How to Choose Box Truck Shelves?
Measure Truck Body
A first and most important rule is to know the dimensions of the truck body. Length, height, and width, are crucial but take into consideration wheelbase as well and position of wheel wells if the truck bed is not flat. To perfectly fit body, without any wasted space, truck shelves will go over wheel wells.
To be sure you are looking for shelves, drawers, and workstation that suit your truck body dimension and shape it’s best to locate a local dealer or upfitting company and check if the desired product can be installed on your truck.
Yes, some shelving systems are a universal fit and can be self-adjusted, but some require installation according to truck body specifications.
Call upfitter and let them know make, model, production year and body manufacturer
if the body is not listed as OEM. The best solution is to drive the truck at the dealership and let a mechanic do the measuring and installation.
Choose shelving material
If you are serious about the job aluminum is the right material. It’s light, durable, easy to install and maintain, and it won’t increase vehicle weight, decrease payload capacity or influence fuel consumption.
Aluminum is in use for more than 3 decades and has been proven over the years by many as the best solution.
Along the aluminum, there are steel and plastic items, although some still like to use old fashion plywood
. Actually, most DIY truck shelving setup
project involves wooden workstations with a lot of drawers and bins to hold smaller items.
Every material has its pros and cons, but in essence, all need to be:
• vibration free (resilient poly material or is good to minimize noise from rattling tools and inventory),
• hard to dent or scratch.
Installation and warranty
The vast majority of truck shelving units is possible to install in one hour without drilling and help from professionals. Smaller pieces of equipment like shelf trays and single shelving units require installation manual, a guy who can help you out and use of necessary tools.
If the installation requires wall and floor drilling consider to take care of it in an official dealership.
Always search for products that have at least 5-years guaranty. Some manufacturers offer limited lifetime guaranty but keep in mind that shelving customization can void warranty.