Why Bott Smartvan beats DIY Ply Racking (Part 1)

“But I can rack out my van myself with plywood for a fraction of the cost,” we hear you say…

This may be true, but not everything that is cheaper in life is actually good value (think economy bin liners that end up splitting all over your kitchen floor, cowboy repair jobs, or ordering something on eBay before realising that it’s coming from China and you have to wait 4-6 weeks for it to be delivered…)

You get what you pay for.

There are many reasons why Bott Smartvan racking beats DIY ply, hands down. Here are just 5 of them:


  1. It’s space maximisingBeats DIY Ply 1

Bott Smartvan’s clever design utilises otherwise wasted space to give you maximum storage for your tools and materials without compromising on your load space. Unlike traditional box shaped ply racking, Bott Smartvan racking is based on slimline frames fitted on either side of the van, sitting in the wall space over the wheel arch, keeping most of the central loading area free.

“Released so much room in my van…top job Bott Smartvan.” ☆☆☆☆☆
(Phil Matthews)


  1. It’s straightforward to fit

Beats DIY Ply 2

Vehicle-specific designs match to your van’s contours and existing fixing points perfectly, so no measuring, trimming or drilling is required (which can damage and devalue your van). Like DIY ply racking, you fit it yourself which helps keep costs down (and makes for a nice little side project!)

“Not having to drill my brand new van was a major selling point.” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Raynor Electrical Services Ltd)

All the fixings and fitting instructions you need are included with your kit. Bott Smartvan racking can also be fitted over the top of ply lining and is compatible with all manufacturers’ floors. If you want an idea of the fitting process before you buy, we have the instructions available to view online. And, if you have any fitting issues, there is somebody on hand to answer your queries via telephone.

“Simple and effective fitting instructions.” ☆☆☆☆☆


  1. It comes with great service

Beats DIY Ply 3

From your initial enquiry and pre-purchase advice to our ongoing after-sales support, there is always someone on hand during office hours to help answer any questions you may have. You can contact us by phone, email, live web chat, or via our social media accounts at any stage of your buying process to find out more.

“Excellent customer service – good honest advice.” ☆☆☆☆☆

We are always happy to help, will resolve any issues you may have as quickly as we can, and keep you informed every step of the way. We like to think we provide the best customer service in the industry.

“Their support service is top notch…just ring them up and they’re instantly able to help with no hassle.” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Dean Cleaver)


  1. It’s safe

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Bott Smartvan is strong and solid. As well as being rigorously crash-tested to EU ECE / R17 standards, our racking fixes safely and securely to the manufacturer’s existing fixing points so as not to compromise any structural areas of your van. The system is designed to keep toolcases and storage boxes firmly in place during transit, and comes with optional extras such as anti-slip mats and lashing straps to prevent loads from sliding around.

When I am driving I can’t hear any noise anymore.” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Industrial Boiler Services Ltd)


  1. It lasts

Beats DIY Ply 5

Bott Smartvan will last for approximately two van life cycles and comes with our 3-year warranty as standard. Because there is no drilling or cutting involved in installation, if you buy another van of the same spec in the future, your racking can simply be transferred over, module by module.

“I believe the Smartvan system to be the best available and I frequently recommend their system and company.” ☆☆☆☆☆ (Ondemand)

Don’t just take our word for it – our customer reviews speak for themselves!

“I would definitely recommend this system to anybody else – it’s perfect for all trades.” ☆☆☆☆☆ (D Kelly Security Systems)


(Look out for Part Two of our blog post coming next month…)

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