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Tony Clifton
04-14-2007, 12:44 PM
Some of you may remember me posting on here a couple of times as to which was better, a utility body or a van for an irrigation service tech.
Well, we went with the utility body. Just bought an 07 Chevrolet 2500HD with an 8' utility body. I have been driving it for the past week but Monday AM we will put it in service. Put the pipe rack on it last night.
I just wanted to thank everyone for helping out their input, I am so glad we got the truck instead of a van. It is going to work awesome, so much storage for the large # of different parts a tech needs to have.

Dirty Water
04-14-2007, 12:45 PM
Pictures!

Are you going to get it lettered up?

Tony Clifton
04-14-2007, 01:24 PM
Yea, I put the decals on it Thursday night. I am thinking about putting something like "Irrigation Specialists" or something along those lines on the tailgate, and maybe across the front of the pipe rack.
I dont know how to post pictures.

Dirty Water
04-14-2007, 01:34 PM
Click the "Go Advanced" button to go to advanced post mode.

Once there, scroll down and click on the "Manage Attachments" button.

Select the picture, click Upload and your done.

PurpHaze
04-14-2007, 02:01 PM
The picture may need resizing first in a picture editing program of your choice. There's a maximum size allowed for uploading.

A step that many in the forum forget to utilize, whether it be pictures and/or text posts, is to hit the "Preview Post" button before submitting any post. It will show you a preview first and you can readily see if you've left anything out such as quotes, etc.

Remote Pigtails
04-14-2007, 02:29 PM
Half the time when I read your posts purp I think to myself "How did he do that?" Especially when you have a quote then a response then a quote then a response. Is it possible to put sentences between pictures?

PurpHaze
04-14-2007, 03:16 PM
Half the time when I read your posts purp I think to myself "How did he do that?" Especially when you have a quote then a response then a quote then a response. Is it possible to put sentences between pictures?

Unlike breaking up quotes I think all the pictures are attached at the end. You maybe able to do it if you upload pictures from a website and post the URL interspersed with the text.

Mike Leary
04-14-2007, 05:03 PM
Good for you, getting a service truck means you're serious about being a
sprinkler guy! I remember getting mine years ago, it's still making money
with the new owner of my biz. Luck!

Remote Pigtails
04-14-2007, 05:23 PM
Hey Tony-I'm a slob so ignore that part. Here is a few things I've done that you might want to ferment in your brain. A full length pipe rack is critical to me. I had a welder put the mesh on the tailgate to keep stuff from flying out. The drawers are great for extra storage. Setting up easy access to your nozzles is nice as well. Mine is 7 years old now. Rawson-Koenig

Mike Leary
04-14-2007, 05:39 PM
What'd you do remote, load it up to impress us? If I was going to buy a
(shudder) service body again, I'd buy a Royal, same as I had for 20 years,
until my crew trashed it & Hank brought it back to life,

Remote Pigtails
04-14-2007, 05:43 PM
I forgot to show you were I stash my pigtails and we throw our peanut shells on the floorboard. I'll check out Royal. I may be buying the ultimate service truck within a year.

Tony Clifton
04-15-2007, 05:10 PM
Dirty Water, thank you, I had always wondered how to do that. I will get some pictures.
Remote, nice looking truck. Mine has a Rawson Koenig body too. I have to admit I am not that impressed with the "craftsmanship"
I like how you have the full length pipe rack, I ended up getting a pretty heavy duty one, we can't get the thing to flex. I havent put any PVC up there yet. WE probably will not carrying large amounts of PVC on the rack since this truck is just for service calls mostly. Our construction guys do our irrigation installs and they are the ones that tote around the large quantities of PVC.

Mike Leary
04-15-2007, 05:57 PM
The deal with pipe racks is " you never want to have a "pipe launch" story.
I made my guys grey tape each end of the lifts, in wind, or at quick stop
lites, could save your rep. or your biz!:nono:

Tony Clifton
04-15-2007, 06:37 PM
I just wanted to try posting a pic to see if it works.

londonrain
04-15-2007, 07:45 PM
Keeping your truck organized really helps out...

