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  • #16
    Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

    When gas gets about $7 a gallon I'm going to buy a school bus and turn it into my mobile office in the front, living quarters in the middle, my inventory and tools in the back.


    That way I can call it a day right outside the customer's house, wait for the next call and I pull out from there.


    Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeext!
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    • #17
      Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

      I'm going for an AirStream.

      J.C.

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      • #18
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        When i worked for companies, i started off using a Ford Diesel van. Drove one of those for 5yrs. Then switched companies, went to a Chevy van. Didnt like that as much as the diesel. Small, slower, and not as much room as the diesel. Drove the Chevy for a yr and they went to Hino box trucks. I was in heaven with that truck. Hackney body in the back. It had a pull out ramp in the back, and you could walk around upright in the back. The stock back there was insane. It was like a mini supply house. There was even a spot on top of the shelf for the ladder. All those shelves and a US Jetter in the back as well with a side rollup door for the hose and controls. It was a super sewer truck. I never saw anything like. My old co did their homework on the trucks and we were kicking butt with them. Only downfall i had with those box trucks was driving around Center city Phila and trying to park on the small streets. I do miss the box trucks, as it had everything. I have 2 Chevy Express Vans now. Nice and easy to park in the city, but cannot carry half the things i use to have in the box trucks.
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        • #19
          Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

          I considered getting a box truck also Greg. Parking was one problem. Do you have the extended version Chevys? It adds a couple feet of floor space in length, which surprisingly makes a big difference.
          I really like the extended GMC and will probably get another one if I don't go to a box truck next time.
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          • #20
            Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

            for years i drove a gmc 1 ton van. fully loaded at 9200# the mileage was not so great. probably around 7mpg.

            since 2000 i drive a gmc w4500. same as the isuzu. now it carries 14,000# and gets 5-6 mpg.sure it has everything, but there is no reason for me to have that much stuff in the truck as i have it at the shop too.

            drain cleaning doesn't require as much parts as plumbing. but i do both.
            i guess i'm used to the luxury of having the stuff right outside. but at the same time i can easily return with anything that i don't have in the truck.

            next truck will probably be a 1 ton van again.

            rick.
            phoebe it is

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            • #21
              Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

              Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
              I considered getting a box truck also Greg. Parking was one problem. Do you have the extended version Chevys? It adds a couple feet of floor space in length, which surprisingly makes a big difference.
              I really like the extended GMC and will probably get another one if I don't go to a box truck next time.

              No, i dont have the extended van. Next van will be though.
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              • #22
                Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

                Originally posted by Devine Plumbing View Post
                Sure there is
                Not in your case.

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                • #23
                  Re: Big Truck VS Small Truck-better mpg

                  I'm in a small truck...not a Ranger or an S-10, a 1500.
                  It has become the most frustrating experience of my life attempting to stay organized...I even made two custom sliding racks so I could slide everything out and it's still often overwhelming to find things.
                  I need a van, but for now the cost of gas is whats stopping me.
                  I've been entertaining the idea of a small trailer or similar to keep excess tools and stock in that I can take for larger jobs when needed.

                  At well over $4 a gallon, I just don't want to paint myself into an expensive corner buying a larger cube van or box truck that'll eat a gallon every 10 miles.

                  I have a buddy who has been offering to sell me his van...it's an 8 cylinder chevy, he's looking to size down to a 6 cyl 1500 for the same reason I'm afraid to get a larger truck...he just bought the van 6 months ago and says the gas is breaking his bank.

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