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JimLewis
03-29-2006, 02:50 AM
Well, this year I finally decided to hire a FT irrigation tech. That is, someone in our company who sole, full-time job is just to go out and repair irrigation systems.

No Install. Just repair.

He's been off doing system start-ups and repairs for about 3 weeks now. It's been working out very well.

Here's the Van I bought and how I converted it to work with our company colors and logo. (See attached photos)

JimLewis
03-29-2006, 02:51 AM
Here are two more sets of pictures....

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JimLewis
03-29-2006, 02:53 AM
We're going to put a pipe rack on top too. Just haven't had a chance to get that done yet.

The inside is cool too! It came already with shelves inside. So it was the perfect set-up. We just painted and lettered it and then filled it with parts. And Viola! We were off and running.

Any guesses how much it all cost me?

YardPro
03-29-2006, 07:26 AM
sweet.
vans are the way to go for irrigation work.
congrats on the expansion..

PurpHaze
03-29-2006, 08:23 AM
Way cool Jim! Now you just need to wait for the Oregon plates? :laugh:

DanaMac
03-29-2006, 09:23 AM
"Sprinkler Sytem MOBILE Repair"
You mean people don't dig it up and take it to you for repairs? Just kidding with you. I've told people that have complained about price or how long before we can get there, that I'll do it sooner and cheaper if they bring the entire system to me. Had a few hang ups from that comment.

I thought about vans this winter, also going to smaller, more efficient 2 wheel drive pick ups. But both the work trucks I have are paid for, and running. About 185k miles on each though. So I'm going to try for another season with them, even if they are not the best situation for service vehicles.

I may need to look for another though, I MIGHT have found another service tech. He does have some limited install experience, no troubleshooting exp. though. I can train that. And I've known him for a long time, and can trust him. Long time buddy of my employee.

koster_irrigation
03-29-2006, 10:10 AM
i'll post some pictures of my vans shortly

JimLewis
03-29-2006, 10:33 AM
Here, let me save you the effort. I've been saving this picture for a year or two as inspiration. I only wish my company trucks had a white base paint. Sooo many more options with white as the base. With red, it took me and my designer a while to come up with some graphics that even looked decent.

Here's a picture of Koster's killer vans. I wish mine looked THIS nice.

Dirty Water
03-29-2006, 10:34 AM
Jim, I'm guessing ballpark of $1200 for the van, plus $500 for paint?

We have 3 trucks, and one ambulance type van.

All are painted green and lettered.

JimLewis
03-29-2006, 10:38 AM
Hey Koster, where do you get those killer van racks? That's just the kind I am looking for.

Also, do you think the "certified" logo helps any? I just got my tech. certified via the Irrigator Training School a few weeks ago. I was thinking about adding something about being certified on the side of our van too. But I was kind of doubting that it really mattered to most people.

Dirty Water
03-29-2006, 10:47 AM
Koster seems to like to set his heads a little low :laugh:

koster_irrigation
03-29-2006, 06:35 PM
We can talk vans all day, i love it!

Ha^ only two people have mentioned that to me about the heads being too low. Actually my van has no graphics on it for the time being, i started my own company jan 1st of this year. the old company <graphics> i was kind of in a partnership between my older brother and myself. he did the landscaping and maintenance and i handled the irrigation. Ive now started my own setup. With a brand new van on the way. I'll post a pic.

And not pictured in the picture because i didnt have them at the time are my new "rack straps" which are a life saver. No other way to do business with piping on top of a van, no more rubber bungie straps. Go to this site.
I saw these rack straps on someone elses van, i ordered my set an hour later.
http://www.rackstrap.com 200 bucks for a set, plus the mounting brackets for the weatherguard racks


http://www.weatherguard.com Van racks 400 bucks or so a set

http://www.adriansteel.com
Also Adrian Steel now makes a knock off on the weatherguard racks, which look to me like a better rack. Adrian steel also makes van interior bins etc.
Which are the best available.

