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Old 11-30-2015, 02:08 AM   #1
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Default Service Van or Truck....

I'm lining up all of the dominoes to strike it out on my own in the spring....besides a solid customer base, most of my i's have been dotted and t's crossed.....

Right now I am trying to decide which route to take on the service rig. I have used both over the years and the pro's and con's of each have me at a stalemate....

Any one man shops out there care to weigh in?
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Old 11-30-2015, 03:07 AM   #2
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I've run full size vans ,pickup trucks and smaller trucks like Ford Ranger .I like the Ranger better. (cheaper to operate) (get the extended cab automatic trans.)but if you're going to carry a bunch of materials get a small trailer tow with the Ranger.
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I much, much prefer driving a truck but have to admit a van would do a lot more. Although a truck with utility style tool boxes might beat a van for residential construction.
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Depends on one's market target, if you're into small jobs & service work think 'rolling stockroom' ......~CS~
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I started with a van. Then a pickup. Added a 16 ft cargo trailer to that. Now I'm thinking a service body on the pickup.
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Either van, or cargo top on a pickup. Working out of an open pickup is fine for construction, but not for service.
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I've concluded one of each optimal 277.....

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I would have a utility body van if I did service work.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...DAgQMwglKAkwCQ
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A service truck that has a cover.

Of course dealing with the exact nature of your work is the biggest
consideration!
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I would have a utility body van if I did service work.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...DAgQMwglKAkwCQ
That's sweet.
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For sure I concur that having both would be ideal. But if I only have one choice and I'm doing service work, a van is it.
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A trailer just seems like a total pain in the ass.
For a small company doing little **** I would go with the van. Especially if you get any weather at all.
Or want to park it outside.
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What do I know? I'm a one man shop. Got sick of paying for gas so I bought a Chevy wagon to run in around and do small jobs. It worked so well I sold my truck. If I need a van I'll rent one for the day.
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I spent most of my life , or at least 1/2 in a E350 Ford extended Van. Drat POS 460 in that sucker. In '79 it was about 76 HP.

About '85 after spending about 17K in gas I read a mag about changing the timing gear and advance the camshaft / crankshaft timing. Gained another 76 HP.

About '90 after spending an aditional 17K in fuel the motor finally went south.

No Prob. I had been fixing up a '69 Mark III 460 in that but of course in '69 had 425 HP (the good old days ). James Bond had one in a movie of his. Had a helicopter in the trunk, - no bull.

Anyway I trashed the Lincoln and dropped that 460 in the van. The van could now move across the city quite fast if need be.

Still sucked fuel tho. Much material and wire and pipe, and ladders, and weight. And the van was now rusting, turning into a beater.

Got a '87 chevy 1/2 ton... 800 lbs. in the back the sticker said. Still I liked the body style and fixed it up, pulled the V6 out and a 350 rebuilt when in along with a paint job. Burned fuel. Less material I was packing tho.

Now a Nissan Frontier. Put a ballast and maybe a smoke alarm in the back. Wholesalers and HD carry my stock and I get it when needed.

Don't buy much fuel now.

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I spent most of my life , or at least 1/2 in a E350 Ford extended Van. Drat POS 460 in that sucker. In '79 it was about 76 HP.

About '85 after spending about 17K in gas I read a mag about changing the timing gear and advance the camshaft / crankshaft timing. Gained another 76 HP.

About '90 after spending an aditional 17K in fuel the motor finally went south.

No Prob. I had been fixing up a '69 Mark III 460 in that but of course in '69 had 425 HP (the good old days ). James Bond had one in a movie of his. Had a helicopter in the trunk, - no bull.

Anyway I trashed the Lincoln and dropped that 460 in the van. The van could now move across the city quite fast if need be.

Still sucked fuel tho. Much material and wire and pipe, and ladders, and weight. And the van was now rusting, turning into a beater.

Got a '87 chevy 1/2 ton... 800 lbs. in the back the sticker said. Still I liked the body style and fixed it up, pulled the V6 out and a 350 rebuilt when in along with a paint job. Burned fuel. Less material I was packing tho.

Now a Nissan Frontier. Put a ballast and maybe a smoke alarm in the back. Wholesalers and HD carry my stock and I get it when needed.

Don't buy much fuel now.

Did you know you can't put more than 8 images (smilies, etc) in a message. I think this forumn needs new software. Re-sizes pic, crap like that.
Yes, I run with the mentality that HD and the wholesalers carry material for me. I can keep ahead of the game by about three days and pick up odd parts on the fly.
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Thanks for the input guys....I should have clarified that by "service truck" I meant one with a utility bed.

I definitely want a rolling stockroom as Tesla said. I have a trailer for any larger tools or material if needed.

The older I get I just HATE climbing into a van to dig around for a tool or random fitting.

Looks like I'll be focusing more on the truck route.....
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Nissan 4 cylinder station wagon with an automatic,a/c,roof rack. (for the shot caller)
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I would have a utility body van if I did service work.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...DAgQMwglKAkwCQ
This would be my vote. Easy access from outsides as well as walk in covered storage with shelves.
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This would be my vote. Easy access from outsides as well as walk in covered storage with shelves.
FYI!!!!....The pic in that link is nice....but beware if you try to use one of the links to the page....NSFW...and certainly not safe to open when a teenage daughter is in the room!
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