Utility body or Van?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Tony Clifton, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    Utility body or van for irrigation techs?
    This would be used for troubleshooting/repairs, small upgrades etc. Very little new installation.
    Which is better?
  2. laylow1994

    laylow1994 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    i have had both utility body and a van both used for repairs, troubleshooting and small upgrades.... i really like the utility body better easier to work out of.....
  3. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    a van hurts your back and knees. 50 times in and out in a day gets tiresome.
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    We had both, and I prefer utility body trucks by a long shot.
  5. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Utility body service truck here as well. Vans look cool with everything inside, protected, but the stories of tired backs and knees keeps me out of one.
  6. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,445

  7. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Utility Bodies all the way. I've had both and would pay twice to avoid vans. My assistant has an Astro that he parks at his apt and that works well for avoiding theft but it is impossible to keep the inside as organized as a utility bed. Extended cabs are great because you can lock up the expensive stuff (521, 901, timers, etc.) behind the seat. I've had a lot of stuff stolen over the years. That is the one advantage of a van. Would definitely spring for power locks.
    Anyway here is my dream vehicle.
  8. zman9119

    zman9119 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I would have to agree... NO VANS!!!

    I would say a service body on a ext. or quad cab truck.

    How about the Sprinter service body...
  9. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I saw that. I think that is the new vehicle they have come out with. Here is my argument for the cab forward over the sprinter. You lose space by having the engine in front of the cab. I took my F-250 extended cab up to the Isuzu commercial dealer and did the measurements and I would gain an extra 5 feet of utility storage space for the same length. Also the turning radius on those cab forwards is way better. I would actually like to combine the utility bed with a stand up enclosed area with an RV ac unit for my on the road office and occasional day time naps. I have a pic of that and will post. (Not the naps)
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Many great minds throughout history were/are "nappers". :)

    The older I get I look forward to every opportunity to rejuvenate my batteries. :laugh:

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