Shelving Packages

Ford Transit Van Shelving Buying Guide

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There are lots of reasons the Ford Transit van is the best-selling commercial van in the United States. You can configure it in 60 different ways. When you purchase a high roof option, an individual as tall as 6’5” can stand in the cargo area. The van is available with dual sliding doors and rear cargo doors that open to almost 180°, so it’s easy to get your tools or your cargo in or out of a Ford Transit.

Meanwhile, the Ford Transit Connect has been one of the most popular commercial vans in Europe for years. It also offers rear cargo doors with 180° of clearance. Or you can get it with a rear liftgate. The Ford Transit Connect also offers great gas mileage – 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 per miles gallon on the highway. Finally, the Ford Transit Connect has the best resale value of any small commercial van in service today.

All in all, the Ford Transit or the Ford Transit Connect are great choices for your business regardless of the industry in which you work.

Why Invest in Shelving for Your Ford Transit Van?

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If you want to make the most of your cargo area in a Ford Transit van, Advantage Outfitters has a variety of different shelving packages that will help you organize your workspace and work more efficiently.

1. Know Where You Can Find the Right Tool

If you don’t have shelving in your Ford Transit van, that probably means you’re tossing your tools in the back of your cargo space. This can lead to enormous frustration when you’re trying to find the right tool to solve a client’s problem. Shelving means you will be able to find that tool when you need it and finish the job faster and with greater efficiency.

2. Increase Productivity

As soon as one job is done, it’s time to move on to another one. Shelving means you’ll get your current job finished in a faster time since you won’t need to go back and forth to your van in the constant search for the right tool. You always know where that tool is located. Shelving helps you save precious minutes on every job. Those minutes add up and may mean you can get in an extra job or two each week which means more income for you or your company.

3. Save Money on Tools

When all your tools are tossed in the back of your van without any organizational plan, it can be difficult if not impossible to find what you're looking for. This can lead to many “lost” tools. Also, if someone borrows or takes a tool, you can never be sure if you still have it if you aren't sure where it's supposed to be. Storing your tools in shelving offers better protection for your most important pieces of equipment. Better storage means fewer replacements, and that means more money saved.

4. Reduce the Chances of Being Injured by Loose Tools

Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, sooner or later you’re going to have to come to a sudden stop. If you’re driving a work van with a lot of tools piled loosely in the back, a sudden stop can be dangerous. Tools can come flying up to the front and possibly injure you or your employees. When your tools are stored safely in shelving, and you put a partition in between the driver’s area and the cargo area, you’ve eliminated this possible hazard.

5. Reduce Noise

Driving around all day with a pile of loose tools can make quite a racket. It’s not unusual for someone driving a work van in this situation to have a headache by the end of the workday. Better shelving along with a partition reduces noise which means that you or your employees will remain fresh and alert throughout the day.

Dimensions of the Ford Transit Vans

First seen on the roads of North America in 1965, the fourth-generation Ford Transit vans have been in operation since 2013. Let’s look at some of their dimensions.

  • Wheelbase:The Ford Transit vans are available with three different sized wheelbases (WB) — 130” on regular models and 148” on long models and or 148" extended wheelbase models.
  • Length:Ford Transit vans come in length from 218” to 266”.
  • Width:Smaller Ford Transit vans are 81” in width while larger vans can be as wide as 84”.
  • Height:Height is where the Ford Transit van stands out. Heights in a Ford Transit van range between 82” in smaller models, with larger models reaching 110”.
  • Engine and transmission:Ford Transit vans offer a choice between a 3.7 L Ti-VCT V-6 engine or a 3.5 L Eco-Boost. Ford Transit vans come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

How to Choose the Right Racks and Bins for Your Ford Transit

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A great way to store your tools or cargo is to include the right rack in your Ford Transit van. Racks are ideal for storing your items that may not fit comfortably or fully on a shelf. When you combine racks and bins you can provide great storage for all the items that you need, decrease the chance your tools will be damaged, and allow yourself to reach your tools or other important items more efficiently and faster.

What’s Included in Ford Transit Shelving Packages?

We have Ford transit shelving packages available for models with 130” WB and 148” WB. These packages will vary depending upon the industry in which you work. We offer shelving packages for electricians, plumbers/HVAC technicians and locksmiths as well as those who work in general service industries or who are interested in a base package.

All of our shelving units are created by Ranger Design. The partitions offered in the shelving packages are also from Ranger Design and include the choice between a straight design and a swing door design.

Our industry-specific shelving packages are available in either steel or aluminum. Each package includes a partition along with the shelving.

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1. Base and General Service Shelving Packages

For Ford Transit vans with a 130” or 148" WB, we offer base packages in steel for low roofs, medium roofs and high roofs. Assembly time varies between half an hour to an hour depending upon the model while installation time takes about three hours. All three versions include a partition.

Our general services packages come in steel for low and medium roofs or high roofs. These packages include galvanized steel end panels and aluminum shelving along with the hardware and mounting brackets that you need. These packages also include a partition. You can assemble them in about an hour and install them in just under three hours.

We also have aluminum packages for a medium or high roof and the 148" WB extended model. These packages take about two hours to assemble and about three hours to install. The aluminum packages do not include a partition.

