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    Question Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Any reason why no one uses a trailer with their van or pick up for expediting? Seems to me the option of having a trailer would be better than having just a van? I know it would allow larger items to be transported. I haven't ask Fed Ex CC....maybe they have "rules" against this option?

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Quote Originally Posted by timberland View Post
    Any reason why no one uses a trailer with their van or pick up for expediting? Seems to me the option of having a trailer would be better than having just a van? I know it would allow larger items to be transported. I haven't ask Fed Ex CC....maybe they have "rules" against this option?
    There are pickup trucks with goose neck trailers... but about your question, adding a trailer to the van it means going over 10000 lbs, and that means getting under the DOT regulations with all that ugly stuff: scales, log books, limited driving time. Personally I switched from big rigs to cargo van just to stay away from that cr... stuff...
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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Didn't think that way....makes sense. Thanks.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Quote Originally Posted by timberland View Post
    Didn't think that way....makes sense. Thanks.
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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    None of the company's I have talked to will even think about a pickup.They say it doesn't look professional.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    It MIGHT not look as professional but in the right weather my 4 wheel drive would go where many other trucks could not.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    There is a panther van that pulls a small trailer behind it. I saw it the other day coming home and have seen it several times in the past five months.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    I've seen both Greyhound buses and UPS city type Utilimaster vans pulling trailers up here.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Quote Originally Posted by JAYSON View Post
    None of the company's I have talked to will even think about a pickup.They say it doesn't look professional.
    After seeing a lot of the junk vans these 5 star carriers have leased on saying that a pickup truck does not look professional is laughable.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Recently I saw a UPS neighborhood delivery type van pulling a small flatbed trailer with one of the curved wall containers they put on airplanes. It was full of a jumble of boxes.
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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Well, keep your eyes open for an Express-1 GM 1 ton Pickup with tall topper mounted on the bed. They're team!
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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    I thoughtit would be kinda cool to empt the van out completly, use that for hauling the freight, while pulling a 12' travel trailer behind it for sleeping/waiting for a laod, but dont think the tralier would hold up to the miles we put on it.And then the thought of un-hooking and hooking up everytime to get loaded/unloaded...lol..


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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Quote Originally Posted by guido4475 View Post
    I thoughtit would be kinda cool to empt the van out completly, use that for hauling the freight, while pulling a 12' travel trailer behind it for sleeping/waiting for a laod, but dont think the tralier would hold up to the miles we put on it.And then the thought of un-hooking and hooking up everytime to get loaded/unloaded...lol..

    I wondered about that myself. Bet it would be a pain when you had to hook/unhook all the time, but the comfort of having a 12' "sleeper" sounds kinda cozy no?

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    Yup...alot more comfy than any van sleeper out there.


    "This business is anything but predictable.A good move one week is a terrible move the next week.The crystal ball is a pretty foggy thing in this business"-Mr.John Elliott.

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    Re: Why not use a trailer with a van or pick up?

    The idea of using a cargo van as the power unit for a combination vehicle seems a little unusual. Maybe if one had a manual transmission and a heavy duty upgrade. Prolonged use of the stock automatic transmission as an integral part of the drivetrain which is pulling a small trailer strikes me as problematic. Could a GM or Ford van hold up to such use at 100,000 miles per year? Maybe someone has done this. Seems unlikely. Occasional towing is more likely the manufacturer's intent.

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