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RLI Electric
11-22-2009, 10:47 PM
Curious, what do you guys drive for work vehicles? I have an 06 Dodge Sprinter 3500. I have been thinking about getting a skin for the truck but jury is still out on that. If you have photos, post em up there. I'll see if I can get mine up there.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-23-2009, 01:03 AM
09 Toyota Tundra 4X4 SR5 with a matching Wells Cargo Trailer for installations. Love the truck. Best I have ever owned or driven, and before you USA loyalists jump on me... It has the highest N. American content of any pickup on the road!
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Lite4
11-23-2009, 08:31 AM
I have gone from a Dodge Sprinter to an 08 Ford 14' box van to now an 09 black 3/4 ton cargo van. As we have grown I am doing more sales calls and less installs so I don't need the big trucks. The crew has the larger vehicles. The goal was to get mine wrapped in December when things slow down, but things are not slowing down, so maybe in January.

RLI Electric
11-23-2009, 09:07 AM
Tim are you just landscape lighting or do you provide other services. Box truck is my dream, I used to have a 12' Utilimaster that I just didn't capitalize the space properly. Sprinter is nice for certain things but a box would be ideal. Next one may be Sprinter with a box. I do like the turning radius

irrig8r
11-23-2009, 11:50 AM
I still think this Ford Transit Connect could be handy as a service vehicle... saw one at the local dealer last month.

http://onlocation.consumerreports.org/applications/CROSHOWS/AutoShows/New-Car-Preview/2-Model.asp?Ctype=Minivans&ID=936&__

irrig8r
11-23-2009, 12:32 PM
And this:

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/19/first-drive-2010-ford-transit-connect-the-right-size-for-a-sma/

Too bad they used an actor in the video - I can't see this vehicle working well for delivering produce anyway - they should have interviewed real users with real world business needs.

The computer with RFID reader sounds interesting, but a bar code scanner might be more useful for most of us...

emby
11-23-2009, 08:32 PM
09/ Honda Ridgeline and a 10ft by 6.5ft cargo. Love the truck and its hidden trunk.

Ken

RLI Electric
11-23-2009, 08:35 PM
Interesting that it seems a lot of contractors doing lighting like the pickups. How do you carry stock? What kind of stock do you carry?

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
11-23-2009, 08:58 PM
Interesting that it seems a lot of contractors doing lighting like the pickups. How do you carry stock? What kind of stock do you carry?

We do all installations out of the utility trailer that is setup like a mobile shop, leaving the truck box free to carry a service kit. Being able to leave the trailer on site is a huge bonus.
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Lite4
11-23-2009, 10:57 PM
I like the service van I have now (just needs a ladder rack). I can carry quite a bit of stock and most everything I need for basic install and service. My other guys carry the bulk of the installation equipment in their trucks.

Bobbyho- We just do lighting. We are rolling out our interior side this spring. Right now, I am in the middle of designing the lighting for a board room for a multi national company that is having a theme based board room constructed. Something on par with a disneyland attraction. Using some ELP (electroluminescent panels) and fiber optic lighting with DMX control and sync. Definitely a one of a kind project.

David Gretzmier
11-29-2009, 01:32 AM
The 2006 for F-150 and the 6x12 trailer is the rig I use, but it is not near a professional looking as the boxvans I use for Christmas lights.

The 14 foot boxvan's I have are almost too big for the volume of landscape lighting I do, but if we were doing 3-4 installs per week ( my dream) along with rebulbs, I can see how I would want the space. They are also perfect for advertising as they are a huge rolling billboard, and they are perfect for our Christmas Lighting as we have huge weaths, garland, etc.

Although I do not have one, I would say the tall extended diesel sprinter is just about the perfect size and gets 24-28mpg in the city to boot.

TXNSLighting
11-29-2009, 03:29 PM
Yeh Once we have built up big enough to have a stand alone vehicle for lighting, It will be a Diesel Sprinter. No question. Then for a service/Demo vehicle that new Ford Transit would be real nice.

extlights
11-30-2009, 07:53 AM
Still using an 04' f150 fx4 supercrew with 160,xxx miles on it. Well over 100,000 of those miles have been pulling one of the trailers and absolutely nothing has been done to the truck besides routine maintenance. It still looks and runs like new so why change that one. Main trailer is an all aluminum 20'x7.5' tricked out with full power, cabinets, lights, bins and work area. We've had 6 trailers in the last 8 years.

