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Anyone ever use a regular box truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Dunn's, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just wondering if any ever use regular box trucks instead of cabover. Like a van cab or truck cab, or even a bigger truck cab like an international?

    All replies appreciated.
  2. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. growabiz

    growabiz LawnSite Member
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    Isuzu trucks and cab over style trucks have better turning radius and hold their value better than van style box trucks.

    The warranties, frames, and reliability will give you piece of mind also.
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    How bout those Dodge Sprint 2500's I've been seeing around this year? I kinda like them. It looks like an enclosed trailer that you can drive.
  5. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How would the warraty be any different on a cabover then a regular box truck? Also to me they look not as well made as a international or oother 45-6500 size truck. Plus from what I am hearing is they don't get any better gas milage.

    So is it just because they call it a landscaping truck that most by it instead of a deuce and a half style?

    Also if you rear ended somebody they seem like they have no protection for your legs at all.

    Plus I am pretty good with vehicle maintenance and don't sell off to many peices of equipment. So we aren't worried about resale. If it gets in that bad of shape that we need to get rid of it. It has probably made it's money back and then some, So we could just use it for target practice.

    So has anyone tried the normal box truck style like say a deuce and a half? If so how did/do you like it and do you have pics.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like they say with a cab over your first on the scene of a accident :laugh:
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's not unheard of, there's a mindset that an Lco HAS to have a truck, but most 1500 / 2500 / etc vans are pretty much the same dang thing, same engine and transmission, same tow ratings, all that.

    The differences are in a van you'll want racks, the benefit is you get to keep your stuff locked up conveniently and out of the weather.
    Roof racks for ladders work swell on vans, you won't bang your head on these.

    The drawback is the smell of 2-cycle stays with you, you can't load over the side and on larger units there's no dump bed, had a friend who drove vans for some time doing lawn care, all depends what you plan to put in it, perhaps price.
  8. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    Everybody ranks down cabovers until they own one!
  9. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You all do know that most of you did not even answer my question.
  10. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    I used a C30 stepvan for years, 14' olson body, it was a great work truck.

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