• The Transit averages around 21 MPG (city/highway) loaded and keeps my gear dry in Tennessee's abrupt summer downpours. The payload capacity is 1,500 pounds inside and 150 pounds on the roof. I installed the rack; it cost about $350.

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    The Transit averages around 21 MPG (city/highway) loaded and keeps my gear dry in Tennessee's abrupt summer downpours. The payload capacity is 1,500 pounds inside and 150 pounds on the roof. I installed the rack; it cost about $350.

The cargo space measures 59"x75" (minus the wheel wells), and is 51" high. The shelving unit takes up some of this space, but provides a ton of organization. A hose hanger cable-tied to the shelf carries air hoses, and an inverter clamped in place allows me to charge batteries on the road (there is a factory-installed 12-volt socket on the center console that is always live). I can fit an entire finish toolkit inside the van by employing the strategies described in the following photos.

The cargo space measures 59"x75" (minus the wheel wells), and is 51" high. The shelving unit takes up some of this space, but provides a ton of organization. A hose hanger cable-tied to the shelf carries air hoses, and an inverter clamped in place allows me to charge batteries on the road (there is a factory-installed 12-volt socket on the center console that is always live). I can fit an entire finish toolkit inside the van by employing the strategies described in the following photos.

Credit: Aaron Telian

Get rid of blow-molded cases. You should probably do this even if you don't have a van. They are frustrating to use and take up way too much space. I use an assortment of milk crates, old school metal toolboxes, and soft bags to carry my power tools (for easier access some are stored loose in the Sortimo shelving unit). The exception to that rule would be my laser and Festool products; those I store in the supplied cases.

Get rid of blow-molded cases. You should probably do this even if you don't have a van. They are frustrating to use and take up way too much space. I use an assortment of milk crates, old school metal toolboxes, and soft bags to carry my power tools (for easier access some are stored loose in the Sortimo shelving unit). The exception to that rule would be my laser and Festool products; those I store in the supplied cases.

Credit: Aaron Telian

Keep your setup simple. There are lots of fancy tables and things out there that promise to make everything easy. Some of them probably do, but since few of us drive moving trucks, we have to get creative.  I have a sturdy set of plastic sawhorses and 4' melamine shelf that is my all-purpose table (on larger jobs we'll set up a 2x8 workbench or a 4x8 assembly table). I have a folding stand for the table saw and a Sawhelper miter saw stand (the wings ride on top). The sawhorses and folding stands ride against the driver's side wall and are secured to the clip track with a bungee cord.

Keep your setup simple. There are lots of fancy tables and things out there that promise to make everything easy. Some of them probably do, but since few of us drive moving trucks, we have to get creative. I have a sturdy set of plastic sawhorses and 4' melamine shelf that is my all-purpose table (on larger jobs we'll set up a 2x8 workbench or a 4x8 assembly table). I have a folding stand for the table saw and a Sawhelper miter saw stand (the wings ride on top). The sawhorses and folding stands ride against the driver's side wall and are secured to the clip track with a bungee cord.

Credit: Aaron Telian

Use small tools. Like many young carpenters, I decided I liked building stuff and promptly went out and bought a 28oz hammer. I've since learned that bigger is not always better. A small compressor, small table saw, and small dust extractor help me stay compact (okay, so the one on the bottom is kind of large—but you get the idea).

Use small tools. Like many young carpenters, I decided I liked building stuff and promptly went out and bought a 28oz hammer. I've since learned that bigger is not always better. A small compressor, small table saw, and small dust extractor help me stay compact (okay, so the one on the bottom is kind of large—but you get the idea).

Credit: Aaron Telian