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ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 01:02 AM
Here is my ride!

Ron's Lawncare
10-17-2006, 06:30 AM
great looking rig i also like to keep everything under cover.

dfor
10-17-2006, 06:31 AM
That looks great. Must be nice, not having to pull a trailer.

MarcSmith
10-17-2006, 06:55 AM
i always liked the landscape body like that....my only issue what the heigh of the box in some cases they seem just too tall....But the only downfall is debris clean up and such, you need a second vehicle and you can't do more things at thge same stop...Ie cut grass, and trim shrubs ont he same day... I guess you can, but then you need bag it and cary it around all day....

Not knocking, but could you have gotten your phone number any larger....It seems to just dominate the side of the truck more than the name of the company..

Tony Clifton
10-17-2006, 12:10 PM
Nice rig, does it have a side door on the passenger side? Also, what is the tail swing like with the ramp body extending past the van body?
You have a nice rolling billboard. I am thinking about getting 1 or 2 of those this winter.

MarcSmith
10-17-2006, 12:12 PM
do you have any provisions for hooking a trailer up if you needed???

DBL
10-17-2006, 12:46 PM
how many and what mowers can you get in there

DUSTYCEDAR
10-17-2006, 12:59 PM
no pics of the inside?

ashs inc
10-17-2006, 01:34 PM
great looking set up. can we see some pics of the inside??? i would love to have one of those trucks. Seems like a great idea. never unloading at the end of the day. You could have a rolling work shop in the back too with air compressor and everything. seems like a no brainer. where did you get the ramp??? show us some pics. thanks.

NEIL

ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 01:51 PM
Thanks for the comments. Dfor >Yeah it is very nice not towing a trailer. I will never go back to a trailer unless I have to.

ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 02:05 PM
Marcsmith, The large number thing to me is a no brainer. So many companies around here have a big sign on their truck or trailer and all you can see is a name or a picture of them, number so small you couldn't write it down if you where 10 feet away. People know who I am and can see the number very good when we are on the road. What good is a name if you can't find the number...anyway thats my take on the number. As far as a hook up for a trailer..it can be done just haven't done it.

ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 02:12 PM
This truck does not have a side door(that would be nice). It is a 14' Box and I currently have 1-exmark 48"Lazer z and 1- exmark 56"Lazer z and there is plenty of room left. You could have one more mower but it would hang out on the gate some..but I see people doing it. I'll get some pictures of the inside posted soon. Thanks guys.

MarcSmith
10-17-2006, 02:28 PM
TGLC had a few of those in the branch I was working at, but they did not have the dove tail hangin out they had a bifold tailgate

The insides were nice with the spaces to hang tools and what not. They did have the side door as well, 48" big enough to slide in a pallet of fert or 1/2 pallet of mulch if they needed to.

My folks used them with a dump body with an enclosed trailer for their set up.

It was a nice riding truck and great around town with the tight turning radius and compcat size.

ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 02:48 PM
The bi fold gates are nice and make the truck easier to turn(not as long) but they cost about $6,000. So I went the dove tail $1,300. It has split gates so they are not as heavy and they are spring loaded which makes it easy to pick up. The gate does add four feet to the truck so you have to be carefull not to forget that one. This is a great truck for advertisement, security, keeping your equipment out of the weather..you can't go wrong with them. PS. Its also great for moving>> we moved this year and it saved us a ton of time and I have moved a couple of friends also. >>Greg

ALarsh
10-17-2006, 04:53 PM
Where did you get that ramp?

ParkerLM
10-17-2006, 05:30 PM
K&K mfg. Inc. out Griffin, GA. These guys are awesome..this gate looks good and very strong. Here is the info:
K & K MFG, Inc.
1304 U.S. 41 By-Pass S.
Griffin, GA 30224
Spalding County Pres.: Michael L. Kimbell
Phone: (770) 228-9974
Fax: (770) 228-7573

colawn
10-17-2006, 07:07 PM
I would like to see a better pic of your ramp if possible thanks

POPO4995
10-18-2006, 10:25 AM
Nice ride you have there...:usflag:

josh1981
10-18-2006, 11:22 PM
nice truck. good to see other people from GA on here.

