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Inspired by 'service guy' who referred to his van as a truck :whistling2::no::laughing:

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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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 :whistling2::no::laughing:

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 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 :furious:
 

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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:eek:
 

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I have partial plastic shelves and my van is packed tight so there are no rattles.

I paint my cables with snake-oil after every few uses.Works great,smells great!
 

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My van is also packed tight, I have used every inch I have been able too, 2 reasons, I have alot to carry, and it cuts down on the noise.

I have this spray stuff I spray int he back, it works for awhile. I am not very good about cleaning my cables with snake oil, but I do wash my drums out. :thumbsup:
 

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I call my cut away with a KUV body the "Truck". It has a small slider door between the cab and the back. Does pretty well. I have enough stuff on it to do just about every repair I run into here.

I started spraying my cables and it seems to really help. There is times I will take the machines out and clean them. I take dawn and pour some in the 2001 and 100 drum and then add hot water and let them set. I then drain them out, let them dry and spray the tar out of them. They sure do smell good when I am done:thumbsup:

I have heard good things about gas mileage w/ the Sprinters but I wouldn't have the van. I would look at a Sprinter chassis with a hackney box or a Ford chassis. My KUV has a Chevy chassis. I would like to be able to carry 2 stools, 2 water heaters and my drain equip.

In Christ,

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how bout a freightliner FL-70 with a 24 ft box van....greatest service truck ive had...yeah its big but when we show up we dont have to leave for parts...even with major jobs. its large but we make up the fuel milage by staying on the job. the truck is dock height so working industrial is so much better because when you do back to a loading dock we just have our shop on wheels. everythings dry and secure.
 

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Just got my diesal work truck. They finally put me in it after some rearranging of hands. I have had a wore out 01 model ford for 2 yrs with 221,000 miles on it. This diesal is power stroke with 70,000 on it. Its clean!! Truck boxes on both sides. Two gang boxs in back with plenty of space....
 

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My avatar is my work truck. Had it for almost 2 years now. F-650 with Cat diesel, Allison 6 - spd auto, Air ride suspension ,cab, and seats. Knapheide 14' KUV body. I went ahead and got all the options. Figured George W. was buying half, I'd get my money's worth. 9 mpg , weighs 21,6xx lbs. Pulls anything I can get hooked on it.

Had a 3500 Chevy van before. I was constantly over gross vehicle weight rating. Over that + have a wreck = no insurance coverage.
 

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diesel....

ive had a hell of a week with trucks......my cube wentdown on wednesday fuel pump and when that went it killed #5 and #7 cylinder so its stil in the shop costing me alot.... my diesel dually is my back up went to start that and starter was dead so off to get a starter couldnt get it till the next day....went to borrow my heat guys cube van with a diesel that get 8 mpg driving down a 3 lane highway today front tire blows out im stopped for 2 hours and out more money.....

get back and start working on starter on a 90+ day on black top finally get it running and leave it so i can take buddys cube back trans drops out of drive going 60 on expressway milk it back to my house and here i am stuck and didnt bring in a dime this week and have lots of people mad at me.......
 

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diesel....

ive had a hell of a week with trucks......my cube wentdown on wednesday fuel pump and when that went it killed #5 and #7 cylinder so its stil in the shop costing me alot.... my diesel dually is my back up went to start that and starter was dead so off to get a starter couldnt get it till the next day....went to borrow my heat guys cube van with a diesel that get 8 mpg driving down a 3 lane highway today front tire blows out im stopped for 2 hours and out more money.....

get back and start working on starter on a 90+ day on black top finally get it running and leave it so i can take buddys cube back trans drops out of drive going 60 on expressway milk it back to my house and here i am stuck and didnt bring in a dime this week and have lots of people mad at me.......
I am truly sorry to hear all that.
 

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I got a Chevy Express 2500 van. Since I do all kinds of trades I have those box's from lowes, they are on wheels and I have one for carpentry, one for drywall, and one for plumbing. They work pretty good, keeps things together and has a handle so I can carry it into the house.
 
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