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Old 01-12-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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My wife and I have been looking at possible tow vehicles. We may keep the Titan, or we may trade it in for something else. One idea I have floated is to purchase a 3/4 ton with a utility body, i.e., rather than the normal pickup bed, these trucks have locking cabinets. In my current position, most of our fleet trucks have utility bodies and lift gates. I don't think we need a lift gate, but the utility body seems ideally suited for camping. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:19 PM   #2
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with the lift gate you won't have to worry about lifting a generator. you might also get more secure storage than in the trailer compartments and less weight in the trailer.
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I think it's a great idea. I've seen how Artstream tows with a cube van. Oh to have that kind of storage room while fulltiming. Your generator can be permanantly mounted in with exhaust vented to the outside. How many extra batteries can you install for boondocking?

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Sounds like a good secure way of making use of the normal bed space. What about packing bikes, firewood, etc?
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a utility body with a locking/slide cover over the remaining bed area would be nice indeed!
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:55 PM   #6
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Lift Gate?????? You Mean a Beer Lift??
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My wife and I have been looking at possible tow vehicles. We may keep the Titan, or we may trade it in for something else. One idea I have floated is to purchase a 3/4 ton with a utility body, i.e., rather than the normal pickup bed, these trucks have locking cabinets. In my current position, most of our fleet trucks have utility bodies and lift gates. I don't think we need a lift gate, but the utility body seems ideally suited for camping. Any thoughts?
Hi, utility bodies are quite heavy, not to mention eveything you will want to fill it with. Something to think about.
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Hi, utility bodies are quite heavy, not to mention eveything you will want to fill it with. Something to think about.
They are available in fiberglass !
Why Astoria Inc. service and utility truck bodies
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Most of our fleet trucks are one-ton rigs. They ride pretty well with the utilty body loaded. Personally, I would pass on the lift gate which would save a considerable amount of weight. Oh, and I think some of the fabrication could be aluminum.
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