Van fit-outs are full-sized cargo vans that are delivered to third-party firms to be customised with numerous comforts for road trips and camping. It can also refer to a full-size passenger van with the back seats reconfigured for taxis, school buses, shuttle buses, and limo functions rather than a family van. Other van fit-outs in Sydney include bespoke fitting services to prepare the load area of light commercial trucks for industrial operations. This includes racking systems for storing equipment and items so they may be kept secure while also utilising the maximum storage capacity of the truck.
Varieties of van fit-outs:
The most fundamental distinction between conversion vans is the sort of van fit-outs.
- Low Tops- Low top vehicles keep the van’s factory roof. These vans feature more internal room but are less aerodynamic. These vans became less prevalent in the 1980s as TVs, VCRs, and video games grew more popular, but they were also rather big. These vans have recovered considerably as a result of the emergence of integrated DVDs and flat-screen monitors, but they remain a distant second behind high-topped vans.
- High Tops- A piece of the original factory roof is removed and a fibreglass high-raised roof is fitted to these vans. This has become a distinguishing element of a conversion van. The van’s high top allows people to stand without leaning over. A piece of the roof is frequently left at the front and back of the vehicle for structural reasons. The high top is a trademark feature on accessibility vans because it allows a wheelchair occupant to be hoisted into the vehicle without having to duck. It is also now required for campervans. The high top also provides significant additional storage space.
Types of conversion:
Aside from the standard passenger-van-like conversion, there are various more types of conversions:
- Travel Van/Family Van- These are the typical conversion vans and the only ones that come with both low and high roofs. A standard travel van can seat seven people on one rear bench and four captain’s chairs. The rear bench frequently electrically folds flat into a bed. Large windows with coverings, storage drawers, and a TV are common features of these vans. TVs were originally modest DC conversion versions with antennae.
- Disability Vans/Wheelchair Buses – The van has one or more of the following structural modifications that allow a wheelchair user to use it: a raised roof to allow proper clearance through the door, a raised roof to allow adequate head clearance, and a lowered or dropped floor to allow adequate head clearance. These modifications are required since a wheelchair user will nearly always sit higher than a person sitting in the van’s original seats. In all circumstances, a platform lift is built to either the back doors or the passenger side doors to allow a wheelchair user to enter and depart the van.
- Office vans have a tiny office built into the rear, with a desk and chair anchored to the floor, an electrical outlet in the office area (for computers, etc.), and generally one or two seats in the back for passengers. These are most commonly used by travelling salespeople and TV camera teams.
- Motorhomes “Class B” camper vans are based on a full-size cargo van and are occasionally extended by a few feet (0.5-1 m). Lengths range from 17 to 20 feet (5 to 6 metres). “Class C” tiny motorhomes have the back of the van removed (known as a cutaway) and replaced with a bigger back that provides greater room than Class Bs. The lengths range from 18 to 30 feet (5 to 9 metres). These vans include additional camping facilities, such as a toilet, fridge, microwave, sink, side sofa, popup canvas top that allows you to stand up, and occasionally a bed.
A next-generation approach to the van-derived or cutaway chassis method is for manufacturers to develop an integrated design, in which the whole vehicle is purpose-designed and manufactured for usage as van fit-outs in Sydney. This is often done by an integrated bus manufacturer, however huge automotive firms may also develop their versions. These designs are frequently available in lengthy, high-capacity forms, and may be referred to as various van fit-outside fit-outs.