U-haul trucks!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by johnnybravo8802, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    I know this site has touched on this topic but has anyone bought a former U-haul truck and had good service out of it? THere is an article saying they want to get rid of their old stock before 2010 and, of course, we all know about the economy. I test drove one a couple of weeks ago-14', 460 v8, auto. It drove ok but had an exhaust leak and the tranny was shifty. The price was $2995 and I offered $500 just to be "stupid". Of course, the sales manager was insulted and said "I was out of my mind"-I know!!!!:laugh::laugh:However, I saw an Isuzu with a 15' box, diesel, and 67,000 miles for only $5995. To me, the whole purpose is to spend as little as possible anticipating some repairs-I was thinking of $1500, $1500 dovetail-$3000-$3500 total invested. What are some opinions?

    DOLMARatOS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    U-Haul trucks are pretty well maintained in our area. I know an LCO that picked up an e-350 14' body 7.3L IDI diesel w/ 150K for $1500.00. Few dings here and there but ok.

    He had custom ramps built and runs half his opperation from this truck. Excellent idea in my mind. Great fuel economy and no trailer to hassle with. I kick myself in the nutz for not keeping my 1994 Mitsu Fuso 14' Van body. Truck had 139K ran like a top. Had an underbody lift but ramps would have been the way to go. Would have been the perfect rig for residential because it could fit anywhere. Awesome fuel mileage and good power if you weren't driving on the interstate.
  3. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    The U-haul trucks around here being used buy LCO still are sporting the full U-haul paint scheme, It looks tacky U-haul is now cutting grass. I would at least repaint the darn thing, but buy the time your done paint the truck it's not a deal anymore.

    DOLMARatOS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    Painting the trucks is expensive unless it's done by the owner. Would be surprised how well a vehicle can be painted for cheap.

    Even a few rattle cans can make it look better. Still tacky, but better.
  5. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,313

    U-haul is now painting their boxes white to cover up the logo. The only thing on these trucks is an orange stripe running down the cab. I would probably let Maaco paint the cab or maybe just the stripe-shouldn't be that expensive. I had a new Isuzu box truck in 01' so I know how nice a box truck is. However, I paid $33,000 for it and don't wan to go that route again, especially with a worker driving it.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,344

    I lucked up eariler in the year. I found a 18' 2000model Chevrolet box with DOVETAIL and trimmer racks inside, 96000 miles for 6000$. If you buy a Uhaul for 3500 a dovetail will run another 1500. Step up and look for a later model, you will be supried what a good box truck can be had for 10000$.

    It did take 6 months of steady looking, and I had to drive 3 hours to look at the truck.

    A box truck is really sweet to work out of.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah but that's the way to do it, when it's a serious decision, it involves a lot of
    money, it should be taken seriously.
  8. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    I'm looking to add 3 crews and been thinking about this type of box truck. Is it harder to get insurance on this truck.Ran it by my agent and she said yes but not sure.Also I went over 12 hours away to demo a machine and then drove 6 more to buy one.Thanks
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The only problem I see is these trucks are set up as moving vans. Not sure if the rear suspension in these trucks have been modified to ride smoother but you don`t have the payload.

    Most U haul trucks are custom ordered. Have you noticed with the ones built on the E series chassis have corner windows.

    I don`t know if I would buy used U haul they are driven hard and well abused.

    I have seen them here so heavy the brakes are on fire from the hills here :laugh:

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    the u haul trucks here seem to be beat up pretty bad

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