You think about what you need and want when choosing your next van but what about when it comes to van racking? Getting the most out of your work van means ensuring you and it are ready to do what ever needs to be done and that means adding van roof bars or van roof racks that are upto the job and as affordable as possible. Don't let Load carrying be an after thought or last minute thing. After working with tradesmen and their vans for decades Traderracks and this blog can give you hints and tips on new products and the most flexible solutions which will serve you better and save you money.
Earn yourself £500 within a year! Research shows that protecting the seats in your van and keeping them in a new like condition can add as much as £500 to the resale value of your van when it comes up for sale! Who would think that fitting seat covers could be so profitable!
Having fitted many hundreds of van racks over the years here are the 5 top tricks for fast van rack fitting-:
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The starting point for carrying anything on the roof of a van is two roof bars.If you are a tradesman the choice of brands is large and the considerations are many. The Van Guard ULTI bar however, can simplify the matter becuase it deals with many of the issues in one neat package. Want roof bars that are strong for commercial use? ULTI Bar are rated to 55kgs per bar. Want roof bars that won't rust? ULTI Bar are made from non rusting aluminium. Want roof bars that won't whistle? ULTI Bar. Want end stops to help prevent loads sliding off? ULTI Bar come with two free pairs of load stops.Want to keep the roof height of you van as low as possible to get into a garage etc.? ULTI Bars come with lower profle fittings than many other commercial brands and have removable load stops as standard. Have a van that can have more than two roof bars and upgrade from 2 to 3 or 4 bars in the future? ULTI Bar have upgrade kits available. Don't want to spend loads of money on roof bars? ULTI Bar start from £69 + VAT. The manufacturer of these van roof bars Van Guard tell me that they are called ULTI Bar becuase they believe they are the ULTImate commercial van roof bar. Well I'm not sure I can say that but they certainly have thought of pretty much everything!
Accessing the inside of your van safely means you need a van step. Simple,right? Well that depends......... Do you want to be able to tow with your van? If so you will need to consider a step that attaches to a tow bar. Do you want to have the safest non slip step such as the Rhino Safestep? Or do you want to protect your step from reversing accidents? Then you'll need a step that can have reversing sensors easily mounted into it. If you want a step that will protect the reat of your van from Fork lift truck loading or rear ends shunts that take a look at the Hope Safety Step. Van access steps may not be quite as simple as I first thought!
Ordering parts for your van has never been easier or cheaper. No need to take time out of your day to go to a shop, browse the products isles or chat to the sales assistant these days, just go online! The big issue with online as convenient and cheap as it is though, is the risk you order the wrong parts and lose money in time and courier costs. Van racks are often large and heavy items which are costly to ship and waiting around for couriers is the most disatisfying experience you may ever have! What risk? You may think. Well after many years of supplying parts you would be shocked how often customers do not know what van they actually have. Van rack parts are often specfic to van make, model, year of manufacturer, wheel base, roof height and rear door type. Take the humble Peugeot Partner, the model changed in 2008 to a new shape with different roof fixing points or did it? A new shape model is available but it runs alongside the First version. So if you have a 2010 registered Partnert you could have either model and thus order the wrong parts. My top tip to anyone wanting to save money is to put your vehicle registration number in to a website like we buy any van if you have not got the vehicle registartion document handy before pressing the buy now button.
Van roof bars offer a more affordable option for carrying loads on the roof of your van. You can often start with just a couple of bars and expand the kit to include more bars and thereby increase the load carrying capacity or add a roller kit to enable easier loading. However, roof bar kits can never offer the same amount of flexibility as a van rack can and this is where the answer lays. If you fit a van rack you will never feel the need one day to upgrade it as you will with roof bars.
I often get asked this question and it is the most dificult question to answer because so many things can affect it. From what are you carrying or do you want to carry to whether the colour of the rack is the most important thing to you? Personally I have a Rhino aluminium roof rack fitted to my van and two years later it looks just as good as it did when I fitted it. During that time I have loaded step ladders, wide base ladders, fence panels, decking, sofas, wardrobes and a whole host of other things on this rack and successsfully carried them to my destination without incident. That said, if I was single handedly loading triple stack ladders every day I would have fitted a Rhino Safestow to my van. And if I was fitting a van rack today I would choose the Van Guard Ulti rack as it is just as versitile, looks almost the same but is more affordable. So what is the best rack for your van?