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Offline chris s

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Small vans
« on: March 26, 2016, 07:45 AM »
I am considering getting a small van ford or dodge. Can some one  tell me if a full sheet of plywood will fit standing on edge? The dealers don't seem to know. Thus it would be nice to hear that someone has actually done it.  Thanks in advance

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2016, 07:50 AM »
Hey Chris,

It might get you a better answer if we know which  of the models are you looking into?

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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2016, 02:56 PM »
Go drive them and bring a tape measure. Of course you can look at the spec sheet online too. Mercedes has been running ads for their new van too, claiming it is more spacious for a small van, and would be worth looking at too.

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2016, 05:09 PM »
I'm pretty sure none of the small vans can fit a full 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back.  My Ford Transit Connect is about 7' in the back, the new Dodge Ram ProMaster City is about the same.
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Re: Small vans
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2016, 05:31 PM »
I'm pretty sure none of the small vans can fit a full 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back.  My Ford Transit Connect is about 7' in the back, the new Dodge Ram ProMaster City is about the same.
Mercedes Metris will, which is what they are touting in their ads. I giggled the first time their ad played  ;D
http://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/commercial-vans/metris-cargo-van
Cargo Length (without partition):    105.4 in
Cargo Length (with thru-loading partition):    111.5 in
Max. Cargo Width:    66.3 in
Cargo Floor Width (btw. wheelhouse):    50 in
Min. Cargo Height:    53.8 in
Max. Cargo Height:    55 in

Offline bkharman

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 07:35 PM »
I am not a tradesman but the Benz is nice. Saw one the other day when I took my E in for service. It is very spacious.

Well worth checking out.

Let us know how you get along!

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Offline jmbfestool

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2016, 08:07 PM »
Depends what model and what you class as small?

I have two Ford vans

I bought same van as this one not so long ago.  Easily fits 8x4 sheets upright or laying flat no problem.  Ive had over 30 sheets of 18mm plywood in it before.
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Then this van. Well it only just carries 10% of my tools and no 8x4 sheets will fit in it.
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Re: Small vans
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2017, 05:46 PM »
When I attended the recent Festool Connect 2017 event in Lebanon IN, I saw a Mercedes van that was setup for Festool products.  Does anyone know if this small van will be available in the US or is it a test market vehicle?  I would certainly be interested in this vehicle.

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2017, 08:33 PM »
That van was the new Mercedes van - the Metris.  The van itself is available now.  The ranking system isn't available yet here in the US.

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Offline Sanderxpander

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2017, 03:31 AM »
In my 2008 unextended T5 the cargo area is 220cm long (thought the hatch has a slight curve). I can't fit a sheet of 244cm in there straight against the side. I'm a musician by the way, not a contractor, so this was never a consideration until I went to remodel my house. Anyway, the car is about a meter wide too so I CAN fit plywood from corner to corner. I mostly used half sheets of 244 by 61 because they were easier to handle inside and could handle about 11 at a time. If I'd used full size probably a bit less because of the curved van walls. It's not ideal but it works fine if it's only necessary occasionally.

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2017, 07:25 AM »
I have MB Metris,
I made shelfes for the systeiners with thhe tray for the F tracks.
Great car, it fit full sheet of plywood on the floor, or standable anywhere if there is no cargo partition. Plywood fits easy standable with original cargo partition on the angle...

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2017, 07:25 AM »
If anyone have a picture of the Metris Festool?

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Re: Small vans
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2017, 08:07 AM »
The company (Bott LTD.) that manufacturers the system was at the Festool Connect doing some market research.

You can see an image of the rear of the system in the slideshow here:  http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/photos/festool-connect-2017

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