GMC P3500 Step Van

FirePix1075 | Baltimore City (MD) Fire Apparatus | Box 414

Earlier this year we conducted a survey and one of the questions was "How have you outfitted your van for hauling tools and materials?" The answers were multiple-choice and it was possible to choose more than one because tradesmen often install more than one accessory in their vans. Choices included:

I drive a van but have not outfitted it
Manufactured shelving
Home-made shelving
Roof racks
Side-carry racks

We asked the same question in a 2011 survey that lumped all of the trades together; the most recent survey was set up so the answers could be separated by trade. The charts in the slideshow on this page contain answers from all who responded in 2011, all who responded in 2014, and from those trades that received at least 25 responses in the most recent survey: remodelers, GCs doing new construction, handymen, finish carpenters, and electricians.

The responses from other trades count towards the total but are not individually called out. Nothing against those trades, but it would be unreasonable to draw conclusions based on the handful of responses received from plumbers, painters, and the like.

Here are some of the comments we received from tradesmen who answered the question about outfitting a van:

"I got some free lockers from an old school (gym-type, 1' X 1' X 2') and I laid them on the side and screwed them to the walls of my box van. The door hinges are at the top, the doors open by swinging up. I have 24 lockable units in all, 48 cubic feet. I have homemade shelves and a 30" X 48" workbench with a vise too." [Remodeler; drives Chevy cube van; 8 cylinder; 2 WD; gasoline engine; 10+ years old; with home-made shelving]

"By far my favorite vehicle is the Sprinter extended height van. Safe secure, easy to drive. A pickup is great for sand or gravel or trash, but a van keeps tools safe, dry and organized if you have bins and shelves and ladder racks." [Remodeler; drives Dodge Sprinter; 4 cylinder—gets 18-20 mpg in town fully loaded; 2 WD—all paved roads and no snow in Calif.; diesel engine; 6-10 years old; with manufactured shelving, roof racks, and an electric ladder rack. Also drives a standard pickup, service body pickup, and van]

"So many benefits to having a mobile hardware store that has iffy day work space and you can close the door and lock it up all in one at the end of the day." [Remodeler; drives Chevrolet cube van; 8 cylinder; 2 WD; gasoline engine; 3-6 years old; with home-made shelving]

"No self-respecting Remodeler would buy manufactured shelving that doesn't fit her/his needs. Custom made is the only way to fly." [Remodeler; drives Ford cube van; "best on the market and most popular"; 10 cylinder; 2 WD; gasoline engine; 10+ years old; "Has almost 210, 000 miles on it & runs great!"; with home-made shelving]

"Hang cords and tools inside with 5 gallon pails and tool boxes for storage. Home-made roof racks will carry ladders and anything I can strap on." [Remodeler; drives 1997 Chevy Astro Van; 6 cylinder; AWD—"AWD is a must where I live and work"—gasoline engine; 10+ years old]

"Have a cube van with home-made shelves. Also have a pickup, hook lift truck, and dump trailer" [Remodeler; drives ford pickup; 8 cylinder; 4 WD; gasoline engine; 0-3 years old]

"Series of 4 nearly full length, 3/16 Al shelves with various totes grouping tools or materials for various jobs. Security of the box especially important here." [Remodeler; drives GMC P3500 step van (retired Fedex truck?); 8 cylinder; "350 Chevy w/Turbo automatic. Much nicer in city traffic"; 2 WD; gasoline engine; 10+ years old; with home-made shelving]

"Manufactured shelving, home-made shelving, roof racks, and I built-up the floor as well". [Handyman; drives Transit Connect; 4 cylinder; 2 WD; gasoline engine; 3-6 years old]

