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Unread 06-13-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Lets see your van/truck/trailer layouts

So I've made the jump up to a cube van. It's basically a POS, but I'm loving all the room. So now I'm trying to figure out the best layout. The box is 7'x14'. I like seeing pictures of how others have done theirs. So lets see them.

This van has a unique feature of a roll-up door on the side as well. So I'm thinking all my tools accessible by this door...with the rear door for pallets of tile.

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Unread 06-13-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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You need shelves for sure. We took the time to measure my tools and decide how to group them together. Since we do full remodels, the tools are divided into catagories of electrical, plumbing, wood working / carpentry, paint and tile. I also got rid of all the soft sided tool bags and loose tools. Homer has orange empty tool boxes for $9. We have one each for the right angle grinder, the rotozip, the glass tile tools, and the polishing tools. On the ends of the tool boxes I got a white paint sharpie to write the tool names as well as the company name. This way any worker can locate which tool easily, esp in similarly colored cases. After measuring the tool cases, I discovered that a 21" deep shelf held them all. I made the shelves 16" tall to accomodate a 5 gallon bucket standing upright with some room for fingers and maneuvering. The tool cases are usually lifted by a handle so you need room above the tool box to get your hand and arm into the space to lift.
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Unread 06-13-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Hey Dave, I'll see if I can get you pictures of my layout tomorrow. It works pretty good for me and keeps every thing tucked away so I can haul more stuff that I can't find when I need it.

I saw that you had the most important tool on you truck - that microwave. Good for popcorn, pizza, and Sara Lee's.
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Homer has orange empty tool boxes for $9. We have one each for the right angle grinder, the rotozip, the glass tile tools, and the polishing tools Paul
I do the same thing with tool boxes. I have a hard tool box for each tool. That way the tool and all accessories are together in one box. I have been doing this for some time. I found it saves time and also protects the tools while kicked around in the truck /trailers until I went the enclosed trailer route. I will have to look into the HD $9.00 boxes. Hammy
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I mispoke, they are $8.66

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Dan- your van looks like the typical maui tile guy!

Some guys advertise out here that they don't surf, so people know they show up regardless of the surf forecast.

i'm sure you show up either way, just go dawn patrol before work.

I need to improve my work truck. I have a Tacoma. I manage but eventually need to make a change. I can see the practicality of a van but prefer driving a pickup.
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To be fair to myself that is not the normal condition of my van. I took this shot at the end of good surf/kitesurf week last fall when I was between jobs. And you are right Isaac, I show up for work regardless of the surf conditions. Might not stay that long but I show up.
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Had an Isuzu box van. Nice set up, but hated climbing in and out. Even had a pullout walk ramp, that sucked too. Me likey the trailer, one step and your in.
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My van layout. Not sexy but it gets the job done. I have an extended E-350 diesel. When I do a large mud job - too large for buckets and not large enough for a dump truck to deliver sand - I pull a sand trailer.
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I like the tool drawers under the main platform. Awesome idea.

I've got a ton of space, so I'm looking at just a few shelves. Plywood I guess. Gonna get some 6" ABS pipe for the different sizes of Schluter. And lots of "hooks" for my shovels, hose, cords, etc.
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Unread 06-14-2010, 07:57 PM   #15
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these aren't of my truck or van, they're both really trashed right now. Think I grabbed these from an earlier thread while trying to figure layout for my 14'er.

Lots of good ideas, most of these are prob from the guys here, so all credit to them! Sorry, didn't save names with the pics
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