March 26, 2015
By Todd Goldmeyer
Trade professionals are highly mobile, meaning they don’t spend a lot of time sitting around in an office, twiddling their thumbs from boredom. Instead, workers in the trades are always on-the-go, heading from one job to the next. It’s a fantastic field to work in if you like to be active because once you solve one problem for a customer; you’re on to the next!
Because of this high level of mobility, it’s important for trade professionals to drive a reliable, versatile work vehicle to get from job to job. As a trade worker, your work vehicle is not only your mode of transportation; it also acts as a mobile office and storage center. Just think about it – if you’re having a busy day, you may not have time to head back to the main office to pick up extra materials, specialty tools, or customer paperwork. A good work vehicle will be able to accommodate all of the cargo that you’ll need for a day in the field and more!
What are my work vehicle options?
Trade workers never know what challenges they will face when they start the day, so they need to carry a wide variety of tools and equipment with them. There are several types of vehicles that are most commonly used in the trades:
- Cargo Vans – Cargo vans are one of the most popular vehicles used among trade workers because they’re designed for work. Vans have a large cargo capacity to accommodate all of the tools, parts, and equipment you need for almost any job. Cargo vans are also very versatile and customizable. If you work in a big city, you may want to think about driving a compact van that’s easier to navigate through city streets. If you need to carry a lot of equipment on a daily basis, a long-wheelbase, high roof van may be just what you need!
- Cargo Trailers – A cargo trailer combines the qualities of both cargo vans and pickup trucks. It’s larger than a van, so it can better accommodate bigger, bulkier equipment such as air-conditioning units and water heaters. It also provides plenty of dry storage space for all of the smaller tools you may need to complete a project.
- Pickup Trucks – A truck’s open bed accommodates all kinds of large items and is an ideal vehicle if you need to transport products on a regular basis. The only downside to driving a truck is that it limits the dry storage space to a toolbox, but for some trades, a truck toolbox provides more than enough space!
It’s important to keep your work vehicle organized so that you can quickly and easily find the tools you need to get the job done. Remember, fast, high quality service leads to happy customers! Upfit products, such as van shelving, roof-mounted ladder racks, toolboxes, and more, are available to help keep you organized on-the-job. Read about how other trade workers keep their work vehicles organized with custom upfits from Adrian Steel.
About the Author
Adrian Steel Company manufactures cargo management solutions for all sorts of trade professionals, including plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians. Adrian Steel’s upfit packages feature equipment such as shelving and drawers and are designed to improve organization and efficiency on-the-job.