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#213839 - 08/07/14 06:24 PM Looking for a new truck  
schenimann  Offline
Joined: Feb 2008
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Western North Carolina
I'm possibly in the market to upgrade my service truck. Right now I have a service body Chevy 2500. It works well except the bed is exposed and there isn't proper space to stock any parts. I am looking at possibly a used sprinter. I like the new ones, but $40,000.00, yikes. I also see some guys are using UHaul trucks with the 10' box. I like this idea except the climbing in and out.

I do mostly service work with a new house here and there(actually I have 3 in a row starting Monday, one of them 5k sf).

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#213840 - 08/07/14 06:54 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
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Sacramento, CA
My gambit has been to use sideways Knaak boxes -- mounted directly to my service body.

Because the expense for a Sprinter -- or anything like it -- is so high -- I favor using a (covered) trailer, instead.

It's only brought into play during a serious build.

The extremely low height available with a trailer is a real step saver.

Wander over to Ask This Old House -- see YouTube -- or This Old House -- to see what Tommy Silva has rigged up. His trick trailer has a collapseable suspension that puts the floor all the way down to the ground.

You will find that climibing in and out of a Sprinter is brutal on your knees during a build. The other advantage is that you can take off for mid-day materials -- while leaving your crew enough (protected) supplies to keep on building.

In many areas, leaving materials out -- even during the work day -- is an invitation for theft.

As for the trailer: have it rigged with a natural skylight for internal illumination (like a UPS van) -- and PV panels, too. These make it possible to top up your battery packs in a secure environment -- and impossible to forget at the end of the day.

For service calls, you fall back on Plan A: just the service truck.

BTW, ladder racks are staggering fuel pigs; figure on a 20% bump in fuel expense when hauling them around. Ladders toted inside a trailer travel pretty much free.

PV arrays provide enough energy to drive LED signage and spot interior illumination... and a security system!

Hence, you're showcasing an item that you'd love to sell and install.


#213841 - 08/07/14 09:05 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
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Brick, NJ USA
Guys up here run Sprinters, Box trucks, utility body (side bins),350 Ford type vans, the newer 'Transit' rigs.

Two have trailers as Tesla touted. Great to leave at a site. One has PV panels with micro inverters for 120 v. A secondary trailer is a tilt bed that he can get his scissor lift, power benders, gang boxes into easy. He also has a stake body trailer that he hauls 'scrap' for the $$$$.

When I had my business, I had Ford 350 vans, a utility body (Enclosed) with side bins, and a 55' Teco bucket w/a utility body.

Bottom line is how big is your budget, anddo you want 'new' or previously owned (certified)??

A good place to scout 'used; is "The Electrical Advertiser"


#213842 - 08/07/14 11:26 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
schenimann  Offline
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Western North Carolina
I'm doing more service work, so I'm thinking more of a tech truck that would be fully stocked. I would have my existing truck for larger work.

#213843 - 08/08/14 04:47 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
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Brick, NJ USA
OK, the service division of the states largest utility (appliance/HVAC service) has all Ford/GM E-350 vans.


#213908 - 08/31/14 11:07 AM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
JoeyD  Offline
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Posts: 21
Arlington MA
It's hard to beat a van for space, parking and keeping stuff dry. I like the service body's but they condensate inside the cabinets and if it's raining even more moisture gets in there.

#213910 - 09/01/14 11:52 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: JoeyD]  
sparkyinak  Offline
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Posts: 1,328
Had to beat a cargo van. I'm currently using a 2012 one ton cargo van and has done me good so far. You may not need the one ton chassis but I did and it has been used several times for large capacity batteries and packed to the gills with big spools of wire and such

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#214054 - 09/26/14 03:06 PM Re: Looking for a new truck [Re: schenimann]  
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It is depends upon your work what kind of delivery it is.

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