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I know technically not plumbing trucks but these are what complete the fleet and opened up so many other doors than normal plumbing wouldn’t have.
Very nice tank hole I like to dig just a hair deeper then put a skim of stone down rake it level then set tank,that is if any stone is onsite lolololo
 

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Very nice tank hole I like dig just a hair deeper then put a skim of stone down rake it level then set tank,that is if any gravel is onsite lolololo
That’s how we do do it. I backfill around the tanks with 3/8 crushed stone so it’s always on site. I typically overdid by a 6” and pack a 6” base of stone. The precast driver likes that a lot better too, one time in and it’s set.
 

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Sup plumbers
Pretty stoaked that there’s a plumbing form with legitimate plumbers and not just folks talking the doo.
Who else is proud of their setup?!
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Dude what a awesome use of packouts. Milwaukee sponsor you? Do you have pictures of the passenger side of the van as well as you pull out drawer I’m guessing is in the rear? Very impressed with your setup. Being my van is company owned, we don’t have the chance to fully customize our vehicles like yours. Belated welcome to the forum. Good people here.
 

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Dude what a awesome use of packouts. Milwaukee sponsor you? Do you have pictures of the passenger side of the van as well as you pull out drawer I’m guessing is in the rear? Very impressed with your setup. Being my van is company owned, we don’t have the chance to fully customize our vehicles like yours. Belated welcome to the forum. Good people here.
That's a shame they don't let you arrange your van. When we get a new van we're allowed to pick the shelving to an extent and given a day or two to switch over. They know it's important to us and they want to keep us happy.
 

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Shutting down the mainline site work company after 20 years. Just can’t make any money anymore with the employees available. Sick of it! Going back to repair remodel type of stuff and work by myself and maybe one helper.
Anyway here’s a pic of my new truck wrap. Gotta get the website done and get busy soon after I wrap up some loose ends.
Wanted a ford transit but had to settle for what I could find out there. 2011 Ford E350
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Shutting down the mainline site work company after 20 years. Just can’t make any money anymore with the employees available. Sick of it! Going back to repair remodel type of stuff and work by myself and maybe one helper.
Anyway here’s a pic of my new truck wrap. Gotta get the website done and get busy soon after I wrap up some loose ends.
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Transits suck, you don't want one. Be glad you found a nice Econoline.
 

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Transits suck, you don't want one. Be glad you found a nice Econoline.
Please tell me more. My thoughts, medium roof stand up a couple water heaters to save space etc.
when I did this line of work 20 years ago I had a 14’ Isuzu box truck and I loved it. I really think this van will be a challenge
 

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Shutting down the mainline site work company after 20 years. Just can’t make any money anymore with the employees available. Sick of it! Going back to repair remodel type of stuff and work by myself and maybe one helper.
Anyway here’s a pic of my new truck wrap. Gotta get the website done and get busy soon after I wrap up some loose ends.
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Should have got truck with utility bed on it,best service vehicles ever made,just ask sko
 

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Please tell me more. My thoughts, medium roof stand up a couple water heaters to save space etc.
when I did this line of work 20 years ago I had a 14’ Isuzu box truck and I loved it. I really think this van will be a challenge

Box trucks rule.... I had a couple of vans like yours and they were fine but
you just cant carry everything in them and they basically get about the same gas mileage

box trucks are very efficient and very productive
 

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Please tell me more. My thoughts, medium roof stand up a couple water heaters to save space etc.
when I did this line of work 20 years ago I had a 14’ Isuzu box truck and I loved it. I really think this van will be a challenge

The list of reasons is mostly a bunch of little things. The easiest way I can explain it is to compare my van with my wife. I love my wife. There are many women out there that I could probably learn to love after a couple years, but why? I love the van I have. Yes my Econoline has it's faults, but I have changed to work around them.


Keep in mind, our company only gets standard size cargo vans, and very rarely, a cutaway with a standard height KUV body. I prefer a standard height van over a tall boy. I have an extension/folding ladder, 4'ladder, and two tubes on my rack. If the roof was higher I couldn't easily get to them and I'd have to hang them on the ceiling. That's a problem because the one ladder is too long and I have a pipe rack hung from my ceiling.

The biggest issue is that Transits have less space. This is compounded by the roof sloping down as it goes back. This means when you slide stuff in the rear doors there is a bubble of space just below the ceiling up front that is almost useless. They are smaller width wise too, so if you want your middle aisle to be the same width the shelves have to be shallower. Indeed the shelving in our Transits is not as deep.

If we got the tall Transits space wouldn't be an issue, but like @Master Mark says, you'd be better off with a box truck.

Even though my van is packed, I can still slide a 65gal water heater in the middle. Or I can fit two complete toilets, OR a water softener and a dehumidifier, OR a qtr ton of solar salt and some boxes of parts. Point is I can hold more than enough for a day's work. If for some reason I need more stuff our supply house delivers and we have a shop guy.

We have ~20 vans, almost half of them are Transits now. I have had a good number of weeks where I had to use a Transit. I did think they had more power and handled a little better, although it FELT worse. BUT the Transits I drove were only carrying half the weight I carry in my Econoline. My Econoline is loaded right to the max at 8,900lbs.

You'd be hard pressed to name a plumbing part/tool you carry which I don't, and I carry snaking equipment.
 

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Got to have lift gate also,mandatory
That depends on the height of the box truck.... I have been driveing a u-haul box truck
for 2 summers now with the ramp and it has been just fine..... very rarely have I needed
the lift gate and very rarely are we throwing in 75 gallon power vents that I cant handle...
The lift gate does make life easier on some occasions.....

Yesterday my ford v-10 just threw a plug or a rod in it so we are close to dead in the water
I got to get it repaired next week ,,,, I am presently driveing the 2015 box truck with the lift gate
on it today....
My other half is driving a 2006 box that we were going to sell but it looks like I am gonna have
to make repairs to it and just keep driving it

Trucks are in high demand right now and I cannot believe what they want for a used Transit
and mechanics to work on trucks are in short supply too..
Just getting a new back door put on that 2001 truck I recently bought has been a god awful fight
getting anyone to work on it has been tough... they all want to stay home and wait for the next
covid check
 

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Transits suck, you don't want one. Be glad you found a nice Econoline.
I looked at a used Transit this week.... they wanted 39k for it with 90,000 miles
I guess I am throwing a new motor in my older box truck
 

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I looked at a used Transit this week.... they wanted 39k for it with 90,000 miles
I guess I am throwing a new motor in my older box truck
It’s worse now. The wife and I just picked her up a new Ford Edge. Used ones worked out to being about 110$ a month more to buy than new. We lucked out and I was doing work for the dealership I work for and was talking with the owner, he said he had one coming in the person that ordered it passed away so it wasn’t spoken for. By the end of the day it was.
 
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