Similar pic of our new van '06 3500 ext. 6.0 All options. I ordered it two weeks ago, supposed to be here
may 1st.
http://www.thewolfweb.com/photos/00451355.jpg

I ordered the new van in victory red b/c you can see the thing coming a mile away. Not much need for fancy logos. BUT i do intend to
do some logoing, im still throwing around some ideas.

koster_irrigation
03-29-2006, 06:49 PM
Also, do you think the "certified" logo helps any? I just got my tech. certified via the Irrigator Training School a few weeks ago. I was thinking about adding something about being certified on the side of our van too. But I was kind of doubting that it really mattered to most people.

I have gotten ZERO response from that. Some of my buddies thought it was funny. "CERTIFIED" lol
Im not putting that back on my new van ive ordered.

Put your company name, a website, phone, and make it look appealing as possible. Make it eye catching, because thats really what gets people to rememeber. But NOT annoying. PROFESSIONAL & clean looking.

I also like tinted windows, suprising how much cooler your truck stays.

PurpHaze
03-29-2006, 09:14 PM
Let's see now... Lewis with a RED van and Koster getting a RED van shortly. Are you sure that people won't confuse you guys as fire sprinkler companies? :laugh:

Dirty Water
03-29-2006, 09:21 PM
Let's see now... Lewis with a RED van and Koster getting a RED van shortly. Are you sure that people won't confuse you guys as fire sprinkler companies? :laugh:

Only if the sign guy messed up and drew the sprinklers upside down.

:laugh:

koster_irrigation
03-29-2006, 09:24 PM
those fire sprinkler guys roll in the dough

Dirty Water
03-29-2006, 09:26 PM
those fire sprinkler guys roll in the dough

I thought about getting into it, but then I realized that I didn't like holding my hands over my head for a extended period of time, let alone all day.

That and from what I've seen they use steel pipe with weld fittings and bungs more often than threaded fittings, so I'd have some serious learning to do.

I found a fire sprinkler on the net that was housed in a can (like a upside down maxipaw), so they can be hidden inside drop cealings without looking ugly...how cool is that, a reverse pop up :)

koster_irrigation
03-29-2006, 09:30 PM
ive seen those, theyre like little covers that pop off

oh yeh im afriad of heights, imagine a 3 story tall ceiling inside an office lobby... ouch

Splicer
03-29-2006, 09:31 PM
those fire sprinkler guys roll in the dough
My step-son is a pipe-fitter in Chicago and works solely on sprinkler systems. Pretty involved. All union work. The kid will have OVER 1 million in his retirement. Damn proud of that boy!!!:clapping: :weightlifter: :usflag:

PurpHaze
03-29-2006, 09:47 PM
I found a fire sprinkler on the net that was housed in a can (like a upside down maxipaw), so they can be hidden inside drop cealings without looking ugly...how cool is that, a reverse pop up :)

A spray "pop-down" instead? :laugh:

Green Sweep
03-30-2006, 07:56 PM
C:\Documents and Settings\Rob Turley\My Documents\My Pictures\Service Van.jpg

Here is our service van. It desperately needs washed & we are currently using it on new installations until the service work starts.

C:\Documents and Settings\Rob Turley\My Documents\My Pictures\Service Van 2.jpg

Rob

JimLewis
03-30-2006, 10:44 PM
I don't see it :confused:

Green Sweep
03-31-2006, 06:11 AM
Sorry, it showed up on my computer at home?? I'll try again later.

koster_irrigation
03-31-2006, 07:03 AM
the picture has to be "ON" a website not on your hard drive

upload those pics to something like yahoo photos or simliar...

then link to those pages..

PurpHaze
03-31-2006, 08:43 AM
the picture has to be "ON" a website not on your hard drive

upload those pics to something like yahoo photos or simliar...

then link to those pages..

Pictures that you post to threads don't have to be on a website and linked to. I have a special folder on my hard drive that I keep them in before uploading. If you note on my pictures they always have an "IV" in their file name which means I've edited them for size and compression rate with IrfanView. If his pictures do not meet the maximum size, etc. requirements of the site then they won't post up.

Green Sweep
03-31-2006, 04:46 PM
http://us.a2.yahoofs.com/users/442da01cz4f541b52/eadb/__sr_/ad6a.jpg?ph4iaLEB8O_fxtfH

http://us.a2.yahoofs.com/users/442da01cz4f541b52/eadb/__sr_/c617.jpg?ph4iaLEBDiTbPCO0


HOPE THAT THIS WORKS!

