Yes, I added a partition and installed a bench seat in case my kids needed to ride. I am now thinking about ripping out some of the big Snap-On shelves and installing shelving units that are not quite as deep. Some of the angled shelves make it tough to store items on them. Time to put a door or passage window in the partition wall. As it is now I have to lower the lift gate on every job.
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.
I'm going for an AirStream. :p
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.
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.
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.