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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChrisZak7, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    I work out of this van my father-in-law and I built. Its a 2003 E450. Recent additions include a complete shower and bathroom one piece unit and 32" lcd tv. Yes the fireplace is real and heats the van during the winter months. I use flexi with a graphtec cutter. I have a summa at home for printing needs. I do alot of 3-4 day work trips and have a bed that goes over the cutting table for sleeping on. I do everything on site and do mostly automotive lettering and graphics. Im from Binghamton NY.
     

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  2. jscarl

    jscarl Very Active Member

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    Welcome to S101. From mid Michigan.
     
  3. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    More pics.
     

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  4. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    thats not just no ordinary box truck ... how big is that.. how do deal with the constant vibration and banging around
     
  5. Sign Up Graphics

    Sign Up Graphics Very Active Member

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    Sign Up Graphics

    Welcome from Skokie, IL, I like your work truck. :thumb:
     
  6. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    I bought the cab & chassis on ebay from Tampa Fl. I had a new 17' areocell box put on it from unicell in Buffalo NY. Its about 4 hours from here. Everything is 2 way taped or on rubber pads with screws. The cutter is mounted to brackets that have a little give to them. Never had any real failures on the road. Floor is insulated aswell as the walls and roof. The roof mount ac was also bought on ebay. I use a honda 3000is for remote location jobs where I cant plug in. I also have an inverter system that can go about 8 hours on a full charge powering the computer, cutter and the overhead lights. 14 speaker sound system pumps pretty good. Whenever I get pulled over cops usually look in the back to see what i'm hauling and the next question is usually "do you letter boats?".
     
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    You get pulled over that much?
     
  8. Austin2

    Austin2 Guest

    Welcome.

    Nice Ride!
     
  9. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    now that is inspiring.. since I already own a 14 ft box van ..needs engine but
    it was a thought to set up this way ..but afraid of equipment failure..being on road too much
    since ya really not done alot of modifacations other then whats needed
    it seems it can work and work well
     
  10. Dixonsignshop

    Dixonsignshop Member

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    Great way to roll for sure! How about a few shots of the outside? :thumb:
     
  11. steve b

    steve b Active Member

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    Very Nice!!!!!
    That's more hospitable than most sign shops.

    steveb
     
  12. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    Its really simple. Ive been mobile for 10 years now. Only real failures were the old tube monitors only lasted 1 year. LCD's last years with no problems other than they get bigger and cheaper. Ive had a 22" samsung that has been in there for 3 years.The outside is plain white with no lettering. I don't like to call attention to myself on the road. I kinda like looking like an average delivery van. Its wired like a normal building would be. I have a 3 prong male outlet on the outside of the box thats wired into a 4 panel breaker box. 1 breaker for the lights, 1 for the computer & cutter, 1 for the air conditioner and one spare. I plug into wherever I work with a regular extention cord. The inverter has a built in transfer switch so if a breaker goes it keeps everything on.
     
  13. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    Few more cars done out of the van:
     

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  14. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    The racks are custom made and longer so they dont go flying when taking exits to fast! The 32" tv is also tied into the monitor so customers can see whats going on without looking over my shoulder. The tanks for the shower are in the cabinets above the floor so I can use the shower and toilet during the cold upstate ny winters. It has an electric water heater and a heat exchanger off the motor so it makes hot water as I drive. We use it on weekend every now and then to take the kids to Hershey park and stay in the campground.
     
  15. ChrisZak7

    ChrisZak7 New Member

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    Here:
     

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  16. Baz

    Baz Very Active Member

    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    Nice setup :thumb: Welcome from Québec, Canada :Canada:
     
  17. Sticker Dude

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    Very nice cool setup ya got there
    any pics of the whole van?
    I see ALOT of avery vinyl up on the rack
     
  18. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK.

    Very nice setup!
     
  19. ProWraps™

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    +1 for doing the damn thing. very cool my man. very unique and obviously a labor of love. props to yo and your dad. love it.
     
  20. FirstPlaceVinyl

    FirstPlaceVinyl Oils and Vinyls

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    nice!
     
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