Van vs truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bruces, Aug 6, 2001.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    I use an extended cargo van and fit all my equipment in it including my 44" Lazer. Everyone is amazed that the Lazer fits in the van, but it does just fine. I have to hunch down a bit to clear the top, but that's not too difficult at all. In fact, I am positive you could even fit a 48" Lazer in there if you wanted too. But I'm not too sure about a 52", but it doesn't seem totally impossible.......over all, I love driving the van and using it as my work truck. I like it even better than a truck and trailer!
  2. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    tiny-arsed mini cargo van holds my 2 cycles, tools, parts, gas, tarps and boxes for any debris, emergency urinal, other suprises.
    tiny-arsed 5x10 trailer holds my 48 & 21.

    My upgrade will be a full sized cargo van.
    Advantages include: storage, security, and protection from the elements, Moving billboard (mine's professionally lettered), ect.

    What kinda van you got Vibe Ray?
    I wonder if I could shuck the trailer?
  3. Kevin@Siteworks

    Kevin@Siteworks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Maybe you should check into an enclosed cargo trailer.
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I probally get around 10 with my dual wheel cubie, but that's no problem considering I have the room to have everything with me when needed. When I got my van the wheel wells were too high for my liking so I removed the rear 10' of the floor and lowered it using 2" tubing and installed a mini bevertail inside the van. Now my wells are only about 6" high, I have a pair of 2x10's in there so the deck doesn't catch when it's down low. By putting in the beaver tail my ramp is shorter and less steeper than it would have been and I welded a receiver into the bumper while I was at it. So far we have around Can$3000 invested in the van including the lettering. Of course we did all the work ourselves including the paint job.
  5. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    by any chance can we see the inside of your truck? looks like an awesome setup. what all do you use the sweeper for? they are not that common around here at all. does it work good? what brand mower is that that you have the sweeper attached to? any problem with gas fumes? i know that was one of the concerns in another thread.
  6. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    The only difficulty I see is the ramp out of a cargo van. When I say cargo van Im implying a domestic van, not a cube van like U-Haul uses.

    Where does the ramp store? How do you prevent it from slipping and having a 700 pound mower falling three feet to the ground?
  7. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    It's very simple....I used Aluminum bleachers. Cut an angle on one end to match the angle of the ground and screw a piece of angle aluminum at the other end. Notch it to fit the bumper brackets and voila! It's very scary the first few time u do it, but rest assured it's very easy once u have practiced. They slide under the mower when it's in loaded. I can take pictures no problem if u like. This is only one of many ways, but the bleachers work out perfectly for this. So if you can get yor hands on some...go for it!
  8. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    Thanks for the input Ray,

    I picked up a One ton Van this Fall to use for camping, and as a back up to my back-up vehicle(Three deep).

    I really like the idea of losing the trailer. Even with the trailer I like the van idea, I spend alot of time looking for bushes because I drink to much soda.


    No hook up time
    Bathroom searches can be reduced or eliminated.
    Storage is where I park the van.
    Security is good, back up to fixed object or building.


    Blade removal would require off loading mower where now I prop it up on trailer sides.
    Space is limited.
    No hauling of branches, leaves.
  9. Swampbeast

    Swampbeast LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    Hmm. Using a 3/4 ton van to haul your trimmers and small stuff and then an open trailer for the big mowers? Hmmm. As long as you get a diesel engine in the van, it should be good. But I cant imagine having to hop into the van evertime I wanted to go get a trimmer or a edger or blower. Yuck.
    Also, I hate vans. They look nasty. Yuck.

  10. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I just sold a 1 ton box van.I was going to use it in my biz but it had the humps over the tires so i decided to sell it.I am going to find me another one though.I'm tired of pulling a stupid trailer all over the country.I have the gate sys all worked out and it want be any problem.My setup will be strong enough to haul a bobcat if need be.Then i will use the trailer just for landscaping only.

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