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Step Vans

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lawn Enforcer, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,381

    Hey everyone-
    I've been thinking about a new mowing set-up for next year and I though about an International T444E with a landscape be on it, but that would run me about $17,000 when all done, and it wouldn't be enclosed.
    What about a truck like this:
    $4,500, fleet maintained, low miles, 350 gas engine (I don't mow a lawn that is more than 4 miles from my house, and only 3 lawns 10 miles away) I have a friend who could fab up a nice ramp for the back (he's an awesome fabricator) plenty of space inside, back door can be left open to keep the gas smell down. I would also use it to haul a sprint car (which I hope to have by the 2010 racing season) In winter I could keep it at one of my customer's farm place inside the rodent-free pole shed.) I would keep my other truck and trailer in case of break downs and for spring and fall clean-up. What do you guys think? Positives and negatives.
    Thanks in advance!
    P.S. Pics are welcome!
  2. I have not seen any step vans used like you want, several years ago there was somebody that modified a old school bus that was pretty slick.
  3. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,381

    Someone on Lawnsite had or has one, I've seen it. A school bus is maybe too big for what I need, an 18 ft step van would probably do the trick.
  4. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Any other comments anybody?
  5. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    I mow and also drive for fedex, I can tell you thats a pretty decent price on there. Is gmc the actual chassis maker? If so I know those ones arent the best. Expect about 7 mpg on a good day. The body is aluminum right? Make sure you get to know an aluminum welder. Does it have two seats? What if a third needs to ride?
  6. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    What's wrong with using a pickup and enclosed trailer?
  7. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,381

    Like I said, my route is very tight, and when I expand, I will drive about 7 miles to another town, and then it would be a tight route there. I wouldn't need a third seat, and if I did, it would be simple to install one. It would be a cheap rolling billboard and it would keep my equipment enclosed, and no trailer.
  8. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Why not? Sounds like a decent plan. Depending on the ramp style if your ability to pull a trailer would not be there.
  9. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer LawnSite Silver Member
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    I talked to my friend and he said he's seen it done before, and he could come up with an easy to use ramp.
  10. KCfireman

    KCfireman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,863

    think about this before you buy one. Those older vehicles are easy to hotwire. Someone could easily hotwire your truck and drive off with all your equipment. I would just use your money to buy an enclosed trailer.

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