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Isuzu truck and an idea!!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by walker-talker, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Tell me what you think of this idea. I have a large leaf truck (Chevy C50), a Chevy C2500 (standard 3/4 ton truck) and a 16ft trailer.

    Now here is my idea. Get rid of both truck and buy a Isuzu NPR truck with dump bed. I would have a bed custom built for all this. In the summer I could load my mower onto the truck bed to haul mowers. In the spring and fall the bed would have sides I could put into place to form a box for collecting leaves and general cleanups. I would pull the trailer, with mowers loaded, in the spring and fall. Benenfits would be better gas mileage not have to haul a trailer and not having insurance on two different vehicles. I would still have my personal truck in case the NPR was down for any reason. Sure, there is some designing that need to be made for the bed, but I think it's a feasible idea. I load the leaves and debris with a leaf vacumm which will be mounted to the front of the truck. It is easily removable, as I have this setup already on my C50. I am guessing I can pick up a used NPR for around $12K and spend about $4K on the bed modifications.

    Anyone running something like this?

  2. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    The beds are pretty high up on the NBR's so you would need some pretty long ramps or a lift of some sort.
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    It may be slow but you maybe could have something like those tailgate lifts designed and fabricated to work your mowers, just an idea. Good idea though i would pursue it further.
  4. Mbsausage

    Mbsausage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    ive had 4 npr's in my trucking days in my fathers business, not a good truck, i have family in the diesel heavy duty truck repair business so let me give u some reasons why,
    1. average life 200-250,000 miles (90% of the time it's cylinder issues)
    2. cabovers use the most fuel
    3. expect front end issues (suspension weekens, needs brakes more often then not)

    heres a suggestion,
    International w/ dt 466e motor (last forever)
    Frieghtliner fl60
    sterling (ford)
  5. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Clip on beaver tail so your ramp length is shorter.
    I have a 1 ton Chevy that I built a flat deck for. I have a plywood leaf box that slides into the flatbed for quick on and off. It works great and your cab over would be about the same height off the ground. I do put my hoist up a little when using it for lawn mowers to lessen the angle for loading.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Thanks Brianslawn, I remember seeing thread when it was posted, but couldn't remember if it was on this site or another. I did have that truck in mind though. I had thought about having a beavertail similar to his, but non-hydraulic. I would not need to move it up & down enough to warrant the cost of hydraulics. I was just thinking I could jack it up and place some pins in it when I needed to use the bed as a box. Only thing wrong with that is when I would go to dump, the tail end would hit the ground before the bed would lift all the way. The box would be about 6' high, so that means the back gate would be that high and hope that that would give me the proper angle to unload the mowers. I would have designed in such a way that it would hinge at the bottom for summer use and then be able to hinge at the top when I wanted to use the bed as a box.

    Nbsausage, when is wrong with a life span of a truck being 200,000-250,000 miles?
  8. Mbsausage

    Mbsausage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    for a little more money u get more bang for the buck. just my experience in big trucks.
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I have a couple of the NPR and have to second your post about them. There in fact two model NPR 12,000 GVW and 14,500 GVW the main differences is in the brake size and not suspension. The main reason for these two models is for insurance Issues. Since I have one of each I pay 25% more for the 14,500 GVW model. I love my Cab Overs but if give a chance would not of replace them with another. As far as Leave loading and mower Hauling goes I believe a One ton dually with extra long frame would fill the bill. If you are hauling weight yes a Commercial truck is the only way to go.
  10. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Hey Ric, any idea what the curb weight is on those units?

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