I am thinking of getting something fitted in my van to better illuminate the inside and also something to charge my batteries for cordless tools. I would also like to be able to run a heat gun off the van via an extension cable.
the main thing you will need is an “inverter” Jeff. I cant help much more than that mate. i only know because we had one in our last works van but not the new one. which is a bummer because it is very handy to be able to charge things out on site.
I have an inverter in my van, Jeff. I also have a multi-port plug adapter that holds multiple sockets and USB ports. Get a powerful inverter and use a caravan leisure battery. I have a cordless heat gun but it’s crap other than for emergencies! I can easily run heat guns from the van. works excellent and wouldn’t go back. I also have the ceiling illuminated with LEDs. It really is good when doing anything inside the van.
You would need a very large inverter to run a heat gun, if you went this route you would need to upgrade the alternator and maybe add a second battery. A small inverter 600-1000w is perfect for charging cordless tools.
I have a 1000w inverter in my van and its wired to the ignition so its only on when driving, have a 2.2kva generator which just runs a heat gun on full power, also a gas torch for small jobs.
My Transit Custom (sport) came with a 200w mains plug between the front seats!
I recall the salesman telling me how useful it was for making a quick cup of tea on site, I’m guessing he felt a bit of a twat when I pointed out that 200w will do for charging a laptop or batteries, but not running a 3kw kettle!!
Anyway, I always go out with 3 or 4 fully charged batteries (18v metabo) and have never run out, so never really used the power point. As others have said, you need an inverter.
re illuminating inside, my custom has upgraded LED interior lights, they work a treat and are very bright. I added some extra from a spare power supply in the back too. Easy and cheap if you use left overs from a job!