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  1. #1
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    Default Welding rig question

    I currently am working with a trailer that I have most of my equipment on.
    Everytime I go to a job, I have to hook up the trailer.
    I am considering a dedicated truck, thinking of a van. I have a gas drive, mig, plasma and torches, along with everything else.
    My son thinks we need a utility truck, i think a van would be more pratical, other than needing to get in to start/adjust the machines.
    Most of our work is trash trucks/dumpsters and general maintenance. WE do not do construction or that type of work.
    What are the benifits or challenges of my thoughts?

  2. #2
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    A van is easier to lock down and rain tight, I like a truck to work from better although a van could be rigged. I went from truck to trailer and back to trucks but am back to the point I could use a trailer again as that work dropped off. If I was regular it would be truck, the hook, unhook gets old fast.

  3. #3
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    Exclamation

    Running a gasoline engine inside a van (or a box van body) can be dangerous.

    Exhaust gases build up deadly levels of CO in a matter of minutes. To say nothing that these same gases would be sucked into the intake of the engine, causing even poorer performance.

    Listed under the products tab, "engine drives," Miller has a tutorial regarding the proper mounting proceedures for their engine driven welders.
    "Bonne journe'e mes amis"

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    Default Well u exit the exhaust into the vans muffler....

    Quote Originally Posted by davedarragh View Post
    Running a gasoline engine inside a van (or a box van body) can be dangerous.

    Exhaust gases build up deadly levels of CO in a matter of minutes. To say nothing that these same gases would be sucked into the intake of the engine, causing even poorer performance.

    Listed under the products tab, "engine drives," Miller has a tutorial regarding the proper mounting proceedures for their engine driven welders.
    When put inside a van or enclosed compartment, all which is needed is a section of flexable pipe to route to the muffler system of the truck, or outside the van, through the floor. If it were me, if I did not need a crane I work out of a trailer, less insurance, more practical, simple. However I think a van, more over a cube van could have a lot of advantages, such as enclosed work space, less input cost, and easier to secure.
    Kevin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryagn5 View Post
    When put inside a van or enclosed compartment, all which is needed is a section of flexable pipe to route to the muffler system of the truck, or outside the van, through the floor. If it were me, if I did not need a crane I work out of a trailer, less insurance, more practical, simple. However I think a van, more over a cube van could have a lot of advantages, such as enclosed work space, less input cost, and easier to secure.
    Kevin
    One would think, that one would consider this, but, one never knows
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  6. #6
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    Default I do agree....

    Some would route it into the cab!
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