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Maintenance on mobiles

This month Paul Newbold, MD at ProFry, talks about the importance of maintaining your mobile fish and chip van

With any business regular maintenance is needed for everything to run smoothly. If you have decided to run your own mobile fish and chip van then congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of mobile frying, and hello to all existing mobile operators.

There are some amazing opportunities for you to look into. From village rounds to festivals and weddings, the possibilities are endless. The events available to these vans seem to be multiplying by the week. So, now we will talk about the importance of maintenance to look after the equipment that earns you thousands.

You may find the escalating demand for your product overshadow the thought for maintenance. With the increasing popularity for your route it is important to consider at what point do we need to maintain.

The key to having a successful business is to be vigilant of your equipment on a daily basis. A mobile fish and chip van is similar to a motor vehicle in the fact that it needs regular service intervals to help give you the best service.

You would not want to turn up to a pre booked wedding and face a potential bad review because, for example, your generator battery was flat, someone has forgotten to refuel the generator or you have not had the range serviced!

The best way to organise your mobile fish and chip van is to have a simple maintenance/check list so at a glance so you are prepped to carry out the job as required. Here are some examples of some of the check lists we would apply:

Generator – On every generator we would check the oil on a daily basis, most certainly every week. Most generators require a main services every 500 hours (although do please check your own generator service manual). If you oil service the generator and do the valve clearances, generally these will give you a good long life. Always remember to check the consumption of electricity from your van/trailer and do not overload your generator.

LPG equipment on vehicle – It is law that you must have your LPG equipment tested and certified every year. There is also a misconception that because your LPG equipment is tested you’ve had your equipment serviced, this is not the case. You should have your LPG equipment serviced, minimum every six months. This is a very simple service in most cases and could save you hundreds of pounds in lost trade in a saved breakdown.

For more in depth detail please contact Paul Newbold at Profry on 01778342915 or visit

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