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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Converting for Business use

It does not matter what cargo van one may buy for a business, they all still need things done to make them ready for work. I am an independant electrical contractor with a Sprinter van. This new NV200 will be an added vehicle for long distance runs involving quick service calls and estimating.

I am having shelving installed next week but before that goes in, I removed the squishy vinyl floor and replaced it with a thin layer of plywood and carpeting. I find the solid floor provides a more sturdy footing and the carpet is easy to vacuum. There will be a clear vinyl runner in the center to prevent dirty items from staining the carpet. This is the same setup I have in the sprinter van and after five years, still looks brand new. My customers see "Professional" when the cargo doors are open.

So, off with the vinyl and in with the wood. Here are the pictures. We all love pictures, right?!






There is a fuel tank access cover that I made provision for through the wood floor in case it needed to be accessed in the future.








The wood floor is glued down with a little dab of silicone adhesive here and there to prevent rattles. It is also held down with #6 stainless screws that are flush to the surface. (Yes, some drilling was involved) Living in Arizona helps prevent rust naturally!




I used the old, well, new floor matting as a template for the carpet and cut it on the driveway where there was plenty of space. I will save the old vinyl mat for future use. I used double sided carpet tape as the adhesive to keep the carpet from moving or creating lumps.









From there, I reinstalled the plastics around the door with the exception of using #12 stainless steel philips screws instead of the plastic pins that originally held the parts in place. The screws go through the original floor plugs and hold the parts securely.



















I will post more once the shelves are in. In the meantime, this is my Sprinter van's interior....



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Looks really good. Awesome!

Are you going to put a roof rack on top? I wonder how many mpg will be lost.
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Hi Vrooom, No, I am not going to put a rack on it. My plans are to keep this as light as possible despite having the interior racks on each side of the rear. A 6' ladder will be kept on the floor or even a 4' ladder. This van will be more of a quick service call/estimating vehicle/ weekend warrior runabout.
If I need more stuff, then the Sprinter will be used on those days.
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As promised, here are the finished interior photos. I still need to add LED ceiling lights to brighten it up in there and a plexiglass overlay on the partition to keep some of the rattles from the material out and the a/c in.













There is surprisingly alot of cab room with the Adrian Steel partition. The seats can recline quite a ways.



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I'm a handyman needing a new vehicle. I'm on the fence about buying an NV200, but your pictures have me liking the NV200 more and more.
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If you are not in any hurry to buy a mini cargo van, check out the new 2014 Ford Transit Connect. It will be restyled and personally, I think it looks great. But of course, the price for comparably equipped vans, the Ford will probably end up costing around 26-28k. For me, I loved the "cuteness" of this van and how narrow it is. I opted for the silver wheels which are on the base model although both the S and the SV share the same size rim. The SV comes with wheel covers over black rims. I like the silver wheels with no covers. Gives the van a more Euro appearance.

Nissan gives you the partition and one shelving unit that has no doors or drawers. What you see in my picture cost an additional $1500 to the up fitter. This van will meet my needs as a quick runner with plenty of storage compartments for all the small electrical items that would otherwise slosh around the open shelving.
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...Nissan gives you the partition and one shelving unit that has no doors or drawers. ...
are you talking about the Adrian Steel Nissan promo?

http://www.adriansteel.com/pdf/0313NISSAN.pdf

My [potential] dealer didn't offer it or mention it.

I'm thinking of getting an nv200 sv for my business, so would qualify for an incentive based on the requirements on page 3.

Is the sv200 still good for you? Did you wire in additional interior lights like your old van?
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are you talking about the Adrian Steel Nissan promo?

http://www.adriansteel.com/pdf/0313NISSAN.pdf

My [potential] dealer didn't offer it or mention it.

I'm thinking of getting an nv200 sv for my business, so would qualify for an incentive based on the requirements on page 3.

Is the sv200 still good for you? Did you wire in additional interior lights like your old van?

I believe you have a choice of one of three promotional items. Either you go for a very very basic graphics for the van, shelving and partition, or a cash rebate.
The shelving was worth the most so I went that route.

I did add LED cargo lights.

This van is a backup to the Sprinter. I will never give up that van as it is my main source of income due to the size and space.
If I had to work out of the NV200 strictly, it would be a very hard adjustment as the size of the van limits my material carrying capacity. I use the NV200 for estimating, quick service calls and checking up on existing jobs.

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2.0 litre Gas engine/ CVT, SatNav, Power windows, DL, Mirrors.

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Wow great job, A+
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Hey, any updates?
Can you post a link to the light you are using?
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