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KrayzKajun
11-20-2012, 03:30 PM
Looking to pick up a small box truck to used for mowing/ irrigation repairs. Pulling a trailer all the time is getting old. Plus looking to save a lil money by getting a gas truck( well it sounds good lol). Plan is to put a ramp on back for mowers, no dovetail. Still want to be able to pull a trailer with the box truck is need be. Found this one local and the guy used it only for storage. He is willing to make a deal. Asking $2k obo. Its a 1995 E350, gas engine has 125k miles. In good shape. Going take some better pics now. Plan is a full wrap. tPicshttp://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/4B1355E0-2957-40ED-81A9-CBFB2D9B159C-10475-00000949017FE560.jpg
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dstifel
11-20-2012, 03:37 PM
Seems like a great idea i don't know how much gas it would save you though especially if you throw a trailer on it. Im looking into a box truck or NPR for next season just don't know if i can swing it yet.

larryinalabama
11-20-2012, 03:43 PM
The price is ok, looks a little rough in that picture. A ramp is goung to run another 1000$

Make darn sure that your mower will fit between the wheel wells. Most are around 48"

KrayzKajun
11-20-2012, 07:40 PM
Ive got a ramp already at my my shop tht came off my buddys boxtruck.
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larryinalabama
11-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Ive got a ramp already at my my shop tht came off my buddys boxtruck.
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Id go for it.

Ive really liked my box truck.

easy-lift guy
11-20-2012, 07:49 PM
You may discover pulling a trailer with that truck a challenge, especially if your not skilled with the use of your side view mirrors. A rear video cam might be a good investment in lieu of no rear view mirror.
easy-lift guy

KrayzKajun
11-20-2012, 08:07 PM
You may discover pulling a trailer with that truck a challenge, especially if your not skilled with the use of your side view mirrors. A rear video cam might be a good investment in lieu of no rear view mirror.
easy-lift guy

Pulling any type of trailer is no challenge for. I actually drive better pulling a trailer. I used to drive firetrucks for a living and drove big rigs hauling heavy equipment in the Army. Im a master at using my side mirrors, since my big transfer tank in the bed of my dually blocks most of the view from my rearview mirror. Plus over the next year im moving my business 45mins away from where i am now. So it would be nice to have rhe box truck to commute with to mow out there instead of dragging a trailer on the interstate. I guess ive convinced myself i its time for a dedicated mowing truck.
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KrayzKajun
11-20-2012, 08:14 PM
Another pic of passenger side. http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/68631E64-9456-4AB6-AAAF-547B81F06844-10475-000009490A2383E8.jpg
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larryinalabama
11-20-2012, 08:18 PM
Did you get to drive it?

KrayzKajun
11-20-2012, 08:37 PM
Not yet. Going chek out fully on Sat.
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newguy123
11-20-2012, 10:18 PM
Yeah that would look great with your name plastered all over it! You will definitely be able to maneuver into spots where you probably couldn't with a trailer.

KrayzKajun
11-21-2012, 11:45 AM
Daylight pics. New tires on the rear. http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/172F9FC6-90F6-487A-993E-6A501DDB2A71-12638-000009E34113FFE6.jpg http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/F5663326-4A31-43B5-A050-0372280BC332-12638-000009E34902722D.jpg http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/755E6277-284E-476A-9A69-47CDD7A55594-12638-000009E335FBE62B.jpg http://i775.photobucket.com/albums/yy40/onekrayzeekajun/F1A4ABA9-A196-452D-B9C1-6ABEA0691D29-12638-000009E3561C6B4B.jpg
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jsslawncare
11-21-2012, 11:55 AM
That really looks like a U-Haul box and if so I doubt it only has 125k on it. But I'd go for it.

tnmtn
11-21-2012, 01:56 PM
check the suspension good when you get to drive it. it might also be nice to scale it empty and get an idea of how overloaded it might have been in a previous life. keep in mind La. isn't famous for good roads which would also age it a bit. at that price it could be a good deal if everything checks out. Good Luck,

larryinalabama
11-21-2012, 06:01 PM
Id be careful its not a "Katrina" victumn. Looks like it may have been impounded for some reason be catious

KrayzKajun
11-21-2012, 06:03 PM
It was towed last week becuz the seller left it parked forsale in a parking lot over the weekend. I actually know the seller really well from when i was police officer. He owns a local leather goods company.
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CowboysLawnCareDelaware
11-21-2012, 06:10 PM
Just remember that's one more vehicle to pay insurance on. I have thought about a box truck but for now I am fine using my 06 GMC 2500hd.

