The Big Dog Cart

//The Big Dog Cart

The Big Dog Cart

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Our most popular cart, The Big Dog boasts a huge steam table with triple cast iron burners and controls and tons of other sta […]

From Time of Order to you average: 3 to 5 days!

Grill Option

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Number of sinks * 

Taller Faucet Assembly

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Flip Top For Oversized Steam Table

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Stainless Steel Shelf Options

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On Demand Water System

NONE

Battery

NONE

Rear Cooler Rack

NONE

3rd Wheel

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AC/DC Powered Chest Fridge / Freezer

NONE

Warranty

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ABOUT THE The Big Dog Cart

The Big Dog hot dog cart is not only the best hot dog cart but it’s also the world’s most used cart. Used By Vendors In All 50 States and 113 Countries. Used by NASA and The US Navy.

The Big Dog cart will outwork even the best vendors. Follow vendors like Duggs Doggs who’ve been using a Big Dog for nearly a decade.

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THE BEST HOT DOG CART – THE BIG DOG®

  • Huge oversized steam table

  • 3 burners and 3 control knobs

  • Weight: 485lbs

  • Construction: Stainless Steel 304 NSF Grade

  • Length: 84” plus 40” removable towbar

  • Width: 54” including fenders

  • Height: 60” top of bread box

  • Height: 38” top of counter

  • 12v Pump

  • Hot and Cold Faucet

  • 5 Gallon fresh water storage

  • 7.5 Gallon Waste water tank

  • 4 Sinks 5” X 6”

DOT APPROVED:

  • TRAILER

  • LIGHTS

  • COUPLER / HITCH

  • SAFETY CHAINS

  • 4.8 X 8” TRAILER TIRES

  • 4 WIRE FLAT STANDARD WIRING HARNESS

POWER SOURCE:

  • 3 COMMERCIAL CAST IRON BURNERS

  • LP PROPANE LINES

  • PROPANE VALVES AND REGULATOR

  • EZ ACCESS FOR TESTING, LIGHTING AND SAFETY CHECKS

The Big Dog Cart comes equipped with 6 pans:

  • Full size spillage pan (holds the water for steam)

  • Half size perforated pan for steaming

  • 2 one fourth size pans for warming

  • Half size solid direct heat pan

  • 1 third size direct heat pan

  • Lids for all of them

Our most popular cart, The Big Dog boasts a huge steam table with triple cast iron burners and controls and tons of other standard features. Boil and steam all on the same cart. See below for a complete description or open the brochure download and view in magazine format which you can share with your health inspector as it includes the schematics also. Download Brochure

WHY NOT “JUST” THE BEST HOT DOG CART

I get asked, “Ben, why do you sell other models if the Big Dog is the World’s Best Hot Dog Cart?”

It’s a great question.

But the truth is… you can’t be everything to everybody. And neither can the world’s best hot dog cart – be everything to everybody.

But if you like, I go into more depth here. It’s a short video on the how to determine which cart is right for you.

Standard Features

TRAILER / TIRES

The cart rests on a D.O.T. Highway approved heavy duty trailer (title included) with baked enamel finish. Bolted and welded construction allows for a super strong structure and will give you many years of use. The leaf spring suspension system allows you to tow it safely at freeway speeds. The tires are standard size 4.8″ x 8″.

POWER SOURCE

Dual commercial steam tables with twin commercial burners powered by LP Propane Gas. Individual flow control knobs for each burner are standard and allow you to cook more evenly. Burners are lined with holes for even heating and wind resistance. BensCarts uses the best equipment on the market to ensure faithful service from your cart. Enclosed and under the bread box is a hidden storage area for two full size 20# propane tanks. Many states require you have two propane tanks in case you run out of gas in one, you have a back up. No exposed tanks makes for a safer cart and a professional appearance. A single gas line runs from the burners to the propane storage area and allows you to hook up one tank. A commercial high end LP regulator is included with an easy twist on/off connection.

