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Old 06-22-2019, 07:50 AM   #26 (permalink)
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The standard has always been trucks because, well, they are "manly" and what construction workers "should" drive.
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:14 AM   #27 (permalink)
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It's a European van. It's not gonna take abuse well. Think of it like a Dodge Grand Caravan but with a form factor and layout optimized for doing work instead of hauling soccer teams.

Since you mentioned construction trades I would steer clear. Loading a vehicle that's designed to be a poof-ed up car to its max and then daily driving it across construction sites is a great way to wear them out super quick.

They also don't drive well with all the weight in them. I wouldn't call them "scary" but an Aerostar with no sway bars (did they even come with sway bars) is far more planted. That says something.

I would personally stick with the truck topper system. It's really nice to just be able to buy any old truck and have your work setup just fit into it. Whereas van racking is much more vehicle dependent.

The new Euro vans that are all over the market simply are not as durable when treated like trucks as the older vans that were build on what are basically truck platforms. The Transit Connect is no Aerostar or Safari and the Transit and Promaster are no E-series or Ram Van though the OEMs want you to think they are.

If I was giving trucks/vans to a bunch of dudes I'd run a fleet that's a mish-mash of stuff that's a couple years old but more than up to the task and I'd tell the drivers I don't care how they drive it as long as they don't wind up on the news.

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Old 07-26-2019, 06:35 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Well, I picked one up a few weeks ago. It's a '15 with 68K on it. So far so good, the foreman I assigned it to loves it and it's getting 26 mpg. He's driving it roughly 80-90 miles/day. I've already had two foremen say they'd like one instead of their trucks.

My office assistant still calls it the "adorable van".

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Old 07-26-2019, 06:54 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I'm fuckin late to the party, but two fleets I'm ajacent to love them. One is many many many local auto parts delivery shops, they're running a lot of Transit Connects and Focuses, replacing Mazda3s and Aveos and random other things as they standardize. I haven't seen any Transits of any flavor age out yet, so I don't know what they're like at 300,000+. It'll be interesting to compare to what the GM trash looks like at that age.

The other is at my day job, the University is running a lot of Transit Connects, replacing both electric LSVs and fullsize vans for many building mechinics. All local driving within a few miles of base but they're holding together and not hated.

It sounds like you did what I was going to suggest: get one and see if it's hated. Keep it for your use or a floater if it's hated - but it sounds like it isn't hated. Since they aren't loaded heavy all the time it sounds like a great option for them.
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Old 07-26-2019, 07:02 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I see them all over the place in Europe. A friend in Spain owns one with over 200K miles and loves it.

Obviously it's a small van, so it's not going to do well if asked to do the job of an E350.
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I think they can look cool.


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Looks like a fat Ford Focus.
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:02 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Lance got a big one last year.

Cool stuff can be done to the big ones. Saw this one last summer.

They had a pull out shelf in the rear for bikes under the bed.
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^ For that, go to https://www.vandoit.com/?gclid=Cj0KC...MaAiEYEALw_wcB

Saw one this week on display and it was PIMP $$
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