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Old 01-08-2014, 07:40 PM
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Gas Fumes and Ford Transit Connect or any Van

I have been playing with the idea of switching out our Ford Rangers for the Ford Transit Connect.
I know some of you think the vehicle is too small for lawn care. blah blah blah.

The only question we are discussing is about gas fumes.

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Will the enclosed Van have a horrible amount of gas fumes?
Do you have any experience riding in a van with gas cans?
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:09 PM
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I know guys who do this with skid sprayers mounted in the back of vans. Im not sure if they have any kind of special venting but ive seen quite a few of these setups so I imagine its not that bad.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:15 PM
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They have sealed walls you can install
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:35 PM
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Ive used a Chevy van, that was when gas cans were vented and I thought it was ok.

Id try to find a Chev Astro, what your talking will not stand up to commercial use.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:11 AM
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Ive used a Chevy van, that was when gas cans were vented and I thought it was ok.

Id try to find a Chev Astro, what your talking will not stand up to commercial use.
We just use small 21 mowers. we do small city yards
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:46 PM
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You could install a plexiglass divider along with a grated 'headache rack' for dual protection. Besides fumes, there is a lot of dust to contend with.

Ford is introducing an improved line of Transit vans this coming Summer in a variety of lengths/heights as well as greater cargo capacities.

http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit/

In speaking with my plumber, he told me his current 4cyl Transit's deliver 26mpg's on avg. Pretty impressive.
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i like valk's idea. maybe silicon around the edges for a tight seal or something along those lines.
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:18 PM
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Ford's new Transit lineup offers chassis cabs making for custom bed fabrications.
Also, there's a variety of engines including a small 3.2 liter diesel, flex fuel and alt fuel capabilities.
I can't confirm this, but a few of the pictures appear to suggest rear wheel drive...so good news for towing IFF true.
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:42 PM
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Ford Transits are FWD, light weight vans designed for Flower Delievery. The power train suspension and brakes are all extremely "WEEK". Not to mention they aren't very popular and will likely have extremely crappy resale.
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:45 PM
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In case you missed it:
http://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/transit/
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