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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.


Essential items for your van

Over time you find there are certain things that you want to have in each vehicle, if you’re starting up then this is the sort of list that you need to equip each van/lorry with:

  • Wire cutters to cut all those cable ties (preferably a few pairs)
  • A few hammers (for nailing down matting/carpet)
  • sledgehammer
  • A pair of steps large enough for whatever size marquees you offer
  • several packs of cable ties
  • spare nuts/bolts/bungees/drop-nose pins whatever easily lose-able small parts your style of marquees use
  • spanners
  • ratchet straps
  • vacuum/leaf blower, whatever you use to clean up flooring
  • map book or sat nav
  • pack of baby wipes to clean hands before putting up linings etc
  • stake puller (if you use them)
  • purlin lifter (if you have the style of marquee that requires them)
  • hard hats (if you’re lifting metalwork over your head then you should wear them)
  • Cloths, bucket and some cleaning fluid (plant sprays are good for keeping cleaning fluid in)
  • a roll of rubbish sacks
  • 13amp fuses
  • selection of screwdrivers
  • 13amp socket tester (worth it’s weight in gold for testing sockets to trace any problem/fault)
  • small container of bleach (in an emergency you can remove marks on a lining at the last minute)

It sounds a lot but most of it will just stay permanently in the compartment above the cab or in a tool box. There are bound to be some things that I’ve missed but these should cover most eventualities that you may face.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

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