Dan's Simple Sprinter Carpenter's Van Setup

X-Track and Simple Drawers

RIG DETAILS

USED FOR General Contracting
MODEL 2010 Mercedes Benz Sprinter
BODY Full-Size Cargo Van
DRIVETRAIN 3.0 Diesel
VEHICLE'S FUEL MILEAGE 18.5 mpg

ORGANIZATION

Floor storage
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ABOUT THE ORGANIZER

Dan Builds It

Dan McIntyre Construction

La Harpe, IL USA


Dan's Mercedes 2010 Sprinter is used for his general contracting business in La Harpe, IL. The setup of the van layout is primarily for carpentry and leaves plenty of room for material hauling.

What's the Mercedes Sprinter Like?

Dan likes his van, but he points out that Mercedes Sprinters are expensive to maintain. His quoted price for an oil change at the dealer is $400-500 every 10,000 miles! He can DIY the oil change for about $100.

He has the 2010 3.0 diesel engine and he says he gets a consistent 18.5 MPG. He notes that the warranty on the diesel emissions parts lasts for the first 100,000 miles, but after that, you're on your own.

If you have a problem after that 100k mark, you'll either be paying very high prices for repairs at the dealer, or doing repairs yourself to keep costs down.

Large Cargo Area

The rear of the Sprinter has a very large cargo area. Dan keeps a planer and two multi-purpose ladders at the rear, but these can be moved quickly to make more space.

Dan has no drawers, shelves, or anything else (besides the planer) at the rear passenger side of the van, which creates a lot of available space. Even when you have a lot of tools, having your work van be smaller or more sparse is beneficial:

Dan's Simple Sprinter Carpenter's Van Setup
Dan's Mercedes Sprinter Carpentry Van Image from Dan Builds It

Use X-track

The van has X-Track mounted both horizontally and vertically in the van for strapping larger tools down.

What's X-Track?

It's just like E-Track, except E-Track accessories can be mounted vertically or horizontally due to its cross-shaped holes. You could use it to make shelves that change height or to position tie-downs for equipment you want to secure against the wall at just the right height.

Dan uses X-Track to secure things to his wall and floor. There are lots of accessories available for X and E-Track, but at this point they aren't used very much in trades vans and trailers. Here is a residential HVAC business owner that uses it in his trailer and a carpenter that uses it in his tool trailer.

Simple Drawers and Organizers

The front driver side of the van has a large plywood drawer and organizer unit. The drawers are Ron Paulk-style and hold hand tools. The shelves are tilted back and sized for Milwaukee Packout and Festool Systainer organizers that hold hardware.

Quick Power Tool Storage

If you don't want to build tool cubbies or extra storage for your power tools, Dan has a quick trick:

He uses rafter hooks to hang his tools. He pops a hole in the top of a shelf, put a tool on a hook, and puts the hook in the hole.

Simple, quick, individual tool storage.

If you're still trying to figure out where to put things in your van, this is also a simple way to find an efficient layout that works for you.

Conclusion

Dan's Mercedes van is a well-used part of his business. We like his focus on keeping it simple and the use of X-Track to give him extra storage options.


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