Possible new truck for lawn work...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by pflasch, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    I've been looking at Pickups pulling an enclosed trailer... and I have been looking at the Isuzu with a box. Then I saw this 16 'Rockport Parcelport unit, with a sliding side door, on a Ford E-350 chassis. GVW of 11,500 lbs. Ground to floor height is 21.5 " Internal height about 6 1/2 feet, with a fiberglass translucent roof.
    If I could get Rockport to modify it with an internal beavertail, and a full width overhead door... at least for my use, it would be near perfect for a couple of Walkers etc.

    I don't have a price on the unit yet...

    Any ideas or suggestions?

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  2. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    A few guys around here use box trucks....I dont like the idea......Lets just say my truck breaks down.......I drop it at the shop, and borrow a buddies or go rent one from united rentals and hook up my trailer so I dont loose valuable time......If your truck breaks, youre kinda beat until its fixed, because youre truck IS your trailer too.
     
  3. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    I agree with Pietro, and plus you have no where to dump clippings. Personally my ideal rig is an F-350 dump and an enclosed trailer. Put your clippings in the back and bata bing bata boom your good to go.
     
  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    looks like a good idea if you have somewhere onsite to dump clippings
     
  5. MowMoney

    MowMoney LawnSite Member
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    You can rent a truck just as easily as a trailer. It may have a liftgate instead of a ramp, but it will make due while your truck is being repaired. I have 3 box trucks with dumping waste bids for the clippings and I love them.
     
  6. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
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    looks like a shuttle bus.... minus 100 kids anticipating Disney....
     
  7. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    I really like it. What is the width between the wheel wells?
     
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,466

    I agree..

    Plus..I hope you don't bag any clippings.

    I'll stick to pickups and open trailers...;)
     
  9. pflasch

    pflasch LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 294

    MowMoney,
    Can you post pics of your truck with dumping waste bins?
    So far, clippings are not a problem... some stay on site, or sites are mulched. Extra charge for removal, and I'm OK with that.
    Business is a 1-2 man operation, upper end homes that we take our time on. NO mow and blow. Detail is what we are after. Image is everything to us!

    TwoSeasons,
    I believe the width between the wheel wells is just over 5 feet. With 42" and 48" decks on the Walkers, the fit is tight but do able.
    I just love the low slide door with only ONE step!
    I also looked at Super Lawn Trucks, but I like this idea better.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    They're probably at least 40 or 50 thousand new, and since it's a custom builder it could be more, too.
    Seeing how they're not listing any prices that's usually the next clue that it ain't cheap.
    I don't know, could run anywhere from 60-to-120 thousand I guess.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009

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