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    van vs truck

    our shop is looking to start new residential homes electrical. full rough and trim. we are trying to figure out which vehicle van or truck for residential work. we will be doing residential and commercial so i was thinking something versatile. a single cab truck i can put 3 man crew, a van only 2 man crew. is it common to have crews take their own vehicle to job site on new residential homes?

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    Often, when the job is closer for them than driving to the shop I allow the employee to meet at the job.

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    Only two men in a van........ says you.

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    I'd get a van. You'll probably be keeping a lot of material on the vehicle as opposed to job site storage, and I think you'd want something to keep it locked up in.

    If getting more than two men to the job is an issue, get a crew cab with a utility body.


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    You want a van to keep everything clean, dry, and secure.
    In Vegas pick-ups with utility beds are more popular.
    But we don't get snow or much rain.

    Why would you want to pay 3 people to drive to a job?
    If they are required to report to the job first in the US then your required to pay truck travel time.
    If your only working 1 home or track at a time you could get away with a gang box.
    For a large project a box truck.

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    I'd put a bullet in my head before I did electrical work out of a pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter d View Post
    I'd put a bullet in my head before I did electrical work out of a pickup.
    Been there. Done that. I couldn't agree more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1971 View Post
    Been there. Done that. I couldn't agree more.
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    me too.... i'd put a bullet thru peter's head before i'd work out of a pickup as well.

    if you get a van with a walk in body, and good bin locks, that would be about
    the best thing to work out of, unless you do a lot of work downtown where you
    have to park in parking garages.

    then your life sucks.

    regular bed on a pickup = surely you're joking.

    utility bed on a pickup = soggy, wet, or stolen. pick one.

    utility bed with a pull over cover = a pile of stuff you can't get to easily.

    van with racking = you have a fighting chance.

    the last two years, i was using a long body E-350 diesel van, towing
    a 14' trailer. that was about right for the work i was doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulthrotl View Post
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    me too.... i'd put a bullet thru peter's head before i'd work out of a pickup as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulthrotl View Post
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    me too.... i'd put a bullet thru peter's head before i'd work out of a pickup as well.
    Not cool....not cool.

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    I'm a small 2 man shop trying to expand..currently have van..agreeed working out of truck is more painful than stabbing myself in the eye with a needle.
    Trying to expand. Thinking of 6x12 enclosed trailer. Keep stocked for residential. Have guys drive personal car to job. I would drop off trailer for them to work out of and pick up when job is complete

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