Van Modifications and Extras
The chances are that you'll want, at some time, to add some extras or modifications to your van. So what are the options? And what can you get in today's marketplace to add a bit of tailoring to your van? We examine the options out there so you can see what will fit your business best and help you get the best from your van.
Plylining and Plastic Lining - Plylining is a popular option and can protect the interior of your van from interior dents which can show as bumps on the outside. This is a good idea if you are going to be carrying loads that may cause damage. It lines the van's load area with plywood and can be very cost-effective. A modern alternative to plylining is plastic lining using hi-tec plaster and resin. The sides of the vehicle are lined in a plastic which has a much higher impact absorbance and will not split and can also be wiped clean.
Bulkheads - Bulkheads made of solid metal, mesh or plywood at half or full height can add to safety, security and comfort. They prevent loads from shifting into the cab under braking; a person breaking into the cab area also can't access the load area (and vice versa) and noise levels in the cab are reduced.
Racking - Racking for vans is available in a wide variety. Load security should be your top priority when selecting racking but you should also make sure it is convenient to use.
Frails - If you need to transport glass panels, doors or items that are too big for your van, you can use frails. Internal frails are also useful if you carry vulnerable flat items that fit inside the van but need extra protection on the move. Internal and external frails are fitted using bolts through the van so they can't be easily removed.
Refrigeration - Refrigeration is very popular with with panel vans and hi-cubes. The refrigeration conversion involves lining and insulating the load area and sometimes changing the doors to provide a better seal. A refrigeratione unit is normally fitted towards the front of the roof.
Signwriting - It's highly lilely that you want your company name on your van. The best option is to use laser-cut vinyl that can be simply peeled off when you sell or dispose of the van leaving the original paintwork undamaged. It's often best to buy a white or silver van if you want to use strong colours. Vinyl also offers some degree of protection against small knocks and paint chips.
Towbars - A tow bar and trailer is an extremely useful way of increasing the load capacity of your van or pickup, enabling you to carry extra weight and items. However, be aware of the maxiumum permissible you can carry - you must fit a tachograph if you are going to carry more than 3500 kgs.
Pipe Tubes - Pipe tubes are a very handy way of carrying long thin items. Tubes can be made of plastic, aluminium or galvanised metal and come with standard or lockable caps.
Beacons - This is the name for a flashing light. Fit these where they will be easily visible when you are on the move - normally towards the rear of the roof.
Also, make sure that you have good quality commercial vehicle insurance or van insurance - one of the most important 'extras' you can buy for your van.
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