My thoughts on going from a box truck to a van

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  1. TheEyeball

    TheEyeball Friend of the Ladies

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    For 8 years I ran Vortexes. This past January I got a brand new Butler in a brand new extended Chevy van and I....

    ...LOVE IT! Sort of miss the power of the Vortex machine, but I do NOT miss driving that awful Nissan UD truck around. The newer Chevy vans are niiiiiice!

    So, I've heard some murmurings that Butlers don't have a lot of room. Couldn't disagree more. Think of them like Manhattan: they built up. Tons of shelving, racks, and hangers and I use them to carry everything I had on the Vortex. I think the myth comes from there not being a lot of apparent floor space, but floor space isn't so necessary when you have well thought out storage that's built "up".

    Here's a pic I took today of the back of my van while at the gas station. If you can't tell there's a 360i crammed in there, and a vacuum on the right side between the water tank and shelving system.
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    Pics of my old Vortex (sold it to Eric Sprague in Dec 2012. Great guy).

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    One area where the Vortex absolutely kills the Butler is transporting rugs. The Vortex had these 12' long shelves that were unstoppable. Not to worry. Now I just ask to borrow Torrey's trailer if I have big rugs to pick up /return ;)

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  2. Cleaner King

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    Wow, looks awesome Eyeball! Is there a big difference in heat between the two? And, does it really make that big of a difference?
     
  3. TheEyeball

    TheEyeball Friend of the Ladies

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    There is a difference in heat between a cranked to 11 Vortex and my Butler, but I hardly ever had the Vortex cranked to 11 so there's no practical difference. I might miss cranked to 11 heat if I still cleaned Buffalo Wild Wings kitchen tile, but I haven't done that for a while now. Butler is plenty hot for residential and most commercial. Let me put it this way. Here's a pic of my impossibly manly forearm which was recently burned by a hot fitting on my tile tool while cleaning with the Butler:

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  4. Kipp

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    Sorry, I don't know if you accidentally loaded the wrong pic or something...your post said something about a "impossibly many forearm" or something, I must be looking at the wrong pic...that pic looks like a hickey on a white Ethiopian
     
  5. Torrey W

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    I think agitation is greater than heat, but the heat no doubt helps.
    Commercial or rat nasty carpets heat seems to be the biggest benefits to emulsify the gunk.
     
  6. Kipp

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    Ross please change you sig....it just reminds of a dbag that I can't stand...bastard ruined a perfectly good saying
     
  7. Sir Cleanolot

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    Kick ass van Ross! looks great!
     
  8. Good ol' George

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    Box trucks are a waste of my for a O/O...guys who buy them are usually compensating
     
  9. TheEyeball

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    Yeah but I switched it up to make it less...urban.
     
  10. Good ol' George

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    I don't even know what the hell that means
     
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    George, you're a riot man!

    Sweet ride The Eyeball. BTW how do you guys put pictures in your comments like that?
     
  12. FullyTorqued

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    What do you guys think of sprinters or the little ford transit?
    I want out of this stupid astro minivan.
     
  13. Steam Fast

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    I'd post a pic of my van but you guys would never let me hear the end of it
     
  14. Kipp

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    Check out the Nissan van...kinda of ugly but I bet it's reliable. The ford transit would be a great little truck if you set it up right. You would have to be really organized to make that truck work.
     
  15. Torrey W

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    My thoughts were that if you didnt run any water or waste tanks the transit would work well.
    But I've heard some negative feedback on its durability.

    Anyone else have any experience with them?
     
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    I hear ya man.

    My van use to look amazing! Then long days of cc have really worn the small details out of it. She's still purdy from 50' away.
     
  17. Kipp

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    Did you finally get your dash cleaned off at least?
     
  18. TheEyeball

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    I detail my van once a week and torrey's dad gives me hell about it every time. "Oh, you won't care about that thing in a year". Still looks and smells brand new.

    My father-in-law has a Transit Connect. Just like all the other Euro-trash style work vehicles that are coming stateside, it has thin, easily dentable body panels, rust streaming down the sides and back from the door hinges, and cheap, ugly steel rims with even cheaper, uglier plastic wheel covers.

    The Nissan NV are the same way. Thin body panels, ugly cheap wheels, cheap rusting door hinges. Soon Chevy's full size van will be Euro-trash style too, and Ford is ditching the E series van for a Euro-trash model they'll call the Transit (not Transit Connect). Sprinters have been junk since they came to America too.

    In ten years I think we'll all really be missing the classic American work van.
     
  19. Torrey W

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    soon as I do it finds ways to collect more stuff. Ugh
    If I was a big time hot shot, I'd buy all brand new vans the last year they make them.

    The euro junk is gonna be depressing.
     
  20. Wild Bill OKC

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    Oh god don't get me started on Sprinters. Personally I like my trailer
     
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