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Old 11-22-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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So i'm looking to work for myself. Just me for now. Im having trouble deciding between a van or something like a mercedes sprinter. I like the idea of being able to stand straight up inside. Im only 5'8" but I always hated being hunched over in a mini van or a full size 3/4 ton van.


Maybe this should be a "show your work vehicle" thread.

I tried searching for a thread like this on here but came up empty.... Maybe im searching wrong

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Old 11-22-2016, 11:08 PM   #2
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I happen to really like my KUV covered service body on an Express 3500 chasis cab.

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Thanks AK,
Thats a nice looking set up. How secure are the outer doors? I live in the city and park on the street.
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The outer doors on the Knapheide brand are pretty tough. This particular one has keyless entry for all the bin doors that is also matched to the chassis cab key fob. The other style has a mechanical bar that you padlock at the rear of the service body. I liked the idea of ind. locked doors instead of just having to cut off one lock.

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This thread can be removed. I found a few just like it on here.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:49 PM   #6
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This thread can be removed. I found a few just like it on here.
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Roundy, I can't see any reason to buy a normal van when almost all of them have $1,500-2,500 options for a higher roof.

Being able to walk into your van is a night and day difference. Plus the extra height gives you extra shelf space.
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Roundy, I can't see any reason to buy a normal van when almost all of them have $1,500-2,500 options for a higher roof.

Being able to walk into your van is a night and day difference. Plus the extra height gives you extra shelf space.
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Standing is overrated. What happens when you need to go to a lower shelf? Back on your knees!

Nah will look at one when Betsy dies.

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Regular size van has difficulties in parkades.

Depends on the work you do I guess.
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My KUV is just about 7'3" and once in a while I hit something. I would buy another one right now if they were 6'7".
I dont need to go inside of it very much. ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF IS ON THE OUTSIDE! That's the point of a service body.
I really think I could keep a few ladders, a couple rolls of MC, and take everything else out of the middle inside, put in a fold down bunk, use one of the pipe chutes as a pantry and live in it.
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My KUV is just about 7'3" and once in a while I hit something. I would buy another one right now if they were 6'7".
I dont need to go inside of it very much. ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF IS ON THE OUTSIDE! That's the point of a service body.
I really think I could keep a few ladders, a couple rolls of MC, and take everything else out of the middle inside, put in a fold down bunk, use one of the pipe chutes as a pantry and live in it.
I don't have a problem with much rain. How do you reconcile that? Seams to me the exterior would be an issue for you?
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My KUV is just about 7'3" and once in a while I hit something. I would buy another one right now if they were 6'7".
I dont need to go inside of it very much. ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF IS ON THE OUTSIDE! That's the point of a service body.
I really think I could keep a few ladders, a couple rolls of MC, and take everything else out of the middle inside, put in a fold down bunk, use one of the pipe chutes as a pantry and live in it.

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Standing is overrated. What happens when you need to go to a lower shelf? Back on your knees!

Nah will look at one when Betsy dies.

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I can get to everything on the bottom shelves or the floor underneath by bending over, I never kneel.
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My KUV is just about 7'3" and once in a while I hit something. I would buy another one right now if they were 6'7".
I dont need to go inside of it very much. ALL OF THE GOOD STUFF IS ON THE OUTSIDE! That's the point of a service body.
I really think I could keep a few ladders, a couple rolls of MC, and take everything else out of the middle inside, put in a fold down bunk, use one of the pipe chutes as a pantry and live in it.
I was going to get a KUV before I got the Sprinter. There are issues with that. The biggest is snow, I have to park on the street next to a high snow pile often, which means the entire left side of cabinets is blocked. The other issue is that often times you will need things out of 3,4,5, or 6 cabinets. That could be a pain, filling your arms up with tools and material and needing more. I like being able to step into the van and have everything available right there. I keep 2 shelves empty to put the material for the job I am working on, it also allows me to fabricate things right there. Plus, when doing service work, I would need access to a lot more material so I would need to get into the back of the KUV anyway. If you have to get in, that negates the easy access of the outside cabinets.

Just my opinion based on my style of work and working area. You are probably pulling onto construction sites most of the time while I am parking on the street and would be dodging passing cars when getting into the cabinets on the driver side.
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Thanks AK,
Thats a nice looking set up. How secure are the outer doors? I live in the city and park on the street.
Close to bullet proof, most bad guys don't carry cordless grinders:

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This is my work ride. I spend a lot of time off the pavement towing. 3/4 ton, 4x4 lots of dry cargo space.
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Mech have you seen these?

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This is my work ride. I spend a lot of time off the pavement towing. 3/4 ton, 4x4 lots of dry cargo space.
I use the same thing but mine is a 95. I want a service truck but being able to haul 4 kids around without changing vehicles works good.

How do you organize tools in the back? I am thinking of getting a tool chest top box to sit in the back door.
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No I haven't, they must be newer than my retiring. Look interesting.
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