That Transit does look pretty cool for a service vehicle.

irrig8r
11-30-2009, 12:22 PM
Nice setups here

http://www.adriansteel.com/transitconnect/tcpackages.htm

http://www.adriansteel.com/transitconnect/tcpackages.pdf

TXNSLighting
11-30-2009, 05:01 PM
Now that is too cool Gregg.

The Lighting Geek
12-02-2009, 10:47 PM
I drive a white 2005 f150 quad cab, 4x4, lowered, with a windowless cab high shell towing a 5x8 enclosed display trailer. My crew drives a white 2002 f250 and tows a 5x12 enclosed trailer. both trucks and trailers have intense graphics. For me trailers work best because they can be towed by different vehicles, even rentals. If a truck goes down, the trailer has all the stuff and we keep moving on. If a truck that carries everything goes down, you are down until it is repaired.

Mark B
12-02-2009, 10:54 PM
Here in the tiny town I live in. I use a mazda B2600I truck. I have a camper shell with side doors, along with a homemade pack rat in the back as well. It is Small but it works.

irrig8r
01-15-2010, 01:21 AM
I still think this Ford Transit Connect could be handy as a service vehicle... saw one at the local dealer last month.

http://onlocation.consumerreports.org/applications/CROSHOWS/AutoShows/New-Car-Preview/2-Model.asp?Ctype=Minivans&ID=936&__

Anyone else notice that the Transit Connect just earned Motor Trend's Truck Of The Year?

Mark B
01-15-2010, 09:43 AM
I just saw a truck box that acts like a truck camper. You can remove it when you don't need it. I saw an ad on some site somewhere. It came in several different sizes, for mid size. full size trucks.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-15-2010, 10:34 AM
After seeing and experiencing these two mint versions of Cobra GT500 KR's I am wondering how I might adopt them for use in my business! :laugh: Hauling the ladders will be the real challenge!

The client has a couple of even more rare and spectacular versions at his home in SC. Hoping to get a ride someday.

You might recognize the garage in the background from some of my lighting photos.

RLDesign
01-15-2010, 03:36 PM
Hello All,

This is my work beast. The war machine, Dogde Ram 3500 dually with custom work body. Low-voltage toggle wash lights illuminating rotatable photo gallery. We also have 3 other other lighting and irrigation service vehichles: ranger, GMC workbody, F-150. I will be giving this wonderful truck over to my lead tech. I am upgrading to a F-150 in black with Journeyman System One with remote jackrabbit cover. I will probably paint or come up with photo system/graphics on the new truck to fit company colors, logo, etc.

Best,

Tanek

RLI Electric
01-15-2010, 06:36 PM
Nice trucks guys, what do you tend to keep stocked on them? Is it primarily connectors and such or do you carry spare fixtures as well?

S&MLL
01-15-2010, 08:43 PM
Very nice Tanek. Very rare in Jersey to See a dodge with that kind of service body. Beast of a truck for lighting.

S&MLL
01-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Crappy cellphone pic. In spring I will put it back into lighting mode and take some pics.


http://www.lawnsite.com/picture.php?albumid=352&pictureid=2363

RLI Electric
01-16-2010, 08:08 AM
Is the Isuzu cab over yours too?

RLDesign
01-16-2010, 04:35 PM
Very nice Tanek. Very rare in Jersey to See a dodge with that kind of service body. Beast of a truck for lighting.

Yeah, the modification was a bit difficult, but it allows me to carry 28-40ft ladders with ease (well, not ease). Ram was not made to accept that body. We customized the truck to fit our lighting install teams. It is equipped inside with landscape tools, gorilla ladder, saw horses, etc CAST WIRE spoolers, CAST sod spreader, and corona hand tools. We also stock our line voltage pieces inside. I usually keep enough to do a small lighting job, plus an extra of each fixture, sockets. An outside compartment is ready for lamps. The cab is very comfortable for a work truck. The outside compartments have our paint booth supplies - we custom paint everything in the field. Also, all hand tools and extension cords are outside. With a lighting and non-lighting parts bins. Dimmers, UPB, relays, timers, GFI oulets - all there ready for anything. It sounds like a tank... sort of rides like one when she is packed too.

