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Old 04-13-2014, 05:50 PM
Wesley Snips Wesley Snips is offline
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Cargo Van Setup

Hi all, I'm new to the business and I am soon going to buy a zero turn for my service. I have a chevy express that will fit the mower inside the back, but the problem is getting it in and out of there. I'm sure there is a way, but I don't think driving it up a loading ramp is going to do it, or will it? Does anyone currently load up their zero turn into a pickup or van? If so what type of equipment will get the job done? I'm thinking of attaching a cable to the back of it and maybe setting up a pulley inside the van if need be.....Just a thought.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:19 PM
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:11 PM
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Ha ha! I've been thinking about something similar for my spray rig, I'd like a high top so my z spray will fit inside..I'd build a ramp some how out the back or side
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:34 PM
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You will want to go with as low a profile ZTR as you can. Hustler makes a model that's pretty short. I would not recommend a Dixie Chopper unless you want to Limbo into the back of that van.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:36 PM
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Ha ha! I've been thinking about something similar for my spray rig, I'd like a high top so my z spray will fit inside..I'd build a ramp some how out the back or side
Sprinter all the way for you or even a stepvan would be a good fit. Room and payload for a small tank setup and sacks of fert.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:52 PM
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My long term plan <10 plus year later> is to run a cargo van, and only service Garden Homes. That in my real old age, Im only a little old right now..lol
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:02 PM
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I think handy ramps makes a wide single ramp for pickups that might work. Pricey I'm sure but might work.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:05 PM
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Haha, I guess it's a little bit of newbie question. Thanks for the quick responses! I could easily buy a trailer but I have nowhere to store it without paying up -$$$$. Are these things too heavy in the back to drive straight in facing the same direction as the vehicle itself? I have 48" of vertical clearance and about 50" of width to put things into perspective.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:15 PM
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Haha, I guess it's a little bit of newbie question. Thanks for the quick responses! I could easily buy a trailer but I have nowhere to store it without paying up -$$$$. Are these things too heavy in the back to drive straight in facing the same direction as the vehicle itself? I have 48" of vertical clearance and about 50" of width to put things into perspective.
You don't have enough room.

Your body is going to extend approximately 36" above the seat. That means the seat can be no higher than 12" off the ground. With 18" or 20" tires and a seat that is at least 6" above that you would need about 60" - 62" of clearance. You will be risking decapitating yourself every time you load your mower.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:20 PM
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well thats where the pulley idea came about to pull it in just as a winch does only by hand. I'd be willing to try nice and slow while ducking..... too far fetched you think?
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