Van for sale? | TruckMount Forums #1 Carpet Cleaning Forums

Van for sale?

Cowboyjones

Active Member
Nov 28, 2013
192
42
28
32
Real Name
Alan jones
Hello-

I am looking to sell one of my vans and having a hard time deciding between which van to sell, and which van to buy.

For the sale side, I have a 370ss (maybe 5 years old) in a 2017 GMC 3500. Runs awesome and is set up perfect with water tank, live solution, electric vac, etc. Van is ready to rock and roll for someone, machine has maybe 2000 hours on it. Thinking about selling this for the $30,000 range?

Or I have one of 2 butlers on 3500 for sale, both identical other than hours, one is 2008 and one is 2013. Upgrades in heat exchangers and blowers, all the shelving options, etc. Hoping to get still high 20,000 for either one?

Now on replacement- I love a direct drive but am nervous about where Chevys are going to be in 5 years, and I need to replace all my vans coming up and want them all to be the same moving forward. Not a Hydromaster fan, so its between a new Butler or a 1200 se. or Summit, whatever its called. But now I am also considering a Apex 570 but also nervous about the footprint, and the heat they generate in the van. All the research I have done shows they clean just as good, but somewhat nervous about this whole situation. Anyone have any advice on anything? I just want to make the right decision so I don't waste a whole bunch of money I don't have to.

One side benefit, I could also take the 370 out of this new van if needed and install a new machine (1200 or 570) in its stead, but Butler will only install in a new van.

For those curious, a price tag on a new butler and van extended with 3/4 of all their options is about $71000, before you get the van delivered or go pick it up.
 

mrotto

Well-Known Member
Sep 1, 2009
2,382
1,551
113
Wisconsin
Real Name
Paul Ottensmann
Business Location
United States
I just want to make the right decision so I don't waste a whole bunch of money I don't have to.
having 3 TMs means you have been in the game for awhile. Nobody wants to waste money but your talking about your main tool of business.

What if your customers asked this about choosing a carpet cleaner?
 

Cowboyjones

Active Member
Nov 28, 2013
192
42
28
32
Real Name
Alan jones
I guess I’d encourage my customers to do research and not waste money. I’m positive my service is 2nd to non, therefore they aren’t wasting money on me.
So here I am, exploring some options to make sure I make the right move. Both have pros, both have cons. Hence the reason for getting on a forum, to ask other professional’s opinions.

furthermore it is interesting that anytime I get on to ask questions, look for advice or offer free advice, people never Have an opinion regarding the post, but can always offer some snide comment. Even further more, because I don’t buy tmf products, I must be banned from being in the “good old boys club”? Which is fine with me, because while you guys are all talking about trump and Biden on a carpet cleaning forum, I’m hustling keeping 4 vans running full time. And taking names doing it.
 

Kxp

Active Member
Nov 28, 2017
191
72
28
54
Real Name
Kenneth Pena
There is no good old boys club here and not everybody uses the products wrong forum dude.
 

mrotto

Well-Known Member
Sep 1, 2009
2,382
1,551
113
Wisconsin
Real Name
Paul Ottensmann
Business Location
United States
my post was to make you think, not a snide comment.

maybe I should have just said, if you want nice equipment, just pony up and pay for it. It makes money for you, doesnt cost money.

not sure why you dont like hydramaster. I was a Prochem guy for 30 plus years but Prochem no longer exists so I had to switch. I love my Titan 575
 

mrotto

Well-Known Member
Sep 1, 2009
2,382
1,551
113
Wisconsin
Real Name
Paul Ottensmann
Business Location
United States
I guess one of the reasons I made the initial post is because time and again I hear cleaners bit*h about customers complaining about price and yet, they are the same people that pinch pennies on equipment.
 
  • Wow
Reactions: Odin