-Michael

larryinalabama
11-21-2012, 06:31 PM
It was towed last week becuz the seller left it parked forsale in a parking lot over the weekend. I actually know the seller really well from when i was police officer. He owns a local leather goods company.
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Your good then. I had to buy 4 tires for my box when I bought it, I bought uniroyal to match the 2 new ones in the front and the bill was over 700$.

muddywater
11-23-2012, 12:06 PM
It needs a paint job. That overhang in the front doesn't look like a professional landscape company outfit. By the time you paint it then wrap it, put a ramp on it, you will have a lot of time and money invested in a 17 year old truck. I don't want to deal with breakdowns and excessive maintenance... I would pass.

If I were you I would plan on spending 10-15k and buy an Isuzu NPR that you will last 7-10 years. I just bought an 06 NPR crew cab diesel with 80k miles for 8k, and it was located just a couple hours from your location. I am going to set it up just like I want it(side dump, box, 2' dovetail) and I will keep it for the next 7-10 years.

larryinalabama
11-23-2012, 06:24 PM
It needs a paint job. That overhang in the front doesn't look like a professional landscape company outfit. By the time you paint it then wrap it, put a ramp on it, you will have a lot of time and money invested in a 17 year old truck. I don't want to deal with breakdowns and excessive maintenance... I would pass.

If I were you I would plan on spending 10-15k and buy an Isuzu NPR that you will last 7-10 years. I just bought an 06 NPR crew cab diesel with 80k miles for 8k, and it was located just a couple hours from your location. I am going to set it up just like I want it(side dump, box, 2' dovetail) and I will keep it for the next 7-10 years.

Looks like it was a yellow "penske" truck at one time.

Ive seen fellers paint the "box" with house paint using a roller brush and it looked presentable. The cab could be painted with a quart of acrilic enamal for around 150$ in materals. He said he already had a ramp.

O6 NPR for 8k would be better if he could find one.

Forever Green Landscaping
11-24-2012, 10:58 PM
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KrayzKajun
11-25-2012, 09:42 AM
I actually like the overhang over the cab, more storage and more space to put logo etc...
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larryinalabama
11-25-2012, 08:14 PM
Did you get it?

KrayzKajun
11-25-2012, 08:35 PM
Still havent made my mind up yet. Lol
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Luke Reedy
11-28-2012, 11:01 AM
It's a Ford. I know it's gas, but still a Ford. You know how I feel about that! lol If you get it then be on the lookout for overhanging trees. That's the thing I had to get used to the most. Scratches suck.

psdnate
11-28-2012, 08:03 PM
I wouldn't count on saving any money on gas with that. Yeah gas is cheaper but that thing will get less than half of what your diesel is getting. I have an 04 ford diesel and just bought a 97 ford gasser for a work truck and I get about 7 pulling a trailer and 9 maybe 10 just running around. My 97 is a 351 and just a regular cab with a pickup bed. I'm guessing that is a 460 and you have that big box that's gonna kill your millage.

Luke Reedy
11-29-2012, 01:33 AM
I have a crew cab fuso with 18' box and steel ramp on back. The truck is a diesel and the indicator on dash says I average 12.5 mpg Cant imagine how bad mpg is with gas

lawnpropm
12-06-2012, 01:01 AM
Looks like a good find to me. As long as the motor and tranny are solid! Alot of bilboard space.Looks like it would make a great irrigation truck. Something you take to the $$$$$ jobs and don't have to drive it everyday know what I mean.... I bought a f350 dump this year with a v10 ... happy with the truck but it loves hanging out at the gas stations lol.
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Ethan51
12-06-2012, 09:20 PM
I would pass on it. Look around for an NPR or the like, they are going to be MUCH more worth your time. Would be a good find if you were going to be staying in town, but that thing is going to get MAX 8 mpg on the highway, and at that rate your tanks will be empty when you get to the job site. Just my 2 cents!

cclllc
12-09-2012, 11:17 AM
I would pass on it. Look around for an NPR or the like, they are going to be MUCH more worth your time. Would be a good find if you were going to be staying in town, but that thing is going to get MAX 8 mpg on the highway, and at that rate your tanks will be empty when you get to the job site. Just my 2 cents!




