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I have an opportunity to buy a box truck from a buddy for a good price, but I have some issues. I like the idea of a huge canvas for advertising (the box) and the added security compared to an open trailer.

The box truck has a very narrow pull out ramp Does anyone make a wide drop down ramp that can handle riding mowers or do I have to fabricate one myself.

I have a couple customers that require their grass to be bagged. With a pick up I just dump the grass in the bed, where could you put it in a box truck that will not make a mess and be easy to dump.

I know super lawn trucks has these issues solved, but I just can't see spending 60,000 dollars right now.

Does anyone have any ideas?
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I'm not sure, but you might need a certain license to drive a truck like that. Maybe not.

I have thought about looking into a box truck, the ad space is amazing! The only problem would be, you have no place to put the grass, & if you were to built a ramp, it would extend out tooooo far, just to enable you to get down & up with equipment, without flipping.


It also sounds like more work to haul out your equipment, with the incline of the ramp & what not.

For ad space, my uncle has recommended as my new vehicle, he said I should get a van.

1. The van would stink
2. No place to put grass
3. If I lit a match, I would go KABOOM. It happened to someone recently!!!
4. If I had an accident, I'd have a lawn mower thrown into me.
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A little while back, one of our members added a ramp to a flat bed truck. Now I don't know for sure if this could work on your box truck, but I think it might be possible. Maybe this will give you ideas.
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Oh I just found some more pics with a box truck modification just like the way you could do it. The one member added a rear dove tail to his box truck.

Does this get your mind going?

Do you have a welder and are you handy with it? This could turn out to be a lot of fun.
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I'm pretty good with a welder, so I can fabricate just about anything. I did some more searching and found these sites which handles the ramp situation. http://www.handyramp.com/cube.html and http://www.traileroutlet.com/@Custom...Truck_Gate.htm .

I still cant figure out the grass clipping problem.
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I'm not sure, but you might need a certain license to drive a truck like that. Maybe not.
In Michigan I think I would need a chauffeurs license, which is a good thing to have anyways. I think it also required if your pulling an enclosed trailer
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Just get yourself a truck with a trailer with a side ramp like me
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I still cant figure out the grass clipping problem.
Ideally what would you need to carry the grass clippings? How much area or space?
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Ideally what would you need to carry the grass clippings? How much area or space?
I have an f-250 with boards on the bed. I usually fill that up with clippings every day I work. Also with fall clean ups coming up in a couple weeks I'm going to need a lot of room for leaves.
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Throw the grass clippings on top of the box, drive on the highway for 10 minutes. No dumping required!

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