STEAM TABLE

The steam table can accommodate various size pans with lids. You can use the steamer for hot dogs, buns, chili, cheese, sauerkraut and more. Comes standard with two full sized steam tables which includes; 2 Spillage Pans – One half size perforated pan for steaming, two 1/4th size pans for heating cheese or chili, Three 1/3rd size direct heat pans for boiling or cooking. Includes all lids. All pans and lids are carry the NSF mark. LEARN ALL ABOUT STEAM TABLES

INSULATION AND VENTING

BensCarts does something no one else will invest in: All carts have triple insulated fireboxes with front rail venting. There will always be heat transference but by investing in a triple heat shield, BensCarts hot dog carts direct the extra heat away from the cart body and cooler area thus saving you money on ice and keeping your cart exterior cooler to the touch.

SINKS AND WATER SYSTEM

The cart comes standard with 4 stainless steel sinks with a hot and cold pressurized water system with no clog drains, a 5 gallon clear water tank and a 7.5 gallon tank for waste water. You can select 1, 2, 3 or 4 sinks at no additional cost during checkout. Sinks are approx. 5”X 6” and 4” deep. Water system, including all fittings and copper and PEX lines are NSF certified. Choosing less sinks will enlarge sinks at no additional cost (for sizes click buy now button). Waste water tank is fixed under the cart body and out of view. It includes a valve for easy draining and comes standard with back flow prevention. Pressure is supplied by the commercial 12v pump. (battery not included) Hot water is supplied via the on-board / on-demand instant hot water heater. For details click here**special on demand heater included for limited time

TOW BAR

BensCarts sets itself apart by going above and beyond with this fully removable tow bar with a D.O.T. approved 1 7/8″ ball coupler and two safety chains. Simply unbolt and remove the tow bar and stow away underneath the cart. This allows you to store your cart in smaller areas. Includes tag frame. Video – Learning All About Towing and Trailer Hook Up

WHEEL LEVELING JACK

A metal wheel leveling jack is included so that you prop up the front end of the cart. Optional 3rd wheel at a discount during checkout.

PRESSURIZED WATER SYSTEM

With your 12v. lawnmower or motorcycle battery you can power the included pump that will give you pressurized water. This on demand pump knows when you open the faucet and comes on.

PREP AND SERVING AREA

You will love the extra space on the Big Dog Hot Dog Cart. To the right of the steam tables is an area for all your prep and serving needs. You can use a condiment caddy (see pro pak in the BensCarts store) or place whatever you need here for serving.

MEAT/BEVERAGE COOLER

This FDA Ch. 4 fully insulated cooler has a hinged lid for easy access. It is rated to hold ice for up to 5 days in 90 degree temperatures. Most vendors don’t use this cooler for drinks and store extra dogs and condiments here. You will always need a large cooler for drinks, my freestanding cooler holds 300 drinks.

LIGHTS

As a D.O.T. approved trailer, our carts include stop, turn and tail lights. Wiring harness includes a standard 4 wire flat connection.

BREAD BOX STORAGE

Holding up to 15 bags of 12ct buns and other necessities like napkins, foil and dry condiments. It is solid stainless steel and includes a shelf for a more organized system. Instead of using plexiglass doors, BensCarts upgrades all doors to stainless steel for free, which allows you to keep your supplies hidden from customers view. Plexiglass fades and yellows over time getting these fine hairline cracks and streaks that can make your cart look nasty and old. Stainless steel doors allow for a professional look years from now. Each cart is equipped with two doors for easy access from either side of the cart.

STOW CASE

Below the bread box, depending on how many propane tanks you have is extra storage space accessible from either side of the cart.

UMBRELLA

The huge 9 ft. market umbrella is huge. Allowing for some shade on those hot days. It stands out like nicely for visibility. The umbrella is fabric and its structure is metal to hold up to moderate wind and use. Comes in Red/ or Yellow. See picture on our facebook page or click buy now to see ordering options.

WARNING!

Before buying a cart, do your due diligence. Make sure you buy a cart that meets your states codes and requirements. I don’t want you to buy a cart that you can’t use. Simply download or email the cart schematics to your health department and get pre-approved before purchasing. For full details see our free training section.

