Your team at Camco Wheel & Axle knows that the commercial vehicle you use every day is vital to the success you have doing your job.
You count on your work truck or van to transport not only you and coworkers to-and-from a job site but to also haul along all the tools, equipment, and parts you need to get the job done right.
At Camco Wheel & Axle we have over 30 years of experience providing quality fabrication services, upfitting services, utility trailer parts, and other auto services to ensure that your fleet runs smoothly. The work on your commercial vehicle doesn’t end with us, though.
The best commercial van will not be utilized to its full potential if it is not organized efficiently. While our van upfitting services will provide you with optimal functionality and efficiency, it will be your responsibility to maintain the organization of your tools and parts.
Consider the following ideas on how you can get the most out of your commercial vehicle’s setup.
Tips on How to Organize Your Commercial Van
- Start at the Bottom
Like any project, organizing your van should begin at the bottom, with bigger and heavier items being stored on the floor or lower compartments of your vehicle.
This will not only help you get the most out of your available space but will also benefit your workers when it comes time to move these larger tools and pieces of equipment. You’re going to want your team to be able to efficiently move larger items, like generators, to-and-fro a project, and where the item is stored can prove to be vital in this process.
- Work Your Way Up
With the larger pieces of your inventory as your base, you can then begin to sort things by size and create stacks in this way. The idea is to get smallest items on top of everything else.
You can hang medium-sized items using a pegboard and hooks to help reduce potential clutter. Tool boxes and bins are ways to extend this organization to the smaller items in your vehicle.
You can even go one step further and label the different storage spaces in your van. Whether you go with barcodes and scanners or simple tape, labels make inventory a less stressful task and cuts time finding tools while on the job.
Poles that are installed across the top of your vehicle can also be used for lighter items to be stored close to the ceiling, so long as you still have sufficient headroom to get in and out of the commercial van.
- Plan Around Your Doors
The area around your doors is naturally the easiest means for you to move in and out your van – whether they’re located on the side or back of the vehicle. Tools and other items you use most frequently should be stored near your doors to help cut time on a job.
A hook or shelf close to the door can be installed for these items that you use every day. Or you can also utilize the doors themselves for additional storage space.
Putting some magnetized stripping on the inside of your doors can give you an extra place for hammers and other metal hand tools you use regularly. Hanging closet organizers on the doors is another option for keeping your smaller items easily accessible.
How Organization Can Help Your Company
An organized van does much more than just improve work efficiency. When you consider your work vehicle is essentially your office, it is vital that you maintain its organization for both customer relation and functionality purposes.
A few of benefits of an organized work van includes:
Managing Your Inventory – If you keep your vehicle nice and neat, your items should always be in the same place. That helps you to quickly recognize when you need to replace supplies while also preventing having to replace an expensive item because of careless storage.
Making a Good First Impression – The first thing any customer sees is your van and that greatly affects their first impression of you. If you keep your vehicle clean and well-organized, you let your customers know you are a true professional and are there to get things done the right way.
Also, consider that as you or your employees drive around, your work van essentially acts as a marketing tool before you even speak a word or get to work. An organized and visually pleasing van can help to establish your business.
Keeping Everyone Safe – The last thing you want are loose tools shifting around in your work van as you drive. The sudden impact of an accident or even a jarring stop can launch them in any direction, potentially harming you, your employees, or others on the road.
Having your equipment well-organized in drawers, bins, and other options will prevent any potential injury, as well as damage to your vehicle or to the equipment itself.
Saving Money – Knowing where everything is in your van means you will spend less time looking for tools and more time working. That, combined with the decreased chance of damage to safely-stored tools, will increase your efficiency and lower costs.
Start the process of your work van organization with Camco Wheel & Axle’s commercial van upfit services.
There are a number of things that go into planning the best setup for your work van and organization is one of the most important components to increase productivity and the value you can get out of your vehicle.
Whatever industry you work in, Camco Wheel & Axle offers the expertise to help you design the right commercial vehicle to fit your needs and make that vision come to life on four (or more) wheels.
Contact us today at (956) 781-4800 to find out more about what we can do for your fleet.