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    At some point we all have to move gear about. Whether from one end of the studio to the other, driving to a location, or even flying to foreign lands.

    Well the whole point of this thread is to address… How to get your kit from point A to point B.

    It doesn't matter whether you carry your gear in the trunk of your car, or haul it about in a 10-ton truck. This thread is for you to post your own personal experience with transporting gear, so that others can learn what works, and what doesn't. I invite you to post pics of organizers, transport cases, carts, vehicles, and anything that makes transporting, and or storing your kit easier and more manageable.


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    I'll start by saying I have changed the way I transport my kit a number of times over the years. From audio bags in the back of a Chevy Vega early on, to a Range Rover with a shooting platform on top during the housing boom, to a 5-Ton grip truck. In a pinch I even loaded up a Ferrari with what we could carry to shoot a series of political ads. My current vehicle of choice for transporting my gear is a 2005 Mercedes Sprinter van, which I purchased used in 2009. In the 5 years I have had the Sprinter, I have changed the configuration a number of times to suit the work at hand. The very first thing I did to make transporting my gear more manageable, was to add E-Track to the cargo area so I could secure my kit without it flopping about. The second, was to build and install wall panels to keep the walls of the van from getting all dinged up.
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    Here is a little breakdown of how I did it on a very small budget.
    The most expensive item was the covering purchased from an automotive fabric outlet.
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    Here are a couple of shots of the finished walls, and bed liner sprayed on the floor.
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    The next thing I did after falling out of the van, was to add caution tape on the floor to mark where the end of the world was so nobody would get hurt falling out.
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    Awesome truck David!


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    Early on I had a work bench area in the van where I could build out cameras, DIT station, or mix audio, and I kept all my gear on inexpensive carts so I could roll everything out. But I soon learned that having a van where you could clear out all your gear at a moments notice, meant that everyone and their brother wanted to use the van for moving furniture and the like on the weekend, and boy did that get old fast.
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    Nice setup David! A far cry from mine. I have down scaled from a Windstar to a SmartCar. It is a Mercedes however :>)
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    So I decided to install shelving on one side of the van, and build an area on the other side to store flags scrims silks and the like.
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    While my gear configuration has changed over time since the previous pics above, I have kept the shelving racks in place.

    One of the safest additions, was removing the majority of the bungee cords which secured the gear in the racks, and replaced them with rope ratchets. I believe it was Matt Gottshalk that suggested them, and since installing the rope ratchets, I have suffered no near eye loosing incidents.
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