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Old 01-29-2015, 01:35 PM
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Service Vans in the Trades

Does anyone own or work for a trades service business requiring fleet service trucks? My company services Commercial Kitchen Equipment and some HVAC and looking at service van options lately. I just bought one of the new Nissan NV 1500's and have yet to test it out on the road with a tech in it. We've been all Chevy in the past (2500 and 3500) and just wondering what opinions are of others that have experience with multiple brands. I'm well aware of the Dodge and Ford Transit options too. We got a really good deal on the Nissan and happy with the package it come equipped with. My next purchase needs to be a 3/4 ton and capable of pulling a trailer (approx. 4000#) from time to time.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:06 PM
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We've been using Chevy Savannah 3500 (8) and 2 Sprinter since 2006 replacing Rams.
The Sprinters are way roomier even without the extensions and really great on millage but parts are more expensive and we experienced weird electronics gremlins in the dash.
Chevy's are reliable easy fix.I also love my 6.0 liters.
But with fast overnight shipping,we carry less parts then before in the service trucks so next trucks may be smaller for service tech like me (Caravan cargo) but for the plumbers and welders they'll keep buying Chevy.

Transit cabs are really small.If your guys are big,thay won't like it at all...
NV look nice.Is it the same V8 as the Titan pick up?
If it is,should be ok to pull the trailer...?

I'm an industrial combustion service tech...
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:37 PM
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:43 PM
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Ford's revamping their little Transit to be more like the Sprinter I believe. Check 'em out.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:07 PM
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We have just purchased a Ram Promaster 1500. Only had it for about 6 weeks but the guy driving it loves it. Its the mid length with short roof, way roomier than the Ford E-150 and the Chev 2500 we have. Just as much weight in the promaster (1000-1200lbs) and it goes unnoticed. Were an electrical company so its materials and tools. The promaster has a V6, front wheel drive and more than enough power when weighted down. The interior takes a little getting used to. Previous to those 3 we had 3 Chev Astros, small but great for down town.
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The Nissan nv is also available in 2500 and 3500, yes it's the same 5.6L as the armada and titan, but can also be equipped with the 4.0 v6. The 1500 can tow 7k lbs, the 2500 & 3500 can tow 9.5k lbs. You should be good towing your 4k lb trailer with the 1500... 2016 a 5.0 v8 Cummings twin turbo diesel will be available in Nissan trucks...
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:32 AM
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thanks for all the input guys. All the manufacturers are trending towards this new style "European" type of van I'll call it for lack of a better description. Dodge=Promaster, Ford=Transit, and I heard this is the last year Chevy will have their standard Express cargos. I need to revisit the Ram Promaster - Millertime. Even though they are new in the states, they are the Fiat vans they've been using overseas for a while per the sales guy. Glad to hear
The Nissan we picked up is the 1500 with the 4.0L V6. I'm going to buy a 2500 4.0L V6 next I think. My techs are loving the look, feel, and room in the NV's. They are reasonably priced compared to the options too.
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