As full size cargo vans like the Transit and Sprinter become increasingly popular, smart storage and organizational solutions become ever more important. If you have a cargo van - whether for work, play, or some semi-attainable combination of the two - the chances are high that the ability to efficiently utilize all that space is close to number 1 on your priority list. The cargo bays on these vans are huge, and a great foundation on which to build a totally bespoke vehicle; because the DECKED system turns the otherwise static, unused space at the bottom of that bay into accessible storage, it's the perfect platform to begin any number of build combinations.
DECKED is designed with mounting/combination in mind. There are small dimples in the shallow vertical channels on the deck which indicate the steel tubes running laterally under it; these tubes are part of what gives the DECKED system its 2000 lb. payload rating, but also serve as mounting points.
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DECKED uses HDPE an incredibly resilient plastic that is co-molded to a steel subframe. This result is a highly durable product which is light in weight, yet boasts a remarkable 2000 lb payload.[/caption] Most popular van shelving units are compatible with DECKED’s substructure (or can be made to with little effort), and because it puts a couple burly, smooth rolling drawers under a top deck that’s as strong as the bottom of the cargo bay, it’s the ideal base to build on. With DECKED, you maintain the walkway or cargo space between the shelves, and without a significant height sacrifice, add a significantly easier to access and ergonomic storage capability to your van. Get your hands on the stuff you use most without climbing up inside the van, and eliminate a good sized chunk of wasted time, effort, and precious knee cartilage.
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Clearly a man with happy knees.[/caption]
Beyond its usefulness in a work van application, DECKED is a great addition to any sort of recreational setup. It sits above the wheel wells and gives you a bigger floor space to work with, and - at the risk of being redundant - makes it way easier to get the stuff you want when you need it. Especially in a van set up for camping, things can be cramped, so anything that allows access to gear from outside the van is a plus. Because the system comes to a stop right before the side door opening, it doesn’t preclude the use of the area just inside and leaves that space open for anything that might require the full height of the cargo bay. However you want to configure it - whether as the ultimate work rig or the most enviable camper in all the land - DECKED will make the space in your van more efficient, ergonomic and secure. ALSO:
make sure to read our Best Practices Guide
before fashioning your own shelving and DECKED system combination for your van, as it’ll help you sort out the most sturdy and long-lived configuration/installation possible. We put shelves in a 148” wheelbase/high roof Transit, and while a different van may necessitate different shelf lengths/heights/widths, here’s what we used: 13″ deep shelving: 1) 9374-3-01 (42” W X 60”H X 13” D shelf unit) QTY of 1 2) 9376-3-01 (60” W X 60”H X 13” D shelf unit) QTY of 2 3) 9706-3-01 Retainer Lip, 4 in x 60 in – QTY of 2 4) 9113-3-01 Accessory Shelf, 36 in x 10 in – QTY of 1 16″ deep shelving 1) 9364-3-03 (42” W X 60”H X 16” D shelf unit) QTY of 1 2) 9366-3-03 (60” W X 60”H X 16” D shelf unit) QTY of 2 3) 9706-3-01 Retainer Lip, 4 in x 60 in – QTY of 2 4) 9113-3-01 Accessory Shelf, 36 in x 10 in – QTY of 1