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    Show me your van setup

    im in a process to buy a cargo van
    thinking that i can save uplifting money
    How is your van inside look like ?

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    Ive changed a few things since I took these pics. But its roughly the same.




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    Just moved into the van a couple days ago. Little bit of fine tuning to go. Need to modify the racking so Packout boxes can be stowed away individually for easier access.

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    i like the blue boxes where did you get em

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    Those look like small rubbermaid bins.

    Should be able to get em at HD


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    Yep, Rubbermaid. From Walmart.

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    very nice

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    im debating if buy a van and personalize it or invest a little bit more and get the shelving

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    Show me your van setup

    I personalize every van Ive ever had, and Ive always worked for someone else.

    I even rip out shelves that already exist and make the truck my own. Sometimes I modify the existing to suit, most I rip out entirely.

    Early in my career I was spoiled by having a custom shelved truck. After that I just could not make a pre shelved truck work for me.

    The commercially available shelves waste too much valuable space. Most have 3 to 6” gaps between the back of the shelf and the van wall.

    Most have fixed shelve heights that are designed by people that apparently have never owned or used tools.

    What good is a 12” tall shelf when every drill case is 15” tall? (Numbers chose at random to prove the point)

    Depth same thing. Nothing I hate more then being forced to store valuable tools on the floor because the shelves don’t accommodate.

    Do yourself a huge favor - spend 500 to 600 on materials, spend a weekend and make it work for you. (Slotted angle iron, nuts and bolts, and plywood is what I use. I will take a pic of my last customization and post it.

    Buy the worthwhile items that actually work, like a toolbox, or refrigerant storage rack, or a pack rat.






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    Here is the rework I made over the winter.





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    I see lots of huge tool chests in some service trucks.
    I’m wondering what they are filled with.
    Aside from my tool pouch I basically carry a full socket set and combination wrenches.
    A set of punches and chisels.
    Some files and fan and bearing pullers.
    Most other tools are in their cases.
    My sheet metal tools are a hammer, a couple of pairs of snips, flatterers and crimpers.


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    Heres the small tool chest.
    Your junk drawer with random spare and rare use hand tools, sling psychrometers, some wire markers what not.

    Small hardware

    Drill bits, tap and dye, knock out kit, etc

    Calipers, dial indicators, torque wrenches, leak detectors, refractometer, tachometer, rotation meter, bore gauge, some other random instruments.

    1/4, 5/6, 3/8 nut and bolt kits, wire nuts, and brass refrigeration hardware




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    In the bigger tool chest

    Another random junk drawer- hex sockets, micrometer set, random pressure adaptors, etc...

    Hammers. Bigger screwdrivers, chissels, and the propress dies

    Sockets, and wrenches

    The milwaukee drawer

    Then the gas pressure and air pressure measurement drawer. Plus the boroscope, an impact socket set, some other crap - radio and what not.

    Do I need it all - probably not. But I use most of it regularly.




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