DeWalt ToughSystem VW Van Installation - a Toolstop Guide

You don't always get off-the-shelf products that meet all of your requirements.

That's life.

So when that happens, it's time to take matters into your own hands and create something that will tick all of your boxes. Particularly if one of your boxes is a passion for DeWalt power tools.
dewalt toughsystem vw van build julian collins

That was the situation that Julian Collins found himself in.

Here's what you need to know about Julian in 3 easy steps:

  1. he's a gifted carpenter (you can see him talking about one of his favourite power tools on Toolstop TV)
  2. he's nuts about VW vans
  3. he's nuts about DeWalt power tools

What Julian wanted was a bespoke way to store his DeWalt power tools in his VW van. You can see the van in this video on Toolstop TV.

His solution was to design and build a frame that would be bolted into the body of his van and would then allow him to securely fasten the DeWalt's ToughSystem boxes in place.

Watch the Prezi below to see how he did it.

We'd love to know what you think of Julian's DeWalt ToughSystem van installation, particularly if it inspires you do try something similar!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you know any DeWalt fans, be sure to use the Share links below to send this article to them.


Scott on Sun, 09 Feb 2014 22:29:47 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Looks good but you don't need to be gifted to replicate this.
I now have quite a few of these excellent boxes and they have allowed me floor space to enter my vivaro, my vans have always been very organised but these boxes take things to a new level.
Obviously security is an issue now all tools fit in the van at one time, I have researched slam locks etc but it seems that a determined theif will have tools to pick these locks so I have fitted a good old fashioned tower bolt across the inside of the back doors which is used when parked up off the driveways.
Rear doors seem to be first point of entry for a thief on the vivaro dues to poor designed handle.
Dewalt seem to be producing top end tools these days that's why ive stopped buying Makita in favour of dewalt.

Julian Collins on Mon, 13 May 2013 17:35:35 +0100 (Likes: 7 / Dislikes: 0

Hi Paul... Sorry about the lack of reply, but I was unaware of any questions about my van build... The Dewalt Tough trestles in the Van are the standard Trestles available from Dewalt.. I had the ends powder coated black (when the van racking was done) and also had the tops sign written for photographic purposes...

chippychet on Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:16:17 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

it looks great & easily accessible but you wouldn't want your van broken into with all that kit on show !

Andy on Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:32:35 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0

I'm planning something similar for my VW Caddy, Do you think Dewalt would sponsor the build?

stuart heathfield on Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:23:00 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Hi i am interested in your Dewalt tough box system also the van set up, I am about to get a new Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive LWB, I was wondering if your system would fit my new Van and if so I would buy all the relivant gear from you. It looks a great set up Thanks Stuart (Joiner)

Paul Skelton on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:23:18 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Hi Vantasic me man!
Do you mind me asking where you purchased that dewalt tough trestle from?
Kind Regards

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