Talk soon.

RLI Electric
01-16-2010, 05:02 PM
I had thought that if I ever did a wrap, I would back light through the window to make it look like the scene is actually lit. Like a Thomas Kincade on wheels.

Lite4
01-16-2010, 06:36 PM
I like the lights on the side rails. Cool vehicle, kinda looks like a tank too.

irrig8r
01-17-2010, 01:41 AM
http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/12/2010/01/500x_mulally_chick_magnet_5.jpg

Journalist at the Detroit Auto Show to Alan Mulally:
"What's your favorite car?"

Mulally:
"Transit Connect, it's a chick magnet."

http://jalopnik.com/5446174/-alan-mulally

The Lighting Geek
01-17-2010, 01:58 AM
I am in the process of automating my display trailer, which i tow everyday to show customers different fixtures and sconces. It will rock back and forth (using air bags) while the sign pops up on the roof, and the big side door opens, then the counter top drops down and a skirt zips around the outer edge of the counter to hide the wheel. Then the lights flicker a little and stay on and trailer settles down and expels air. There is different sound effects through the stereo and air tools to give it realistic sound effects. All is handled through a micro processor I developed and is triggered with a remote. I still have a lot of work to do and I am still acquiring the necessary components. There is nothing like walking the customer out to the trailer and having it 'transform' LOL

PS yes it is an autobot, not a decipticon...LOL

David Gretzmier
01-21-2010, 11:37 PM
uh, wow. and I wanted to put in shelves this year in one of my boxvans....

RLI Electric
01-25-2010, 07:54 PM
All right, how do you post a picture again? I have a photobucket account and I know that is the start of being able to post. It asks for a URL address and after that I am done:confused:

Lite4
01-25-2010, 08:01 PM
All right, how do you post a picture again? I have a photobucket account and I know that is the start of being able to post. It asks for a URL address and after that I am done:confused:

you can just upload jpeg files from your computer also.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-25-2010, 09:24 PM
Bobby, at the bottom of this very page there is a button called "go advanced" click it.

A new page opens and at the bottom of this page is a button called "manage attachements"
Click it.

If you need further instructions, I would suggest a continuing education seminar delivered through your local school board! :laugh:

RLI Electric
01-25-2010, 09:42 PM
174918
Lets see if this worked

RLI Electric
01-25-2010, 09:43 PM
Cool, now I will have to get some decent shots. I didn't think this messy picture would show up.

Mark B
01-25-2010, 10:06 PM
With my new job. I am driving a work van. I have seen the light. If I was going to going to go back out again. I would get a van. Or the sprinter, or that new ford van.

RLI Electric
01-25-2010, 10:16 PM
I love my Sprinter but I think Ford is reinventing themselves. I bet it won't be long before they have something comparable. The Transit is a cool little vehicle but it is too small for my needs. I carry about 7500 pounds on my truck and I get roughly 18 miles to the gallon. Truth be told if I knew that is what I would average, I might have gone something different. Maybe a cab over with a 14 foot box.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-25-2010, 11:04 PM
If they would only make the Sprinter in 4x4, or even AWD, then I would be more interested.

Having driven 2x vans, cube vans, (even 5 tons, Tandems, and school bus!) etc in the snow and terrain I know just how pitiful they can be. Besides that, I really like not having to haul around all of the 'tools of the trade' every time I use my work vehicle.

Sticking with my Tundra and 6x12 Custom Trailer for now.

klkanders
01-26-2010, 12:56 AM
Sticking with my Tundra and 6x12 Custom Trailer for now.

Good combination!
Is your trailer still engulfed by a snow bank? How much snow do you have on the ground up there now?
It only took roughly an inch of snow and 30-40 mph winds to give us blizzard like conditions today. I am sick of winter! :)

RLI Electric
01-26-2010, 07:01 AM
My Sprinter is a dually and with studded snows I can virtually climb a tree with it. I will have studded tires on all my work trucks in the winter from here on in.

