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Unread 05-31-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Cargo van for comp vehicle?

So I have a little mazdaspeed 3 which is no good for towing and can't hold a full load of gear for comps so I was thinking of getting a cheap cargo van.

Any one use these? Thought it would be good to be able to lock up all my stuff in as needed and use the flat bed for a sleeping surface (with a cot or twin mattress.

I know a trailer would be preferable but trucks to haul them are expensive and hauling a trailer seems like it could be a P.I.T.A.

I am sure I will get an earful on why cargo vans suck, which is good because I need to know why I shouldn't use one.
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Unread 05-31-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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I have a Chevy Express 3500 cargo van that is my work vehicle. It has metal shelves on both sides, so there is plenty of storage. When I use it for BBQ parties or comps I need to take out the work stuff and load up the fun stuff. Only takes about ten minutes to take out the work material, so it's not too bad. That is the only downside for me. If you are going to use it just for comps etc and leave your supplies in it, you will be fine. Pulling a trailer can be a hassle, but it is not difficult and you get used to it. I use both when I do comps. Van with the smoker on a trailer.
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the only issue i am aware of is having an investment permanently attached to an engine. if the engine goes bad nothing moves, as opposed to trailer which can be hooked up to another engine, i.e., a rental, loaner, etc.

however, i think this really would apply more to vending and catering than competition.
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We used a van last year ...bummer ... you have to LIFT everythying in and out .. like the cookers ... get a trailer with a ramp right NOW and forget the van ..that's my advice.
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You guys will smack me in the head when I tell you my FIL offered me his 14'x7' enclosed trailer for nothing. Said I can have it outright, but I don't have a vehicle to tow that nor the inclination to deal with towing something that large.
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I pull a small 5x8 aluminum trailer with a Chevy Venture min-van for comps.
Pretty much works perfect for us.
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I started out at my first few competitions with a rental cargo van from enterprise and it worked out well. Enough space to fit all my BBQ equipment and a place to sleep. Of course, I have a trailer now which works so much better than the cargo van as far as a more comfortable place to sleep and a place to do prep.
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We use a regular minivan for competitions -- a Pontiac Montana. We get everything we need into it -- 4 WSMs, 2 Caravan canopies, 3 6' tables, 2 coolers, cambro, chairs, supplies, blahblahblah.

Here are a couple of upsides of using the van: We don't have to adhere to lower speed limits for trailers in some states, and we get much better gas mileage (22mpg) than when we were towing.

Also, because space is tight, you don't find the amount of redundant or irrelevant crap creeping up in your pack -- you have to take just what you need, and not one thing more.
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Ever think of buying a used Ambulance? Has a bench seat that could be used as a single bed. Plenty of storage too!
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I rent the 5x8 U-haul trailers. 2 WSM's, a kettle and plenty of room for everything else. I pull no problem with a 6cyl Toyota Highlander.
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i always wanted a used armored truck.
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You guys will smack me in the head when I tell you my FIL offered me his 14'x7' enclosed trailer for nothing. Said I can have it outright, but I don't have a vehicle to tow that nor the inclination to deal with towing something that large.

Allow me.
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You guys will smack me in the head when I tell you my FIL offered me his 14'x7' enclosed trailer for nothing. Said I can have it outright, but I don't have a vehicle to tow that nor the inclination to deal with towing something that large.
Probably weighs around 2k empty so make sure you factor in the weight of your cookers and gear when finding a vehicle to haul it. I used a 6x12 for the first two years and had it setup to do everything with the cookers outside. It was really nice having a place to do stuff out of the weather.
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i always wanted a used armored truck.
Full of course.
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I am leaning towards buying a used conversion van as a dedicated vehicle, but I will also pull a small trailer. I really want a motorhome, but that cost is out of the question for now.
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