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When you think of ice creams you automatically think of the traditional British ice cream man in his ice cream van with those distinctive chimes drawing customers to purchase mouth watering soft 99 ice creams. There are several specialist UK companies who specialise solely in ice cream van conversions with many years experience of building top quality ice cream vans. Alternatively and worth considering are ice cream catering trailers, hand built carts, bespoke kiosks and ice cream vending tricycles are usually readily available. All of our advertisers (Suppliers Directory) will be able to provide you with all the information you need to help with your purchase.
Ice cream van conversions
Traditional ice cream van conversions are the vehicle of choice for many ice cream sellers providing the flexibility for a single operator to easily move between and attend several trading positions over a short period of time. Ice cream van conversions can be found in a variety of formats from Ford Transit conversions to classic replica vintage vehicle conversions both being easily adapted to suit many ice cream menus, themes and concepts.
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Ice cream catering trailers
Purpose built ice cream trailers are a popular choice for many ice cream sellers as they provide more space for extra ice cream related equipment and room for several staff to operate. Ice cream trailers can be themed and fitted out with a wide variety of ice cream equipment to suit most ice cream menus from soft ice cream, hard scoop, slush drinks, frozen yogurt etc. Considerations: Ice cream trailers will need to be towed and depending upon the size and weight may require a substantial suitable towing vehicle.
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Ice cream carts and kiosks
Ice cream carts and mobile ice cream kiosks provide a great versatile opportunity to provide ice creams in places where ice cream vans and trailers are not well suited. Carts and kiosks can be fitted with all the necessary equipment to sell either soft or hard scoop ice creams and are easily adapted to suit many different ice cream themes and concepts.
Considerations: Most ice cream carts and mobile ice cream kiosk units will need to be transported rather than towed to your trading destination.
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Ice cream tricycles
Ice cream tricycles make a great focal point as ice cream vending units that can be adapted to suit a variety of ice creams and impulse ices. Suitable for all types of events, shopping malls and high streets and if used and themed to match an existing mobile ice cream business, tricycles can add additional trading opportunities for little outlay. Considerations: Tricycles are best suited to being transported along with any related accessories to your final trading destination to ensure a ready to work pristine appearance.
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General advice and tips
Prices will vary depending mainly upon the type of mobile ice cream unit you choose plus the amount and type of ice cream equipment you decide to have installed. Depending upon the unit type if you have limited funds for your purchase it may be an idea to cut down on the amount of ice cream equipment than the overall size of the unit, you can always add more items as and when funds become available. Important note: Do not cut out equipment required by law for compliance with hygiene regulations. Tip: Many manufacturers will have ice cream units ready to go but if you want to order a custom made unit allow several months ideally over the winter to ensure the unit or conversion will be ready for the main summer season.

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