Many factors go into deciding the appropriate equipment for your work van. The size of that equipment is paramount, so understanding how to obtain and use the sizing information per van type will help you when you're purchasing new van equipment. You'll need different measurement information if you have a Nissan NV compared to a Transit Connect, for instance.
If you are looking to add shelving, wall liners, partitions or dividers to your van, you need to know the size of the wheelbase and the roof height, but each van is made different. We'll review how to find that information to make shopping for your van equipment and accessories a much simpler task, allowing you to get back on the job faster.
The wheelbase of a van or other two-axle vehicles is the distance between the center of the front wheels and the center of the back wheels. The wheelbase tells us the amount of space we have to work with on the van’s interior.
Long wheelbase vehicles tend to have a smoother ride and more space to haul tools and equipment compared to a small wheelbase vehicle. However, small wheelbase vans are becoming more popular, as they're easier to maneuver yet still offer plenty of space for local contractors such as electricians, handymen, plumbers and the like to store the necessary tools and equipment for the job.
Before you purchase a 72-inch shelving unit, be sure to account for the wheelbase measurements in your work van. Figuring out how to find the wheelbase for your specific van is essential to accurate measurements. Do not guess wheelbase lengths — instead, be sure to know the exact length before making any large equipment purchases for your van.
Merely looking at whether your van has a long or short wheelbase is usually not enough. More likely than not, you'll need a precise measurement when you're trying to fit equipment into the back of the van. So how do we find accurate wheelbase measurements? It will depend greatly on the make and model of your van, but there are some best practices for finding wheelbase:
Here are some specifics on wheelbase:
Wheelbase measurements vary by model year, so be sure to check your invoice or contact the dealer to acquire accurate wheelbase measurements. Measuring manually may not produce accurate readings, so the best practice is to rely on the manufacturers for this information. This step is crucial to selecting the appropriate size of equipment and accessories for in your work van.
The roof height is exactly that — the measurement from the floor of the vehicle to the interior ceiling. This information allows you to know how high of shelving units to install and how large of equipment you can haul in your cargo van. Roof sizes are not standard in the cargo van industry, so it's important to know the dimensions of your van before purchasing any equipment or accessories for the back of it.
Measuring yourself is not the most accurate method to get dimensional data. Be sure to check your purchase invoice on the van or contact the dealer or manufacturer for specific model dimensions. Each cargo van offers different roof heights, which are ideal for certain scenarios.
High roofs will enable you to have higher shelving units, store taller ladders, stand and work in the back of the van and more. Lower van roofs offer easier maneuverability, better fuel efficiency and less chance for materials to be damaged during transit from falls or collisions. Carefully consider van dimensions before selecting a van, but more importantly, before purchasing any accessories or products for in your work van.
Specifics on roof heights follow:
If you're unsure how to find your work van dimensions and want to ensure your new products will fit, contact Advantage Outfitters. Our team will gladly assist you in determining the appropriate size equipment for your cargo van.