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July 31, 2014 Food Truck Tracker

Free LP Gas Inspection For All Food Truck Owners, Courtesy S&L Customs!

I have teamed up with S&L Customs in Manassas to provide peace of mind for all food truck owners and customers alike: free LP gas inspections for all food truck owners! (LP stands for liquid petroleum gas)

There really is no looking the other way after hearing about the tragic Philadelphia food truck gas explosion a few weeks ago. I want to make sure that something like that never happens in DC, so I paid a visit to my friend Lee at S&L Customs to ask some questions about what went down and how to prevent it. When Lee is not building food trucks, he is a volunteer firefighter in Virginia with, literally, a binder full of various fire fighting certifications.  Lee took some time out of his work day to explain to me what happened and how to prevent a food truck from experiencing such an accident.  I’ll spare you the amazing detail that he was able to garner from the videos posted all over the Internet, but what I discovered was that it is really very simple to operate a safe food truck.

The gas tank that was used on the Philadelphia food truck was a backyard BBQ gas tank, and not a proper LP tank-within-a-tank rated for use on motor vehicles.  The Philadelphia tank was operating properly, but it was not designed for use on a food truck and probably not located properly for when it eventually vented.  Also surprising is that for the cost of two backyard BBQ tanks, one can have a proper, safe, LP tank.  A few considerations need to be made during installation to allow for proper venting and electrical grounding as well as a few other safety items, but a certified LP gas technician will know all of those things (they should be able to present a certificate to you as proof – shown below).

Fortunately, Lee cares so much about safety that his shop is offering a free, no-hassle LP gas inspection for any concerned food truck owner.  The S&L Customs shop is located at: 11850 Livingston Rd, Manassas, VA 20109, Suite #105 and the phone number is 703-499-7694 – just give Lee a call before you head over.

El Fuego is a poster-child for food truck safety in the District.  Here is a photo of the LP tank mounted in a safe location – it’s just a little dirty as I captured the photo just before they went to the truck wash :-)

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S&L Customs certified LP gas technician certificate:

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A close-up of an LP tank rated for motor vehicles:

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Graveyard Grub This Saturday, July 19!

Attention DC food truck fans! There will be a Graveyard Grub at Congressional Cemetery this Saturday, July 19! This one is a fundraiser to help support the efforts and programs of the cemetery. Tasting tickets are available through Living Social or at the door. A portion of the ticket sales will be going directly to the cemetery!

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New truck: Tasty Toranj @TastyToranj

Just spotted a few days ago is Tasty Toranj, a truck serving kabobs and salads.  Here are the menu details!

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Truckeroo Happy Hour Getting Started! Open Until 11pm!

Truckeroo is heating up, but the evening temperature will be cooling down! Enjoy an adult beverage (perhaps at the Bayou Daq Shack?) accompanied by an array of munchie options, from sweet to savory, and large plate to bite-size. The location is Half St and M St SE across from the Navy Yard/Ballpark metro entrance. Just walk in the direction of the music :-) Open until 11pm, all ages! 25+ of DC’s finest food trucks!

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Truckeroo Is Open!! Now Until 11pm #Truckeroo

The barn doors of Truckeroo have swung open! Come grab some lunch and plan out your happy hour & evening at Fairgrounds DC (Half St and M St SE, across from the Navy Yard/Ballpark entrance).

Free admission, all ages, music, games and adult beverage station. :-). Here is the list of trucks serving.

See you there!

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Truckeroo Is Friday, July 11! #Truckeroo

Truckeroo, DC’s largest food truck festival, will be held this Friday, July 11, from 11am-11pm at the Half St Fairgrounds!  Location: Half St SE and M St SE, across from the Navy Yard metro station (ballpark entrance).  This is an all-ages event, with music, games and adult beverages.  Grab some tasty treats from your favorite food trucks for lunch, happy hour and dinner!

Here is the truck list:

  • Bada Bing
  • BBQ Bus
  • Bon Mi
  • Cajunators
  • Captain Cookie and the Milk Man
  • Crepe Love Truck
  • Curbside Cupcakes
  • DC Empanadas
  • DC Slices
  • Dolci Gelati Truck
  • Doug the Food Dude
  • Feelin’ Crabby
  • Hardy’s BBQ
  • Korean BBQ Taco Box
  • Midnite Confections
  • Orange Cow
  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
  • Reggae Vibes
  • Rito Loco
  • Sinplicity Ice Cream
  • South Meets East
  • Surfside
  • TaKorean
  • Tapas
  • The Randy Radish
  • Woodshed
  • Street Boutique (retail)

Alexandria Publishes Map Of Approved Food Truck Sites

Thanks to FTF fan @JohnKnippenberg for tweeting a link to Alexandria’s map of approved food truck vending locations in public parking lots.  Here is the link (pdf).

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Truckeroo Is Next Friday! (July 11) #Truckeroo @Truckeroo

Just a quick reminder that Truckeroo, DC’s largest food truck festival, will be held next Friday, July 11! Save the date!

Downtown DC BID Hosts FIFA Viewing And Food Trucks!

Check out this DCPD tweet with a map of the area around Freedom Plaza!

The pre-event starts at 2pm today (7/1) until the end of the USA match. Food trucks will be located at 14th and Penn NW.

Park Police Not Fans Of Food Trucks Serving National Mall

Food trucks have long been serving on 7th St along-side the National Mall (just north of Independence Ave), and even though one could consider that street operated by the District, Park Police say otherwise.  Food trucks are required to get a separate permit to serve on the National Mall.  FOX 5 has more details.



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