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Old 07-09-2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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Inspired by 'service guy' who referred to his van as a truck

We drive extra cab F-150's around with weather guard boxes mounted on the side rails. Sometimes I wish we had vans, and other times i'm thankful for the truck.

Anybody ever had an opportunity to work out of both at one time or another? Which do you prefer?
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Old 07-09-2008, 11:31 PM   #2
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When I did service work the company provided us with vans, in the job I have now my boss offered me a mini van, and I opted to use my own pickup truck with an ARE contractors cap on it.
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VAN! I had a PU, and it was a mess. van I can have shelves and things where as the PU and job box everything was a mess. best thing I had and wished I kept it was a 1 ton truck with a Reading service body. I got rid of the truck, but kept the body.
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Inspired by 'service guy' who referred to his van as a truck

We drive extra cab F-150's around with weather guard boxes mounted on the side rails. Sometimes I wish we had vans, and other times i'm thankful for the truck.

Anybody ever had an opportunity to work out of both at one time or another? Which do you prefer?
Box truck. 14' on an Isuzu chassis. Not now but it was my favorite.
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I like my TRUCK...I mean van. Its a one-ton rated truck with a 300 HP 6.0 litre V8....thats a truck in my book. It ain't your momma's mini-van.
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i call my cube van a truck.......
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I have done the truck thing, the van thing, and the cutaway thing, the truck is great when I did new construction, not so many repair parts to stock and the contractor back was great.

The van thing is great, what I have now, love it, but at 6'3", it is tough to get around inside, especially with messed up knees already.

When I move and get out of my association regulations, I will be buying a cutaway, this is the best! I can stretch, everything is right in front of me, interior pipe rack, exterior bins / boxes etc. Bad thing in my current situation, it won't fit in my garage
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I have used a number of different kinds of trucks over the years. Early in my house plumbing years I had a big step van and that was just fantastic. I'd back it up to a loading dock at the supply house and had wooden bins for fittings and a huge pipe rack on the roof. I could carry enough stuff for about five houses at a time.

But my first truck was a service body pickup. I learned to hate it. You can't remember where something is, you're walking all around the truck opening one box after another looking for it. There were hooks in one box and I hung pipe wrenches on them. The nuts and jaws would vibrate off and fall to the bottom of the box. Anything in the bed was exposed to weather and theft.

PIckup trucks with a good rack are also good for plumbing houses, but not so good for service work.

I had a Dodge Maxivan that was pretty good but I'm getting a bit old to be lifting plastic crates full of galvanized fittings while I'm all bent over. I don't like being all bent over very long anymore!

So my next truck will be an Isuzu box truck. I'm planning on a 14' with a ramp for sewer machines and water heaters and tubs and will probably set up my own shelves to suit. Soon, I hope.

No smelling the sewer machine like in a van. Lock it up when you stop in a parking lot to keep thieves out. Billboard sides. Not narrow like a Sprinter.

I wouldn't mind a Hackney, but we have a lot of wind and I wonder about the big swinging doors. And I think the Hackneys are usually only 12' long.
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I have been in trucks mostly. One company I use to work for had vans. I like the vans because everything stays dry and have more places to put things. But I don't like hearing all the wiggles and jiggles in the back as I drive down the road.
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We have Ford trucks and Vans. All the plumbers drive trucks for now. A/C guys drive the vans. Im partial to the truck. Had a van when I first started srevice. Im like west coast, Im 6'5" with bad knees as well. So I feel your pain bro! Too loud back there and how do yall keep the van form smelling like death after you unstop the mother of all sewers? Thats my only complaint about a van.... If I get one Im rigging something on the outside to carry my cable
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