2. Plumbing and HVAC Shelving Packages

We offer steel packages for Ford Transits with 130" or 148" WB for low roofs, medium roofs and high roofs. These can be used for either plumbing or HVAC needs and include a partition. It takes just under two hours to assemble these packages and just under four hours to install.

There are also separate aluminum options for plumbing and HVAC which do not include partitions. These options are available for the 130” WB with a medium roof and 148” WB with medium or high roofs. They take about two hours to assemble and between three and three and a half hours to install.

For 148” WB extended van, there are separate aluminum options for plumbing and HVAC which do not include partitions.

3. Electrician Shelving Packages

For electricians who use Ford Transit vans, we have steel options for low roofs, medium roofs and high roofs. Assembly takes about two hours, and installation takes about three hours.

We also offer two aluminum options. One is for 130” WB vans with medium roofs or 148” WB vans with medium or high roofs. The other aluminum option is for the 148" WB extended model. The aluminum packages do not include a partition. You can assemble either package in about three and install it in three to four hours.

4. Delivery Van Shelving Packages

If you use your Ford transit van to make general deliveries, Advantage Outfitters has a couple of options for you in shelving packages. These packages are available for medium roofs or high roofs.

Both packages are aluminum and feature folding shelves so they're clear of the aisle when you don't need them. The shelves are 20" deep and can hold 40 pounds per linear foot. Assembly takes three hours, and installation takes just under two hours.

Shelving Material Options: Steel vs. Aluminum

The question of whether you want to use steel or aluminum in your Ford Transit van depends on your primary needs. If you keep a close eye on fuel costs, especially if your van covers a wide service area, aluminum is probably the best choice for you. It weighs less and gives you better gas mileage. It’s a great choice if you do a lot of driving in the city.

Steel is an excellent option if you need to pay a smaller upfront cost. Plus most of our steel options include a partition which will help you keep costs down since you won’t have to buy one separately. Steel shelving is also useful if you work a lot in areas where the roads aren’t in such great shape. If part of your coverage area includes more rural communities, steel shelving will help protect your tools and your drivers.

Regardless, either option is a solid choice for shelving in your Ford Transit van.

How to Install Racks and Bins Shelving in Your Ford Transit Van

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We talked a bit above about the installation times for the various shelving options that are available Ford Transit vans. In some cases, you will spend as little as half an hour to assemble a package to just under five hours to install one. But most of our packages take between one and a half hours and three hours to assemble and two to four hours to install. That includes shelving racks and bins. How long it takes depends upon the configuration you want.

It's very easy to install shelving in your Ford Transit van.

Other Products Available for Your Ford Transit Van

Now that you’ve had a chance to see how many excellent shelving packages are available for Ford Transit vans, you might want to see what other great products Advantage Outfitters offers to protect your van and improve your work productivity.

  1. Wall liners:Wall liners protect the inside of your van. They prevent bumps and scratches that can reduce the resale value of your Ford Transit van when the day comes that it’s time to sell and get a new one. Remember Ford Transit Connect vans have the best resale value of any comparable van available on the market. So you want to make sure you keep it in good shape.
  2. Floors and mats: If you spent a lot of time working in your van, you know how easy it is to get stains and oily messes on your floor. And when it gets wet, it can get quite slippery. That’s why it’s a good idea to look at the flooring and rubber mats available through Advantage Outfitters. They help protect vans from stains and spills and give you better traction when you’re moving around in the cargo area.
  3. Partitions and dividers: While many of our shelving packages include partitions or dividers, some don’t. That’s why it’s a good idea to look at the partitions and dividers available from Advantage Outfitters. These partitions protect you or your drivers from any loose tools or other items that could suddenly fly up from the back towards the cab and help reduce the noise created by tools and accessories that many drivers find so annoying. Our dividers are lightweight but tough and durable and can be custom sized to fit your van.

Ford Transit Shelving Packages and Reliable Transit Shelves

Need racks and bins to fit your Ford Transit van or vans? The right combination of shelves, bins and racks can decrease the risk of damage to your valuable tools and supplies and make them easier to access while helping you get more storage out of your commercial vans. We offer many different Transit shelving packages to fit general use or more industry-specific needs.

  • Our Transit General Service Package is available in steel with a partition, or in aluminum without a partition.Depending on which you choose, these shelving systems can include shelves, bins, rattle-free dividers, a locking cabinet, cabinets with drawers and more ways to keep your tools and supplies securely stowed for transport to the customer site.
  • Our Ford Transit shelves are customizable to suit your specific industry.We offer packages tailored to meet the needs of HVAC, plumbing and locksmith companies — our HVAC and plumbing offerings are available in steel and aluminum with and without partitions, while our locksmith package is offered in aluminum without a partition.
  • Our inventory includes products that fit a diverse variety of commercial vehicles. Should your organization acquire a van of a different brand, we’ll still be able to help. We’re happy to work with you to determine which of our products would help make your vans more convenient to use.

With plenty of Transit shelving options to choose from, our selection gives you plenty of ways to transport your equipment, tools, products and supplies in a safer and more space-efficient way. Don't wait to equip your Ford Transit vehicle with safe, strong, secure shelving packages.

You can call us at 866-925-4844. We also offer a live chat option. You can visit our contact us page and leave us some details about your van needs a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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