Whether you already own a flower store and are just looking to set up a mobile flower truck to sell further afield and get the word out, or you are just starting out fresh with your own business that was always a dream until now – Karpatia has the right flower truck for sale for you.
From cute as a button vintage conversions to large and practical units that are virtually a flower warehouse and store on wheels in one – we understand mobile sales and once we fully get your vision for your business – we build a custom fit to measure unit that meets all your needs perfectly.
Your merchandise and ours have things in common – both flowers and flower trucks need to look fresh and beautiful, and we need a diverse and well priced inventory to reach our target customers. Unique arrangements showing creativity and vision can add a lot of value to the product – both in flower trucks and bouquets. That is why we combine all sorts – classic vintage trucks with modern display or transport solutions and modern trucks with high quality European time tested solutions for selling flowers on open air markets.
Removed form the constraints of a regular food truck – your mobile flower truck will be a pure flagship store on wheels. Each business is unique and so are its needs, but we have distilled three common business cases and our solutions for them for you to draw inspiration from.
A recent popular trend for mobile flower sales is using a classic VW Kombi van as the display unit for your bouquets. A great idea! But if you want to be original there are many more vintage options out there – let us show you.
Ensuring the right transport for your flowers should not be an afterthought – even invisible bruising will affect the shelf life later on and reflect on your reputation for quality in turn.
Not just a limited inventory bouquet number – a true flower shop on wheels is often a step van or Mercedes Sprinter conversion but larger trailers are a good solution too.
Are vintage flower trucks practical? No, not so much. But who ever wanted practical flowers? Flowers are an emotional product bringing joy, life and happiness wherever you put them up and this style of flower truck does much the same.
Chances are you’ve seen and been inspired by Amelia’s Flower Truck – and no, unfortunately that’s not one we built. But ever since that truck gained popularity there’s been a noticeable uptick in requests for units like it that we are more than happy to fulfill.
Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we can and do stock and convert them, if all flower boutiques switch to Volkswagen Kombi conversions nobody stands out anymore. Being your own unique you is a much more valuable long term proposition. And there are many vintage truck options that allow that such as the iconic Citroen H van (also available as a trailer version).
Downsides to consider when getting a vintage flower truck are the limited top speed, more frequent and more costly maintenance and limited space vis-a-vis a modern truck or step van.
A clear upside is that your truck is free extra marketing for your business – and not only that, you can often rent out the truck for weddings and other events and occasions a more practical trailer would be out of place.
In the practical and demanding category of cargo vans and delivery trucks we have a very clear favorite: the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is simply the Mercedes among flower trucks and is our go-to unit for practical conversions that favor function over sex appeal.
Although similar models such as the Iveco Daily and Fiat Ducato or different vans with a similar purpose like Chevy’s P30 and all other Step Vans can work as a transporter we advise customers to go with Mercedes. Not only is the initial ticket price quickly earned back through the reliability and lower operational costs, ultimately you can count on also getting a higher resale value after a five or more years of use.
A Mercedes van does not have to be as pricey as you think – both due to our custom fabricated prefab boxes that can be mounted on the cab chassis and it not being necessary to use a new model as the base for your build. Karpatia makes prefab cargo boxes with refrigeration and shelving installed for your flower transporting needs – or we upfit our solutions to an already existing box.
Whether your flowers are tall species with a small stem diameter such as roses or more down to earth violets, or any combination of inventory, will greatly influence the carrying and display solution that can be provided. This is one of the major items to consider during the design phase: what kinds of buckets or other containers will your flowers be in? Are you delivering just the bouquet or is there a vase coming with it? Thinking ahead greatly increases the efficiency of your flower truck.
You can view a great illustration of one of our solutions for a mixed inventory below.
A public secret to most flower trucks is that they are actually trailers. As far as Europe goes, virtually all of them are and across the continent there are many hundreds if not thousands setting up shop on markets multiple days per week. That is quite the pool to draw inspiration from for your US based flower business!
The flower trailer is a low cost effective solution with a high degree of customization, too much to show on one page. Like all trailers we build the flower truck version from scratch and it can be any size, width and height that you are allowed to operate.
When stationary the trailer folds out in multiple directions to allow extra display areas for your merchandise. It can come with a mechanically lowering trailer bed so as to be closer to ground level allowing customers to walk inside easily, or alternatively with a set of lightweight aluminum terraced steps that both allow customers to step up and in to your trailer as well as provide extra shelving for flower buckets.
An awning is considered essential – truly European is to go for a full weatherproof wrap-around tent, not a bad idea if you are outside of the sun belt to shield both flowers and customers from the rain and wind.
We got you! Thanks to our partnership with TeamFlower.org – you can join them through clicking this link.
Even better – you can buy up to five classes and receive the investment you spent on educating yourself back as a discount when you order a flower truck from us.
Even smaller than a vintage food truck is the popular Piaggio Ape – originally a delivery solution engineered for the narrow streets of Italy, it still is a relatively practical flower truck despite its size.
Not that size matters – at least not for a Piaggio Ape – as they are just irresistably cute. Much for the same reasons a VW van conversion is a hit with entrepreneurial florists across the country so too will the Piaggio become a success.
By assessing your dreams we come to a shared understanding of who we are building for and why
Exploring multiple design options lets us find the solution that best suits your business goals
We refine the concept and provide you with a detailed design that meets your needs
Close monitoring during production ensures we meet your standards. You can always fly- or drive in and take a look!
We offer a range of extra services to support your operation, so you can keep your focus.
There are literally hundreds of food truck builders.
SO Why KARPATIA?
We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites
Yes, we ship to Hawaii. Extra rates apply.
Yes, we ship to Alaska, although extra rates apply.
Containers go everywhere, and all units can always be shipped to the nearest port. We might not have a local forwarder in your country (yet) though, in which case we will find one together with you.
Karpatia has no showroom – but of course, we are always happy to show the workshop. You can make an appointment through our contact form and try before you buy.
If you are close to one of our other customers you are also more than welcome to go check their truck out in person and have them convince you of both the quality of our product and our level of service. The best references are happy customers after all.
We do not have used stock in Canada, but will gladly export a new vehicle to Canada.
If you do it right – yes! But it’s not a given. It all depends on you and your marketing, sales and product.
While flowers have a very high gross margin they also have a short shelf life and you need to know your audience if you want to stand out and be a succesful seller. That can be through your personal service, unique inventory and arrangements or picking just the right location to set up shop.
And – of course- we hope our beautiful flower trucks add to your bottom line.
It all depends on your product and the effort you put in to the business. Go out there and grind every day and you’ll be selling like hot cakes!
No, at the moment we do not have used flower trucks for sale.
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