Modern mobile concession stands have been in use for many decades. Converting a motor home into a concession stand is just a matter of cutting a large hole in the side and covering it with a fold-out awning to allow a place to serve pedestrians. The basic construction of a concession stand requires a stable foundation for the workers to walk back and forth preparing food and serving people. Proper counter height for walk-up clients to be served and a secure awning for pedestrian cover are also necessary.
Items you will need
- Tape measure
- Reciprocating saw
- Aluminum trim
- Awning jacks
- Electrical wire
- Electric outlets
- Wire nuts
- Wire cutters
- Aluminum awning with piano hinge on top
- Silicone caulking
Draw up a floor plan to diagram the layout of the finished concession stand interior. Countertops, wiring, electric outlets, sinks with necessary plumbing, appliances, and all necessary serving equipment need to be located on the plan. This is a custom plan especially designed for your specific motor home size and use of the concession stand.
Place the motor home on a flat surface. On the outside of the motor home, measure the distance from the ground to the height at which you want the countertop of the serving station located. Locate this same mark on the interior or the home. The servers will need the countertop to be waist high, but the pedestrians can have the counter at eye level. If the counter is too high for the pedestrians, a wooden platform can be placed alongside the motorhome to elevate the pedestrians. Mark the interior of the motor home on all sides of the proposed opening. The opening should be the same size as the aluminum awning framework. The awning will have a piano hinge on the top and flip out to provide cover for the pedestrian customers.
Turn off the electrical supply to the motor home. Remove the interior wall trim and coverings at the proposed opening. Locate existing wires that will need to be removed and cut them out. Leave plenty of slack in the wires to use for rerouting around the opening and placing new outlets.
Cut out the opening in the side of the motor home. Leave room for a strong wood frame around the top bottom and sides of the opening.
Place the wood frame around the opening, securing it with screws and nails into the existing motor home structures. Attach the exterior motor home siding securely all around the opening. Attach aluminum trim around the opening that matches the size and position of the aluminum trim around the awning. Caulk underneath the trim to assure that it is watertight and airtight.
Attach the awning with a piano hinge on top, allowing it to swing out and open easily without binding. Secure it safely from falling down after opening with a rope, chain, or poles to prop it up on.
Remodel the interior of the motor home according to your previously drawn plans.
The piece of wall that is removed can be made into an awning if not damaged during removal. If used it would match the exterior of the motor home.
Use a reciprocating saw with a combination wood and metal blade to cut through the side of the motorhome.
Folding hinges and hydraulic hinges can also be used to prop up the awning.
Various construction skills and techniques will be needed to modify the remodeling of the interior.
Always take safety precautions and wear proper safety equipment while using hand tools.
Follow all local ordinances and safety requirements for operation of concession stands.
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