Mark, yes the astro Van would be great, you can usually find some cargo ones painted white with ladder racks already installed. In the GTA i remember when i was looking for a van, i came across a dealer that had only those, if i happen to see that site again ill let you know. I have a 2001 Montana, the only reason i went for a family min van with seats is because i wanted a dual purpose van for hauling the family as well on long trips.
My ideal van would have been a Astro Van Cargo with pro ladder racks.
One thing to keep in mind with a minivan is that they are not built like a work van. Depending on the load you will make it bear, you may have problems. The gas may be more with a 1 ton/V8, but it will stand up to a beating.
If you have some time and don’t mind waiting for potentially a month or two you could custom order one. Got to the dealer and tell them exactly what you want or in your case, what you don’t want. It may be a little bit cheaper. Plus you get to pick the colors, if you want carpet, seats… etc etc. Just a thought, plus being the original owner of the vehicle is always nice.
My father in law had a contracting business and worked out of an astro van with seats and all. 4 wheel drive and drove that thing into the ground. I think it had a bizillion miles on it when he sold it:D
Sounds good. Do you know what the payload is on an Astro? Just in case you may ever go to a static WFP operation, the weight of those tanks can get pretty heavy.
Incidentally, I just purchased a white 95 Chevy G30 (V8, 1 ton) with 37,000 miles for $4500. It was a military van (southern state) so it’s in great condition. You can find some very good deals if you look.
Willing to drive a little ways to get your new van?
I have a Honda Odyssey. I just do commercial storefront, so I rarely do ladder work, so I don’t have ladders on it. I generally just use it to put my buckets, poles. And I bought it because it has a lot of space, and it had very good ratings, and it’s a Honda! I wanted something with a fair amount of carg room if I expanded my business.
I’ve heard the Honda’s are pretty good and wouldn’t rule it out. A little more pricey than I want but better track record I think. What’s the amount of storage space length-wise measuring from the back door to the front seats?
Thanks to the other posters of this thread as well. Gives me a few things to think about. I’ll probably be buying end of July.
my father who does ONLY res wc’ing, bought a 96 odyssey, and then again a 98 odyssey and loves them…lots of interior room but not as boat looking at the larger body ones that came later…the doors open like car doors, the rear seats fold flush with the floor panels, the roof isnt as high as the later models so its easier to lift ladders off it…lots of advantages, specially the price if you can get one thats been lightly used.
I use a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan and I LOVE IT. It does great for my mostly residential biz. I put a Yakima rack on the top to carry my ladders. I carry a 28’ on down. It great ok gas mileage, and it’s comfy to drive. It’s not a Honda, but the price is much more affordable. The only thing that I would prefer an Astro Van for is the swing to the side rear doors. I don’t like lifting my rear hatch up. But, that’s easy to get over. Dodges are for sale EVERYWHERE so you should be able to get a pretty good price on one.
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