mini food truck
Looking to start small? Try investing in a mini food truck. These trucks might be small, but they sure pack a punch. Any business idea you have will fit perfectly in one of these bite-size, on-the-go trucks.
mini food trucks offer a lot of choice
A small food truck can be a price-conscious starting point for your business and career in the food industry. They are great for testing the waters and refining your concept. You can always go big later, and by opting for a mini food truck now you can start immediately without having to save up for years.
We also see customers where that is not the case at all and they simply have a brand or concept in mind and a tuk tuk or mini food truck fits the bill to a tee. Scaling your concept can then be done at greater speed and with substantially smaller capital expenditure.
Getting multiple units in at once is also a great way to test out concession spots much faster than the competition, allowing you to learn, iterate, and pivot before they do. For many business cases, two $50k trucks make more sense than one $100k+ truck.
Add to that the many extra concession opportunities that open up in malls and retail spaces when you have a small unit, with even more if you go electric – and you have an excellent business case for buying a mini food truck.
what exactly is a "mini" food truck?
That really is up to you. We start by presenting the only real mini food truck – Japanese keitora with a custom food truck box.
If you are interested in a small food truck, it might also be worth considering getting a tuk tuk food truck, food bike, or food cart to suit your mobile vending needs. We just happen to have some great models stocked for those solutions, too!
proper mini food trucks
SUZUKI CARRY - ASIA'S MINI FOOD
Japan is the origin of many great small trucks, but they are popular for food truck use all over Asia. Mitsubishi or Isuzu build similar models of kei truck or keitora, but by far the most common mini food truck conversion is a Suzuki Carry. So much so that we have a standardized cargo box to go on top that is wholly engineered and designed for food truck use.
Our premium mini food truck solution is sourced straight from Suzuki truck export in Tokyo and converted into a food truck using the famous Carryboy box extension or one of our custom upfitting solutions if the Carryboy is not suited to your goals. We simply mount the box, insulate to US or EU food-grade standards, and install all necessary gas, electric, and water lines to code, as well as all the equipment you have ordered from us. These units comply with all major metro emission zone requirements and are road legal in all of the EU and USA.
Worried about the finer points of international export-import and registration? It certainly is a ton of work and very confusing, but that is exactly why you have Karpatia to handle it all. Regulations are followed to the letter and registration and licensing takes the very minimum of hassle on your part.
If your concept features Asian street food there are very few trucks equally authentic as a Suzuki Carry.
A SUZUKI CARRY IS THE PERFECT
MINI FOOD TRUCK FOR ICE CREAM
Selling packaged ice cream, paletas, or pops does not require a huge inventory, so why get a big box when a small food truck at a smaller budget will do?
Our custom box superstructure can be fitted with a sliding concession window or a hatch, and the aerodynamic front addition to the cab provides extra height so a single driver-operator can move from behind the wheel to serving customers without needing to exit the truck.
A range of solutions can be fitted inside. Ideal for packaged ice cream but equally possible is to fit the truck with a small scoop and serve ice cream counter, crushed ice and Hawaiian shaved ice, soft serve, or any combination of those.
Not that the Suzuki Carry is limited to ice cream, selling ready-made meals, a mobile store on wheels or a full blown kitchen, etc. Although one size does not fit all it certainly fits a lot.
other small mobile
Mini food trailer
Our mini food trailer design is based on the popular budget roundtop model made in China. Offered by popular demand, we realize ours is significantly more expensive than buying it straight from China, and with good reason.
Karpatia manufactures the unit from scratch and we do all the gas, water, and electric work locally – licensed, insured, bonded – in addition to installation of stainless steel countertops and mounting the cabin on a high quality steel chassis built in-house.
Is this the best food trailer out there? No. We offer much higher-end concession trailers, made using better materials, facilities, production techniques, and expert craftsmanship. However, those average $45k and we do dare to stick our neck out and say as far as this model is concerned, ours are the best compromise on price to quality for a trailer available in the budget range.
Don’t take our word for it! Ask over 100 satisfied customers every year and call any of the dozen customers that bought elsewhere and had their food trailer fixed by us over the years.
food tuk tuks, piaggio food
trucks, and other triporteurs
Stretching the definition of a food “truck” a bit further than the trailer is the popular decision to make a tuk tuk food truck, be it a classic Italian Piaggio Ape or a modern electric, silent and fun premium tuk tuk made in Holland.
Tuk Tuk food trucks enable you to sell street food in a modern style, stand out from the crowd, and be a welcome guest to many indoor venues and events. We offer both show models and 100% road-legal, DOT-compliant, electric or gas powered tuk tuk food trucks.
Note that being road legal does not mean you can take them on the interstate or Autobahn autonomously. You will need a small car hauler to go along with it.
An (electric) food bike combines the advantages of a cart with an easier time getting around the city. Many European cities and some American ones will approve mobile vending concepts with a food bike that would not be greenlighted if they used carts.
Most food bikes serve up ice cream or coffee as a result of the limited inventory, prep space, and lack of certified ventilation. This makes them ideally suited to other limited-inventory low-prep foods such as drinks, popcorn, and cotton candy.
We have seen popular fries concepts and BBQ bikes too though, so let your imagination run wild. Especially if your resupply point is nearby, there is no reason not to.
electric food trucks
A lot of people reach this page looking for fully electric food trucks. There are a lot of specialty, fully-EV vehicles out there these days. We can also put solar panels and battery solutions on regular trucks and trailers, if you are looking for a full EV food unit.
frequently asked questions about mini food trucksLearn more in our knowledge center ►
No, we can convert any (mini) truck to a food truck as a custom for you, ranging from an American school bus to a Soviet KAMAZ. Surprise us!
If you are getting a mini food truck, though, the Suzuki Carry is simply the most common, practical, and value-conscious choice.
This is a complicated question-and-answer because there are a ton of mini food truck options. Additionally, there are many different state and county rules.
Generally, mini food trucks, carts, tuk tuks, and food bikes are both perfectly legal and situationally restricted. This means that you can run a mini food truck in all states except California and you can operate a concession perfectly well using a food bike unless you happen to be in Lousiana (and we are sure there are a few other choice rules in all jurisdictions).
For that reason we do a thorough consultation with you before any work starts.
We sell the Suzuki Carry with Carryboy Box starting at $30k.
There are literally hundreds of food truck builders.
so why karpatia?
Karpatia provides one of the best quality-to-value ratios in the industry. From 100% made in the USA custom trucks to high end European classics and authentic conversions, we can do it all.
With Karpatia, you have an endless amount of possibilities. We will provide you with the best kitchen equipment and customizations such as full body wrap or painting. Working with us is fast and easy!
We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites. We want to see you succeed, which is why we offer many options in hopes it will help their business be successful.
It might be your first mini food truck, but it’s not ours. From coffee bikes and hot dog carts, to ice cream bikes and more, we have a basic plan to get you rolling quicker.
No cash, no problem! Get pre-qualified by our finance partners or see if we can negotiate a more affordable loan option through our factory financing. If you can put up a deposit or trade in your old model, we can work together.
Financing is possible for both new and used models.
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