ParkerLM
10-20-2006, 12:27 AM
Thanks popo and Josh...Hope to have some more pictures of the gate and inside this weekend.

ParkerLM
10-21-2006, 02:50 PM
Here is a few pictures of the inside and the gate. Thanks Greg

DUSTYCEDAR
10-21-2006, 02:53 PM
thanks for the pics thats what i wanted to see is how u shove it all in there

metro36
10-21-2006, 04:19 PM
Nice clean stuff and nice truck.

indy2tall
10-21-2006, 08:05 PM
Did you buy your NPR new or used and can you give us an idea on how much a guy might expect to pay for a similar truck? Also have you owned it long enough to know what kind of fuel mileage you get? I agree with you on the phone number, big like that is good. Easier to see and easier to remember. Nice truck.

dave k
10-21-2006, 08:47 PM
Hey Parker, Love the trimmer racks you made, now thats using your ole noodle, I bet it works real good! Theres a large company in your neck of the woods that has a nice box truck set up, can't remember the name right now.
Dave

ParkerLM
10-21-2006, 08:48 PM
Indy,
I got so lucky with this truck I still can't believe it. Two years ago I bought it off ebay and it has been nothing but awesome. It is a 1999 and had 40,000 miles similar trucks around here where selling for 17,000 to 20,000. and I paid 11,000. for it, and the guy also gave me 6 brand new tires. I bought my buddy a plane ticket and we flew to NJ checked it out and drove it home 15 hours. I get around 14 to 16mpg. It does better in town, when you get on the interstate it will go empty fast (big box). I had the gate put on and I built all the racks myself. I hope to get another one this spring..it is a great truck.

ParkerLM
10-21-2006, 08:53 PM
Hey Dave,
Yeah I had the trimmer trap on my open trailer and thought about buying them for this truck but the price is crazy...so I bought one 6x12 and went to cuttin...it has work great for two years now and if it breaks on only out a couple of bucks. See ya, Greg

Lawn Enforcer
11-02-2006, 07:43 PM
Love the truck, how much did it set you back?

Lawn Enforcer
11-02-2006, 07:46 PM
sorry, didn't see the last post

Tadams
11-07-2006, 04:39 PM
Do you unload the mowers when you want to fill them up at the gas station, use gas cans or do you have a unique method for filling them? Seems like it would take a while to unload them at the pump and it might make some people a little upset if you if you took up too many places at the pump. Just curious because i am looking for one and I want to know what all the pros and cons of having one.

ParkerLM
11-08-2006, 10:47 AM
Tadams,
I do not unload the mowers, I fill up a can for the mower in the very back and the other mower can be reached with the nozzle. I use a can for mixed gas also. It is not a problem at the pump and does not block anybody from using the other pump. They make fuel tanks that can mounted to the box and that would be nice$$$$, but I haven't made that move yet. Good Luck! Greg

jmkr02
11-08-2006, 02:01 PM
what is the dimensions of the box
and how long is the beaver tail
i have a box truck that i want to make a lawn truck just cant come up with a decent ramp design. but i like yours
if you dont mind

Tadams
11-08-2006, 06:47 PM
Thanks, I hadn't thought of that. I didn't realize that you could fill the back mower up with the hose.

ParkerLM
11-08-2006, 06:52 PM
Jmkr02,
The Box is 8' wide and 14' long. The gate is 4 feet long. Thanks, Greg

ParkerLM
11-08-2006, 06:57 PM
Tadams,
When I say very back mower I mean the one closest to the front of the cab. The mower closest to the gate can be reached with the nozzle...sorry if I made that confusing. Greg

LawnTamer
11-09-2006, 08:45 AM
What an awsome set-up. What an awsome deal.
Congrats

Rons Rightway Lawncare
11-10-2006, 09:58 PM
Is it a diesel? I sure would love to get that kind of MPG with my new gas NPR..... I have gotten as low as 8.02 MPG to no higher than 9.5 MPG so far. But the truck is brand new and not broke in yet.

