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Trucks & Options: Considerations Before You Buy

Equipment purchases, from pumper trucks to vacuum units, are expensive decisions. However, PROs turn this expense into a money-maker by researching the various pumper trucks and talking to industry experts. A customized fleet delivers value to customers and supports your business goals. Get a high return on your investment by considering all of your choices before making a decision.

Current vs. Future Business Objectives

Base your purchase off of your current needs but consider future purposes as well. A slide-in unit may adequately handle local clients, whereas a flatbed truck reduces delivery times for larger events. Consider who your ideal clients are, then estimate your sales volume. How does your new equipment fit into expected growth?

Review your budget and figure out the most cost-effective way to achieve your objectives. For example, if you already own a truck, consider a slide-in tank for increased flexibility. However, if the cost of maintaining your current vehicle is rising, it may make more sense to go with a newer model.

Options for Trucks, Tanks, and Add-ons

Once you have an idea of your budget, goals, and customer base, you can determine the capacity, features, and materials your new truck or equipment requires. Ask yourself:

  • Which features does your truck need? Factor in extras, like tool boxes or work stations, into your budget. Plus, think about your options for a custom-built truck, like deciding between an electric or spring rewind hose reel.
  • How much capacity do you want?  Tank sizes and water-to-waste ratios can be customized to fit your business needs. Choose a size that fits your current budget while satisfying long-term goals.
  • What tank material suits your budget? There are pros and cons of different tank materials. An aluminum tank is the cheapest, yet hardest to repair. Whereas a stainless tank might outlast your other equipment, but comes at a steep cost.

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Manufacturer Considerations

Lastly, it’s important to consider your manufacturer options and how their warranty and after-sales customer support affects you. The bottom line is that equipment needs parts and repairs over time, so it’s important to factor this into your truck purchase. 

Manufacturer and warranty considerations. Are you familiar with a specific brand or own other equipment through this company? How do the warranties vary between manufacturers?

Customer service and support options. Do you have relationships with vendors who sell parts for your truck and vacuum pump? Is there a manufacturer or distributor near you?

Service knowledge. Have you worked on a specific brand, or do you have access to a local dealer if problems arise? Sticking with similar models saves time.

One of the best ways to choose your trucks and options is to talk to others in your industry. Reach out to PROs and inquire about their experience. Ask questions about maintenance, customer support, and service issues. By listening to experts in your industry, then applying that knowledge to your portable restroom business, you may avoid some frustrations that PROs face.

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