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Sounds like a nice rig. I'm sure you will save $20,000-$30,000 or more buying a used one. However instead of starting new you are 52,000 miles closer to it giving you the problems that made you want to get a new truck in the first place.
With a Ford I'd say that he is 0 miles closer to it giving him problems. I have an 06 F350 and I have never put so much into repairs in a vehicle in my life, starting at about 50,000 miles. I'll never buy a Ford again. By comparison I have a Honda that is older, with twice the miles, and I haven't spent 1/4 on repairs on that as I have on the Ford. Fords are not built to last.
 

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With a Ford I'd say that he is 0 miles closer to it giving him problems. I have an 06 F350 and I have never put so much into repairs in a vehicle in my life, starting at about 50,000 miles. I'll never buy a Ford again. By comparison I have a Honda that is older, with twice the miles, and I haven't spent 1/4 on repairs on that as I have on the Ford. Fords are not built to last.
I'm a ford guy.
You know the saying. If you live by the ford you die by the ford:biggrin:

Our whole fleet is ford i've never had any major issues except for a coilpack going out once and regular wear and tear.
We have 2 e250s
2 ford 350 transits
1967 mustang (My car) My 67 is bulletproof on maintenance .
 

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With a Ford I'd say that he is 0 miles closer to it giving him problems. I have an 06 F350 and I have never put so much into repairs in a vehicle in my life, starting at about 50,000 miles. I'll never buy a Ford again. By comparison I have a Honda that is older, with twice the miles, and I haven't spent 1/4 on repairs on that as I have on the Ford. Fords are not built to last.
This sums up my last three weeks.....

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Safety inspection every year?
Yes, In Ontario I have had to have one done on my van too. Depends on what mood your local licensing office and MTO officer is in. For 3 years I didn't require it then the MTO stopped me in the van and demanded that I needed an annual. He let me go with a warning as long as I produced an annual safety certificate with in a week. It's the governments way to tax the working man to death to support the lazy....
 
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In Quebec a big truck like the dualy in your picture needs an annual safety check at a mandated place. My old boss said they always found something and obviously they had mechanics to take your money. Legit safety repairs I doubt it.

I once bought a 4runner that was sitting a while. I had to go for a safety and I didn't pass because the windshield washer was not spraying at the right spot. Only an inch from factory specs. I had to pay 90$ plus 15% tax to bring it again. Then they said I had a licence plate bulb that was burned another 90$ plus 15% tax to bring it again another day. I went there 5 times! I was about to... use your imagination.
 

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In Quebec a big truck like the dualy in your picture needs an annual safety check at a mandated place. My old boss said they always found something and obviously they had mechanics to take your money. Legit safety repairs I doubt it.

I once bought a 4runner that was sitting a while. I had to go for a safety and I didn't pass because the windshield washer was not spraying at the right spot. Only an inch from factory specs. I had to pay 90$ plus 15% tax to bring it again. Then they said I had a licence plate bulb that was burned another 90$ plus 15% tax to bring it again another day. I went there 5 times! I was about to... use your imagination.
Here as long as they are a certified shop they can preform a safety. A good friend of mine bought a mechanic shop. He isn't like most that stops at the first thing he finds. He will go over it top to bottom the first time. From my experience running the big truck and having everything needed and not running to the supplier 3 times a day it will offset the cost of repairs fuel.
 
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Over 30 plus years of working and running just about every kind of truck
Chevy,Dodge,Ford,GMC,
and 88 1 Ton Toyota pickup, which my Co, paid for me
now running a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500, started with a early 60's Ford van's
then every thing else they all had there good points and bad,
though the 70's mostly worked out of Fords 72's, 74's, & 79's stick shifts and
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and a 1975 Chevy short body 290 6 Cyl 3 speed in which I carried the most products in, a couple of 69 GMC, and Chevy van's which I owned
 

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I bought a crew cab Nissan frontier for the family in 2011 and I love it. I looked around a bit at work vans and things, but i've been in a truck every day since I started plumbing, so I wasn't ready to make the jump into a van yet. Someday it will happen i'm sure. In the meantime I picked up the full size Nissan. The Titan gets pretty horrible fuel mileage, but it's a good looking truck.

I scored a rack today for it. Used @ $250 was quite a steal considering how long i've been trying to find one that will fit. Most of the guys selling these racks are 8 footers and the things are made for chevy or ford. Plus it beats the $600-$800 i'd pay for a brand new one.

Now I can REALLY go to work. :biggrin:

Next on the list is high side boxes.
 

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Just went and signed the paperwork for the new truck. I should hopefully have it for the beginning of next week. They are just safetying it and fixing a few things on it that I requested they repair. So tomorrow I'm planning on getting started on building the shelves for it after I'm done my service calls. All in all I don't know how guys can stand to work out of pickup trucks. It has driven me crazy trying to find stuff that's buried on the bottom.
 

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Here’s the rough prints for the design of shelves for the new truck. I’m designing it similar to how I had my step van when I worked for a decent sized company, tools on the passenger side and materials on the driver side. For now I’m building everything out of plywood and eventually once I get the truck fine tuned I’ll build shelves out of aluminum.
I got two of the shelves for the blue bins and one of the carry all’s shelves about 3/4 done. I need to cut two more pieces but it was too late out of respect for the neighbours. Not bad for 4 hours and no hydro.
Basically my plan is to make this truck box last me for at least 15 years. With the mileage and age of the truck I’ll be happy if I get 5 years out of it then I’ll hopefully be in a position to build a brand new chassis.
 

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Stared a new job about two months ago. What do you think about the way I set up the van, I’m sure you’ve never seen someone block the side cargo door with an additional shelf!



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Stared a new job about two months ago. What do you think about the way I set up the van, I’m sure you’ve never seen someone block the side cargo door with an additional shelf!



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Looks like an organized mess. The shelf blocking the side door is not a bad idea but I'm 6'6" so I'm not crawling all the way back in that van. I can reach everything from the doors.

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Stared a new job about two months ago. What do you think about the way I set up the van, I’m sure you’ve never seen someone block the side cargo door with an additional shelf!



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That’s really dangerous to have heavy unsecured items in the cab. In an accident they’ll be flying and can do major bodily harm to you.
 

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That’s really dangerous to have heavy unsecured items in the cab. In an accident they’ll be flying and can do major bodily harm to you.
That’s a good point I think I’ll move a few things around


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Not to chew your butt but to think safety...If you have an accident with your van and it causes bodily harm to others or an accident on the highway for example there will be a police investigation and the blame will be put on you. Jail and huge fines are a reality.


I also suggest you keep the cab closed off with thick or appropriate material. You don't want a 60 pound vise flying by your head and possibly killing you in a roll over. It happened to me, 2-3 barrel rolls while towing another truck in winter. The vise and other heavy metal objects literally crashed by my face in mid air. That was a lesson learned!
 
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