ParkerLM
11-10-2006, 11:54 PM
Nope ...its gas.

Rons Rightway Lawncare
11-11-2006, 09:16 AM
Well please don't be offended, but I got to say your full of it if your getting 14-16 mpg with a Gas NPR. The older trucks came with a Chevy 350 V-8 and I heard from several people that 8 mpg was GOOD and about all you could get with that engine. My truck has the newer 6.0 liter which is supposed to do better, was told 9-10 mpg and so far the best I have gotten was 9.5

I have driven this thing as easy as possible and not very fast, I do not see how it is possible to get better mpg with it.

Mine does have a open body and I bet it weights close to what that box on yours weights.

I just have a hard time believing you get that kind of MPG. Even the owners of the diesel powered NPR's say they do good to get 12-13 mpg.

How are you coming up with the mpg of your truck?

Again, please don't get offended.

LLandscaping
11-11-2006, 12:31 PM
Nice truck, We bought a Hino with a 16ft box this year and its a lot better than pulling a trailer. We put 36" tall aluminum around the bottom of the sides to protect them.

Lawnworks
11-11-2006, 05:35 PM
Our diesel box truck will get 12mpg downwind running down a hill! I would say average is somewhere b/t 10-12.

YardPro
11-11-2006, 07:20 PM
we are orgering ours from kelly truck next week.
16' box, ramps, and under body tool boxes.

$34K

Rons Rightway Lawncare
11-11-2006, 08:44 PM
we are orgering ours from kelly truck next week.
16' box, ramps, and under body tool boxes.

$34K


Heck if your getting one with a Box on it, it might be worth looking at used ones. Used NPRs with Boxes on them are a dime a dozen. It is much harder to find used NPRs with open type landscape bodys though. I really didn't want to spend more than 15 grand on one and could have gotten a nice used one with a box for that amount. I just needed a open one though, the box would not work for my needs.

Another thing to be ready for is high property tax. It was over 750$ for my truck here where I live, more than what the tax would be if the truck was considered a personal use truck and not a commercial truck. the tax rate is supposed to be much lower once the truck is 3 or 4 years old.

ParkerLM
11-27-2006, 05:02 PM
Hey Ron>>>turns out your right I was full of it. I checked it this week and I'm getting 8.5mpg....When I bought the truck I thought thats what I was getting, guess not. Sorry for the mis information. Have a good day! Greg

parkeeee
11-27-2006, 08:06 PM
Very nice set-up. How nice not to have to unload a trailer and have a moving billboard.

I didn't see a fire extinguisher, first aid kit or eye wash mounted.

Safety always.

Rons Rightway Lawncare
11-27-2006, 08:23 PM
Hey Ron>>>turns out your right I was full of it. I checked it this week and I'm getting 8.5mpg....When I bought the truck I thought thats what I was getting, guess not. Sorry for the mis information. Have a good day! Greg

I hope you weren't offended by what I said, I just had a hard time believing it. I am getting between 8-9.5 MPG with mine and it should get better milage with the newer type engine and not hauling a big box around.

With only a 30 gallon tank the needle goes down pretty quick.

eZrider
11-27-2006, 11:26 PM
Nice truck, the graphics look great!

WJW Lawn
11-28-2006, 06:57 AM
Very NICE setup!! And you cant beat the signage on that rig!

ParkerLM
11-28-2006, 10:05 AM
Ron...No that didn't offend me..<p>Parkeee yes I have all that you listed on the truck. thanks for the comments fellas> Greg

BQLC
11-28-2006, 12:39 PM
Nice, Very nice