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tab380
11-14-2007, 05:18 PM
My 2007 Sprinter is to be "The Money Machines" feature in February CLEANER magazine, a trade magazine for Plumbing & Drain Cleaning companies. Below is the story. Photos that they are using are the same ones posted in NCV3 Pictures "Plumbers post photos to compare set up".
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sikwan
11-14-2007, 05:24 PM
Congratulations TAB! :bow:


Quoted from the doc file...
CLEANER 02-08
Money Machines – Drain Doc


Extended Duty


Drain Doctor Plumbers in Central Florida gains high performance
and productivity from its fully outfitted Dodge Sprinter cargo van


By Ted J. Rulseh
After working in the drain cleaning business for 17 years, Thomas Bowden knew what he liked and didn’t like in service trucks. So when he founded Drain Doctor Plumbers Inc. in Umatilla, Fla., in 2003, he kept his eyes open for the right vehicle.
He started out with a Ford extended van, knowing that soon he would want something with a longer, wider, taller cargo space. One day he saw a FedEx delivery van that looked ideal and followed it until it stopped so that he could read the nameplate: Freightliner. He went to a nearby Freightliner dealer and placed an order.
It turned out the van was built by Mercedes-Benz in Europe and imported under the Freightliner and Dodge names. Because of a delay in shipment of the vehicle he ordered, Bowden ended up taking a Dodge Sprinter van with very similar specifications.
The vehicle served him well for four years, and in July he ordered a 2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 extended van, 18 inches longer than the previous one. Bowden likes its clean appearance, its ample carrying space, its comfortable headroom, and the overall efficiency it brings to his work.


Efficiency counts
Productivity is important to Bowden, who has a one-man operation but subcontracts some work and hopes to grow enough to hire permanent help soon. The van has a 3.0-liter V6 Mercedes-Benz turbocharged diesel engine. The side-opening door is 51 inches wide, and the back doors open 260 degrees.
The van’s configuration enabled Bowden to devise what for him is an ideal layout. Because the 9-foot-high roof would make it hard to reach roof-mounted ladders, Bowden hung a slide-in ladder rack from the ceiling inside. With its 170-inch wheelbase, the van can accommodate a 12-foot-long extension ladder. Bowden also mounted pipe hangers on the ceiling that hold pipe section up to 14 feet long.
“I lost a little headroom, but I can still stand up in the truck,” he says. “And the vehicle just looks cleaner without the exterior racks.”
The extra length of the cargo space allowed Bowden to install enough lockable box bins on the wall opposite the side door to hold all his power tools and a RIDGID SeeSnake camera and NaviTrack locator, both from Ridge Tool Co.
Lockable shelf bins hold hand tools and copper, CPVC and PEX fittings. Plastic wall bins hold the rest of the plumbing stock. All told, the truck carries some $3,000 in parts inventory, including faucets, garbage disposals, and a sump pump. “I was able to spread out my stock and tools on a longer wall, which means I don’t have it in the middle of the floor, where I would have to crawl over it,” Bowden says.
The rear of the van holds three Duracable drain and pipe cleaning machines and extra cable reels. A boom-type winch makes it easy to load and unload even the largest of the three machines.


Cost-effective travel
Bowden’s original Sprinter van got 20 miles peer gallon; the 2007 model gets 18 miles per gallon. Either way, that’s a significant savings – especially at today’s fuel prices – over the company’s first van, which got 10 to 11 miles per gallon. In fact, says Bowden, the monthly fuel savings offset the higher payments for the Sprinter vehicle.
Making things even more efficient, the van carries a laptop computer that tracks inventory and enables Bowden to prepare invoices and pay bills online using QuickBooks accounting software while in the field. At the end of the workday, Bowden copies the QuickBooks file to a flash drive and uploads it to his office computer.
The new van has made operations highly efficient for Drain Doctor Plumbers and provides a comfortable work environment. “Once you have worked out of a Sprinter,” says Bowden, “you can't go back to traditional van.”


Sidebar


MONEY MACHINES
Owner: Drain Doctor Plumbers Inc., Umatilla, Fla.
Function: Multi-purpose drain cleaning service vehicle.
Vehicle type: Dodge Sprinter 2500 extended cargo van
Primary equipment: Duracable drain machines and cable reels, boom-type winch, See Snake camera from Ridge Tool Co., $3,000 in parts stock.
Purchase price: $38,500
Web Site: www.draindoctorplumbers.com (http://www.draindoctorplumbers.com)
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“I was able to spread out my stock and tools on a longer wall, which means I don’t have it in the middle of the floor, where I would have to crawl over it.”
Thomas Bowden




Captions


Side shot of van
Drain Doctor Plumbers’ Dodge Sprinter 2500 van provides a clean appearance and an efficient workplace for owner Thomas Bowden.


Computer photo
An onboard laptop computer lets Bowden create invoices, track inventory, and pay bills while in the field.


Rear photo, doors open
Three cable machines and cable reels occupy the rear of the vehicle.


Side photo, doors open
Lockable bins and boxes secure power tools, camera, locator, and parts.




Contact


Thomas A. Bowden
Drain Doctor Plumbers Inc.
Servicing the Central Florida counties of Orange, Seminole, Osceola & Lake
P. O. Box 1791
Umatilla, Florida 32784
407-295-2988 352-669-7483

OrioN
11-14-2007, 09:50 PM
Alls I know is that there will be plenty of pissed off peeps when the go the the dealer and find the 2008's now at $42,300!!

SprinterUSA1
11-14-2007, 11:04 PM
Alls I know is that there will be plenty of pissed off peeps when the go the the dealer and find the 2008's now at $42,300!!



Would that not depend on where they buy it and the options they order??


SprinterUSA1

Sprinter
11-15-2007, 12:38 AM
Would that not depend on where they buy it and the options they order??


SprinterUSA1

Yes but it will be $42G and up. I've seen one for $44, it was nice dough, xenons, suspension seats, well - everything

Good job Doc

OrioN
11-15-2007, 02:17 PM
Base price for 170" Highroof, before adding fluff...

kkanuck
11-15-2007, 05:09 PM
Base price for 170" Highroof, before adding fluff...


cargo? or wagon?

tab380
11-15-2007, 07:36 PM
Its a Cargo. Got it at $1000.00 over invoice.
Sticker was 42000.00+