how many use vans?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bkdlawnCo, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. bkdlawnCo

    bkdlawnCo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Just curious if anyone uses vans for there lawn care rig? i was just thinking that it may be a good idea.
  2. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    I'm pretty sure he'll see this thread, but if not try pm'ing 'mike lane lawn care" he's one guy that I know uses a van.
  3. Adam3669

    Adam3669 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I use a van!

    Although...its a minivan.

    Oh well, gets the job done.

    (pulls a 5X10 with a Stander and other tools just fine too)
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,361

    We used a van for awhile to pull our big trailer because it got better gas mileage than our other trucks. I like being able to leave stuff inside and lock it up. Van cost a lot less than trucks in our area. All the big companies have some vans pulling both open/closed trailers. If you are pulling open trailer you can advertise on the van with these new wraparounds.
  5. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    We started out using a full sized '74 chevy van. You could stick two "52 scags and a handmower plus blowers and trimmers in there.Now we use "14 box trucks for the mowing end of our business,SLT stole our ideas:)
  6. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    I used a van to start my business . 1982 dodge van could fit a 48" toro in the back doors. I have considered getting another one to haul my trailer so I could quickly and easily lock trimmers, blowers etc. in the van on some jobs. I had a rack on the side of the inside of the van for trimmers. The down side was the constant smell of gas while driving.
  7. Grass-Masters

    Grass-Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Could some of you guys post pics of loaded vans, I would like to see it.
  8. Lawntime Mowers

    Lawntime Mowers LawnSite Member
    from KC MO
    Messages: 219

    94' Aerostar Minivan 4.0 L built on heavy work-van frame with 4 wd. 16-20 mpg
    Carries up to five employees and lots of gear locked in back.

    I'll buy another one when I expand my business again to add another crew.
  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    I like the idea of a van. They would seem to have an advantage over a trailer (enclosed or open). Keep all your tools and equipment with out to much trouble.

    A used van can be purchased with out a lot of money.
  10. Adam3669

    Adam3669 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Alright...but how do you all feel about MINI vans?

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