In search of a gutter van

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Jimroot, Dec 26, 2014.

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    #2 Smurf, Dec 27, 2014
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    Hi Jimroot, whatever van you are looking at you need to consider the max payload and load capacity (space in the back) to be able to carry all the bits you need for exterior cleaning. I do miss my little berlingo but to be honest I soon out grown it and I was for ever having to partially unload it to get to the bits I needed so really done my head in. I could not carry a passenger even if I wanted to as the guttervac poles & trad/wfp's protruded into the passenger cabin space.

    On the roof bars I carried:
    Conservatory ladder - main 2 ladder sections on rack - other bits in footwell of passenger side.
    12 rung triple combi ladder with ankalad fitted - microlite standoff inside van.
    2 section combi ladder.

    Back of van I carried:
    250 litre pure water upright tank
    Pure freedom trolley
    Portable gas water heater
    Gas bottle
    100m wfp minibore hose reel
    wfp's
    Assortment of brushes
    Harris poles
    Assortment of gutter & trad tools
    50m standard garden hose reel
    Petrol pressure washer
    Pressure washer hoses
    2 x Petrol tanks
    Flat surface cleaner
    Telescopic lance
    Standard lance
    Wide broom - used for sanding block paving joints
    Dustpan & brush
    Guttervac
    when using 110 guttervac - 110 volt extension cables & 110 volt step down transformer
    guttervac poles & nozzles
    15m vac hose
    240 volts extension reel
    Assortment of cleaning chems, microfiber cloths, hand sprayer & pump up sprayer.
    Loading ramps - scaffold board cut down to size to make 2 loading ramps for either the guttervac & pressure washer.

    I've probably missed things off the list but you get the idea once you get into offering exterior property cleaning services how quickly you can fill a small van up with kit required that becomes a nightmare to get too.

    I took me a few weeks after my berlingo died to find another chepo van but I'm so glad I took my time as the renault master ex gas van I have now is big enough and also has a decent max payload of 1.5 ton so hopefully should do me for a while.

    Maybe a despatch size van would be a good start for you instead of the others you posted as I'm sure if you don't rush into buying the first thing you see you may be able to get a decent one within your budget.
     
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    Wow, thanks for an in depth post smurf, very useful!

    I was worried about insurance costs as for the last 8 years from being married I went on my wife's policys to save dosh, so I've no no claims.

    I was hoping for a quirky van, even been looking at vw caddy pick ups, but I can see I'm being naive and need to get realistic!

    My current thinking for an inventory was:

    Survey pole with wifi camera linked to iPad mini in tough case (will post camera link later)
    Aqua fed 3000w gutter vac with carbon poles
    Smurf ladders, ankalad, standoff, rubber leveller
    Pro gutter tools and another pole
    Wfp back pack and brush for fascia and sofits (no pure needed?)
    Traditional window clean kit for clean up and finish
    Hose, brushes, other tools, ramps etc.

    Basically, just offer gutter and clean up for now.

    Does this sound viable in a small van smurf? Could upgrade van in a year or two with no claims and cash to fund it
     
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    Oh, was thinking get a cheap suitcase generator too at 2000w to use two motors on the vac when customer doesn't want to be in or doesn't want mains used for vac...
     
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    I don't think you can get a small suitcase generator that will power 2 x 1000 watt motors running constantly. You need to look at a higher max constant output or it will keep cutting out if you get one too small.
     
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    another gutter van idea:
    http://tinyurl.com/lw2ohdp
    ;-)

    So this wouldn't work Smurf? Even for one 1kw motor in desperate times...? I know you do it for a living, but I just can't see all customers allowing the use of their power? (even though we would budget in the cost of the generator)
    http://tinyurl.com/pq9jlu4

    My gutter cam idea (£80). Unless its vital, I don't think I can budget for the goPro at £200
    http://tinyurl.com/on58tkp

    (first time I've tried using tiny URL so hope it works)
     
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    #8 boarcity, Dec 28, 2014
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    those old dispaches are good . old vans are good thinkin about it .

    a mate of mine upgraded to a brand new partner on lease , guess what,its been back n forth to the main dealer who cant find whats wrong. i bleve hes forking out 260 a month to lease it and each day its back at the dealers is a day lost isnt it .
    iv an old van myself , partner 2003 , id been ready to pull the trigger on buying a spanking new crewvan partner,a real treat 6 seater - till my mates experience unsettled me
     
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    Hey Boarcity,
    My favourite car ever, after maybe 10 of them, was a Toyota that was about £200 and 20 years old when I bought it. Smooth as anything and went for 12000 miles with no issues, needed work then so scrapped it but was a mistake. Way better than the 3 year old Toyota I bought a few years later, and way better than the other lot I've wasted money on.

    I think I've found the van for me, I'm not going to post it as someone may snatch it off me (I've read posts where people out do each other on ebay :-()

    It's a 2003 Citroen Dispatch, with roof bars and tube.

    Anyone feedback on that camera I posted before I buy, or should I post it in the gutter cam post? I'm new to the world of Wifi. Infact, I'm new to the world of exterior cleaning too :-(

    cheers
     
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    the dispach should serve u well. theyre big inside too.

    iv no knowledge of wi-fi cameras, think id just attach a camera with cable ties ,set to record a vid. for sure in my van id always have a really good before and after vid , "the faker " to use to show off with ,if i fluffed the real filming on the day
     
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