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#73070 - 12/15/06 09:41 PM truck setup  
Peter Salegna  Offline
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 19
norwich,conn, USA
I have a Chevy silverado ext cab with trac rac system but its not working out I'm not 100% sold on cap because I don't want to loose the flex of open bed. And I don't want another truck payment. What type of rigs/setups are you guys using

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#73071 - 12/16/06 12:22 AM Re: truck setup  
trollog  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 276
San Diego California USA
me, personally: ford f150 with rack & bed toolbox.

shop trucks are full sized chevy single cab pickups with toolbeds and racks

#73072 - 12/16/06 12:44 AM Re: truck setup  
u2slow  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 200
Salt Spring, BC, Canada
I use a Suburban. I can't load tall stuff in, but I load long stuff in on an angle just like a pickup bed.

What sort of the stuff do you need the open bed for?

#73073 - 12/16/06 01:09 AM Re: truck setup  
Fred  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 449
Straughn, IN 47387
I have a contractor cap on a 4x4 1500 06 chevy. I have a 6x12 trailer for those times I need to haul tall stuff.

#73074 - 12/16/06 04:42 PM Re: truck setup  
Helectric  Offline
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 90
Brandon, SD
I sent some pictures of my old rack to your e-mail address. They are of a rack that I built for my first truck. I've been thinking of going back to something similar. My son drives it to school now.
He's a freshman in high school and complains that he's the only kid in the parking lot with a ladder rack on his vehicle [Linked Image]

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#73075 - 12/16/06 06:13 PM Re: truck setup  
J_Erickson  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 13
Milford, MA USA
All my work trucks are vans. I couldn't imagine doing electrical work out of a pick-up, but I guess it depends on what type of work you do.

John Erickson

#73076 - 12/16/06 11:24 PM Re: truck setup  
Fred  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 449
Straughn, IN 47387
I worked out of a van for several years before switching to a truck/cap setup. I wouldn't want to go back to a van. I do custom residential, commercial and industrial new construction and some service work.

#73077 - 12/17/06 03:07 PM Re: truck setup  
J_Erickson  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 13
Milford, MA USA
For those working out of pick-up's, do you keep much material in it? I don't know how you'd organize it. If the type of work you do means material is almost always on site, I get it.

John Erickson

#73078 - 12/17/06 04:00 PM Re: truck setup  
BigB  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 719
Tucson, AZ USA
I have a cutaway van with a hi top utility box. Other than the gas mileage, it makes my job pretty easy, with plenty of backup stock to avoid parts runs and a large array of tools to make the job easier. I probably actually use less gas than if I had to run for supplies all the time.

check out this thread...;f=11;t=008251;p=

ps mine is on page 14

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#73079 - 12/17/06 09:07 PM Re: truck setup  
Fred  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 449
Straughn, IN 47387
Pick-up w/contractor cap from ARE is what I have. Tools on the driver side, fittings, connectors, breakers, etc on the passenger side, 7 drawer Craftsman tool chest, 3 drawer hardware chest, wire spool rack, large power tools, K-O set, ext cords in the rool-out floor drawer, benders shovel, spade hang on the inside along with Gorilla ladder. Still plenty of room in the back for transporting materials to a resi job. Ladder rack on top with 6" pipe carrier that holds 100' of 1/2" EMT and 100' of 3/4" EMT. 32' ext ladder on the rack too. If I need to haul large quantities of materials or large size equipment I use the 6x12 trailer. I did the same when I worked out of a 1 ton extended van. With the truck set-up I don't have to crawl on my knees to get stuff out.

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