to configure your unit.
2. Know Your Options
There are many different types of temporary kitchens. There are mobile kitchen trailers, food trucks, skid units, tent kitchens, modular kitchens and specialty trailers just for refrigeration and dishwashing. Start by selecting the right type of temporary kitchen that suits your location(s) and your food service needs.
3. Know Your Menu
It is very important to know what kind of food you will be preparing, cooking and serving out of your mobile kitchen trailer. Develop your menu in advance. This will help you to know what kind of appliances, storage spaces and features you will require for the most effective mobile commercial kitchen.
4. Know Your Quantities
In addition to knowing what food you are serving, you must know how much you plan to cook and serve on a daily basis during your rental. If you are setting up a temporary kitchen during a renovation of a school, hospital or other facility, then you likely already know your daily foodservice needs. Naturally, the mobile kitchen will need to allow you to keep up with the regular demand. If you are setting up the trailer for a special event, do as much research as you can to figure out the size of your staff, the amount of cold and dry food storage needed, and the quantities of food being served.
5. Select the Right Size
By knowing your menu and your foodservice quantities, you’ll be able to select the right size unit that will match your needs. Don’t forget tip #1 here, as well. Of course, it would be nice to have as big a mobile kitchen trailer as possible. That may not be practical and it may not be within your budget. At the same time, you have to be careful not to get something that is too small and can’t handle the amount of cooking you need to do.
6. Customize It
Be sure and work with a mobile kitchen trailer rental company who can help customize your unit. Get the necessary appliances installed. Figure out your refrigeration/freezing space. Include the work tables, dishwashers, sinks, shelves and all other features you require. A good mobile kitchen fabricator can work with you with find the right balance between the unit size, layout and features, so that you have what you need in a space that is effective for your kitchen staff. Also think about things like air conditioning/heating, hot water tanks, safety features and how you will power appliances (electric lines, generator, natural gas lines or propane).
7. Finalize Your Rental Period
At Mobile Kitchens USA, we can help you get the perfect mobile kitchen unit for as long as you need it. Our lease plans are flexible. We can deliver the trailer directly to you and pick it up when your lease is complete. Just let us know what you need and we’ll help you find the best solutions.
To learn more about mobile kitchen trailer rentals from Mobile Kitchens USA, contact us today!