How many trucks does it take to fix an underground water pipe leak? You’ll need to call someone out to jackhammer through the pavement and dig his way down there. Once the hole is dug, you’ll need a pumper to drain the excess water. You’ll need a plumber to perform the repair itself. And then you’ll need a dump truck of sand to fill the hole, and someone to lay new asphalt down and tamp it.
But what if you could do all of that out of just one truck?
Our custom Underground Leak Repair Unit was designed to do just that. Built for a statewide water utility company, this unit was built to both minimize the number of operators required to perform one job, and maximize the efficiency of performing the repair itself. It’s just another way for this water company to control their costs for the benefit of their customers’ rates.
While retaining all the tool organization capabilities of our standard service beds, this unit also comes equipped with a dumping insert in the cargo area, powered by an electric, double acting hoist capable of moving 13 tons at a 50 degree angle.
To eliminate the registration costs, liability, and driving obstructions a tow-behind compressor can create, this unit has been equipped with a PTO driven compressor mounted to the vehicle’s transmission. The unit delivers an incredible 220 CFM of air, while an electronic throttle control automatically revs the truck’s engine up and down to compensate for air delivery needs. The compressor has been plumbed to quick connects at both sides of the vehicle and in the front, as well as a 25′ hose reel at the rear of the vehicle. The compressor is more than capable of running any of the operator’s jack hammers, rock drills, or asphalt tampers from any side of the truck.
And speaking of that heavy equipment, a hydraulic tool lift is installed to make loading and unloading safer for your operators’ backs.
A vented torch compartment is included to keep the operator’s cutting equipment, oxygen and acetylene bottles organized. A spring-driven reel keeps the 25′ of dual oxy/acet hose out of the operator’s way when not in use.
To power small electric tools, an Inverter is installed and wired over to both a 30′ cord reel inside one compartment, and a GFCI outlet on the rear to give the operator access to AC power from multiple locations on his truck.
The safety of your operators is your top priority, so this truck has been equipped with both a combination light bar/arrow stick, as well as specialty work lighting around the perimeter of the vehicle to illuminate even the darkest trenches. Compartment interiors come equipped with LED rope lighting to keep tools visible even at night.
To finish off the unit, all heavy traffic areas of the bed surface have been coated with spray-on bedliner. Due to constant contact with water, chlorine, and other caustic chemicals, the interiors of the compartments were sprayed as well.
For more pictures of this truck, see unit 38992 in our truck gallery.
When it’s your turn to design a truck that does more for you, give Douglass Truck Bodies a call!