I built all of my shelving custom with 1" angle iron and 1/2" plywood. I built a pipe rack on the driver's side about 2 feet off the floor of the van. It is 1 ft by 1 ft and 9 ft long. That way the pipe sticks out a foot so u can grab it easier. On top of that I have plastic akrobins stacked which I keep most of my fittings in. Under the pipe rack I have another large shelf where I keep ferncos and large pvc fittings. IT also came with a HEAVY DUTY lockable aluminum partition door which definitely keeps the stink down. I currently have a 6 ft step ladder stacked on top of an 8 ft step ladder(side to side) and I keep em right in front of that large lower shelf. I am going to build a support for a 24ft extension ladder soon. I am 5'10" so I have 6" of headroom to work with. I will have to make a track on either side of where the ladder will be(probably use 1 5/8" unistrut) so that it will take up less then the 6 inches. It will have a roller type system. I do larger commercial jobs as well as drain cleaning and that is why it weighs 8000 lbs fully loaded. I hear that the 3.5 gas engines get only about 12 MPG so the gas bill runs about the same as the 3.0 Diesel(16 MPG). The difference is that you will get a lot more miles out of the diesel and PLENTY of power. It took me awhile to get over the $40,000 price tag, but I spent a lot of time researching everything...well knowing that I could get a Chevy/Ford for half the price. I am glad every day about the decision that I made. Your neck and back will thank you for it....EVERYDAY! I will try to post a pic of it tomorrow...as soon as I clean it out....ha
Last edited by vette850; 01-30-2009 at 11:08 PM.
The sprinter diesel engines seem to be a great performer and very durable. I see the utility contractors use the flip down ladder racks for the sprinters in town. If I did this I could use all 10 footers and keep them inside..MMMMMM
One thing for sure is the rebates for a new one are pretty good, and used trucks or vans can be had at a bargain. I just may have to trade in old slugworth for a new one. I don't know, still confused. I do admire you guys with the big trucks though, the ability to walk inside a van, wow, what a concept. Mike
I started out with utility beds, then vent to Step Vans, then added some regular vans for little stuff, then added 14' super-structure utility beds on Isuzus and now have a cutaway van with a utility body. There is no one "best" truck out there as we all have different needs. You will also find your needs will change through the years so don't be afraid to change your truck as well. Here are two pictures of my two most recent truck. The Isuzu was sold to another shop 10-years ago but I found it driving around Las Vegas and asked the guy if I could take pictures. The Ford is my current truck.
"Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony
I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!
Mark, that Stahl KUV looks like a sweet set up. How do you carry pipe? Mike
You should look into Little Giant ladders. I only have to carry one ladder in my van instead of two. They are a great space saver. Also, the last time I checked, they are still made in the USA. You can't beat that nowadays.
That's a sweet ride. I like that service body. The inside of my van has brown spots all over.
I need that side door access though for my big machine.
Been in this 22 years. Started with a 4x4 truck long bed..Did not do much service though. Would have sworn you would never see me in a van..Oh yeah then there was that day the little old lady pulled out...Hit that truck coming at me and swung him around right into me. Needed something fast and got a great deal on a van. Swore it was the best thing ever...Wow I could not believe I reallly was driving a van! Some where I came across a guy with a box truck and thought..I should give it a try. Bought a Ford (never cared for them)350 with a 14' box on the back..Built my own shelves. Wow, I love this thing! Paid $9,600 2004 78,000 miles. 10 mpg gas. Since march I have run for part twice..Both times parts missing on faucet or broken tank. Cut my miles by 1/3... I did buy the best tires for snow that I could, and am only going to drive them in the winter. Goes through anything!!! Ok, a little big (only bent one basketball rim so far) and a little heavy (need to check that yet stocked) But awesome! And noisy up front.. Next time I may get a detached cab. But then again...we change and needs change too.