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GLUSA
04-24-2012, 11:55 PM
I'm looking for a good place to purchase a Landscaping Box Truck 16' - 18' in South Carolina, Georgia, or the Southeast. I would also value any input from those that have purchased one in the past. Pros/ cons of Box truck or Truck Trailer combo.
Specs:
- 16' - 18' box
- Gas or Diesel?
- Isuzu or Chevrolet
- Dovetail ramp a plus
Thanks!

sgl41377
07-16-2012, 09:14 PM
That is what I am looking for also. What did you go with?

larryinalabama
07-16-2012, 09:22 PM
I'm looking for a good place to purchase a Landscaping Box Truck 16' - 18' in South Carolina, Georgia, or the Southeast. I would also value any input from those that have purchased one in the past. Pros/ cons of Box truck or Truck Trailer combo.
Specs:
- 16' - 18' box
- Gas or Diesel?
- Isuzu or Chevrolet
- Dovetail ramp a plus
Thanks!

I guess I missed this thred, if your still come here ler us know.

sgl41377
07-16-2012, 09:24 PM
???? What do you mean alabama?

larryinalabama
07-16-2012, 09:42 PM
???? What do you mean alabama?

The original post was almost 3 months ago and were the first to reply, I run a chevrolet cabove 18' box and generally comment on box truck threds.

Are you looking to get a box truck?

sgl41377
07-16-2012, 09:43 PM
Yes, probably looking at getting one before next spring.

larryinalabama
07-16-2012, 09:50 PM
Yes, probably looking at getting one before next spring.

I spent 9 months looking until I found mine, that was 2008 and its been worth the effort to find it.

Now is the time to start looking as more will come up for sale in the off season.

Sometimes Penske has some decient deals but youll have to get a dovetail put on it. Feel free to ask me any questions.

sgl41377
07-16-2012, 10:01 PM
What exactly did you get? I don't mind getting a dovetail installed. Do you know how much they cost?

larryinalabama
07-16-2012, 10:13 PM
I finally found a 3500 cutaway chevrolet with a 18' box.

In 2008 a company near Atlanta would install a dovetail for 1500$, thats 4 years ago so dont know if their still around. Also USA ramps had fold up ramps and I think they wer around 1200$, not including insulation.

Penske box trucks usually run from 9000$ to 12000$ for a nice one.

Theres alot of box trucks on "the cheap" if you dont mind something on the rough side.

Its worth the time and effort to search one out. I checked truck trader, everything local and ebay 3 times a week for 9 months. I had to drive 5 hours to get the truck I currently have.

sgl41377
07-16-2012, 10:18 PM
I assume yours is gas? Any issues with the truck? What did you look for?

larryinalabama
07-16-2012, 10:32 PM
Its gas and the last year of the old style 350 <the newer gas engine is supposed to be better>

When I bought it I had to put 4 new tires, the front were new so I may have paid a little extra to get 6 matched tires so that was around 700$.

This year <4 years later > I had to put a heater core, it was 80$ and a half days work. The truck has air but it hasent worked since Ive had it, ite needs a compressor and related parts but Ive never worried about it.

I dont know your price range but I havent bought a carburated vehicle in 10 years. A lot of what to look for has to do with the price range, Ive seen decient olders boxes for as little as 2500$, however a new dovetail makes it 4000$.

Spend a couple of hours on truck trader and see what you come up with. Check with some of the atlanta used truck dealers and see what they have.

Main thing if you have the time to invest get the truck you want at a price that you can resellit and make money<if necessary>

cgaengineer
07-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Interstate trucks off of I85 near commerce Ga has many box trucks and they stock dovetails. Most are Aaron's Rental trucks with lift gate which they will give you. Dovetail was about $1800 installed.
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