‘A tidy desk’, as the saying goes, ‘Is a tidy mind’. Or in our world that should be, ‘A tidy van is a tidy mind’. If a van or a fleet of vans is a vital part of your operations, maintaining an uncluttered cabin and getting the most from your load space is inevitably going to be important.
Organising your tools in a van doesn’t just mean stacking them up in an empty cargo bay. To make life much easier (and you’re tools more secure) when you’re out and about it pays to use van shelving or racking. Not only will it maximise the space available, it may also mean you can invest in a smaller van, resulting in lower running costs and a healthier bottom line.
So, what’s the best method of organising your tools in a van using racking? We’ve put together some top tips so you can make the most of your van space and avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Before you start drilling holes in your pristine van, sketch or list out on paper what your van will be carrying on a day to day basis. Thinking in advance about what needs to be stored, and coming up with a few work van organisation ideas, will save hassle – or a missed opportunity – later on.
The cheapest racking solution for van shelving tends to be wood. Inexpensive and easy to fit, it can be in place and ready to go within a day. On the downside, it’s heavy and can affect your payload, so it’s also worth considering galvanised steel, which is more durable and available in easy-to-fit solutions.
Opting for a modular solution will allow you much greater flexibility. It enables you to transfer your racking to other vehicles in your fleet or remove modules when you have a large piece of equipment to transport. A modular racking system is likely to last the duration of two vehicles, and prevents the need to do it all again should you update your van.
It’s vital that the solution you use has been proven to be road-safe and won’t endanger your driver or crew. Most employee liability insurance policies insist that racking systems have been crash tested. Luckily, many modular systems in aluminium, steel or plywood are safety compliant.
If you imagine your van to be a mobile office as well as a means of transporting tools and equipment, it will impact the way you organise your racking. The advanced options out there are worth considering when it comes to planning your van racking, so research the possibilities before beginning.
At Vanwise Group, we have a range of used vans available at competitive prices. With a selection of finance packages too, you’re sure to find the right vehicle to suit your company’s budget. Visit us at Harlow, Maidstone and Dunstable to view our vehicles and find out more.