Scelzi Single Rear Wheel Contractor Body

This is a Scelzi single rear wheel Contractor Body and I think it is an interesting unit. The Contractor Body is a very popular body and is stocked in numbers all around, and 95+% of them are on dual rear wheel chassis and most of those are 12' units on an 84" CA chassis. It is an extremely common unit. The 14' and the 10' mounted on dual rear wheel chassis are around in very small quantities and the 9' single rear wheel unit like this is the rarest of them.

I think the biggest reason for that is people are used to the 12' and they just keep doing that. Sometimes I'm progressive and innovative and other times, I'm kind of stuck in my ways--my old thinking, if you will. When I first saw this combination, I didn't think much of it. I've changed my mind and I see a great value in this truck. Here's why:

  • This is mounted on a 56" box delete unit and can be mounted on a regular cab, extended cab, or crew cab.
  • In the photo above, this unit has a 2,005 lb. cargo capacity which is pretty hefty for this smaller size and certainly more than the heavier service body with rack and hitch.
  • This configuration will typically be carrying lesser loads than the typical service body on the same chassis. Even though there is open space for stuff, the things put on this unit are generally not permanent and they are things like hoses, wheelbarrows, small amounts of product, etc.
  • Just think of all the places that this small unit (same wheelbase as an 8' pickup, only about 1 foot longer and a couple inches wider, and about the same height as a pickup with a rack) can go that the most typical 12' dually with a 48" longer wheelbase cannot go.
  • Maneuverability is a huge consideration on job sites.
  • This will drive just like a pickup truck.
  • The rack is bolted on and that makes it removable.
  • It has great lockable storage including the open top upper box which is a good space for small parts or take the dividers out and use it for long things.
  • This opens a market for a lot of smaller customers like handymen and so on to move from the pickup with a shell to something a bit more useful.

I've seen the single rear wheel Contractor Body from other body companies and they are good. I do think that Scelzi has done a particularly good job in their design on the single rear wheel chassis. I like the use of the composite floor and gates. This body just looks great on this truck.

So, it goes to show you that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I've become a believer--but even more than that--a promoter. I think this is a great solution and it is now part of my stocking strategy! The Single Rear Wheel Contractor Body. It's a winner!

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