If we had to list the essential characteristics of all van racking projects, we would only need to include a few items:
Robust bodywork and floor liners are essential to protect the interior of any van. The inside of the cargo compartment is the weakest link in all commercial vehicle designs but also the area most subject to stress and damage in daily use.
The owners of this van opted for almost total protection:
Thanks to extremely flexible, modular design, Ultra racking provides the perfect answer to the needs of all customers. The operators of this van need to carry around lots of small/medium size items, including tools and spare parts, along with larger objects that are too bulky to stow away in drawers or on shelves.
So, let’s have a closer look at how this customer’s needs have been satisfied.
The left side wall is fitted with a classic choice in van racking: shelves. These are positioned in a way that permits a wide range of uses. They are also fitted with non-slip mats to stop items sliding around and can be divided into smaller compartments using metal space dividers. The decision to fit full-height racking in this Ducato has made it possible to fit a total of ten shelves, six open and four fully enclosed.
The rear of the racking on this side is fitted with three accessories: a first aid kit, a paper roll holder and an aluminium bar for use with sliding fittings and straps to secure cargo.
The front floor-level compartment features a case transport system comprising a bar and straps with a ratchet tensioner.
The racking on the right side wall consists of 14 metal drawers arranged in two columns, plus a shelf with a door higher up. A top shelf and a partly enclosed floor-level compartment allow the customer to make full use of all available space.
A pull-out vice bench complete with metal vice is accessible at the rear of the racking. The bench pulls out in just a few seconds and provides a robust work surface for repairs and adjustments.
The rear of the right-side racking is also fitted with four spray can racks. The user can move these around as needed thanks to the equal spacing of the holes in Ultra side panels.
The bulkhead is equipped with two bars for sliding fittings, installed at different heights, both parallel to the floor. With the addition of the right straps and fittings, these bars allow the customer to secure all kinds of cargo for transport.
The customer also wanted:
Finally, we come to a small detail that is essential to the safety of anybody working inside this van. As can be seen from one of the photos, a vent, complete with grille, has been installed in the Ducato’s floor. This ensures a correct exchange of air in the back of the van and protects users against the risk of explosion and fire if gas cylinders are being transported - a daily occurrence when refrigeration systems have to be serviced and repaired!