Irrigation repair Van setup

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

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    No kidding. You don't even have room for a shop vac.
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  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    If its just for service why couldn't they be ten footers?
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  3. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I am all for buying American when an American company offers a product I want or need. But American car companies have been making vehicles that they wanted to build not ones the people wanted (full size trucks aside). The big three are now importing these small vans with diesel engines from their euro divisions and rebadging them. They have been available in Europe for decades. Ford has finally retired the Last generation of E series vans after about a 25 year run with no major changes. The replacement looks cool

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  4. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Because when you need more pipe, you need more pipe. I hate to be on a job and not have what I need more than just about anything, return trips cut too far into job profits.

    I've done full installs off of van stock before (except for the pipe, I don't carry 4,000 feet) and restocked the van from the shop inventory the next morning. I just like having everything I could possibly need. Heck, I even have diaphragms for HIT, Hardie and Nelson valves in the van.
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    They build what people buy. If GM 's marketing division proved the American worker wanted a truck that would blow them on their way to work , they would sell one.
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Company next town over from me runs em. Guys who drive em love em.
    WE are all 1" polly here. My lead tech is currently in a ranger with a 3 box setup. Transit would work great for him.
     
  7. DanaMac

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    I agree. We run two Rangers now, and I know we could get by with a Transit. It comes down to carrying the proper parts and quantities. I'm not carrying 100 rotors on the truck, 300 spray heads, 3 boxes of every single fitting and bushing of PVC/poly/copper, 5 rolls of poly, or parts for every single zone valve ever made. Just not going to happen. Restock every 1-3 days, keep the parts that you trust, replace old outdated valves, clean trash and scrap out daily.
     
  8. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
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    thats pretty much our set up. we only really stock/service what we install, outside of the larger valves. that really cuts down on the amount a service truck needs to carry.
     
  9. 1idejim

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    I've been a ford guy but I'd consider changing my opinion with options like that.
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