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    Question Service van setup

    I dont know about all of you. But i have a hard time keeping my truck a chevy express van organized. i get it set up just "perfectly"...or so i think and find that it just is not working out the way that i thought it would. so i just wanted to see and get some feedback from everyone. does anyone out there have pics that they are willing to post of the way they have set up there trucks?

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    I have bought some large plastic totes from Wallys World or HD. Bought some smaller ones too. Label everything.

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    talk to your local chevy dealership about the parts totes. many times they have stacks of them they cant get rid of because GM doesnt take them back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC_Marc View Post
    talk to your local chevy dealership about the parts totes. many times they have stacks of them they cant get rid of because GM doesnt take them back.
    i like that idea.....

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    I will throw a photo of my express up at some point. I have a 2500 express myself, and I bought it from the dealership with metal shelving on the drivers side from front to back, pullout drawers on bottom, and I like the setup. Took some time to find places to bury things...But paying attention to detail and returning things to where they belong, I rarely lose something. In fact, at a glance I can usually see if I forgot something. What sucks is I have to drive the gf and kid around in it so I am forever wedging my totes and milk crates towards the back so she can have her chair up front...I would PREFER to have an aisle, but she needs her chair. On an install, I am stuck for space anyway so depending on the tonnage I throw everything into the front by the side door and take the handler first, walking it in (tall units won't stand) and sort of 45 them almost to my seat...Then the big condensing unit on the back, which really cramps my style. But I don't do many 5 ton units...I will try to get a photo out there.
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    I save coffee cans for small oddball parts and tools that don't fit elsewhere!

    I like whatever setup keeps stuff off the floor, I'm not happy unless I can see the floor!
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    Everything has a place ,,, everything in its place......

    My shelves & boxes are labelled (I have been progressing very slowly with the long process) so I don't have to waste brain space remembering where stuff is & what quantity of the said stuff I have.... Also if I have another tech on board my labels should tell them where it is instead of me drawing a map.

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Size:  127.2 KB. Here are some pics of my van set up


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    I also hang 300' of hose on the back where the 3 clear hoses are.

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    I keep my hose on the top of the van


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    Idahoreferman, that's probably one of the most organized heavy stocked trucks I've seen.
    The van I just got with my new company has no drawers, just open shelves, so I'm having to rethink how I want to set it up.
    I really want to get a large toolbox to put in it. I've always worked out of smaller portable boxes I can carry into the job with me, but that makes for a lot of clutter.

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    It is kinda heavy... however I built wood shelves in the back of my long body Express 3500... everything has a place, and it goes back there. Cleaning out the van is a lot less work... when I just put things back where they go... Also went to Grainger and got some cardboard bin boxes... a little over a buck each. They are well worth it to keep parts and misc supplies organized.

    I can put a 4 ton system with furnace and coil and some misc stuff in the back, and put two helpers in the front (piece of plywood over the milk-crate in the middle). When it gets too complicated... I just hitch the small trailer...
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