How to organize a cargo van

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How to organize a cargo van
Keeping it clean means keeping it organised. (Stockbroker/Valueline/Getty Images)

If you have a cargo van, a good storage system is necessary to prohibit tools and supplies from ricocheting around the back of the van when you swerve, turn or make a quick stop. This can be extremely dangerous if you are carrying large or sharp objects. There are many companies that provide a plethora of options in regard to the type of storage units you can put in a cargo van. How you decide to organise your cargo van depends largely on what you use the van for and what you are storing in the back.

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Things you need

  • Storage medium depending on your needs.

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  1. 1

    Buy welded tank racks specifically designed for tanks if you are carrying propane or other material that is stored in a tank.

  2. 2

    Purchase cable reel holders. Carrying hoses of any type necessitates cable reel holders to keep them in place when not in use.

  3. 3

    Buy storage rack modules preconfigured for cargo vans. This will allow you to customise the set-up in the back of your van according to your needs. Work bench modules are available, as are storage bins that can be mounted to the side wall of your vehicle to store smaller objects.

  4. 4

    Buy partitions if your van is particularly large and you want to divide the sections into, for instance, half storage and half work area. For the work area you might wish to purchase vertical literature holders to keep papers from flying away or becoming misplaced, or file cabinets that mount to the floor or wall.

  5. 5

    Purchase racks (either interior or exterior) to hold ladders if they are a part of the equipment you are transporting. Exterior ladder racks also help conserve space inside the van.

Tips and warnings

  • When shopping for a storage medium for your cargo van, be sure you know the dimensions of the interior of the back of your van as well as how much "free space" you need to allow for manoeuvring around.

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