Green Sweep
03-31-2006, 06:13 PM
This is it, I think that I finally figured this out. If I didn't, I fell like a real idiot. What a way to spend my Friday night.

Wet_Boots
03-31-2006, 06:19 PM
That got 'er. If you have SBC/Yahoo broadband, there is webspace you can use to store images that others can view. Yahoo email-users usually need a paid Geocities account to get image-hosting. I thought I was going to have to loan you my van.<center><img src="http://img336.imageshack.us/img336/9895/campercabinonwheels17fd.jpg">

Green Sweep
03-31-2006, 06:22 PM
That got 'er. If you have SBC/Yahoo broadband, there is webspace you can use to store images that others can view. Yahoo email-users usually need a paid Geocities account to get image-hosting. I thought I was going to have to loan you my van.<center><img src="http://img336.imageshack.us/img336/9895/campercabinonwheels17fd.jpg">

Thank God, I just added the picture of the exterior. Hopefully you can see it.

Rob

Wet_Boots
03-31-2006, 06:34 PM
By the way, doing two (or more) images per post is a bandwidth-friendly practice, appreciated by dialup users everywhere. (the images I post have been compressed a great deal more than most you'll encounter here)

Dirty Water
04-01-2006, 12:00 AM
This is it, I think that I finally figured this out. If I didn't, I fell like a real idiot. What a way to spend my Friday night.

You didn't spring for the trencher attachment on your 410?

Green Sweep
04-01-2006, 04:42 AM
You didn't spring for the trencher attachment on your 410?

No!, But I really wish we would have.

Flow Control
04-01-2006, 08:10 AM
Nice set-up green sweep.

DanaMac
04-01-2006, 08:47 AM
But both the work trucks I have are paid for, and running. About 185k miles on each though. So I'm going to try for another season with them, even if they are not the best situation for service vehicles.

I spoke too soon. My work truck wouldn't start Thursday. So now I'm using my new Nissan Titan for work. Which I don't want to do. It's too pretty! will try today or tomorrow to fix GMC.

Green Sweep
04-01-2006, 11:26 AM
Nice set-up green sweep.
Thanks,
I'm surprised that I didn't get any comments on the humongous Rain Bird logo. I've always thought that it was a bit much. I would like to have seen the Company name more predominantly displayed like the other vans that I've seen on this post. People think that Rain Bird is the name of our company.

Rob

koster_irrigation
04-01-2006, 05:53 PM
I quit advertising for RAINBIRD, TORO... ETC on my trucks. To most customers it really doesnt matter what brand you install, they just want someone to come back after the install and provide quality service.

koster_irrigation
04-01-2006, 07:24 PM
i TRY to have my employees clean out my van at the end or beginning of each work day. Its hard you have to stay on top of them. Sweep it out, wipe it out with a damp rag. I like going in my van to find the right part fast. All my bins are labeled with a labeler and everything has its place. Pull out drawers for mist nozzles, a pull out vise mounted to the floor at the back door. Plastic fan rakes are mounted up on the ceiling to get them off the floor. I'll post some interior pics of my set asap.


Id throw a fit if my guys kept my van like this, no offense.. But when you rollin you aint got no time for spit shinin!
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=54317&d=1143846888

Lux Lawn
04-01-2006, 07:42 PM
Jim,
The van came out nice...then again all of your projects do.

Green Sweep
04-02-2006, 06:45 AM
Id throw a fit if my guys kept my van like this, no offense.. But when you rollin you aint got no time for spit shinin!
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=54317&d=1143846888

No offense taken. I agree with the tidiness of the van. I dont fret over the dirt & mud though. It only gets wiped down every once in a while. Gets too dirty too fast!
The van is pretty organized. It looks really cluttered in this picture because of the crap on the floor & the extra tools & material boxes that usually arent in there because we are currently doing installations out of this van.
My biggest problem in keeping the van organized is the floor. I save pipe scraps (over a couple of feet). Between the pipe & tools, you cant walk. I would love to see more interior pics to get some ideas.

Rob

Dirty Water
04-02-2006, 11:26 AM
We save pipe scraps too. Anything over a few feet, and anything with a bell on it regardless of length (handy).

