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#18933 - 12/16/02 10:12 PM Work Vehicles
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8211
Loc: SI,New Zealand
What type of vehicle, is your choice, to drive, during your working hours?.
Would it be a van,ute,vanette,truck.
What make/model is it?.
Your input please-
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#18934 - 12/17/02 03:03 AM Re: Work Vehicles
gramps Offline
Registered: 08/25/02
Posts: 112
Loc: ohio
we have 2 vans, 1 half-ton pickup, 2 three quarter ton pickups, a small size pickup (s-10), a 1-ton stake bed, and a 1 1/2 ton bucket truck. i usually get stuck with the s-10, since the rest of them have tool boxes or ladder racks on them, and they are usually out on jobs. the s-10 serves its purpose for me, because i am usually busy looking at jobs for bidding purposes, or running down parts/materials and delivering to job sites. we also have a couple of trailers for hauling large amounts of material, wire, trencher, etc., and a lockable box trailer that we leave on the jobsite, for equipment storage.
#18935 - 12/17/02 03:20 AM Re: Work Vehicles
walrus Offline
Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 680
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
I have a 2000 GMC 3500 series pickup with a Knapheide tool body on it, it has 94000 miles in it in 2.5 years, looks like another payment come June or so.
#18936 - 12/17/02 03:41 AM Re: Work Vehicles
sparky Offline
Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5303
In a nutshell, it's 4X4 here, or explore the towing strength of whatever wire you've on board.....

I've an 88' F-250 HD 4X4 w/ utility body & rack for those large reels of 350kcmil & pipe

And a 00' GMC AWD astro van, outfitted via American Van....i like those 'rat packs' for all the kibbles & bits...

it's hard to assume an all-round vehicle for all aspects of the trade.....

[This message has been edited by sparky (edited 12-17-2002).]
#18937 - 12/17/02 06:13 AM Re: Work Vehicles
Electricmanscott Offline
Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1457
Loc: Holden, MA USA
If I had any computer skills I would post a picture of my truck here. Since I don't here is a link to a generic picture of my truck. It is a Ford E350 super duty cab with a knapheide body. More contractors here are moving away from the standard van and into box trucks or utility truck. Having had all three this one is my favorite.

[This message has been edited by Electricmanscott (edited 12-17-2002).]
#18938 - 12/17/02 06:33 AM Re: Work Vehicles
Bjarney Offline
Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2527
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Like you Trumpy, I had some pole-line and substation duties so they assigned me a 1-ton 4-wheel drive GMC pickup with a utility body [before retirement.]
#18939 - 12/17/02 06:50 AM Re: Work Vehicles
classicsat Offline
Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 456
I'd love a "Ute" (Small 4x4 vehicle, more utility, little sport)
#18940 - 12/17/02 07:09 AM Re: Work Vehicles
Edward Offline
Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 308
Loc: California
I am planning to get either a MAX VAN from GRUMMAN OLSON COMPANY or a box van from SUPERIOR COMPANY.
These are the big box van that one can stand inside the box section and it has side compartments as well.
The body i think is made of reinforced plywood with fibreglass.

Any comments on these?

Would you guys recommend CHEVY or FORD and GAS or DIESEL?

#18941 - 12/17/02 07:17 AM Re: Work Vehicles
ayrton Offline
Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 201
Loc: Pa
A box van I think would be the best vehicle for us sparky's, thing is it is just to big and expensive to maintain. I prefer a Ford E250 for every day work with all the "American Van stuff" in the back. Pvc tubes on top with a good ladder rack. No windows either, would rather people be guessing what's in the back than knowing!
#18942 - 12/17/02 08:55 AM Re: Work Vehicles
Sean WB Offline
Registered: 09/15/02
Posts: 111
Loc: South TX
Im still using my first vehicle I owned for my service truck.. A 1977 FORD F150 xlt . I bought from original owner . Its very dependable. rebuilt 400 w 20k miles. 12 cu. ft.tool box on back, a side mount tool box, and soon a ladder/pipe rack on top!
In future I would like a 18 passenger van to gut out and outfit with tools/parts. A plumber freind of mine uses these long vans, It fits a tremendous amount of material .
I did not get as think so badly as you shocked I did.
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