Options

  • POWERED FRIDGE / FREEZER

    Add this upgrade and we will instal a 43 or 63 quart chest style fridge/freezer. Your choice to freeze or refrigerate your items. Plugs into normal AC current and can be used with arechargeable battery for operating on DC current. Digital temperature display and settings option. Replaces the built in non-mechanical cooler. — from $878   [for specifications click here on manufacturers page] *we recommend using a deep cycle marine battery

  • REAR COOLER RACK

    If you have limited space and need to have an extra cooler on the cart to get it from one location to the next in town then the rear cooler rack is for you. It will hold those large coolers like Sams Club sells and hold many drinks. Not recommended for hauling loaded at speeds over 45mph. — $197

  • FLIP TOP COVER

    Not all states require a full cover for the steam table but even if they don’t it is wonderful to have.  No more moving lids over or having to use hinged lids (which do not meet ANSI / NSF standards)  Lift one lid and have instant access to your entire steam table.  This cover has been used in place of the plexiglass sneeze guard some states require.  Stainless steel and removable with the certified safe hinge system.  For use on the Big Dog and when purchasing the Cash Cow with double steam table.  —  $267

  • HOT WATER HEATER

    The continuous flow on demand hot water heater allows you hot water anytime. With or without the steam table running you can have unlimited hot water. Self contained and operates from the LP gas system on the cart. Includes auto on demand igniter. (requires two “D” cell batteries not included) READ THIS FIRST Works with carts with water systems. — $99 ***CURRENTLY INCLUDED FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME***

  • TALLER FAUCET WITH PLEXI GLASS SPLASH GUARD

    This option may be required by some states to separate the hand wash sink from the ware washing sinks.  —  $117v

  • STAINLESS STEEL ANSI GRILL

    Stainless Steel Grill  — $235 No one can resist the smell coming from and open grill.  This stainless steel grill includes electric ignition, grease trap and its own LP regulator and lines.  Mounts permanently just behind the steam table   Approx. 200 sq. inch cooking area. All states do not allow the grill option.

  • FRONT STAINLESS SERVING SHELF

    This stainless shelf is approx 6″ (inches) deep and runs the width of the cart.  It is used for prepping and serving on the front of the Big Dog Cart.  6×40″  Stainless NSF 304 Steel – It is fixed and not removable and can be used to maneuver your cart easily. Add $225

  • VENDORS UNITED MEMBERSHIP

    Join the Street Food Pro team at Vendors United for training, private Q&A sessions, professionally-designed business forms, sample contracts, recipes, and other exclusive business resources. Get more information here: Street Food Pros.

  • INSURANCE

    Before buying a cart, do your due diligence. Make sure you buy a cart that meets your states codes and requirements. I don’t want you to buy a cart that you can’t use. Also, get insurance to protect yourself and your business before you get started. This is not sold by Ben’s Carts or Hot Dog Cart Store, but we recommend FLIP for vendors.

Additional Features

CRATING & SHIPPING

We ship carts all over the world and package and crate so that your new cart arrives in brand new condition. See link to shipping prices.

METAL VIN PLATE

Your new cart comes with a metal VIN plate, VIN number and Title Paperwork so that you can register and get a new title.

OWNERSHIP

All our carts include title and ownership paperwork.

OWNERS MANUAL

All our carts include a complete owners manual, a tips and tricks document, operations information and videos to help you get started off on the right foot.

CONTACT US BY PHONE & EMAIL

Ben has helped thousands get started. Customers and Non-Customers alike have a friend in the business with Ben. Simply pick up the phone and call.

ONE-YEAR WARRANTY

Every cart includes a full one year warranty including parts and labor* with optional 5 year warranty.

The Big Dog Cart options

POWERED FRIDGE / FREEZER

Add this upgrade and we will instal a 43 or ... Read More...

REAR COOLER RACK

If you have limited space and need to have an ... Read More...

FLIP TOP COVER

Not all states require a full cover for the steam ... Read More...

HOT WATER HEATER

The continuous flow on demand hot water heater allows you ... Read More...

TALLER FAUCET WITH PLEXI GLASS SPLASH GUARD

This option may be required by some states to separate ... Read More...

STAINLESS STEEL ANSI GRILL

Stainless Steel Grill  — $235 No one can resist the ... Read More...

FRONT STAINLESS SERVING SHELF

This stainless shelf is approx 6″ (inches) deep and runs ... Read More...

