always need more than one vehicle. Their fleet is generally made up of at least two vehicles: one of the larger commercials for carrying bulky material, earth and rubble, and a smaller van, just like the Connect
illustrated in the photo gallery on this page.
What does this second vehicle need?
- Plenty of free floor space for carrying sacks, bins, tools and other items, some in daily use, others needed less frequently
- A number of compartments, preferably closed in, for carrying small items, spare parts and small to medium size tools
- Systems for securing cargo for transport
In the building trade, bringing mud and dirt into your van and transporting awkward and potentially hazardous tools is something you have to live with on a daily basis. It really is essential, therefore, to protect the interior of your van against the dents and scratches that could so easily lead to the formation of rust.
The owners of this Connect chose to protect the floor with a marble-look plywood floor liner
. The floor is always the part of the van most subject to wear and tear, not only from users’ footwear but from loading and unloading operations too. This type of liner not only provides effective protection but also makes the floor easy to clean – a major benefit in the building trade. Had they wanted, the owners could have chosen to line the van’s doors and walls and even the bulkhead too.
All the racking in this building firm’s Ford Connect
is installed on the left side wall. The system features a generous number of compartments, some open, others enclosed, arranged to suit the needs of the van’s users. This kind of personalisation is only possible thanks to the amazing modularity and flexibility of Ultra racking
, which allows horizontal elements to be combined in any sequence. This particular van is fitted with:
- metal drawers with non-slip mats and space dividers;
- open shelves, including one with a raised back panel to stop material falling down behind;
- case trays;
- one floor-level compartment with a door and another with a retaining strap at the front
- various useful accessories
The number of Syncro System accessories
you can install in your van is limited only by the space available. Accessories can be installed on the side walls, the doors, the sides of the racking and, in some cases, even on the front of the racking. The presence of regularly spaced holes in the racking side panels lets you position accessories wherever you want and even move them around as you wish after the installation has been completed.
The van seen here is fitted with a silicone tube rack, a multi-purpose storage rack, a first aid kit
and, on the bulkhead, a versatile cargo retaining system
consisting of a metal bar fixed to the van’s body and a strap with fittings that can slide along the bar as needed.
You can find other racking systems for the Connect
at this link and on the pages listed alongside.
If you are looking for racking solutions for builders, click here
to view a Talento owned by a firm that does wall finishing.