Sometimes I wonder if its worth it when half of my truck bed is full of them at any given time.

BSME
04-02-2006, 12:17 PM
I also hate scrap... anytime you do an install you have a lot of leftover long lengths... I can never find enough reasons to use the scrap... it builds up

koster_irrigation
04-02-2006, 04:38 PM
1" is .23 cent a foot, im not thowing away anything over 6"...

PurpHaze
04-03-2006, 08:38 AM
We save pipe scraps too. Anything over a few feet, and anything with a bell on it regardless of length (handy).

Sometimes I wonder if its worth it when half of my truck bed is full of them at any given time.

I'll keep a reasonable number of scrap pieces with bell ends also. However, when things start piling up I start throwing it away.

FEELIN' DUCKY IN PA
04-19-2006, 09:07 PM
Thanks,
I'm surprised that I didn't get any comments on the humongous Rain Bird logo. I've always thought that it was a bit much. I would like to have seen the Company name more predominantly displayed like the other vans that I've seen on this post. People think that Rain Bird is the name of our company.

Rob

green sweep -

what is the name of the company, i thought it was rainbird but you mentioned it isn't. I don't see green sweep on it but it came a little fuzzy on my computer, i'm running a slower, older computer but it gets the job done for billing for a small company.

Green Sweep
04-20-2006, 07:40 PM
green sweep -

what is the name of the company, i thought it was rainbird but you mentioned it isn't. I don't see green sweep on it but it came a little fuzzy on my computer, i'm running a slower, older computer but it gets the job done for billing for a small company.

The name of our company is Custom Turf. I used to run a chemical lawn care company in Moroeville - Green Sweep. When I first found this forum, I mainly stayed in the pesticide forum. Green Sweep was bought out by Scotts Lawn Service 3 years ago & I got into the irrigation business. I have just never changed my name.

Rob

SprinklerGuy
04-21-2006, 08:22 AM
Pipe prices at all time high = SprinklerGuy charging for pipe on repairs even if it is only a "tiny piece" of pipe....sorry Mr. Homeowner, that piece of pipe is now worth a dollar.

PurpHaze
04-21-2006, 08:31 AM
I'd be more than happy to box up our scrap pieces and send them your way COD. Prolly still cheaper. What sizes would you like??? :laugh:

Charge out full sticks and then use the leftover to use for repairs. Make MORE money. :clapping:

SprinklerGuy
04-21-2006, 08:34 AM
Sticks?

If it aint black you can keep it......;) Around here, PVC is the enemy.

PurpHaze
04-21-2006, 08:39 AM
I could paint it. :dancing:

Besides... it would give you more breaks to charge out on.

FEELIN' DUCKY IN PA
04-26-2006, 09:55 PM
The name of our company is Custom Turf. I used to run a chemical lawn care company in Moroeville - Green Sweep. When I first found this forum, I mainly stayed in the pesticide forum. Green Sweep was bought out by Scotts Lawn Service 3 years ago & I got into the irrigation business. I have just never changed my name.

Rob
I got it now it's still very fuzy but i can make otu the name now that you told me it. scott's seems to be trying to buy out everywhere.

bicmudpuppy
05-04-2006, 01:17 PM
Pipe prices at all time high = SprinklerGuy charging for pipe on repairs even if it is only a "tiny piece" of pipe....sorry Mr. Homeowner, that piece of pipe is now worth a dollar.
ONE dollar? I hope it wasn't 12" long!

Ground Master
05-07-2006, 09:29 PM
van picture

Wet_Boots
05-08-2006, 01:08 AM
Is that a real work van? I can see the floor.

SprinklerGuy
05-08-2006, 07:30 AM
Holy cow that is clean.....what type of shelves are those?

My vans were clean like that once too.....the day they came out of the showroom....

Nice.

jirrigation
05-08-2006, 07:43 PM
I'm so jealous of that Rain Bird nozzle box you have in that picture. I was wondering how old it was, and how long do you figure it will last. I keep buying trays from Home Depot type places but they don't tend to last more than one season. Also, how many slots does it have/how many nozzles can you fit per slot.

SprinklerGuy
05-08-2006, 08:10 PM
Go buy a tackle box at the bait store just like it...that is all it is....I have a Hunter box like it that I spent my points to get....