VENDORS UNITED MEMBERSHIP

Join the Street Food Pro team at Vendors United for ... Read More...

INSURANCE

Before buying a cart, do your due diligence. Make sure ... Read More...

ABOUT THE The Big Dog Cart

The Big Dog hot dog cart is not only the best hot dog cart but it’s also the world’s most used cart. Used By Vendors In All 50 States and 113 Countries. Used by NASA and The US Navy.

The Big Dog cart will outwork even the best vendors. Follow vendors like Duggs Doggs who’ve been using a Big Dog for nearly a decade.

spend a day with a hot dog vendor

THE BEST HOT DOG CART – THE BIG DOG®

  • Huge oversized steam table

  • 3 burners and 3 control knobs

  • Weight: 485lbs

  • Construction: Stainless Steel 304 NSF Grade

  • Length: 84” plus 40” removable towbar

  • Width: 54” including fenders

  • Height: 60” top of bread box

  • Height: 38” top of counter

  • 12v Pump

  • Hot and Cold Faucet

  • 5 Gallon fresh water storage

  • 7.5 Gallon Waste water tank

  • 4 Sinks 5” X 6”

DOT APPROVED:

  • TRAILER

  • LIGHTS

  • COUPLER / HITCH

  • SAFETY CHAINS

  • 4.8 X 8” TRAILER TIRES

  • 4 WIRE FLAT STANDARD WIRING HARNESS

POWER SOURCE:

  • 3 COMMERCIAL CAST IRON BURNERS

  • LP PROPANE LINES

  • PROPANE VALVES AND REGULATOR

  • EZ ACCESS FOR TESTING, LIGHTING AND SAFETY CHECKS

The Big Dog Cart comes equipped with 6 pans:

  • Full size spillage pan (holds the water for steam)

  • Half size perforated pan for steaming

  • 2 one fourth size pans for warming

  • Half size solid direct heat pan

  • 1 third size direct heat pan

  • Lids for all of them

Our most popular cart, The Big Dog boasts a huge steam table with triple cast iron burners and controls and tons of other standard features. Boil and steam all on the same cart. See below for a complete description or open the brochure download and view in magazine format which you can share with your health inspector as it includes the schematics also. Download Brochure

WHY NOT “JUST” THE BEST HOT DOG CART

I get asked, “Ben, why do you sell other models if the Big Dog is the World’s Best Hot Dog Cart?”

It’s a great question.

But the truth is… you can’t be everything to everybody. And neither can the world’s best hot dog cart – be everything to everybody.

But if you like, I go into more depth here. It’s a short video on the how to determine which cart is right for you.

Additional information

Weight 397 lbs

9 reviews for The Big Dog Cart

  1. hotdogcartstore

    Hi Mark, thanks for the review and I want to clarify something. I’ve done some videos on this previously and some articles on the free training site, but 100% of steel comes from China. Much comes through Canada, but still from China. Every wheel bearing in the US is made in China, all cars, planes, trucks, trailers etc… Our base trailer comes from China. We then modify, weld and build the cart from the ground up from there. Essentially the only thing “made in china” is the axle and wheel bearings”.

    Even your “made in the USA” trailers… are parts from China. Assembled here. 94% of our carts are made right here in our shop. Of course the videos online of the manufacturing and building of our carts and even customer videos inside our shop would be enough for most to realize, our carts are made here.. in TN, USA. I wish you’d of found those before making such a statement.

  2. Mark Cooper

    Overall great cart with the following exceptions.

    1) While you do a great job modifying and Customizing the carts, No where on or in the cart does it say made in USA or by Ben’s Carts. It is made in China (as are almost all the hot dog carts sold on most sites) People should note that if this cart was totally made here it would cost a great deal more, so you are providing a fair prices cart in today’s market the best way you can .

    I have no problem with this as it is a great cart, however you have said “We make our carts” and thus I feel let down by an otherwise great company.

    I know you had to hire more help at this time of year due to high sales and any misunderstanding on shipping was caused on my end with the finance company and am sorry for the headache this caused.

    Also prompt customer service by the whole team.

