What do an over-the-top military truck fabrication and a ski resort have in common? Plenty, says Waterville Valley GM Tim Smith. Beginning this summer, resort visitors and people from across the state and region will be able to see — and taste — for themselves when the resort rolls out the newest vehicle in its fleet, the NextLevel food truck.
The 1998 OshKosh M1070 truck originally was designed as a U.S. Army transporter tractor unit for the M1 Abrams tank. The 20-ton truck has been used to transport, deploy and evacuate armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, armored bulldozers and other heavy vehicles and equipment. When fabrications by Texas-based Cruising Kitchens are complete, the customized vehicle will be used both on the snow and on the roads by Waterville Valley Resort for food service, festivals and events, promotions, private functions and more.
“We’ll be taking this thing all around the state — to fairs, colleges and large events — promoting the independent vibe Waterville Valley is known for,” Smith said.
The entire rebuild at Cruising Kitchens’ 61,000-square-foot San Antonio facility is being documented by an in-house production crew to be featured during an upcoming Season 3 episode of the Motor Trend TV series, “Built for Business.”
In addition to a full complement of commercial-grade kitchen equipment inside, the vehicle will be tricked out with a full sound system, spotlights, TV displays, a high deck for food service off the back, hydraulic platform/stage off the front to serve as an awards podium, stage for bands or spectator seating area, and a 13-foot-high deck engineered on the roof to serve as a judging platform for events such as national moguls competitions.