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Old 05-10-2019, 04:34 PM  
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Default Is anyone running a NV200 for a service truck?

Interested in hearing about it. What's the avg millage like when loaded with tools and wire? How's it holding up? If I'm going to go this small I'll be investing in a Ranger fit out, is anyone running that shelf setup?

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Old 05-10-2019, 06:20 PM  
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Get the Chevy City Express instead. Much better in every way, leaps and bounds better than the Nissan NV200. Better quality, tougher materials, unbelievable engineering went into the designing that bow tie they glued to the front.
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24 / City - 26 / Highway is what they are advertising for gas milage. I'm guessing fully loaded you'll probably drop 5 or so miles per gallon.

We have a Ford Transit Connect which is about the same size as the NV200 that we use just for maintenance and service for our 1,000+ generator customers.

I'll try to get some pictures next week of the shelf setup.
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Saw one on the road this morning. My thought was it looked too small to be really useful. If you’re doing service calls, you really need a variety of stock with you, so the concept of a small vehicle for service calls just doesn’t make sense to me.

Full sized van at least.
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If I downsized, I would get the Mercedes Metris. It's the closest thing to the beloved Astrovan.

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Saw one on the road this morning. My thought was it looked too small to be really useful. If you’re doing service calls, you really need a variety of stock with you, so the concept of a small vehicle for service calls just doesn’t make sense to me.

Full sized van at least.
I guess it depends on what type of service work you do. For mostly troubleshooting and small repairs I would be fine with one. It's the bigger jobs that I fill up the floor in my van.

I guess it also depends on your area and what's available. I stock less on my truck every year. If I don't have something that I need during a service call, the customer pays me my full rate to take a ride to the supply house. That's the way the plumbers and HVAC guys do it.
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Get the Chevy City Express instead. Much better in every way, leaps and bounds better than the Nissan NV200. Better quality, tougher materials, unbelievable engineering went into the designing that bow tie they glued to the front.
From the Chevrolet website "The Chevy City Express is no longer available".
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I would have bought the Chevy had it been available.

This truck would be used basically as a large job box. I don't need it to move material around much- we have a pickup in the fleet for that. It's mostly to carry tools, fasteners, pipe fittings and wire. Right now I'm running a E250 and it's almost always empty. More shelves seems to mean I carry more stuff I don't use every day.

I'd have it fitted with ladder racks, a pipe carrier and that ranger setup I posted about.


https://rangerdesign.com/products/electrical-van-shelving-package-nissan-nv200-cnl-11
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Get the Chevy City Express instead. Much better in every way, leaps and bounds better than the Nissan NV200. Better quality, tougher materials, unbelievable engineering went into the designing that bow tie they glued to the front.
That is odd. The City Express WAS a rebadged Nissan NV200. They sold poorly so Chevrolet discontinued them. Nissan is still making the NV200 version.
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That is odd. The City Express WAS a rebadged Nissan NV200. They sold poorly so Chevrolet discontinued them. Nissan is still making the NV200 version.
Slapping a bow tie on a Nissan is GMs idea of engineering.
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Oops, I reread your post and now see the sarcasm.
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I looked at one, but went with the NV2500 High Roof. Will be getting the NV3500's next time, maybe a mix of high roof and standard roof. Only thing I don't like is that you cannot get into the overhead bin because of the wall divider.

Kitted with Ranger on the inside, simple layout with a section for our custom shelves for out Packout system.

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