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Note: You should turn your cargo van into an "RV" / mobile office
while on the road. Add items to make your job more comfortable. The
items listed below are only suggestions.
1. Straps: Freight needs to be secured while transporting.
2. Battery charger / power supply: Sears Die Hard battery pack with
AC-DC outlets, jumper cables, light, air supply, air pressure gauge.
This will enable you to jump start your "cargo van" if you
accidentally drain you battery. This will allow you to inflate
sleeping gear, power up cooking items like grills, coffee pots,
TV's, radio's, computers, heaters, coolers or refrigerators, fans,
and give you light in your cargo van instead of using the cargo
lights powered by main battery. Keep in mind, during colder months,
if you operate a TV or computer, and / or safely cook in your unit
(RV in between loads) meals, coffee, toast etc., this generates heat
in your unit along with your body temperature. This prevents the
constant need to run heaters. You can use this equipment all you
want and if you drain the deep cell battery, no worry, just safely
idle for a few minutes while you charge it up or do so during your
deliveries while you're on your runs. Buy a good item here and maybe
even consider a warranty for a few dollars more. We think this item
is a must for convenience and comfort. These run around $150.00 for
a good one. If you can't afford one right away due to other
expenses, get one asap.
3. Shower: Shower pack, toiletries, soap, toothbrush, shampoo,
towels, razors etc. Truck stops and (KOA / Good Sam and others)
campgrounds have private showering facilities for a small charge.
Your fuel receipts can earn you credit towards showers at
participating truck stops with diesel or gasoline purchases. If you
buy regular gas from the regular fuel islands, take your receipt to
the trucker fuel desk for credit towards free showers.
4. Sleeping gear: Sleeping bag, cot, inflatable mattress, whatever
you prefer, pillows etc. It is a good idea to build a fold up bunk
that stows along the side wall above the wheel well. An electric
blanket is particularly nice in colder months.
4A. Insulated cargo vans: We recommend you properly insulate your
cargo vans with a commercially applied spray foam insulation. This
will trap heat and A/C in your unit for optimized comfort. Regular
vans are about $250.0 and larger Sprinter cargo vans are about
350.00. This insulation is WELL WORTH the expense. We have found
drivers to be to hot at night and end up on top of the covers. We
have vendors that can do this for you overnight. Small and medium
sized fans in insulated vans oscillate cooler air and cooler temps
last longer when insulated properly.
5. Alarm clocks: Two are recommended, one for a back up. We suggest
a battery or ac/dc type and a wind up. This way if you arrive to
your drop early, you can take a nap and wake up on time. If one
fails to work properly or you roll over on it and don't hear it, the
other will wake you up.
6. Tire Gauge: You should not be without this item. Under inflated
tires cause "drag" on your unit, poor fuel economy, over heated
engines to say the least. Over inflated tires can cause road damage
to your front end when hitting unavoidable pot holes or road debris
to say the least. Digital ones are particularly nice.
7. Power inverter: These can be purchased in many places and will
allow you to have more AC and or DC outlets for your laptop, GPS,
and other items while driving. These come in many sizes like 100
watt up to 3500 watts. The bigger they are in watts, the more items
you can operate off your cargo unit battery while driving or idle.
We suggest you charge up your Sears Battery charger / power supply
(#2 above) while you drive / while your units generator is supplying
the power. This will prevent the battery getting low since it's
automatically regenerating itself during this time.
8. Carbon Monoxide Detector: This is a recommended item if your
staying in your cargo van a lot. You can get these from most home
center type retailers. Idling your van should be limited and only
done when safe. Again, electric blankets and power supplies along
with a properly insulated van will keep you warm and comfortable
9. Microwave: You can buy smaller microwaves at truck stops that
plug right into your cigarette lighter adapter. They also have types
that will "alligator clip" right onto your battery terminals under
the hood. Microwaves are nice and convenient for heating up soups
and other liquids. Be careful using to much power like a microwave
if your unit is turned off. These draw a lot of power and can drain
a battery easily. Again, the #2 item above is nice to have in
situations like this.
9. Misc. Accessories: Books, magazines, DVD players, small folding
table, fold up camp chair, toaster, skillet, electric grills, coffee
makers all save money and generate heat in cooler months. Of course,
any home cooking you do will certainly save you money from eating out
and if you eat out too much fast food, you may end up "glowing in the
dark". A plug in cooler of some sort (heated & cool-able types are
available) will keep ice frozen for reasonable amounts of time,
keeping your soda pop cold and left over's. Skillets will allow you to
pop corn and make hot sandwiches and grilled cheese. Make some shelves
in your unit for food items along the side walls for convenience.
10. Bring spare checks, aspirins and other items you may already have.
While your on the road, you should be able to bank electronically and
have email and Internet access.
These items will give you something to think about. Make the unit like
an RV in between loads. Add personal items to make your time on the
road more warm & fuzzy… Have things to prevent boredom and make it
YMCA membership cards or campground memberships are especially nice to
have. KOA campgrounds, Good Sam campgrounds are readily available all
over the USA. Stay at KOA’s for around $20.00 and up a night and they
are just about everywhere. Showers, pools, lodges, laundry, TV, game
rooms etc., for the fraction of a periodic motel. These can be found
on Garmin and other GPS systems easily. These can be tax deductible
(so essentially free) and you can have hook ups for all your electric
gear and a BBQ grill and fire pit provided.
So, add an extension cord with a surge protector for all your items
and enjoy camping each day or on the weekends when your not at home.
Remember, on vacations each year you'll still have your campground
memberships there for your family enjoyment, a free perk for your hard