Eagle Products Freightliner Heavy Duty Radiator fits FedEx & UPS Step Vans, Workhorse & Thomas Bus
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Eagle Products)
  • Fits: Freightliner FedEx UPS Step Vans, Workhorse, Thomas Bus
  • Limited Two-Year, Unlimited mile, Nationwide Warranty
  • Core Height: 27 7/16 Between the Tanks; Core Width: 25 1/8 - Fin Area Only; Thickness: 2 1/16; Inlet 2 Upper Left; Outlet 2 Lower Right
  • High Quality, Direct Fit Replacement for OEM Numbers Listed
  • FREE SHIPPING! Please note our shipping policies on this item
Alla Lighting New Version 4014 18-SMD Xtremely Super Bright T10 Wedge 194 168 2825 W5W 175 6000K White LED Bulbs Replacement Lamps (License Plate Tag Light, White)
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Alla Lighting)
  • (Set of 2) Color: 6K xenon white. LED Type: 18 pieces new version, high power & high quality 4014 SMD led chips per bulb; 240 lumens per bulb, brightest and...
  • Dimension: 1.05 *0.45 (inch); longer than stock lamp. PLEASE CHECK THE STOCK LAMP HOUSING TO CONFIRM THE BULB LENGTH WILL FIT OR NOT BEFORE PURCHASING. Volts: 12V...
  • Base Type: T10 Wedge. Cross Reference Number: 158, 161, 168, 168A, 168NA, 175, 194, 194NA, 2821, 2825, 2827, 147, 152, 159, 184, 280, 285, 447, 464, , 558, 585...
  • Application: license plate tag light. compatible for most vehicles,just directly plug and play, yet for vehicles, it may happen error code or hyper flash (plz install...
  • Warranty: FullyONE YEARguaranteed. Energy-Saving, Low temperature, Low Power Consumption, Longer lifespan up to 50, Hours, best value in the market.
Alla Lighting Alla Lighting T10 Wedge Amber Yellow 194 168 2825 175 W5W LED Super Bright High Power 3014 18-SMD LED Lights Bulbs for Side Marker Light
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Alla Lighting)
  • (Set of 2) LED Type: 18 pieces high power & high quality 3014 SMD led chips per bulb., triple brighter than normal 5050 SMD & 300% brighter than original...
  • Base Type: T10 Wedge. Direct replacement for 158 161 168 168A 168NA 175 194 194NA 2821 2825 2827 2886X 3652 558 658 PC168 PC175 PC194 PC195 W5W W5WB W5WLL 124 160...
  • Applicaton: front side marker light, rear side marker light,interior map light, interior dome light, license plate light,reading light,etc. for car, truck, scooter...
  • Color: Amber Yellow;Volts: 12V - 18V DC with built in current resistance,360° view angle. No UV or IR radiation, just plug and play. non-polarity.
  • Warranty: FullyONE YEARguaranteed for manufacturer quality. Energy-Saving, Low temperature, Low Power Consumption, Longer lifespan up to 50, Hours, best value in...
Alla 194 168 2825 175 W5W 158 161 192 T10 Wedge Super Bright High Power 3014 18-SMD LED Lights Bulbs for License Plate Interior Map Dome Door Courtesy Trunk Cargo Area Exterior Side Marker Light (Red)
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Alla Lighting)
  • (Set of 2) Color:brilliant red. LED Type: 18 pieces high power & high quality 3014 SMD led chips per bulb., triple brighter than normal 5050 SMD & 500% brighter...
  • Volts: 12V - 18V DC with built in current resistance,360° view angle. No UV or IR radiation, just plug and play. non-polarity.
  • Base Type: T10 Wedge. Direct replacement for 158 161 168 168A 168NA 175 194 194NA 2821 2825 2827 147 152 159 184 280 285 447 464 558 585 655 656 657 906 912 921...
  • Applicaton:used for dash board lights, instrument lamp door lights,reading lights,license plate lights, side door courtesy lights, interior map lights, interior...
  • Warranty: Fully ONE YEAR guaranteed for manufacturer quality. Energy-Saving, Low temperature, Low Power Consumption, Longer lifespan up to 50, Hours, best value...
Trico TRICO Exact Fit 22-1 Conventional Wiper Blade - 22"
Automotive Parts and Accessories (Trico)
  • Easy one-step installation
  • Blade receptor precisely matches your vehicle s specific wiper arm
  • No need to sort through numerous adaptors to find the correct one
  • Lets any consumer change a wiper blade. Blade installs in mere seconds
  • These refills are manufactured to fit the original equipment wiper assembly, If this assembly has been replaced with anything other than an OE product the refill...

Related posts: