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Work Vehicles #18933
12/17/02 01:12 AM
12/17/02 01:12 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
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- [Linked Image]

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Re: Work Vehicles #18934
12/17/02 06:03 AM
12/17/02 06:03 AM
gramps  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 112
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.

Re: Work Vehicles #18935
12/17/02 06:20 AM
12/17/02 06:20 AM
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
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. [Linked Image]

Re: Work Vehicles #18936
12/17/02 06:41 AM
12/17/02 06:41 AM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,342
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).]

Re: Work Vehicles #18937
12/17/02 09:13 AM
12/17/02 09:13 AM
Electricmanscott  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
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).]

Re: Work Vehicles #18938
12/17/02 09:33 AM
12/17/02 09:33 AM
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
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.]

Re: Work Vehicles #18939
12/17/02 09:50 AM
12/17/02 09:50 AM
classicsat  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 456
I'd love a "Ute" (Small 4x4 vehicle, more utility, little sport)

Re: Work Vehicles #18940
12/17/02 10:09 AM
12/17/02 10:09 AM
Edward  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
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?


Re: Work Vehicles #18941
12/17/02 10:17 AM
12/17/02 10:17 AM
ayrton  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 201
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!

Re: Work Vehicles #18942
12/17/02 11:55 AM
12/17/02 11:55 AM
Sean WB  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 111
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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