A Fit for HVAC


Lately we’ve tackled upfit solutions for specific trucks. We’ve shown you options for trucks both small and large and everything in between. To switch gears, last month we addressed upfit solutions specific to winter equipment. To continue with an application-specific theme, this month we’re showing you upfit solutions that are perfect for HVAC applications.


The HVAC-R industry tops the list for those who benefit most from the features and benefits of JET Rack®. An affordable and low-profile ladder storage solution, JET Rack allows for rapid storage and easy access to a contractor’s most frequently used ladder while using the most underused location in their work vehicle: the ceiling. JET Rack uses an industry-standard strut channel (sold separately) and carries a lifetime warranty on all components. But you don’t have to take our word for the system’s efficiency. JET Rack has high customer ratings and reviews, and it’s been the number one selling Interior Ladder Storage System for more than 15 years.

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We know you carry a lot of tools in your vehicle. Make them as organized as possible with The PACKOUT™ from Milwaukee Tool. The PACKOUT has many options, including ways to mount it to your vehicle’s cargo space. The PACKOUT Mounting Plate provides the ability to stabilize and secure PACKOUT Storage anywhere. The PACKOUT Mounting Plate is constructed with impact-resistant polymer and has metal reinforced mounting and tie-down points that allow it to support and secure 100 lbs of weight on the floor and 50 lbs on the wall.


Looking for a mobile workshop? The Dakota Utility Canopy Body for cab chassis and vans was developed by Dakota Bodies with multiple applications in mind, including HVAC/plumbing, telecommunications, electrical, and other similar trades. Dakota Bodies designed the enclosed utility body to make the technician’s job easier. The storage compartments provide optimal organizational space and easy access to tools and equipment. It is a mobile workshop that will not only keep your equipment and tools safe but will also keep them protected from damaging weather. The lightweight, aluminum construction option will provide you with dependable durability as well as more payload capacity when compared to steel utility bodies.


To prevent road noise and damage to the inside of your cargo van, check out Welformed. The brand’s Welfit cargo liners are essentially vehicle protection systems, keeping the van floors and walls protected from cargo damage and regular wear and tear. Welformed kits are lighter than the competition and custom built for every OEM chassis size and style. The insulated system keeps the interior temperature comfortable, and you won’t have to worry about rot from moisture; these liners have no moisture absorption. Bonus: The kits are designed for single-person install; no drilling necessary.


The Velocity, Utilimaster’s walk-in cargo van, combines the agility and driver comforts of a cargo van with the cargo capacity and payload of a walk-in van, and it is available in both Class 2 and Class 3 GVWR. The Velocity is available on both the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter cutaway chassis. It’s also available as a 100% electric vehicle powertrain. Utilimaster designed and built the Velocity to assist businesses in delivering the people, products, and services that drive profitability. Because of Velocity’s combination of maneuverability, automation, payload, storage, comfort, and safety, it is the ideal vehicle for fleets across industries.


Looking to light up your workspace? Visualize the performance benefits of owning a Ridgeback Lighting H2 Series linear luminaire. Offered in high lumen configurations with a CRI of 90, users can experience improvements in productivity, safety, mood, energy levels, and workmanship. Multiple linear fixture lengths enable full illumination of the cargo bay, eliminating shadowing effects commonly associated with dome lights. Enhanced lighting eases the task of locating smaller parts, reading labels, distinguishing color definitions, and enables safe machining and cutting operations to take place under optimal lighting conditions. Featuring an ultra slim profile makes installation possible even in the lowest headroom cargo vans.


Need a place to safely store long materials in-transit on your cargo van? American Van’s Heavy Duty Aluminum Pipe and Conduit Carrier could be the answer to your needs. The fully enclosed holder measures 10 ft 8 inches in length, 11 inches in width, and 6 inches in height to accommodate material of all sizes. The carrier is made of diamond-plated, maintenance-free aluminum with a spring-up, lockable door that ensures safe and secure transport of pipes and conduit tubes to the jobsite. It attaches to ladder racks easily with two supplied mounting straps.

There are endless ways to configure a perfect HVAC truck/van upfit. But no matter how you decide to rig your vehicle, start here.


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