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I spent the weekend swapping shelves/bins to a new truck.

Old #13 has lived it's useful life and was ready to die. I'm guessing it was 13-15 years old. We kicked around the idea of swapping boxes but ended up just relocating everything.

This pic was about 6 years ago


Here is the pile of crap we carry, laid out on the dock.



Wrapped new truck with plywood



Removed shelving


Reinstalled shelving and restocked





I'm going to have to do it two more times soon to replace the 5 year old Ford pieces of crap that we had the misfortune of buying.
 

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That looks like a crapload of work. What are the cabs like in those trucks you run? Cramped or decent?
 

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I am interested in going the box truck route when the time comes. I have a couple questions.
- What size box is on the new truck?
- What truck/ engine did you chose?
- Dually or not?
Thanks.
 

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That looks like a crapload of work. What are the cabs like in those trucks you run? Cramped or decent?
The cabs are spacious



How often do you run to the supply house to restock material?
Theoretically, never. We have some warehouse space and the suppliers deliver for free. When we were really busy (until 2007) we restocked the materials used on a daily basis. It was a good and simple system and we had someone specifically in charge of that. The last 6 years has been a little rough but it's coming around.
 

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I am interested in going the box truck route when the time comes. I have a couple questions.
- What size box is on the new truck?
- What truck/ engine did you chose?
- Dually or not?
Thanks.
The Izusu (old # 13)was the best truck we've ever had. It has a Chevy 350 gas engine. The new truck is also Izusu and I presume has the same engine?

The boxes are all 16' x 7' and yes, dually. The 2 Ford diesels were and still are a huge disaster. Ford suck donkey balls.



Thank god for the dairy industry
I purchase all my crates :thumbup: Wait....I better look closely. Sometimes a stray gets mixed in somehow. No, they are all mine.
 

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I bet he orders bulk shipments from the SH and has them deliver to his shop.

Im trying to clean out an area of my garage, and start doing this. The SH delivers for free, and as long as I account for how much material im using each week, this should help bring costs down.
 

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I hope you were on the clock, that's a ton of work :eek:

Looks great though!
I installed the plywood Friday in about a half day.

The guy who drives the truck came in Saturday from 6:30 till 6:30. He unloaded and reloaded everything. I worked on it with him from 8:30 till 5:30.

I'm thinking of swapping the whole box out next time.
 

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Thank you . I like you ideas with the milk creates . I looked at shelves from the upfitters . They were 10000.00 and up for a 16 ft box van
Yeah, everything I've ever looked at was WAY expensive and not really exactly what I needed.

The crates ($12 ea) and bins ($4ea) add up to maybe $1200 but they are durable and easy to work with. Plywood and steel tubing/angle is pretty inexpensive also. I might have $2500 invested in materials but these will be functional for a LONG time. They will certainly outlast the vehicles.
 

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So with plywood, shelves, and material, how much weight do you think is there?
Hmmm....ballpark

plywood 800#
metal tubing 200#
Conduit 200#
Wire 1000#
Tools 500#
Materials 500#


Of course, I pulled these numbers out of my ass :laughing:
 

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That is awesome.

If I can get my business to grow and expand to a second truck, I think I would totally do a big ass box truck like you have. That's just smart. A rolling always on site, supply shop. :thumbsup:
 
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