BBQ trailers not only differ in complexity and functionality but they also greatly range in length and throughput. As a leading custom BBQ trailer fabricator, APEX Specialty Vehicles has experience building standard size trailers (18-ft to 22-ft), and most recently was recognized as building the largest BBQ trailer in the country, coming in at 42 feet long! Let’s check out 5 tips for building a custom BBQ trailer from the team of experts at APEX.

Tip #1: Outline your menu and cuisine options

This is imperative to understand that the size, configuration, and equipment needs differ for all custom BBQ trailers. Questions to consider include:

  • What foods will you be serving year-round? Seasonal?
  • What other menu items will be serving that are not BBQ-related?
  • How many people do you anticipate serving per event? weekend?

    A deep dive into your menu can save you time, money and frustration as you proceed with the design and build of your BBQ trailers.

Tip #2: Determine the Trailer Components

Once you determine your menu, an outline of your equipment list will be completed. High-end builders like APEX have an in-house design team that will assist in pairing your needs with the perfect equipment. For example, the 42-ft BBQ trailer mentioned above had an Ole Hickory Pits smoker mounted in the rear of the trailer, which offered an innovative way to smoke the meats while providing ample cooking room within the interior of the trailer. In addition, that specific trailer for Dale Lucas (Destination BBQ) was equipped with a restroom and sleeping quarters for the competitive nature of the trailer use.  

Tip #3: Invest in the Design and Engineering Process

An investment in the design and engineering process should not solely be in a monetary way. Select high-end builders like APEX Specialty Vehicles provide extensive design and engineering services during the proposal stage of the process. The initial focus on design and making changes to a 3D model is much more efficient – both from the customer’s standpoint and from the builder’s perspective. During the exploratory stage of the build process, it’s imperative that you ask questions. Ask the builder for suggestions on how to configure the equipment based on your needs. Ask for recommendations of customers you can speak to that have built a similar trailer. Become engaged in the design process and truly understand each element and dimension. This part of the process is truly the most important element of the build. Once you have the design exactly how you want it, the build process can continue being executed.

Tip #4: Warranty

Not all builders grant the same apples-to-apples warranty. APEX provides a five-year warranty, which is one of the longest and strongest in the industry on all trailer builds. Every aspect of the build will be completed in APEX’s 50,000 sq. ft. the facility, so the craftsmanship is backed by those that completed the work, in this case, APEX.

Tip #5: Aesthetics

Let’s be honest… people want to eat from a clean and aesthetically pleasing mobile trailer. APEX uses the highest quality materials and finishes that will bring the WOW factor to your unit. Adding trailer graphics make a huge difference in the presentation of your trailer. Not all builders provide graphic applications, so that may be a question you’d like to clarify before beginning the process.

As you begin the process and have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to the experts at APEX.

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