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#1 Leigh Hubner

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 08:51 PM

Hi All,

Im close to buying a new VITO van to squeeze in all my roadcases and crap! I was wondering how some of you may have decked out your cars/vans to carry all the gear. I have a photo showing how wide the VITO is. Any ideas or photos of how you have done it would be great. I had also wondered about having small ramps so I can wheel my cart up into the back without having to pull it apart. Just thinking out loud. Post your thoughts!!

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www.loosecannon.com.au

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#2 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 09:40 PM

Hi,

Here in Canada, we just received the Mercedes Sprinter, a very popular small cargo truck in Europe.It will sell under the Chrysler/Dodge banner.
Here is a link to the most beautiful truck to come here for a while.
Dodge Sprinter

This would be my dream truck...No need to fold those carts, standing up position in the truck...the ultimate steaditruck.
UPS are using those in Montreal right now and they sure get some attention.

Wow! 0% financing....45000$ CAN (about 37,000 US) and no CD player....Where do I sign?

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#3 David Campbell

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 01:29 PM

I drove several vans as an assistant and have happily sold the last one. If you work off carts as I did you may be interested in my last arrangement. I built a subfloor from the back doors 5 feet into the van, high and wide enough to slide a 5'x4' ramp under. That gave me plenty of room to roll my gemini senior and rubber made carts in built and ready (locked in with ratchet straps and pick points securely fastened to the frame of the van, also a back strap between the carts and the front of the van to double the restraint and keep the carts where they belong. Open the back doors and slide out the ramp, ready to roll. I loaded most of the gear into the center part of the van, best for ride and handling and if I had left over I would leave it on the cart and roll it into the back. Sticks and heads went in the back, between the doors and the rubber made. I also built a loading table that folded down from the driver's side wall in the center of the van but that may not apply in your case.

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#4 David Allen Grove

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 07:23 PM

Hi All,

Im close to buying a new VITO van to squeeze in all my roadcases and crap! I was wondering how some of you may have decked out your cars/vans to carry all the gear. I have a photo showing how wide the VITO is. Any ideas or photos of how you have done it would be great. I had also wondered about having small ramps so I can wheel my cart up into the back without having to pull it apart. Just thinking out loud. Post your thoughts!!

Cheers

Leigh Hubner
Australia
www.loosecannon.com.au

Hey! The steering wheel is on the wrong side! ;)

Actually I have a Ford Windstar and it looks as hollowed out as the van in your picture! I bought mine new without back seats (That was actually a good selling point) and it's easy to load my cases in the back because the floor is about knee high.
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#5 guillermo nespolo

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 08:54 PM

moust of my work its on a city so i take my equipment on a small car ...for shure in the states dont have that car .....its a ford ka (black is the model ) european model similar ...for ka sport ....
some times location here in buenos aires are a pain in butt......
i have many for shure i buy a pt cruiser
i so howard from mk-v hi use to have one ...and i love it....only problem the engine its small for me for the sice of the car....
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#6 Mitch Gross

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 11:16 PM

Check out this guy's van. I understand he's modified it even more since these pictures were taken. Either he works a LOT or he's got way too much time on his hands. But it is sweet.

http://www.tgproduct...pment/album.htm
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#7 guillermo nespolo

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 12:09 AM

italian guy what else can u spect from him its that or a dead bodie on the trunk.... :D
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#8 JobScholtze

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Posted 17 July 2004 - 02:35 AM

Nice when you hit something else. You get your complete shit in your neck. <_<
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#9 Matias Mesa

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Posted 18 July 2004 - 06:13 PM

I just bought a trailer for my rig and I can assure you that is the best thing I´could have done. I will post pictures tomorrow. It has a ramp in the back shelves, straps, even music and hooks for a hamoc. Its a small trailer but it fits everything very comfortable. I´l post pics

Best.


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#10 Benjamin Treplin

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 05:31 AM

Hi Matias,
old topic but still love to see pictures of your trailer.
Best Benjamin
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#11 Matias Mesa

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 12:39 AM

Here are some pictures, I'm far from home now but I'll get some of the interrior qhen I get back.

Best.

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#12 Guido Lux

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Posted 13 December 2005 - 11:59 AM

If I had the money I'd get this one...The most veratile trailer I've ever seen...and cool looking too!


Cheers, Guido


PS: http://www.knaus-yat.de/

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#13 TJ Williams

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Posted 28 December 2005 - 02:10 PM

Just got back fm overseas.... back to the fog n rain of the NW at last....
This is late but?

The ramp back stand up trailers are going away the best thing
Because:
1. lower floor than any van thus the ramp is less steep.
2. side tie downs, come with most of them so you can anchor the carts to the sidewalls.
3. Motorcycle size trailers or small snowmobile trailers, for more room for the hammock
4. padlock hasp comes with and you can install better locks, no window to break etc hard to break in secure!
5. leave it on site and drive home. given they have a security person.
6. tow it with your much more sporty car.... vans are boring to drive...
7. more head room except the cool ups style van above.
8. solid walls with ribs to attach shelving.
9. store the trailer in the garage no loading or unloading at the beginning and end of job.
10 I even have an outside plug in the heat the interior light the interior and charge batteries inside.

I'm on my second Wells cargo trailer.... love these things.

TJ :D :D
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#14 benedictspence

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 10:05 AM

You guys can keep your expensive looking trailers.....

Nothing says "I'm a professional" like some bad-boy racing stripes- I offer my pimped Toyota Previa as testament! Next nice hot sunny day we get in London I'm gonna put them over the roof of the entire van :)

Happy new year guys!

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#15 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 10:39 PM

Heh, shhh.... Benedict, don't look now, but your steering-wheel is on the wrong side!
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