Landscaping Van

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ewmesko, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. ewmesko

    ewmesko LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    Hey guys, I am thinking about buying an econoline or safari van to run maintnence out of this year. What do you guys think about that for towing a trailer and storing everything else inside van. Does anyone have one and can give me some insight. Im wondering about fumes and other such things that go along with a work van.


  2. THEoneandonlyLawnRanger

    THEoneandonlyLawnRanger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    I dont know about you but i just wouldnt feel comfortable carrying around gas in a van. But thats JMHO. Other than that i think it would be great as far as keeping things dry and secure, but i would think it would get tiring climbing/leaning in the van to get trimmers or other tools out if you use them on a regular basis. I guess it just would depend on what you plan on putting in the van and what you plan to keep on the trailer. Also i would probably go with the Econoline, they are a little more "truck like" and would be able to tow a trailer alot better than a safari.
  3. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Vans are fine as long as fumes go as long as you follow a few safety rules/
    1. Must have rear windows that open.
    2. Must have roof vent.
    3. Must be driven with the front winows down and rear one open.
    4. Should have vents on the doors to direct air directly into the cab. :laugh: Try finding that now days.
    5. Vent and rear windows must be open when parked.
    6. Gasoline filled items should be removed at the end of the day and stored somewhwere else.

    A box van would actually be a better vehicle for that use.
  4. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    i run a box truck and love it... fumes still suck... I'm a windows down type of guy anyway.. so no big deal... i mounted a milk crate to the back floor so its easy to fill. cans can't slide and spill....

    check out u-haul, i went another way but they are low to the ground

    you can buy non powerstoke desials 12 foot box 10+2 upper box for about 2500-5000... paint the cab if your so inclined and off to the races..

  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Why do you want a van besides being able to misc items in the back?
  6. packey

    packey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    I used vans for several years with the schools. they are ok but I would prefer a truck with a utility body and racks. You can have all your stuff in the compartments neatly stored Put you some weedeater racks on top of the side boxes. Your pole pruner and ladder go on the overhead rack you stil have a 4x8 cargo area for plants, mulch and other things. Just put your mowers on a trailer behind you. You useually can find a decent utiltiy truck from a utility company.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,372

    Barefeetny how big is your box van, what do you use for ramps? Im looking at a cheyy g30 with a 16' box. also I can get a ford with a 12' box and electric lift for 2500.
  8. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    my truck is 14 feet long

    Since mine sits high i originally had A large gate setup (like home cheapo specials)... that i had welded to the back lip.. it was way to heavy amd i would have to hump it up then climb on the bumper to pin it...

    then i went and got 2 2x12x10s pressure treated planks.... 6 large peices of L shelf/corner support... i attached the supports to the end of the planks and then welded a peice of rectangle stock to the back lip

    i attached 1 large door pull to the 2" side

    i can easily slide them out of the truck, and drop the L into the rectangle slot... the nice part is its impossible to kick the planks out and i can make them as wide or narrow as i need

    the electric lift sounds like a winner...Allright back out to plow this mess

  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,372

  10. ewmesko

    ewmesko LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I want a van to be able to put plants, wheelbarrows, leaf blowers, trimmers etc. You can find diesel vans for that cheap??? I drive with the windows down too so I dont think the fumes will be that bad. I guess the most important thing is if they tow well.

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