Paradise Landscapes
01-30-2010, 10:05 PM
Hey! The Lighting Geek!

Weren't you featured in a magazine a while ago?

TXNSLighting
01-30-2010, 10:20 PM
Hey! The Lighting Geek!

Weren't you featured in a magazine a while ago?

The better question: What hasnt he been featured in..?

Paradise Landscapes
01-30-2010, 10:34 PM
Please allow me to re-phrase. Thanks for catching that. (I'm tired and I'm still reading/posting)

Were you in a trade magazine a while ago?

irrig8r
02-28-2010, 01:20 PM
Looks like Nissan might be the first to offer competition to the Ford Transit Connect. The NV2500 is to be built in Canton, Miss.:

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/18371596+w750+st0/163_news081205_02z+nissan_nv2500_concept_ccommercial_vehicle+rear_view.jpg

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/18371593+w750+st0/163_news081205_01z+nissan_nv2500_concept_ccommercial_vehicle+front_view.jpg


Here is the smaller model, the NV200, currently available worldwide:

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/14878730+w750+st0/163_news090224_02z+nissan_nv200_passenger_van+rear_view.jpg

http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2009/163_news090224_nissan_nv200_passenger_van/photo_04.html


And Chrysler may have two dogs in the fight with these Fiat-based small vans available in 2012:

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/31255407+w750+st0/163_news091100_01z+2008_fiat_ducato+front.jpg

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/31255425+w750+st0/163_news091109_02z+fiat_doblo+cargo_front.jpg

http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2009/163_news091109_chrysler_refreshes_commercial_van_lineup_with_fiat_ducato_and_doblo/index.html

http://trucktrend.automotive.com/131590/163-news100211-gm-small-commercial-vans/index.html

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
02-28-2010, 01:22 PM
Looks like Nissan might be the first to offer competition to the Ford Transit Connect. The NV2500 is to be built in Canton, Miss.:

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/18371596+w750+st0/163_news081205_02z+nissan_nv2500_concept_ccommercial_vehicle+rear_view.jpg

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/18371593+w750+st0/163_news081205_01z+nissan_nv2500_concept_ccommercial_vehicle+front_view.jpg

This is the smaller model, the NV200, currently available worldwide. http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2009/163_news090224_nissan_nv200_passenger_van/photo_04.html

Chrysler may have Fiat-based small vans available in 2012:
http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2009/163_news091109_chrysler_refreshes_commercial_van_lineup_with_fiat_ducato_and_doblo/index.html


That is one cool looking service vehicle! What is their projected availability?

I cannot imagine using this for installations, but as a service van... makes great sense.

irrig8r
02-28-2010, 01:27 PM
Hey James... see the last link in my post above. I edited my post since you replied.

sal rodriguez
02-28-2010, 02:07 PM
That Nissan one looks really cool. Small and no place for an extension ladder but cool just the same. The chrysler product looks like a sprinter. Dodge is no longer putting their badge on the sprinter it's freightliner and Mercedes Benz.

sal

sal rodriguez
02-28-2010, 02:10 PM
That Nissan might just be perfect as a sales call vehicle. The Monitor could be playing a video or power point presentation and those compartments could hold bullets and tree light samples and other small lights. Really it's only limited to your creativity but i see alot of possibilities with this truck.

sal

irrig8r
02-28-2010, 02:50 PM
One more article.

Fiat Doblo will have bigger space and payload options than the Transit Connect, and will have an all electric version too.

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/27195364+w750+st0/fiat-doblo-compact-commercial-van-frotn-three-quarter-view.jpg


http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2009/163_news091117_fiat_doblo_commerical_van/index.html

irrig8r
02-28-2010, 02:51 PM
That Nissan might just be perfect as a sales call vehicle. The Monitor could be playing a video or power point presentation and those compartments could hold bullets and tree light samples and other small lights. Really it's only limited to your creativity but i see alot of possibilities with this truck.

sal

Good points Sal.

Tanek, are you catching this?

