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Old 12-18-2019, 11:04 AM   #1
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Have always owned cube vans or pick ups. My first cargo van. Plan on building shelving on one side for now.

Found a few pics of what I im
kind of looking to do. Pretty simple. Itís really all I need. Will Be carrying around every type of item I might need for a gutter repair.

Do I skin all the walls with plywood? Should I put plywood on the floor ? Do you utilize all the holes that are already there in the sides or just screw where Iím able to with self tappers? Some of the ones left the black plastic part on. ?



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I'd get a custom adjustable rack system if I could afford it. The amount of time spent to make a plywood system is better spent making money, or even doing nothing.

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I'd get a custom adjustable rack system if I could afford it. The amount of time spent to make a plywood system is better spent making money, or even doing nothing.

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I like shelving from American Van or something like it.
The shelving units are adjustable and light with lots of options.
There are shelving units for vans that are composite available.
As for the floor I would buy some rubber sheet and cut to fit after my shelves are installed , up fitters do sell a fitted cargo area mat.
My reason for a rubber mat it wipes clean and is soft on the KNEES.
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This one is actually pretty cheap from American van. Think like $250. Other ones were much more. Got me thinking now


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You can buy rear panels for them in that same grey color

Or just make your own the ones they sell are some kind of hardboard.

Over the years I dealt with American Van and always been happy.

I have a file holder and a desk/cabinet between the front seats and lots of other stuff.
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You can buy rear panels for them in that same grey color

Or just make your own the ones they sell are some kind of hardboard.

Over the years I dealt with American Van and always been happy.

I have a file holder and a desk/cabinet between the front seats and lots of other stuff.


The one above with the back and 15 dividers is $300. Think this may be the way to go actually. They are located not far from
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You know what your needs are. For my 2016 Transit I needed deep shelving with a shallow lip along the edges so I built my own using slotted angle and plywood. I made them to fit the equipment i need to carry. I put 3/4" plywood on the floor which i used to secure the shelves to rather than drilling directly into the van floor. The plywood fits tight and does not move. I then covered the plywood floor with carpet to reduce noise. (a piece of new not used) and to stop stuff sliding around.

For securing the shelving to the van walls and ceiling i used the threaded holes provided as much as i could. If i needed a threaded hole in another location i used Jack Nuts so i had a threaded hole to secure to. They are easy to install, i got them through Fastenal.

I wont use self tapping screws and I have found with past vehicles they just constantly vibrate loose.

If American Van or others had what i needed then I would buy them and install them, but i didn't want to make do, i knew i wanted deeper shelves than were offered.

The down side to how i went about it is that as needs change my set up is not flexible.
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I'd go with the metal too. It's going to be more lightweight than plywood. Nice to have the adjustability although it's likely you'll rarely use it other than the initial setup.
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If you have the $$$ the composite is much quieter. I had a transit connect that came with shelving I swapped out. I found new stuff on craigslist the worked better. Very simple to install the stuff, all the brackets are adjustable ect. Took me and a guy and hour or so to swap it all out. I still have both sets as I took em out when I sold the van.
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If you have the $$$ the composite is much quieter. I had a transit connect that came with shelving I swapped out. I found new stuff on craigslist the worked better. Very simple to install the stuff, all the brackets are adjustable ect. Took me and a guy and hour or so to swap it all out. I still have both sets as I took em out when I sold the van.


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Leo is about right. My plumber just got a quote on outfitting a promaster and it was 3k installed, a lot of shelving. For the one side I would think 600 to 700 would be worth it, just install yourself.

I really wish I never sold that van, 25 to a gallon loaded with 2 guys worth of tools. It really sucked in the snow and the traction control couldn't be turned off. Other than that, best work vehicle I have owned and now I'm trying to find a box truck.
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Sometimes you can find someone who has shelving in their garage that they no longer use.
Then sometimes these people will sell them used.
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Leo is about right. My plumber just got a quote on outfitting a promaster and it was 3k installed, a lot of shelving. For the one side I would think 600 to 700 would be worth it, just install yourself.



I really wish I never sold that van, 25 to a gallon loaded with 2 guys worth of tools. It really sucked in the snow and the traction control couldn't be turned off. Other than that, best work vehicle I have owned and now I'm trying to find a box truck.


I donít need much shelving really. Going to be an estimate truck and Iíll do some repairs with it. Donít really need to carry too much stuff. Think Iím screwed either way with light weight aluminum gutter supplies rattling around making a ton of noise.


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I have a 1 ton E350 with shelving on both sides makes very little to no noise and I have 300k on it .
But while I was out walking the dog I wondered if you are eligible for upfit money from Ford it's not real money but a credit
Now your Ford dealer knows where to send your van for shelving and may help with a PO at cost or just above
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I have a 1 ton E350 with shelving on both sides makes very little to no noise and I have 300k on it .
But while I was out walking the dog I wondered if you are eligible for upfit money from Ford it's not real money but a credit
Now your Ford dealer knows where to send your van for shelving and may help with a PO at cost or just above


Not sure. Van is a 2015. Prob start with the one side for $300 and see how it goes for now.


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I haven't yet built shelving on mine. But I think my plan is basically build a platform with storage under it from any of the 3 doors. The back of that van is basically 4x4x6'. So I'll halve that vertically, and the top can be for any random stuff I need to haul.

Under will be my punch list and small task tools for various trades. The big van that the crew drives has the main tools. I should be able to fit minor electric, plumbing and HVAC tools, painting and drywall tools, finish and framing nail gun, small compressor, small vac, levels, little giant ladder, various cordless tools.
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Definitely skin the sides before setting up the shelves, unless you don't mind the outside of your van looking like a pimply teenager. Guaranteed that will happen if you don't.

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