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    how to: detail van set up

    hello everyone, i am new to the forums.

    i just bought a 2002 chevy express 2500 van, i dont know how to set up the inside for detailing, i have all the equipment and water tank and everything, but no idea whats the best way to set up the inside of the van. do i have to bolt down the water tank to the floor? same with the power washer and generator?

    i will take all the advice i can get! thanks again!

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    Welcome to Meguiar's Online!

    Congrats on the new vehicle. I am not necessarily an expert in setting up a detail van, but I would absolutely recommend coming up with a way to secure your heavy equipment safely. I would imagine it would be ideal to have a metal fabricator make you some type of steel bar structure, which would probably be welded & bolted in place, and then you could secure your equipment to that structure.

    If you are storing gasoline inside the van, you are going to want to mitigate the possibility of breathing those fumes. Ideally separate yourself completely from the storage area with a wall in-between the driver seat and the van storage area. If that is not an option, maybe look into a "in car" air purifier. I don't have one myself but it is on the wishlist. I have seen that Phillips has their "GoPure" Car Air Purifier, which has a HEPA fitler.

    Recently i've been storing accessories like microfiber towels & machine pads in Ziploc's 20 gallon "Big Bags." It seems to work pretty well, except for the handle on the bags is not the strongest.



    Meguiar's 3 Level Detailing Carts (MGCART) are still an active item and are great to keep items up off the ground. The ability to roll the cart is also great. One thing to note about these is that they are not very good for storing items.
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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    I am not sure how long you have been detailing, but looking into training is always a great idea. I do not have first hand experience with the following contacts/ or have even met them, but being in the industry I have seen they offer professional training, Esoteric Detail in Ohio, Auto Detailing Success in Big Bear, CA, Mike Phillips w/ Autogeek in Florida, also P3 Detail Training, to name a few.

    Meguiar's also offers a few free car care/detailing classes here at our offices in Irvine, CA. While they are not specific professional detailer training events, many professionals from around the world have attended and told us they enjoyed what we offer. More information on these can be located at the below link:

    Meguiar's 2017 Detailing Class Schedule

    Also, I would recommend investing in the appropriate secondary labels or screen-printed spray bottles for the products you are using. Not only do they provide a more professional look, this is a trade that is regulated by OSHA for good reasons. Below are a couple examples:
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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    i live in las vegas, and ive been detailing for about a year out of my car, ive been mostly using their water and power source, but my own power washer and vacuum, etc. i really just want to know whats the best way to set up a detail van!...also where to buy a hose reel that i can attach to my van

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    There are many setups available on You Tube.
    Here is one to start.
    It might be easier to paste the URL into your browser, so You Tube can make other recommendations.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MISPiN3SJXA

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    i tried looking on youtube, didnt really find a video of how they set it up

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    I found quite a bit. About 10 videos.
    It sounds llike you may be looking for mobile carwash.
    Possibly this will help.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGmlSEdhEoY

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    yea like that, i have no idea how to set up my van, like where to put what, but this gives me a good idea of how to do it!!!

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    Re: how to: detail van set up

    all i need to know now is, how do i bolt everything down? do i do it to the body of the car or do i need a custom frame?

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