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    Would all you guys out there fill me in on the pros and cons of a pick up truck for Commercial HVAC service the ones with a canopy style Thanks
    Secondly Ford chev dodge nissan toyota full sized pus
    good bad ugly? thinking extended cab short box
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    Ran two enclosed (utility) style pickups over the years. Never really cared for them. Had an open utility for a while and HATED it.

    I still like vans and cubes.

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    thanks Dave but what do you mean by enclosed utility

    I'm thinking pickup ext cab with canopy and flip up doors on either side as well as doors at the back, My idea is to have shelves accessible through the side doors with parts, the back of the cab for bins with some tools in and the books. open the rear doors to get to the weld tank nitro and freon /reclaim etc
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    Oh. You're referring to a conventional pickup with a cap.

    Gotcha. I know some electricians that swear by them.

    THIS is an enclosed utility.

    THIS is an open utility

    I think this is what you're looking at...

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    thanks dave the third one is the thing I'm thinking of
    I've got to the point where I feel I know exactly what parts and tools I need to carry to get the work done fast, correctly, and minmise trips to the suppliers without carrying excessive inventory or tools
    I'm thinking it would be a good set up
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    Monday I wil tell you things you need to know about trucks. Stay tuned.

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    I doubt I could work out of one for very long.

    I like to have as many resources as possible at my disposal.

    But, I do NOT work local, and I am often miles (of heavy traffic) from a wholesaler, and am almost NEVER close enough to the shop to run for tools...

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    i understand dave Ive seen photos of your truck you have just about everything kinda like a mini supplier shop
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    More tools than parts and materials, really.

    I've thinned it down a lot, though, since the gas prices skyrocketed. Got 'er running at damn near 12 mpg now...

    Not carrying the 125 pounders as regular stock anymore, went to the small oxy-acetylene.

    Took out the spare meter duffel (There went 400 pounds. )
    and some other duplicates. The threaders aren't in there anymore unless needed...

    If I ONLY did supermarkets, I could PROBABLY get away with one of those, though...

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    I work out of a truck and a 14' Cargo Trailer.

    Here is a pic of my old truck. The new one is exactly the same, except its a F250.




    I like working out a truck, plus it is 4WD and has a plow, so that helps with the Northern Michigan winters.

    Not quite as handy as a van, but I cant get to any jobsite with it.

    Just picked up a 4WD S-10, going to get a cap for that as well, and use it mainly for service and sales calls. Just to help with the gas mileage. Generally for installs, I am leaving the trailer at the site, so the guys can work out of it, and all they need is to drive the other S10.

    Hope that helps.

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    That pickup with a cap kinda looks like a van, so why not just get a van?
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    Originally posted by neophytes serendipity
    That pickup with a cap kinda looks like a van, so why not just get a van?
    The black one above? Looks like a van?!!!!

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    thanks cris I like your cap, two doors on each side? and raised at the rear
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