1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Irrigation repair Van setup

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by citywidefw, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. citywidefw

    citywidefw LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I am looking for a Van to set up as our irrigation or sprinkler repair vehicle. We have been using a box truck and I am hoping to save on gas by using a van.

    I would love some pictures and suggestions of how your set up your van.


  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,836

    My E250's only get about 9 - 10 MPG, you won't save much fuel...
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,148

    yep, that's what the one I used to use got.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,421

    put a cap on a Saipa, and you can get 40 mpg, and haul a roll of funny pipe and a bag of shrubblers
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,148

    And employ Indians while unemployed Americans starve. Great idea.
  6. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    we bought a transit last year, will probably get another one this year.
    my guys love them. your not a rolling warehouse, but if you don't stock every manufacturer, and are a little creative, they work.
    ours are stocked 1"-2" poly and PVC. they can hold a few days worth of stock.
    ill get pics later, it's due for a spring cleaning this week.
  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,699

    GM has a small van like the Transit coming out either late this year or early next year. No word yet on MPG though but with a 2.0L I4 I'm guessing it gets pretty decent mileage.

  8. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,836

    I really like the looks of the Transit my only problem with them is that it's all PVC in my area so we need to carry at least a bundle of 1/2", 3/4" and 1" and a couple of sticks of Sch 40 3/4" and 1" with at least a stick each of 1.25", 1.5" and 2" as well. I just can't figure out how to put 20' sticks of pipe on a Transit. It doesn't take up much space (I have almost all of it inside a piece of 6" pipe on the ladder rack), it's just the length.

    I'd like to get one of the diesel Sprinters and give that a try but I have a buddy that had a fleet of them and he was constantly rebuilding turbos, so that scared me off of them.
  9. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,139

    No way that little thing would work for me. Maybe a salesman.
  10. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    20 footers might be a little dicey.
    In poly land, we can just carry a few pieces, usually cut in half.
    the install quantities get delivered.

    here's a shot of my guy loading down some 4" SDR pipe, 14'ers.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014

Share This Page