I too want a box truck and I thought I wanted one like that as well till I realized how much trouble it was to work on the engine.I going with Npr or the like.Flip cabs are easier to get to the engine especially if you need to swap a motor.:)

KrayzKajun
12-29-2012, 07:26 PM
Guy called me today to see if i was still interested. Offered it to me for &1k so he can get it out his driveway. I may still consider it for tht price.
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larryinalabama
12-29-2012, 07:33 PM
Guy called me today to see if i was still interested. Offered it to me for &1k so he can get it out his driveway. I may still consider it for tht price.
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Id get it its worth way more than that just for storage.

gallihergreen
12-29-2012, 08:15 PM
Guy called me today to see if i was still interested. Offered it to me for &1k so he can get it out his driveway. I may still consider it for tht price.
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That is a steal of a deal.
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jsslawncare
12-29-2012, 08:33 PM
Go get it!

KrayzKajun
12-30-2012, 12:24 PM
Still in a debate if a boxtruck is the route i want to go. Would make for a cheap mowing rig for the spring. Got him to $950 ths morning.
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lawnpropm
12-30-2012, 12:41 PM
Still in a debate if a boxtruck is the route i want to go. Would make for a cheap mowing rig for the spring. Got him to $950 ths morning.
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Box truck = great advertising. Just like your enclosed trailer
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gallihergreen
12-30-2012, 12:50 PM
Still in a debate if a boxtruck is the route i want to go. Would make for a cheap mowing rig for the spring. Got him to $950 ths morning.
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I'd take that in a heartbeat for $950.
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mow king
12-30-2012, 03:27 PM
Still in a debate if a boxtruck is the route i want to go. Would make for a cheap mowing rig for the spring. Got him to $950 ths morning.
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Buy it...if you change your mind you can sell it for double on ebay.

KrayzKajun
12-30-2012, 03:30 PM
Already changed my mind. Got a project 94' isuzu npr ths morning from a buddy.
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Green-Man
12-30-2012, 09:00 PM
Already changed my mind. Got a project 94' isuzu npr ths morning from a buddy.
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Is your dodge really killing you in fuel?

KrayzKajun
12-30-2012, 09:10 PM
Is your dodge really killing you in fuel?

No. I need another truck.
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Green-Man
12-30-2012, 10:30 PM
No. I need another truck.
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Oh okay good I was getting sad hahaha
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KrayzKajun
02-15-2013, 08:51 PM
Back to tossing around the idea of getting this box truck, throwing a dovetail ramp and a wrap on it. Make it a mowing rig.
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KS_Grasscutter
02-15-2013, 10:47 PM
Why not get something a little nicer? I'd rather get a 3/4 ton pickup that could be used for more tasks than just hauling mowers around.

Luke Reedy
02-16-2013, 07:42 AM
Speaking of box truck, I saw one for sale the other day in Metairie. It is an Isuzu single cab with about a 14-16 box on it. Was on the causeway service road south side about a block from IHOP or Waffle House, whatever that is right there. Mine just got a new transmission last Thursday.

KrayzKajun
02-16-2013, 08:32 AM
Speaking of box truck, I saw one for sale the other day in Metairie. It is an Isuzu single cab with about a 14-16 box on it. Was on the causeway service road south side about a block from IHOP or Waffle House, whatever that is right there. Mine just got a new transmission last Thursday.

Bought time yours gets fixed.
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KrayzKajun
02-16-2013, 08:35 AM
Why not get something a little nicer? I'd rather get a 3/4 ton pickup that could be used for more tasks than just hauling mowers around.

I have my dually for pulling trailers etc. i would like a dedicated mowing truck, to save time on hooking/unhooking trailers everyday and so i can stop putting so many miles on my truck. Ive picked up a handful of yards in a gated community. Its a very tight squeeze with my dually and 18' enclosed. (Yur always blocking someones driveway).
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SwatDawg15
02-18-2013, 08:36 AM
For $950? I would get it and put the ramp on it. Try it out and if I didnt like it. I would flip it for 3k on eBay.

On the other hand, your Dodge, tractor, skid, ect ect all use diesel. Kinda nice to buy in bulk and fill everything up at the shop.