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Van Graphics and Sign Writing

Signwriting your van is a great form of advertising. If you have a website, be sure to show it on your van. Striking graphics will get you noticed and your name known in the area.

A sensible investment is to protect your van from corrosion. It involves covering the vehicle floor with a tough, water proof coating. If you are carrying water in the back of the van things are going to get wet and hence will lead to rusting. This coating will protect the resale value of the vehicle.

The right van for your business is an important decision. It will obviously depend on your needs. Will you have a van mount system or will you be carrying a trailer? If you intend to use a van mount system, what size water tank will you be carrying? Are the measurements compatible? If you live in a busy city, would a smaller van be easier to park?

Remember if you are carrying large amounts of water on board then you will need to take particular care that the payload of the vehicle is sufficient for the weight that you will have on board. A litre of water is one kilogram, but you need to take into consideration additional weight of passengers, fuel and tools.

Payload: What does it mean and how do you work it out?

With window cleaners carrying large amounts of water in their vans nowadays
you need to be aware of your payload.  Payload is basically the combined weight
of driver, passengers, fuel and cargo.  It is important that you know how to
figure out what your legal payload is, this is probably less than the payload
stated in the manufacturers specifications.

Why is the legal payload less than the manufacturer’s specifications? The answer
is because the manufacturer doesn’t take into account the weight of a full fuel
tank, driver’s weight, passenger’s weight and any modifications such as ply
lining when calculating the payload.

So how do you calculate payload?  You need to have the van weighed with a full
tank of fuel and driver inside this is known as your unladen weight.  The payload
is the vans gross weight minus the
unladen weight.  Don’t forget that if you carry other passengers then they need
to be subtracted from the gross weight too.  As an example if your van has a gross
weight of 3 tons and an unladen weight of 2 tons then your payload is 1 ton.

It is important to know what your legal payload is as VOSA will come down hard on
those people who don’t comply with the law

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