    I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 based on fact that I feel I was lead to believe it was fully made by Ben’s Carts. Other wise it is a 5 out of 5 star.

  3. Daniel Roane

    Only issue I had was with shipping. My street is narrow so it was delayed. It must have gotten damaged while waiting. The bread box is dented and umbrella is damaged. Other than that I love it all. Should be past hd after friday and I can make you proud.

  4. Joseph Simpson

    My health dept took longer to review & okay the plans for my cart then Ben took to get it to me on the other side if the country.

    I past my health insoection with 0 infractions first time.
    Damn near impossible in this town.

    The health inspector said, “This is the coolest cart I’ve seen. I wish my job was always this easy.”

    We cleared $200 in 2 hours on our first night on the downtown bar sceen. The Big Dog was great. The cart itself drew a crowd of lookie-loos and most bought at least a dog.

    Now that I have secured a prime spot accross from the courthouse, me and my Big Dog are ready for the big time!
    Ben’s training videos greatly helped me prepare for the business of selling dogs and making money.

    Joe Simpson
    Owner
    California Hot Dog Company
    http://www.cahotdogco.com

  5. Jey Espinosa

    I bought my big dog cart a about a year n half ago and when I did it cost a lot more and it also had that hot water heater inside the bread box instead of the the hot water copper lines over the burners which I would of preferred a lot better than that LP water heater. When I received the cart I ordered it with the rear cooler holder and it arrived and well the small details of maybe grinding down the edges so you don’t rip your hands or legs apart if you happen to walk by or grab it wrong would of been nice to have that done.It just seemed like I got sent the leftover crappy cart because a lot of small details weren’t taken care of…Maybe I just got the small end of the stick when It came to my order. I’m not trying to bash Ben’s cart but i honestly wasn’t happy. Now I’m looking to sell my cart and now I cant sell it close to what I paid because he lowered the price on that particular cart.

  6. Mark Patun

    Just want to say I love the Big Dog Cart. Bought the cart just a few weeks ago and everything is working great. Ben and Keith were very helpfull. Have a few more weeks left to sell before the snow starts flying. And looking forward to next Spring. Thanks Ben!!!!

  7. David Street

    After ordering the Big Dog Cart we had a few issues with parts missing. That was the bad part, the good part was the way Ben handled the issue. He didn’t hesitate to send us the parts and was very professional in solving our issues. We are still working through an issue with the city of Boise to get our final papers but the cart seems to function well and looks great! We’re ready to get this project going…

  8. Randall Fox

    I first want to say, I was in the sales game for MANY years. So I am well acquainted with all the typical sales tactics out there. Ben and Keith are NOT what you would expect in a salesman. There was NEVER any pressure, not 1 question unanswered. They have been more than available throughout the process and to be quite honest, some of the nicest folks I have had the pleasure to do business with !! As busy as they truly are, they have and continue to be right there when I am lost to answer even the silliest of questions !! Ben and Keith, kudos to YOU !! Foxy’s Franks thanks you so very much for being men of integrity and for truly loving to help others like myself who have a dream. I can tell in my heart that you guys truly DO want to see everyone become successful !! You ROCK !!! m/

  9. Dale Matthews

    I ordered my Big Dog Cart the first part of June and drove to Tennessee to pick it up a couple of weeks later. I pulled my cart over 400 miles just to get it home and it handled every mile with ease.

    I must say that when I met with Keith, he was great and walked me through and around the cart to make sure I knew what to expect and how to opperate things.

    There was a slight mixup on the order but it worked out to my advantage and I got a couple of upgrades at no extra cost. Thanks guys!

    You guys were great all the way through the process and I have to say, although I have yet to find that “Sweet Location”, I have been having a ball trying. Everyone here seems to love the idea and I have gotten great support from the community and met some great people already and I’m only in my first month.

  10. Maureen Jones

    This is the perfect cart. It holds enough to serve big events in a small place, or the smaller events also. It is well manufactured, and easy to use. The cooler on the cart is large and easy to drain. But the best part of dealing with Ben’s Carts is Ben. No question is gone unanswered. He is willing to help anyway he can, and gives you a fair deal. Mo Dogs from Albuquerque, is very happy with my purchase from Ben’s Carts

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