Isuzu Cabover or 3500?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ztrguy, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    All this talk about how everyone loves their Isuzu Cabover w/ either the flatbed w/ dove tail or with the box van style. I was wondering if anyone has a Chevy or Dodge 3500 with a dovetail or a van box for the bed? I would rather get a 3500 than a Isuzu. I could put the original bed back on after every season so I can enjoy the truck more. What do you guys think?
  2. And how do you think you are going to move the 2000# dove tail bed or 3000# cube box?

    Once you put these beds on, they stay on, they are welded to the frame for support in several places.

    The weight of these bed are also the reason they are not put on 12,000 and under gvw trucks anymore.....

    They are put on the small cabovers for the 14mpg they get and the tight turning radius.

    BTW you're not putting this on a single rear wheel truck, and the duellies that have beds are still to light.
  3. ztrguy

    ztrguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE FL
    Messages: 466

    With all my equipment I have laying around here. We buy and sell heavy equipment.
  4. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    If you are thinking of putting a landscaper bed on a 3500 duallie that you buy with a 8' bed on, it wont fit. There was one here that was on a 3500 HD, but it turned horibly and just didnt look as sharp as the NPRs running around here. The 3500 HD had a really looong rear frame on it, much longer than an 8' bed would give you. If you want a GM, get a Chevy/GMC W3/4500...its basicly the same as an NPR as far as i know.
  5. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    Why not just buy the truck, leave the bed like it is, and buy a nice enclosed trailer. Then you can enjoy your truck everyday. Changing beds would be a pain...............What if?.... You just got you standard bed put back on and someone called about doing a clean up. You looked at job, give a good price and got the work. to change that bed. You might lay awake at night thinking about changing truck beds and thats OK. Just not on my list of most fun things to do...........
  6. Personally I prefer the cabover.
    I used to deliver lease trucks for Bush leasing in the winter.
    They were UD (Nissan)
    They sat higher, and were more comfortable than a pickup.
    If I were leaving for California today I'd choose the cabover over a pickup. Of course we paid our own fuel costs.

    I own a Dodge Cummins dualie. When It croaks I'm getting a cabover. It'll pull my 5th wheel camper south every winter. It'll be better than a pickup. Saw quite a few like that in Florida last winter.

    Besides I like the idea of getting more truck for less money.

  7. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I have a f350 dually,and like it quite a bit. However, I have been looking for a cab over with the landscape bed and possibly the dump bin like the old grass master trucks.
    What ever happened to grass masters - they go out of business?
    Any thoughts on the 4-dr cabovers, manufacturers, engines, etc?
  8. MSYardman

    MSYardman LawnSite Member
    from MS & LA
    Messages: 62

    How much does it add to the price to put on a crew cab on an Isuzu cabover? Or, any other brand?

    Seems we need room for four occassionally.
  9. williamslawn

    williamslawn LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 202

    What is the life expectancy of a cab over? How many worry free miles can you expect to get? I am looking at a used Diesel with a 16' enclosed box. Auto, A/C Very clean but High miles 1998 model.
  10. 230,000, then they recommend you have the head done as preventive maint.

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