Service/Install Vehicle Setups?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by fsujammer, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I have one f-450 12' flatbed that has milk crate storage down one side for fittings. It's about 8 crates long by 4 crates high. Then we have four rki boxes down the other side, two boxes long by two high.

    Pipe rack above the cab for PVC storage and a fold up ramp that we can pull the trencher into the bed if need be. We also pull a 18' trailer with the mini skid and attachments behind it. We can keep 5-7 systems worth on the truck.

    I also have a f-250 service body with a pipe rack, we pull a 12' behind it for the mini skid. We can keep about 2-3 systems on this truck.

    Then we have a 20' goose that has fitting storage down the sides, no wider than the wheel wells. Pipe storage down the sides above the wheel wells on each side. We can carry a large amount of fittings and pipe as well as the bobcat and mini skid. Or we can load up both mini skids if there is a lot of trenching.
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  2. fsujammer

    fsujammer LawnSite Member
    from IA
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    I hadn't thought of small box trucks but I guess that would work. I saw a used Chevy Astro Cargo van for sale on my local Craigslist. It seemed like a low price for what I could get out of it but also have reservations about having to climb into it to get parts.

    Does anybody run compact trucks like S-10s or Ranger with a utility body on it? I'm thinking this would be nice for a service only vehicle.
     
  3. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I may get laughed at for this, but this is the setup that we use for commercial irrigation maintenance. We've run this type of setup for the last 15 years and it's worked great for us. For commercial irrigation maintenance work where the guys are going to a know set of jobs on a weekly basis we're able to fit everything that we need in a small truck like this. The gas mileage is also great!

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  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    That looks like my first truck. It was my personal vehicle that turned into work truck. It worked ok for service, installs were a challenge though.


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  5. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know a few people with this same truck. They seem to like it.

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  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah. They are not practical for installs by any means but for irrigation checks and repairs they work great. We run the big crewscape trucks for installs.

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  7. AWilsonCreativeServices

    AWilsonCreativeServices LawnSite Member
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    Before I went out on my own, during the summers I worked for a guy who kept all his equip and parts in a shortbed F150. he had fittings and heads all in milk crates x2 tall, and had saddle toolboxes for bushings, barbs, etc. A ladder rack held enough pipe for the day's repairs. When we installed systems, he had a beat up 20' trailer for his miniskid, pipe rack, and some big plastic bins of heads and common fittings bolted down.

    For me- as a small company that performs diff types of work, my irrigation maintenance setup is removable. I have x2 Weatherguard PackRat pull-out toolboxes I bought used filled with fittings and all (organized by 3/4", 1", and 1'+) and have 6 or 8 milk crates stacked on top of the boxes for heads, slip-fixes, short pieces of pipe, etc. All my repair tools go in a plastic, waterproof handheld toolbox. If I purchase a full box of heads, I try to leave them in the box and put that on the truck. The two big toolboxes are mounted to a plastic pallet, and I pick it up and put in the back of the truck when we need to use it with my Dingo (pretty heavy though).

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  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nobody's laughing at a guy with 46 trucks except the dmv and the insurance carrier.
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  9. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    How does it effect the life of the little trucks? I have always wanted to get a small truck for our repair guy but I was worried about tearing them up. What kind of mpg do they get loaded down?
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  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I used to have a e-250. Loved working out of it , hated driving it. Now I have a ranger , a f-250 and an f-350 . All have 3 tool boxes . 1 cross box and 2 side boxes. Then milkcrates in the bed. Trailer has same setup. 1 cross box and 2 side boxes.
     

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