Eliminate the need for seasonal trucks.
Reduce licensing fees by reducing fleet size.
Reduce workman comp claims by allowing beds/bodies/containers to be loaded at ground level.
Loads payloads with less tip than any hook-lift system.
Quick change functions in under 1 minute (dump body, open-top container, flatbed, water tank, etc...).
Easy in-cab operation, with two switchs.
There are also many benefits to having this type of system on a larger scale trucks.
Automation of hook-up and release.
Allowance of shorter wheel base and shorter frame rails.
I came up with an idea, that if I promote the "other" types of systems that are already out there on the market, it would only stimulate the whole industry.
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I'll try to answer a couple of the questions people have often asked: "What about the truck?" and "What's it do?"
After using the truck for over 14 years I've learned many of the benefits it has to offer and I can honestly say that my truck has more advantages then I could ever mention. For this introduction, I'll focus on a small number of the wonderful blessings it's provided me with over the years.
First off, is the fact that I've always liked the idea of working outof a cube van, but driving a large box around every day proved to be quite cumbersome. My truck has the ability to move such a job shack around to wherever I want it, when ever I want it. It can also sit the job shack on the ground lower than any truck or trailer.
Like the sheet metal worker who unloaded his tools at the job site so I could watch them while he went to the hardware store. If he would've been driving a truck like mine he would've pushed a couple buttons and in less than a minute later all his tools would have been left behind.
Another thing is that most full sized trucks with ladder racks can't even fit inside a garage with a seven foot garage door height. Several times I've fit two loaded beds (trays), with ladder racks, end to end in a single car garage. In that same garage, I've actually fit three beds inside at one time by simply stacking one pair. I could have fit four beds by stacking two pair, but I'm a little lazy when it comes to doing something, just to be able to say I did it.
When the bed is on the ground, the floor height is lower than any pick-up bed you've ever seen. I can load a four hundred pound airless spray outfit with the use of short ramps even in the rain. (At home I liked a narrowed sheet of floor decking.)
I've had three different beds setup for three different jobs and worked two jobs per day. Just try loading your motorized horse and buggy in the morning then after working eight hours of working a residential job -- go home and unload your buggy - then load it with a bunch of heavy duty equipment for an industrial job and don't forget anything. Then after four or five hours of industrial work, go back home and unload it so you can load it up again the next morning. I'd feel sorry for you even if you try. However, I've done it a few times and it took about the same amount of time to open the two garage doors as it did changing the two beds.
I've always thought it would be nice to have one of those multiple door utility boxes for the back of trucks. That was, until I worked out of one on someone else's motorized tin can. I felt that the shelves weren't deep enough for larger tools and I got tired of walking around the truck locking and unlocking so many damn doors. It's bullshit having to run around the truck all day to get things done. I'd much rather work out of a customized flat bed outfit like mine with tools hooked up and arranged as if it's a large workbench. I can step over and walk through the whole set-up. Also, I don't need as much room at the jobsite when the truck is parked out on the street. Being on the ground, with no cab on it, I am able to access the things placed at the headache rack by just reaching over it.
Also: depending on which tray I had on the truck, the mileage varied from about 15 to over 23 miles per US gallon with 165 hp 5.9 liter Cummins diesel.
I never understood why anyone would want to have to park one of those crew cab trucks that have a wheel base as long as mine. With my truck, I back in parking spots because I can see over my system, (or around my narrower beds,) better than anyone else can see around their short tin can. If I do have a larger bed on my truck, I can lift up the bed and look underneath it, enabling me to see exactly where a want to plant the rear wheels of the payload bed.
Your truck depreciated 24% the first week you owned it. Mine paid for its self in two years. It's safe to say that my truck has done more for me than yours will ever do for you.
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