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Old 07-11-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Used Trucks/utility Beds/racks?


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I've been looking at used trucks w/ utility beds, my 1/2 ton is being crushed by my gear and the job box in back is difficult to open with the lumber rack.


So the local dealer has
an 97 f350 dually, top opening box's with sliding top cap, tow package I was thinking the dually was too much truck.
an 01 dodge 2500 with low stahl box, used to have racks on it. but I kind like the idea of locking up the whole bed. I work in some bad neighborhoods sometimes.

01 dodge 2500 top opening with sliding top cap. leaning towards this rig but don't know what it takes to put racks on, cant seem to find used ones.

none have racks

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'd definitely lean towards the dually - because it's a Ford and a dually!

As far as racks are concerned, you can have them custom made to fit almost any truck.

Actually, I think there is a site sponsor/forum member that owns a welding fabrication shop and I believe he has built a rack or two for some other members.

EDIT: why are you looking at utility/service bodies? What type of work are you doing? Did you think about a truck and trailer (what I use). Or perhaps a van for service work? A box truck is in my opinion a better alternative to a utility body for general remodeling.

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Old 07-11-2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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I just looked at them again. the ford is actually a 97 f350 but their only asking $4889. the dodge I liked had 211k on it, my buddy (a service manager) says the dodge is clapped out, go for the ford.

Most of my work is out of town, that 460 could kill me.
Yeah I do general remodeling and have to carry a lot of stuff. Foundation to finish... I usually leave concrete finishing, tile, drywall and plumbing stuff etc behind unless I know I need it that day.

I would love to leave my job box on site but some of these neighborhoods are real bad.

Trailer, I like the idea but have no where to keep it. I'm going to have to sell my jeep to get this, so it will be my primary vehicle. Which is ok, we use the wife's Commander for most excursions but I would still need to pick up the kids at school now and again etc.

Van is very practical but I would hate to have that as "my car" same goes for the box van as great as that would be. They have a box van I looked at for $2800, theres no way my wife would let me park that in front of the house.
So yeah the truck is a compromise. I would actually prefer a 3/4 ton fleetside with bed box's but wouldnt work for me.
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In my opinion, you will regret not getting the box truck or trailer.

I've worked out of vans, trucks, service bodies, box trucks and a truck and trailer.

The truck and trailer is the best set-up I have. If I didn't need to carry so much equipment and at times material, I would have stuck with a box truck.

Box truck is usually less expensive than a service body, ability to customize interior however you want and it is great for advertising.
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I will second the truck and trailer if you are RENO guy. We also added a van to our company for service/warrenty work.

I am not so concerned about miles as most because if it has been taken care of it really doesn't matter. You could have a 2 year old truck with 30k miles and be beat to piss that won't last. You could also have a 8 year old truck with 200k on it that has been well taken care of and last a lot longer.

Personally I would get the ford. We have had ford with over 300k on them and you couldn't tell it was more than a year old.
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Personally I would get the ford. We have had ford with over 300k on them and you couldn't tell it was more than a year old.
I had an 88 F-250 that I sold with 310k on it, got $1,500 for it.
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A negative on the box truck is inability to haul long materials. You guys got me thinking... I will check craigslist for trailers. a 3/4 ton fleetside w/ boxs, rack and trailer would be ideal.
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A negative on the box truck is inability to haul long materials. You guys got me thinking... I will check craigslist for trailers. a 3/4 ton fleetside w/ boxs, rack and trailer would be ideal.
How so?

I used to have a 12' box, open the cab hatch and you could easily fit 16'. Also, just get a roof rack.
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I would look here, there are some decent deals on work trucks and they have a decent search for specific brands and states. http://www.truckpaper.com/
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cooke- when you say box I'm thinking of the delivery truck I looked at. there is no pass thru and the top is at least 12' high. I ran into some guys in the HD parking lot they were pimpin an old uhaul truck...BRILLIANT!

oops Ill check it out woodchuck
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I urgently want to buy large trucks and containers. I have searched do many and found some but they are very expensive and i can't afford these expensive trucks. Do any one have cheap deal for trucks and containers then kindly reply me

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