The tackle boxes are amazing these days...go check them out. Thanks for the pulling tips btw...

JimLewis
05-08-2006, 09:37 PM
I'm so jealous of that Rain Bird nozzle box you have in that picture. I was wondering how old it was, and how long do you figure it will last. I keep buying trays from Home Depot type places but they don't tend to last more than one season. Also, how many slots does it have/how many nozzles can you fit per slot.

We use those Rainbird Nozzle Boxes too. In a Service Van like this, they will last quite a long time. They are really nice. A lot nicer than anything I've been able to get at Home Depot or Lowe's. I like the Rainbird ones.

If they were flopping around in the back of a trailer, they don't last quite as long. We have one of these boxes that we've had for 3 years or so now and it's been flopping around in the back of pickup trucks and trailers for years. It's pretty beat up. But it still works. It's about what you'd expect given the abuse it's been through. But the one that my irrigation tech. uses stays in nice condition.

Ground Master
05-08-2006, 11:02 PM
I had cleaned outthe van over the weekend b4 i took the pic. I made the shelves out of MDF.

Flow Control
05-09-2006, 07:45 AM
Looks great.

PurpHaze
05-09-2006, 08:25 AM
I had cleaned outthe van over the weekend b4 i took the pic. I made the shelves out of MDF.

Ah, ha! Answers the question others were posing. It really is a work vehicle. :laugh:

BSME
05-09-2006, 02:40 PM
I wish I had gotten a van instead of a truck...

this is how my nozzles are organized though... in a drawer that slides out in the bed... the six small trays on the right (three in each row) are for the nozzles

SprinklerGuy
05-10-2006, 08:00 AM
That packrat is way too neat......and clean and white still how the hell did you manage that? I had one of those once....now I'm cash poor and I have my own version.....long as we are posting here are mine.

yes that is snow....yes that is today.....yes that is pikes peak ;)

DanaMac
05-10-2006, 08:03 AM
I got the snow too Tony. Nothing like an open truck bed with parts when it snows.

SprinklerGuy
05-10-2006, 08:06 AM
Snow don't hurt em......I use the parts so damn fast that I don't care like I used to...the important stuff (in my truck) is stuffed in tool boxes anyway...glad I only started one system in Woodland....geesh.

PurpHaze
05-10-2006, 08:17 AM
I use the parts so damn fast that I don't care like I used to...

By the looks of all the Folgers buckets you go through the coffee pretty fast also. :laugh:

SprinklerGuy
05-10-2006, 08:19 AM
That is nothing..those are only for swing fittings and oetiker clamps....you shiould see my garage.

PurpHaze
05-10-2006, 08:22 AM
Maybe the occasional grumpiness is from too much caffeine??? Wait... I drink my fair share also. :)

SprinklerGuy
05-10-2006, 08:27 AM
Don't strain yourself trying to analyze me and up your post count at the same time Haze....you are wasting your time.

PurpHaze
05-10-2006, 08:30 AM
Hmmm.... been gone all weekend and still getting accused of upping my count. LOL :laugh:

BSME
05-10-2006, 10:26 AM
why do you guys even have sprinklers in Colorado?

Ground Master
05-10-2006, 02:01 PM
BSME- why do you guys even have sprinklers in Colorado?

seriously? ......... after we dig ourselves out from 3 to 4 foot snowstorms we gotta do something with our time. I'm only a one fisted drinker so I hold up a shovel with the other hand and sometimes it accidently digs a hole, so I puts in a sprinkler head.

ok, for the real answer.........we live in a dry, semiarid region getting maybe 15" of precip a year. So we get all these people moving here from Texas, California and the East coast that want actual grass lawns. Well they soon discover that they can't keep up with watering so they hire Tony, Dana, or if those guys are too busy, me.

BSME
05-10-2006, 03:25 PM
haha... I couldn't have asked for a better explanation... it's all perfectly clear now

Dirty Water
05-10-2006, 07:37 PM
Nobody but me and Hayes uses Trucks with utility bodies?

BSME
05-10-2006, 07:56 PM
and i think greenworld

DanaMac
05-11-2006, 08:17 AM
Here was my truck bed as of yesterday morning. Looks much like yours Tony, with all the white stuff on it.