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2014 is going to be a great year for locksmiths/security professionals who want to purchase new or larger service vehicles. Ford will be introducing the Transit during 2014, as this will be the last year of the Ford Econoline van. The Econoline van will be discontinued at the end of 2014 after 34 years.
The Ram ProMaster, a front-wheel drive in the 1500, 2500 and 3500 model designations, is available with a low or high roof, having up to 530-cubic-foot capacity behind the front seats. Engine choices include diesel or gasoline with up to a 220 Amp alternator. The Ram ProMaster is probably the sister vehicle of the Fiat Ducato. If this is correct, the code series should be DE00001-DE11210.
The 2015 Ford Transit full-sized van comes in varying wheelbases and three roof heights. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) ranges from 8,600 to 10,360 pounds with payloads in excess of 5,000 pounds. Engine options include gasoline and diesel. According to Ford, the Transit will be available in the summer of 2014.
These are the two new competitors for the Nissan NV Cargo models and the General Motors vans. The Nissan NV was introduced for the 2012 model year in three model designations 1500 (half ton), 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 (1 ton). The NV shares the same platform as the Titan, a front engine rear drive pickup. The 2500 and 3500 models are available with the standard or high roof with up to 323 cubic feet of cargo space. The high roof models have interior height of 6 feet 3 inches. Nissan 2500 SV and 3500 SV models have two 120-volt AC power outlets.
GM will continue with the Chevrolet Express and the GMC Savana 1500, 2500 and 3500 cargo and cutaway vans. These full or larger vans will continue to be available in regular and extended wheelbase. Chevrolet and GMC offer Van Upfit Cash Allowance or an Adrian Steel commercial bin package. For more information, contact your GM Fleet dealer.
Compact Service Vans
In addition to the full size and larger vans, the more compact Nissan NV200, introduced for the 2013 model year, is a 73.7”-tall cargo van that is 186.3” long and 68.1” wide. The four-cylinder engine output is 131 horsepower has a 110 Amp alternator. The NV200 has a continuously variable transmission.
The Ram C/V Tradesman is a “cargo-ized” Dodge Grand Caravan that has a flat cargo floor with solid sliding door panels and rear liftgate. The engine compartment has been supplied with a 3.6 liter V6 that produces 283 horsepower with a six speed automatic transmission. The C/V Tradesman has 144 Cu. Ft. of cargo space.
Ford will continue to offer the Transit Connect, a compact fuel efficient five door van. The 2014 models will feature exterior and interior redesign and improvements.
Smaller service vehicles have some advantages. They are easier to park and maneuver on congested city streets. They are able make use of parking garages that have height restrictions. Some towns and cities limit the residential areas to vehicle less than several tons.
As an alternative, some locksmiths are purchasing used ambulances, box trucks and vans because of the cargo capacity and converting them into service vehicles.
Outfitting Your Van
Once the service vehicle has been purchased, the next steps are to think about the interior and the exterior. When thinking about the interior, consider installing good lighting throughout the vehicle, and consider having LED lights for the work area. Also, consider 12 VDC motors for your key machines, as some 115 VAC motors are not compatible with inverters. Contact your key machine manufacturers for specifics.
For the interior, steel, aluminum and/or wood cabinetry makes it a service vehicle. Depending upon where you live, you may want to consider installing a roof air conditioner, heater or fan equipped vents to combat extreme weather conditions. Also, consider insulation for the more extreme climates.
Mini-vans are perfect for most of the jobs locksmiths do. The products we sell are small, we use mostly hand tools, and a small bench to sit and work at is all we need.