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Contractor Vans Semi OT (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Sep 29, 2022 12:36 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by WMH [NC]) Sep 29, 2022 1:08 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Robert J [CA]) Sep 29, 2022 1:15 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Bonanza [NC]) Sep 29, 2022 2:48 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Bonanza [NC]) Sep 29, 2022 2:50 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by LTD [AZ]) Sep 29, 2022 3:18 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by LTD [AZ]) Sep 29, 2022 4:48 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Sep 29, 2022 6:18 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Sep 29, 2022 6:29 PM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by gevans [SC]) Sep 30, 2022 6:50 AM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by WMH [NC]) Sep 30, 2022 11:21 AM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Phil [OR]) Oct 1, 2022 5:31 AM
       Contractor Vans Semi OT (by don [PA]) Oct 2, 2022 11:03 AM

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Contractor Vans Semi OT (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 12:36 PM
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Any contractors out there who have downsized their work vans from full size to more economy sized vans? My DH is considering this. He is not that tall 5' 8" but he is very stocky/wide shouldered.

He went from a Chevy Express van to a semi modified Dodge Caravan when the B regime came into power, knowing that gas prices would skyrocket. As a reminder, he does HVAC.

Caravan is now getting long in the tooth. We usually buy used vehicles. Our accounting basis is cash, not accrual.

Any thoughts/advice/reviews?

--72.231.xxx.xx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 1:08 PM
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We are on our second Nissan NV. It is the ONLY small van out there (researched and measured) that will carry a full sheet of plywood upright. The other would have lasted for many more years but we sold it and bought another using the Section 179 deduction.

So: It also qualifies for a Section 179 deduction. It is too small by normal IRS standards, but because it only has two seats and is clearly a work van it is an exception to the heavy weight rule. Also pop a magnetic sign on the side. --216.12.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 1:15 PM
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I'd upsized, downsized and learned a few mistakes/issues in doing so. When I had a half ton van, I'd burn out a transmission every 18 months. I was at my weight limit and driving in traffic going into the hills once a week put a strain on my drive train. A transmission on a half ton was only $900 to rebuild.

Then I upsized to a 1 ton van. I purchased it used and rebuilt the engine and transmission. Engine $3,500, Transmission $3,200. Now that I was way under weight with this higher rated van, so far I've never had to rebuild the engine or transmission.

So taking this forward, if your DH downsizes, he will have to reduce his abuse to the vehicle. Will he tow trailers?

Will he still keep a large inventory of parts and tools on this vehicle/van?

My mileage for a a 1/2 ton in the olden days was only 17 miles per gallon with a regular van. With my 1 ton van with a 460 monster engine, I am lucky to get 8 to 10 miles per gallon.

I am thinking of buying myself a new van. They make the tall and skinny so I can stand up and fit thru driveways. Fuel injected and over 24 miles per gallon.

Or you can buy a crossover vehicle (Rav4 or Subaru Forester) fold the back seats down and have like a station wagon with room for parts, tools and supplies. --47.156.xx.xx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 2:48 PM
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Nissan stopped the NV summer of 2021. Maybe you can find an old new stock sitting around somewhere.

Why did Nissan stop making NV passenger?

In order to focus on core products, the company will end production of its NV Cargo, Passenger and NV200 vans in the summer of 2021, and concentrate on Nissan Business Advantage to provide more choices to commercial vehicle customers

they replaced it with the townstar but I don't think it is available in the USA --71.217.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 2:50 PM
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Could try a ford transit connect - similar to the NV --71.217.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by LTD [AZ]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 3:18 PM
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I have "The Beast," an F250 with a utility bed and ladder rack. Basic white service truck with a 1,300lb lift gate. I got it about 18 months ago after a lifetime of digging around in the back seat or bed box of my pickups for a tool. Before that I was using my fancy new (to me) F150 with all the gizmos and was constantly terrified of scratching it.

My F250 is a 2002, with the dinosaur 7.3 diesel. It gets about 12 mpg on a good day, vs my 2.7L F150 that averages 21 and I've hit 25.6 on a trip. But I can dump gravel in the back and not worry about getting my pickup's shiney bed liner dirty, and my tools are (finally) easily accessible and organized by locker. It hauls a Bobcat easily, my F150 can barely haul my jeep.

My AC contractor friend uses both utility trucks and vans. I saw he has a couple of new Sprinter vans. He has all his rigs wrapped for advertising, the Sprinters are like rolling billboards. So that's a consideration.

--47.216.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by LTD [AZ]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 4:48 PM
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Oh hey, I just drove by my friend's shop on my way home. He has a Transit van in his lot. So I guess size is more about what one is doing or how many parts you carry around. --47.216.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 6:18 PM
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Another option is buy a trailer as long can keep secure where can buy a smaller pick up truck to tow. If have multiple buildings then if store plumbing parts, electrical parts kit. It is better to use one type of faucet where cartridges and O rings are the same instead of stocking on more faucet parts. A small repair kit. The days of the full sized pick up trucks are numbered as fuel economy can never be reached where weight and larger frontal area will be less aerodynamic. Vehicles that depreciate quickly are usually problem prone as engines and transmissions do not last. --68.69.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Sep 29, 2022 6:29 PM
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In addition to the Dodge caravan, we have a full/long bed silverado, my rav4, a smaller trailer we traded for a big tex and a full sized construction trailer. We also have a rennovated 1985 dump truck C30. Everything is paid for (no loans)

We did our own swap out engine and tranny thing for the original chevy express, but we are getting older so playing mechanic (other than restoring an old '48 pickup truck) is getting less attractive.

We live in an area mostly rural, suburban and small cities with bad winters so front wheel drive would be desirable. We haul firewood when we don't feel like harvesting our own trees. --72.231.xxx.xx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 6:50 AM
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Depends on your business size and model...

For several years I have used a big SUV and trailer for HVAC. A bigger company in town uses trucks with enclosed trailers. They have their own sheet metal shop and make jobs in advance. The empty trailer is loaded while the install crew is doing another job with another trailer.

Trailers are much cheaper that multiple vehicles. I keep my tools in the SUV and supplies on the trailer as needed. --216.218.xxx.xx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 30, 2022 11:21 AM
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Oh man did not know that about NV discontinuance.

I hate the Transit. I'm too short to drive it, can't see over the dashboard! It's ridiculous. AND it's like 1/2 inch too short to carry plywood - the Nisson is perfect. :( --50.82.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by Phil [OR]) Posted on: Oct 1, 2022 5:31 AM
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I would really like to have one of the real "sprinter" vans. MB diesel---gets 24 mpg --tall enough to stand up in --76.138.xxx.xxx




Contractor Vans Semi OT (by don [PA]) Posted on: Oct 2, 2022 11:03 AM
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Robert, the best thing you can do to prolong transmission life is to add an external fluid cooler. Next best thing is to get a Jasper rebuilt tranny. I was burning out a tranny every year on my heavily used Ranger until I did both of the above. Now, it has been 100k miles on the same one. --73.141.xxx.xxx



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