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Old 01-16-2013, 08:58 AM
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Box Truck vs Trailer

I'm looking for opinions of converting my typical truck and trailer combo to box trucks. I seem to spend a lot of money on trailer repairs and mileage isn't that great either.

Box trucks seem like they may hold up better, but i'm also not sure of how to handle debris.

Any input would be appreciated.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:56 AM
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I have a stack of 4 or 5 empty trash cans for small items. I also have an open trailer for big items.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:16 PM
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I'm in the same situation...I sold my small trailer at the end of last year and was actually unsure of mowing/landscaping this year at all. After LONG thought this winter im gonna give it one more hard push leaving no stone unturned and advertising budget UNLIMITED!! My first challenge of the year is to decide to buy another trailer or Box Truck which will work as a rolling billboard as well hence the advertising...Im licensed and Insured and currently have 12 customers !!! Any other advice on this situation?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:50 PM
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I have run open 12', 16', 20' trailers over the last 8 years. And I have the same question. I have thought about a box truck for the same reasons. The maintenance on trailer brakes, bearings, decking, tires etc is not cheap. I see several larger companies in my area with box trucks, and they sure as heck don't look as cool but hey, if it saves/makes you more money why not. Plus advertising space on the side. Fuel would be about the same depending. Plus it's enclosed. And you can still pull a trailer with it. I've seen them pulling skidsteers.

When you say you don't know what to do with debris, I assume, or at least for me spring thatch and fall leaf cleanup debris. Where to put it? You would need to pull a dump trailer with leaf loader and have a side door with ramp for the box truck. Or have the box truck be able to dump! And blow your debris into the truck. Then for fall cleanups pull the trailer with mowers.

I think the bigger companies around me have a second truck for debris. But I like my dumping box truck idea better!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:36 PM
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I have a 16 ft isuzu NPR HD box truck with a dovetail. It works great!
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:44 PM
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Don't go the box truck route for the wrong reasons. Mileage is not better and parts and mechanic charges are a lot higher.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:24 AM
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Don't go the box truck route for the wrong reasons. Mileage is not better and parts and mechanic charges are a lot higher.
Yes, exactly.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:33 AM
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Could fab up a live floor that pours debris out the side door....... Just a idea, don't know if it would work.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:29 AM
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Don't go the box truck route for the wrong reasons. Mileage is not better and parts and mechanic charges are a lot higher.
isuzu box trucks never break down.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:32 AM
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This is what you do with debris, get a side dump. Or just put it in the front of the box and unload at the end of the day.
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