Other Uses for Custom Step Vans Besides Food Trucks

From command centers to mobile retail trucks, this article will explore other uses for custom step vans besides food trucks. Let’s take a look at four specific uses:

  1. Mobile Medical
  2. Experiential Marketing
  3. Command Centers
  4. Merchandising/Retail


    Mobile Medical Units
    Mobile medical step vans have become more and more popular for practical use. Insurance companies have integrated the new business tool of traveling around offering wellness exams, blood testing and basic clinical services. Many healthcare providers and companies have seized the opportunity to travel to their patients, some of which have been utilizing the mammography vehicles.

    High end fabricators similar to APEX Specialty Vehicles build more than food trucks. An in-house design and engineering team is already in place and has the capability to customize a step van for multiple purposes. The key to utilizing a step van as a mobile medical unit is understanding exactly what the customer wants inside of the unit. The configuration of a step van can be optimized with the proper design and expertise to accommodate for the customer’s vision. From exam rooms to a waiting area, many medical exam trucks differ in functionality and customization.

    In one specific project that APEX completed for Kansas City Health Department, a custom truck was upfitted into a multi-configurable mobile clinic and command center. It is aimed at serving hundreds of Kansas City residents providing basic healthcare needs and immunizations. The unit also serves as a centralized command center during times of disaster or immediate assistance. This multi-purpose unit allows the KC Health Department an option to operate as two separate functions within the same unit.  


    Experiential Marketing Vehicles

    Experiential marketing is an out-of-the-box way of capturing the attention of customers. Many brands find the use of a custom experiential marketing vehicle to be a perfect solution of raising brand awareness, loyalty, create social buzz, and ultimately leave a lasting impression. From 3D fiberglass to virtual reality, experiential vehicles can be designed and engineered with some really cool options. A builder like APEX has an in-house design team to lay out a custom 3D design during the proposal process. This will allow the brand to gain an understanding of the layout prior to the build process beginning. However, not all food truck builders are equipped and specialized to handle experiential marketing projects. Be sure you ask questions! What brands have you built for in the past? What was the most unique project you’ve designed and built? Can I speak with a few of your customers?  Knowledge is power! 

    Mobile Command Centers

    The use of step vans for custom-built command centers is on the rise. From SWAT and police task forces to government agencies and local agencies, command centers can be built to your specifications. Mobile command centers can be customized to include a variety of options, including individual workstations, sleeping quarters, and conference areas. Custom command centers are becoming a necessity within the changing landscape to allow organizations to operate efficiently and in a moments notice.

    Mobile Merchandising/Retail Unit

    A merchandising and retail unit is another option to look at when exploring Other Uses for Custom Step Vans Besides Food Trucks. The ability to have a self-contained store within a mobile step van is invaluable, but should be configured to optimize the space. Builders like APEX have decades of experience for this type of build. In fact, APEX built a custom retail truck for the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks. This unit was designed and built with custom expandable sizes, expanding the footprint and retail experience. In addition, the Diamondbacks truck had custom shelving, branded graphics, and POS systems.

    It’s not always safe to assume a food truck builder can expand their expertise with a specialty build in another industry. However, some builders have extensive experience doing so, and have the project portfolios to prove their success. If you’d like to take a look at APEX Specialty Vehicles portfolio, click here. Our in-house design and engineering team is happy to discuss your ideas for a custom project. Get started by filling out the quoter form here!