Pro-Scapes
03-01-2010, 09:08 AM
The nissan nv2500 looks like it is based on the armada and titan platform. Look at the front end. It would only make sence to built it here since the Titans are.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
07-06-2010, 09:18 PM
Now and then the topic of "what type of car/truck is appropriate for doing sales calls with" pops up here.

For Father's Day, I got myself a sweet new ride... A 2010 BMW Z4 s3.5iDrive Roadster with all the toys. I not only love the looks of this car, I love the way it handles!

So lately, I have been enjoying it every chance I can. I had a few sales calls on Father's Day Weekend, and a few more since then. I have not been able to resist the temptation of driving it. At first I thought it was a risky move, and that any new prospects might not appreciate having a trade show up in this car. To my great surprise the exact opposite has occurred! I have closed each and every sale since using the new car. From a modest $7500 job all the way up to a nice six figure job! In each case the prospects have noted and asked about the car, been impressed by it, and even took one for a quick drive. No hesitations what-so-ever.

So, from my experience I would advise not to sweat what you drive up in (unless it is a from the other end of the spectrum) and enjoy the fruits of your labour. We all work hard, summer is short, drop the top and have some fun!

extlights
07-07-2010, 04:15 PM
I've never been concerned with the type of vehicle that I show up in. (unless it's a piece of garbage.) Does it really matter if I show up in the Pickup, the Rover, or the car? Hell, the new superduty is over 60K. It's not the presence you make in the car, it's the presence you make in your ability as a lighting pro.

David Gretzmier
07-08-2010, 11:08 PM
while I agree a new top of the line super duty is 60k ( and I cannot afford that) you can buy a new, excellent ford 1/2 ton extended cab truck with air and automatic for 20k.

I purchased a similar 2005 for f-150 truck in 2006 with 6000 miles on it for 12k.

The last thing in the world I want a potential client to think is the price I give them includes a fluff profit to cover my expensive taste in vehicles. Why give them a reason to look twice at my fees or give them a reason to shop me for a cheaper price?

I believe that you need to have a vehicle that communicates you are successful, but there is a line somewhere you should not cross. that line is probably determined largely by whatever the customer drives.

I would say that 95% of my lighting clients drive vehicles that cost 45k-85k, and are usually 3 years old or less.

for me, I would say it is safe to purchase anything below that or older than that.

elegance_alex
07-19-2010, 10:29 PM
I'm wondering if I can get THIS ONE for my install vehicle. But how would I decorate the trailer? Hmmmm.
I use a 2003 Ford Econoline van with minimal graphics.

RLI Electric
10-23-2010, 01:09 PM
Bump on this thread. I am back in vehicle conundrum. I am thinking a box truck again as I don't think I have been able to walk on the floor of my truck in about 2 weeks. I cannot tell you how much cardboard annoys me. Nevertheless, do any of you have shots of the inside of your trailers or vehicles. It is always good to get ideas. Maybe I will make a coffee table book of contractor set ups.
Tanek, I would love to see the setup in your truck. I forgot how nice looking that is.

alf500series
10-23-2010, 06:53 PM
i have a 95 chevy one ton that was an at&t utilities truck--works great! plus you can get them for pennies on the dollar.

David Gretzmier
10-23-2010, 10:26 PM
boxvans make sense for us.

For my Christmas Light side, I have purchased 3 boxvans over the last few years ranging anywhere from 3500-5000, and had to travel a few hours to get them. I pick ones that have between 100k and 125k, and are 10 years old or newer. they are for sale on ebay all the time, and all run fine. with ladders and larger jobs, I would say a 16 foot box van is perfect. the advertising on the sides have brought me over a dozen landscape light jobs and probably 50 Christmas light jobs. 16 foot is perfect for carrying a 32 foot extension ladder inside as well.

we have built shelves with 2x6's that have about 50 compartments that are awesome for bulbs, connectors, etc.

I have an f-150 truck for repairs and small jobs, but the back of that truck fills up fast.

elegance_alex
10-24-2010, 03:32 PM
I hear Tommy Herren has a good trailer interior - Tommy you got a pic?

The Lighting Geek
10-24-2010, 04:34 PM
I hear Tommy Herren has a good trailer interior - Tommy you got a pic?

I will get a pic on Monday and post it
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DMAN
10-24-2010, 09:01 PM
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