Restroom Service Truck Does Double Duty

A versatile truck helps Area Restroom Solutions boost productivity
Restroom Service Truck Does Double Duty
Area Restroom Solutions' 2015 Ford F-550 vacuum truck features a 750-gallon waste/350-gallon freshwater steel tank, four-wheel drive, a Masport Inc. 156 cfm pump, and a 6.7-liter Ford diesel engine.

Portable restroom operator Doug Gredvig is always interested in improving productivity, which fattens the bottom line and leads to better customer service, too. That explains why last year his company, Area Restroom Solutions in Sacramento, bought a 2015 Ford F-550 vacuum truck, built out by Crescent Tank Manufacturing.

The company took delivery of the truck in February at the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show. The truck features a 750-gallon waste/350-gallon freshwater steel tank, four-wheel drive, a Masport Inc. 156 cfm pump, and a 6.7-liter Ford diesel engine.

The truck’s rectangular-shaped vacuum tank enhances productivity by doubling as a 12-foot-long flatbed on the truck. As such, the truck can transport eight single-unit restrooms. The truck’s low center of gravity prevents restrooms from toppling over.

“It’s still pretty new, but I can already see benefits,” Gredvig says. “Now we can do a full route and still carry or pick up restrooms, which is a huge efficiency. It’s like two trucks in one. And it’s also powerful enough to tow a trailer that holds 12 more restrooms.”

As an example of how the truck boosts productivity, Gredvig cites a recent job that required delivering two towable trailer-mounted restrooms to a road construction site. Normally, that would require one driver and a truck to make two separate delivery trips, or two drivers with two trucks, with each one towing a unit to the job site. Instead, employees used the truck’s hydraulic liftgate to load the two trailer units onto the Ford’s flat bed. Then a driver delivered them during his normal daily service route. That saved time, fuel, vehicle wear and tear, and labor, Gredvig explains.

“The truck will make a significant difference in our bottom line,” Gredvig adds. “We see efficiencies every day. It’s pretty remarkable to see how much time you can save on just one job. I have no doubt the truck will pay for itself in the long run.”

Read more about Gredvig and his business in a full profile. 



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