Service truck talk again

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by muddywater, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a tech that has been using a long bed regular cab with side mount toolboxes and regular toolbox. We need more room. Is a service body going to add alot of storage compartments compared to what I have now? What kind of percentage of more space do they have than what I have got? Or do I just try to add taller toolboxes? Here is a generic pic of what I have. I think my side mount are a little longer than the ones in the pic.

  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    an aluminum service body would hold more, at the cost of a wider vehicle
  4. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Actually, I am picking up a new 4 door 2500HD with a service body tomorrow with a Kargo Master rack. With all the new retractable tie downs and trick ladder rack, we have been working to change the entire fleet of service trucks to this setup. We will add a hitch vise, strobe lights and power inverter at the shop.

    We ran our trucks in the ground over the last few years trying to keep the overhead down and not purchase, but I am at the point it is costing more to keep them going.

    The service bodies are really nice for organizing and the preferred setup of the techs. Mitchgo trucks look really good too and in the end, you will need more bins than the ones you posted. IMO
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just picked up a new 2500 crew gasses with 8ft redding service bed on it for 29,200 otd. If you look around you can find good deals. It was a 2011 that didn't sell so they dropped the price
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  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What I meant to add in there was that the service bed is great for me BC one section Is lighting, one irrigation, tool compartment, handheld compartment( oil, plugs, filters, chains, ect.) one is straps and tie downs, and one is for the chainsaw and hedge trimmers. Just make sure you have handles to help get in the back. Mine has nothing to hold on to so I N getting some put on ASAP
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  7. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Our one service vehicle that still runs is a '98 E-350 w/ 5.4 Triton. 230k. I wish I had one of those enclosed service bodies, but it gets the job done. Hopefully it doesnt throw anymore plugs:rolleyes:
  8. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any of you have pics of your service bodies?

    Do you have enough room to stock all types of valves? Where do you keep your boxes of heads? Does it have a box big enough for locators(521 and 2003 fault)?

    I was thinking about doing a pull out tray for the service bed part so he wouldnt have to climb up in the back of the truck. Good idea or no?
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  9. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    The only drawback is DOT
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  10. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Already use a 2500 so its not a negative for me, plus 90% of our.service work is not off of highways.
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