Remote Pigtails
04-15-2007, 07:55 PM
Keeping your truck organized really helps out...

I am impressed! When my new trainee starts in May that is what I'm going to tell him to make my truck look like.

PurpHaze
04-15-2007, 08:48 PM
Damn... You guys are killing me with your nice clean and organized trucks. :)

Wait a minute... If all I ever had to stock on my truck was "dinky pipe" parts and residential sprinkler heads guess I'd be more organized too. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Dirty Water
04-15-2007, 08:50 PM
Hayes, I just found some footage of one of your main lines...I think it needs repairing:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5fe_1176635740

PurpHaze
04-15-2007, 08:57 PM
Yup... That's what it usually looks like when a contractor doesn't do his job right and I have to go out and repair it. :laugh:

Dirty Water
04-15-2007, 08:59 PM
I like when the second surge hits, and the guy goes running.

Tony Clifton
04-16-2007, 08:08 AM
I snapped a quick one of the new truck this AM before she went on the road.

Flow Control
04-16-2007, 08:38 AM
Congrats Tony, nice truck

PurpHaze
04-16-2007, 08:46 AM
Very sharp looking truck Tony!

Mike Leary
04-16-2007, 07:36 PM
Ditto on your service truck Tony, your crew will trash it soon enough
If you let them drive it! I can't tell in the pic, are you using rubber tie-downs?
Don't , get the no b.s. ratcheted tie-downs...rubber too dangerous!!!!!

Remote Pigtails
04-16-2007, 07:48 PM
Ditto on your service truck Tony, your crew will trash it soon enough
If you let them drive it! I can't tell in the pic, are you using rubber tie-downs?
Don't , get the no b.s. ratcheted tie-downs...rubber too dangerous!!!!!

My rule is four rubber tie downs. It's too darn convenient.

Tony Clifton
04-16-2007, 07:55 PM
Ditto on your service truck Tony, your crew will trash it soon enough
If you let them drive it! I can't tell in the pic, are you using rubber tie-downs?
Don't , get the no b.s. ratcheted tie-downs...rubber too dangerous!!!!!



The tie downs are not rubber, but they are bungee cords.
We use them on our enclosed trailer and they have worked well.
I was thinking about getting some of the ratchet ones and mounting them directly to the rack.

Bigred350
04-16-2007, 08:10 PM
Only use rubber bunges when you have less than 10 pieces of pipe or so. More than that you better use a heavy duty rachet strap.


Here Is a pic of my set up. I took some 2" trailer rachet strap brackets and welded 2 to each side of the pipe rack. Works great.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Bigred350/DSCN0814.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Bigred350/DSCN0813.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Bigred350/DSCN0577.jpg


Spring cleaning back in January, It need to be done again already.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/Bigred350/resizeplumbtruck.jpg

Remote Pigtails
04-16-2007, 08:14 PM
[QUOTE=Bigred350;1796934]Only use rubber bunges when you have less than 10 pieces of pipe or so. More than that you better use a heavy duty rachet strap.


Here Is a pic of my set up. I took some 2" trailer rachet strap brackets and welded 2 to each side of the pipe rack. Works great.

That is a good idea. What did you think of the welded extension on my tailgate?

Tony Clifton
04-16-2007, 08:21 PM
Big Red, that is kinda what I was thinking about doing. This truck is primarily being used for service calls so it really won't be used for hauling large quantities of PVC.
Remote Pigtails, I like the way you used expanded sheet metal to expand your tailgate.

Mike Leary
04-17-2007, 12:04 PM
My rule is four rubber tie downs. It's too darn convenient.

Those rubber jobs scare me, I had one break and smack one of my guys in
the mouth!

Bigred350
04-17-2007, 08:50 PM
I like the tailgate extension because the way the bed is made the tailgate only comes up a few inches. I might do mine like that.