Any tradesperson will know having the right van accessories can have a massive impact on getting the job done. Fortunately, there’s now a host of trade van accessories available which offer enhanced practicality and efficiency to your working day.
But if you are new to your trade, it can be hard to know the best accessories for your van and business needs. To ensure you make the right decision, we share some of our favourite accessories and explore how they can help different business requirements.
Van shelving offers the ideal storage solution for a range of businesses, as it allows you to take advantage of the full height of your van to store equipment or parcels. You can fit van shelving to the sides of your van and down the centre aisle, which means you get plenty of space for carrying equipment or parcels.
Van shelves enable you to organise all the goods you need while ensuring everything is within easy reach. Staying organised is key to improving the efficiency of the day-to-day running of your business.
Plus not only will van shelving help you stay organised, but it also presents a more professional image when delivering to customers or arriving at a job.
You can opt for standard off-the-peg van shelving or go down the bespoke route, with shelving tailored to the dimensions of your van. The shelves are usually made from aluminium or steel and come with different load capabilities.
You must make sure the shelving is sturdy enough for the equipment you intend to carry. You also need to bear in mind the impact the weight of the shelving itself will have on the overall weight of the van and this may affect what you can carry.
Your business needs to work for you when you need it to.
A simple solution to extending your working day is by fixing interior or exterior lighting. It will help improve the productivity and safety of you and your employees by making everything more visible.
A good interior lighting system will eliminate any dark spots making it clear to see the van’s contents and prevent unnecessary accidents. While effective exterior lighting will help ensure everyone remains visible when working in low light conditions.
When investing in van lighting, make sure you consider placing the lights in a position where they illuminate as much as possible. You may also want to consider LED lighting, which uses less energy than conventional lights.
Tools can be expensive, so any loss, whether through damage or theft, can be costly and inconvenient for your business. So if you need to keep tools in your van, a toolbox is an essential addition to your van.
With a toolbox, you can keep everything in one place, so you can be confident that when you turn up to a job, you have everything you need. Plus, as many van toolboxes come with a lock, they also provide additional protection for your tools if stored in your van.
However, like with van shelving, you need to bear in mind the weight as this can reduce the amount of equipment you can carry.
You can mount van hooks on virtually any flat surface, so they are the ideal place to hang any odds and ends. Like van shelving, hooks help to improve the organisation of your van. However, as hooks are generally fairly lightweight, they don’t have a huge impact on your loading capabilities.
Depending on the type of hooks your choose, you can use them to hang items on or as tether points to strap items in. Hooks can be especially useful for plumbers or electricians who can utilise them to store reels of pipe or cable neatly.
Fitting a lining to your van provides an instant lift to the load space, making it looks neater and more professional. The ply lining also acts as a barrier that takes the scrapes and bumps of daily life so that your paintwork remains intact.
Parking can be tricky at the best of times, and in a vehicle with little rear visibility, it can be even harder to squeeze into a parking spot. Parking sensors make parking a doddle while also helping you to squeeze into tighter spaces, meaning you may be able to park closer to your job than you initially thought.
You can set some parking sensors so that you have enough room to open the rear doors and unload from the back and access everything you need. So you needn’t worry about access either when trying to find a parking space.
Many vans now come with the option of parking sensors, so if you are investing in a new van it is definitely a useful option to consider. However, if you have an older van, fear not, as you can have parking sensors fitted.
For the ultimate load versatility, roof bars are a must-have accessory for your van. The roof bars mean you can load long items along the length of your van, making them ideal for any tradesperson who needs additional flexibility.
However, you need to bear in mind the maximum weight you can carry on your roof. For safety reasons, you must always adhere to this weight restriction, which can usually be found in your van handbook. You also need to make sure you strap down the goods correctly to ensure nothing will fall off during transit.
If you will regularly use the roof for additional load space, you may also want to consider fitting a rear ladder as it will make loading and unloading easier.
Whether you are a delivery driver or a tradesperson, seat covers can be a valuable addition to your van. Regular travel in your vehicle and constantly getting in and out can cause quicker wear to the seats. Therefore, to keep your van seats in like-new condition, fitting seat covers is a good idea. Doing so will also help boost the resale value later down the line.
Just like with your car, many manufacturers make their own van parts designed for specific models. Some popular examples include Ford Transit van accessories, Peugeot Partner van accessories, Vauxhall Combo van accessories and Citroen Berlingo van accessories.
Choosing manufacturer-approved parts is a good idea as you know they have been specifically built to fit your van, so you can be sure they are up to the job.
You can get often get manufacturer-specific parts fitted in conjunction with one another to create a bespoke solution for your business requirement. Our staff are always happy to help, so if you would like any further advice about the best trade van accessories, you can get in touch with your local Stoneacre van showroom.
Hopefully, the above has given you plenty to think about when it comes to choosing the right van accessories for your business. But remember, you should always consider your specific circumstances when it comes to choosing the right accessory for your van and business requirements. What is right for one business might not work for how you use your van day-to-day.
At Stoneacre we have years of experience in the trade industry and our staff are always on hand to help you find the right van for your business. Whether you are looking to buy a new van or are searching for a used van, get in touch and let us help.
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