It’s official: The cargo van is fast becoming the vehicle of choice across several industries, ahead of the pickup truck.
Whether you’re changing the direction of your fleet or getting your first cargo van, you’ll need to start organizing. You need a different approach to organize a work van than you do for organizing a truck.
The importance of organizing your work van allows you to increase the efficiency of your work, keep track of tools, and ensure every worker has what they need for every job. This doesn’t just please workers and customers but also increases profits.
On top of that, customers want to see your vans looking pristine. Your van is always representing your company, whether in a driveway or parked on a city street. Having people pass your vans and see tools, trash, and paperwork everywhere is bad for business.
Here are 5 things you need for a well-organized van.
1. Interior Shelves
Your line of work will determine the kinds of shelving you need. Lots of services offer pre-designed packages. If you do a variety of custom jobs with material big and small, get something with adjustable shelves.
For HVAC or Electrical companies, you’ll need space to account for tools and material. Think about whether wood or metal would be ideal for your space. Depending on the climate and types of material, you might find a mixture of the two works best.
Depending on the size of your van, you’ll need something that takes into account your van’s layout. Full door cabinets can have shelving installed inside or you can do away with shelving for maximum capacity.
For businesses that use things like CO2 tanks and big HVAC equipment, you can get cabinets specifically designed to secure your equipment.
3. Drawers For Tools
Saws, drill bits, and custom chiseling tools can take up a lot of room when they’re properly stored. If you want to be sure your tools stay in great condition while traveling, a series of drawers can be the most economical solution.
Tools that are well cared for stay sharp, safer, and more efficient.
Think about whether you want to have custom drawers built or if you just need one receptacle to carry your hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tools.
4. A Roof Rack
Building materials, ladders, and cargo might require you carry things on the exterior of your van. The right roof rack will ensure you can get all the PVC or construction material to your work site.
If you’re self-installing, be sure you run a couple of tests around the block before you get on the highway and end up losing quality materials in the middle of the road.
Add a partition between the driver and back of the van. This will add to the safety of your van by keeping material and sharp tools from flying to the front of the van.
In case of an accident or sudden stopping at a traffic light, the last thing you want is hammer flying at your windshield from the inside. Your decision to organize a work van can be an important safety measure.
Also, if you’ve decided on the perfect van interior, the last thing you want is unnecessary damage.
It will also buffer against noise and help with organizing. Putting a small file mount will be a great place to keep your invoices and keys out of the fray of tools and personal belongings.
It’s Easy To Organize a Work Van
When you’re deciding how to organize the interior of your van, think about how you would organize a small shop or shed of those dimensions. The only difference is that you need to make sure your tools and work items can stay secure in the case of bump or a fender bender.
If you’re scratching your head trying to come up with storage solutions for your cargo van, feel free to contact us with any questions.