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Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby 1998kingbong [OP] » December 4th 2014, 3:36am

I am thinking of going from the astro to a bigger box truck. I am in the trades and as I get older I am thinking of not crawling around on my knees so much. I have no clue what sort of box truck to get.
Gas or diesel? I am even considering a step van. My other thought is if the economy goes south I will have a place to live . Something good enough on fuel I can drive it acrosss the country. Something I could buy now and work the bugs out of it so it is ready in a few years. Any suggestions?
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby Zebediah III » December 4th 2014, 3:44am

What state are you in?

When considering diesel you have to consider that kind of weight and rpms you want to use it for.
The draw back will obviously be fuel prices and when a diesel breaks, it's going to cost you big.
So avoid high mileage diesels, and if you don't have to have a diesel, don't get one just to have
it. A gas engine should be just fine and economical in comparison unless you have to pull a
very heavy load.
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby Roger Ramjet » December 4th 2014, 3:50am

Funny ... Today in my travels I happened to see a chev 3500 cube van .. It was kool cause it was a monster truck .. big tires big big lift kit
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby WoodButcher » December 4th 2014, 5:06am

Stepvan to work out of. Box truck the bed is over the rear tires, waaaay to high for an old man like me to climb into.
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby tedanderson » December 4th 2014, 5:55am

If you get a step van and you end up having to live in it, nobody has to know. Typically you can tell when people live in their vehicles based upon all of the stuff that's stacked up in the windows. But if you organize things well enough, not only can you hide your living quarters but nobody will know that you are in there sleeping when you park it for the night at a truck stop or a Walmart parking lot.
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby thegreenmachine » December 4th 2014, 4:58pm

I bought a waaaaaambulance.

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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby 1998kingbong [OP] » December 5th 2014, 1:27am

Thanks everyone, this is an awesome forum. Astro owners have a lot in common. I have no problem with gasoline engines. I would probably go with a chevy 350 because I know there history.
As for heavy loads, probably not, I could just have that delivered. I always think what if I am broke in the future, gas sounds like the way to go. I can fix a chevy myself.
My climbing days are becoming a thing of the past. Maybe a step van is ideal for me. Hostess sold(out) here in Ohio but I was not able to locate a step van after they closed.
What years are a safe bet here in the rust belt? I saw a 1979 Chevy but was thinking that maybe to old to find parts for. I am not a fan of anything new. I could spend around 5,000 grand.
So your microwave gives up the ghost and you call a local handyman. When you see a nice step van pull up what would be your first thought? Pro? Hack? When my customers see a chevy van pull up with ladders on top and tradesmen rolling out cords they become so happy.
The one problem I have with step vans is where to hang the ladders, I see them on the side many times. The top is to high.
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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby RECox286 » December 5th 2014, 4:15am

When we had Big Blue, a 13' bed bread truck (GMC/Grumman) I built ladder racks on the pax side of the rear box.

Worked out fairly well, until some (un-named) driver was backing the truck and....! There was plenty of room

for tools, supplies passengers, and junk which it seemed to accumulate. Even had a built in air compressor.

The worst part of the whole deal was feeding the Chevy 350 4 bolt that I swapped out for a ticking 6 cylinder that

came with it. I found a pickup truck saddle tank in the JY and cobbled that under the truck, as there was

plenty of room, and when we gassed up it broke the bank, but we could drive all week with no worries.

I had shelving on the port side, workbench on the starboard side, it was wired for 110 with lights and receptacles

front and rear. I was sorry to see that truck go, but that is life. On to the next project when this one is done.

I believe it could have been converted fairly easily to a rough camper, even though it was fairly small to work and

to live out of at the same time. That may have been interesting, to say the least. Ready for work, the curb

weight was very close to, or just over 10,000 lb. We had a trailer hitch on the back, so we had it registered

for 6 tons.

Good hunting

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Re: Thinking of buying a box truck

Postby Leeann_93 » December 5th 2014, 5:15am

In his Chevy Express work van, my hubby ran 2 pieces of Kindorf (strut channel), 1 at the front, 1 at the back, from left to right toolbox/shelving units inside the van. The shorter stepladders live up there, out of the way of the tools but easily accessible.

In a box van or step van, that'd be easy to do for most of the ladders.
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