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Old 04-28-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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Van To Truck Advice Please!


Fella's looking for some more advice here.

I've always been wanting to get a truck. Right now I have a van, suits me perfectly but I want to start looking more pro. I'm caught in the middle though. I'm thinking to purchase a truck and keep the van for the instances where I need the van. My choices for truck are avalanche, ram 1500, or sierra denali.

I'm kind of looking for opinion and personal feedback from anyone who works out of a truck and anyone who's gone from any kidn of vehicle to a truck.

Majority of my materials gets delivered just the odd times where I need 10 and less sheets of 4x8 where I have to pick up. Needs to be a crew a cab cause of family times.

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Old 04-28-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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F-250 crew cab I vote . Those ones you want are not work trucks . I have f-250 s plus vans .

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How do you do on efficiency from the 250? gas and operation? I do about 75000-80000km a year plus I need something to transport family too so crew cab is a must. The rest of the time will be used to transport tools.
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There used for business so there correctly added in money wise . There used for plowing in winter . Anything less wont last . The super dutys are covered under factory for plowing . If they need to pick up a pallet of cement they can or roofing shingles . F-150s are not mention for these type of day in and day out .
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I don't do any plowing at all. Been thinking of getting into it but not sure if I would have the time.

Shingles, I do minimal roofing. Only do it for sheds, low level seasonal rooms, and garage. 9/10 times, it usually less then 10 bundles I pick up.

Cement, again I wouldn't be buying large quantity. Less 20 bags at most.

Large quantities of materials I get delivered.

Mostly, will be using this for my tools in the bed.
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How does a truck make you look more pro? Do you think you will get more work if you pull up in a truck over a van?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:21 PM   #7
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You should be fine with a f-150 or 1500 then . Do you have a trailer .
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This is funny, I went from a truck to a van. I drove a 2010 dodge 2500 mega cab and pulled a 7x14 trailer. I'm not sure where you drive mostly but I found that my mega cab dodge was okay in Toronto as long as I didn't have my trailer and parallel parking at most times wasn't an option. Fuel cost on the truck was about $140-$160 per week with about 650-700 km's per tank.

A general contractor I work with uses an F-150 and doesn't need anything more than that. But I couldn't tell you how much he spends on fuel.

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Drove both. Still like truck better.Separates tools from passengers. Has to be 8' bed. I'm on my fourth extended cab with 8' bed. Shorter than crew and fits kids in back seat just fine.

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I have gone from 10' box truck, to. Crew cab, to one ton extended van. For lots of tools, van wins hands down. Not so good for multiple passengers though. That's what cars are for.
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I just got a new extended cab, Chevy half ton, this is what I always have driven and it suits me, I don't like all the half ton crew cabs because they only have a five foot bed. That leaves alot of 4x8 hanging out, especially with a trailer.

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You will be fine with most half tons. Becareful with dodge. Their trucks were running coils when I was looking into trucks and that's great if you want car type handling but your capacitys are out the window. I see people put about 10 bags on cement in the bed and they are rubbing on the bump stops. Also watch the Denali as that truck has the same issue mine has which is legal payload capacity. I have had over 2000lbs in my bed and was still 2" away from bump stops but law says it only allowed 800lb. The higher spec of a model you go with the lower your capacitys. Believe it or not adding 20" rim option on my truck increased its capacity as it added beefed up leaf springs. The legal payload did not increase but the Truck squats vastly less than other models without the 20's.
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You will be fine with most half tons. Becareful with dodge. Their trucks were running coils when I was looking into trucks and that's great if you want car type handling but your capacitys are out the window. I see people put about 10 bags on cement in the bed and they are rubbing on the bump stops. Also watch the Denali as that truck has the same issue mine has which is legal payload capacity. I have had over 2000lbs in my bed and was still 2" away from bump stops but law says it only allowed 800lb. The higher spec of a model you go with the lower your capacitys. Believe it or not adding 20" rim option on my truck increased its capacity as it added beefed up leaf springs. The legal payload did not increase but the Truck squats vastly less than other models without the 20's.
I didn't realize the 20's made that much difference, my truck came with them too.
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try pulling up in Mercedes 24' Sprinter...chrome 20"s and dice, then you'll look PRO
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I didn't realize the 20's made that much difference, my truck came with them too.
I'm not sure all brands do it but ford add a extra leaf to the models with 20's. it makes a massive difference.
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Both would be best. A van is really nice when you are moving materials in bad weather. But limits on the size of what you can put in it. I just carried a triangle cabinet that was 88" tall and long and 22" wide to a clients home in my truck. It wouldn't fit in a van. You can cover the truck pretty well and protect the contents and take the cover off if you need the height.

I do both.

As to it making you look more pro, just keep the van clean and tidy. That't pro
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Funny you say you want a truck to look more pro. I always thought a van would look more pro because you basically can't use them for anything else besides work. That's one of the reasons I use a pick up truck, I need it for personal use too, don't want to drive a van everywhere.

I use a 2008 Toyota Tundra, it is almost identical to the Ford F-150. I don't think I'd want it any larger, parking is hard enough with the size it is.
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I'm a little curious as to why you think working out of an Avalanche or a Denali is more professional than a work van. I can see your need for a crew cab but a 4 door short bed truck doesn't scream "pro" to me unless your towing a big trailer.
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I've run a van and a minivan for work and personal respectively for years. The minivan has pretty much died so I just bought a crewcab pickup with an 8 foot bed. I'm a little worried about parking in the city, but it's a nightmare in anything anyway, so we'll see how it goes.
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I run a 2012 ram 1500 with airbags and I have yet to have it close to rubbing the wheel wells. Even with a 20' trailer on the ass end.

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