InstallHub Campervan Conversions

Fully Loaded Campervans

If you are looking to purchase a fully loaded, luxurious campervan, whether it be for holidaying, racing or touring with a band, then look no further than Handsfree Group Leisure.

Utilising the state-of-the-art Installhub facility in York, the HF Leisure Division’s skilled FCS 1362 accredited FITAS engineers convert hundreds of Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen T5 vans per month into high spec campervans.  

With a choice of a “stock” conversion or working closely with the Leisure team to design a custom van, customers can have as much or as little input as they like.

 

The Installhub

Installhub’s primary role is providing specialist conversion and installation services to Handsfree Group’s impressive portfolio of transport, logistics and emergency service clients. Opened in 2016, it has successfully completed thousands of vehicle conversions and installations.

The ‘Hub’ allows the team to turn around fleet installations, pre-delivery vehicle fit outs and specialist conversions all in one state-of-the-art facility, which significantly reduces vehicle downtime for clients.

The ‘Hub’ works great for the HF Leisure team as it provides ample space to for the refit and manufacture of campervans from start to finish.  The facility allows the engineers, who are all trained to FCS1362 FITAS industry standards, to adapt existing equipment or manufacture their own designs, such as a steel tube fold out bed to fit an exact shape for a Sprinter design.  

 

Campervan Conversions

Given their vast experience in campervan conversions, the HF Leisure Division’s engineers know the Mercedes Sprinters and VW T5’s inside and out.  Each van type has a design template which can be adapted to suit an individual customer’s requirements or kept simple for “stock” vans ready to be driven away.  With access to a wide range of suppliers built up over the years, HF Leisure has access to all the latest cutting edge campervan equipment, such as the latest energy efficient solar panels.

Each van is designed and manufactured with care and precision.  If a customer is looking for something individual and unique, HF Leisure will work with them to make it happen.

HF Leisure like to place an individual stamp on each van to give the customers more than they were expecting. Recent examples of this include large embossed VW logos set into the lining of a camper roof and walls for an individual look, or your band logo set into the roof in colour changing fibre optics.

Handsfree Group Leisure and the Installhub offer the the ability to “customise and design your van the way you want it to fit your lifestyle requirements and budget”.

If you would like further information on this service or would like to arrange a demo, please contact us here.

Fleetwide Installation of Xplore Rugged Tablets

Handsfree Group installs the Xplore F5M rugged tablet to aid in Smart Meter Rollout

Identifying a Reliable Vehicle-Mounted Mobility Solution to Support Smart Meter Rollout

The UK Government implemented a Smart Meter roll-out program in 2011 with the aim for most households to have smart meters installed by their energy company by 2020. For utility companies to be able to deliver this to their customers efficiently, a need was identified for a vehicle mounted tablet to assist in the roll-out logistics.  

Specifically, the chosen tablet would need to prove that the Smart Meter installation had been completed and identified. Therefore, the ideal device would be able to take an image of the meter on site, enabling the field technician to submit a real-time digital installation report back to their depot on leaving the customer’s property.

The tablet also needed to be heavy duty, water resistant and able to withstand knocks, bumps, drops, dust and dirt.

 

Xplore F5 Rugged Tablet Provides Right Level of Secure Mobility, Information Access in the Field

The utility company chose to install the XPlore F5M rugged tablet solution throughout their entire fleet because of its proven durability and extreme workflow flexibility. The Xplore F5m enabled the utility company to manage field technician routing, customer details, installation details and other key field applications using a single computing system.

The Xplore F5m was put through a user committee to drive fast field technician acceptance, and all evaluators, ranging from age 20 to 50, loved it.

Built for demanding environments that require robust enterprise software compatibility, the Xplore F5m rugged tablet platform offers the durability and functionality needed to seamlessly go from the office, to the vehicle, to the field-all while staying connected and secure. It has a fixed handle, is nicely balanced and is easy to hold whilst working on foot. It also has a high-resolution View Anywhere® Display stacked with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, making it ideally suited for demanding outdoor environments where field technicians need to easily read detailed data.

 

Vehicle Installation

Xplore selected and appointed Handsfree Group to manage the installations due to their planning expertise, install experience and industry credentials, such as FITAS 1362 and Alcumus’ SafeContractor.

The countrywide installations have been a great success and has already seen  increased productivity, improved efficiency and increased customer satisfaction.

 

Quote

“Handsfree Group is well versed in the proper installation of rugged tablet solutions into large fleets spanning the country,” noted Sandy McCaskie, EMEA director of sales, Xplore. “To take a working vehicle off the road for a whole day for any reason costs businesses money.”

“So, when a company such as our client, one of the UK’s leading Utility Companies, needs to take a number of vehicles within their large fleet off the road for mobile solution installs, and across multiple operating locations, they need a partner with the specialised skills to complete the task within the shortest possible time.”

“Handsfree Group has proven to be more than capable of meeting their strict turnaround times to minimize each vehicle’s downtime.”

Extensive safety & communication vehicle upgrade for a valued customer

One Stop Shop

A valued and prestigious customer of Handsfree Group took delivery of 100 brand new Mercedes Sprinter vans, all on the same day, and they looked no further than the Handsfree Group’s Install Division when deciding how to kit them out with the necessary technology to run their new fleet.  

The install requirements were extensive, as they needed to ensure their fleet was efficient and safe so it made perfect sense for the Handsfree Group’s TECh team to supply the technology and the Install Hub to undertake the work.

Install Hub

Handsfree Group’s Install Division comprises of FITAS Accredited Engineers, Sales, Projects, Parts, Logistics and Customer Services staff, all working together to provide the best possible service.

Install Hub is Handsfree Groups 10,000ft² specialist vehicle conversion workshop in York, which enables quality offsite installations and full vehicle conversion fit outs for their clients.

Handsfree Groups dynamic Install division were able to complete the installations on all 100 Mercedes Sprinter vans, through Install Hub in record time.

TECh Technology

Each of the 100 vehicles were fitted with the following:

Electronic Cargo Lock

Ensuring the safety of the freight, the Electronic Cargo Lock eliminates the risk of freight theft by electronically deadlocking the doors upon closing which can only then be opened using an electronic key.  The electronic key is a quick and convenient way for the driver to access the vehicle.

TECh PT5 Cab phone

The PT5 is fixed to and powered by the vehicle which eliminates the need to use a mobile phone whilst driving and will never suffer that inconvenient flat battery, get lost, damaged due to being dropped, or left behind.  It also gives peace of mind to the driver by having safe access to emergency services at their fingertips.

Reverse Bleep

A white sound reversing bleeper is a must to the customer, ensuring the safety of the public by alerting them to the vehicle slow-speed movement.

Doppler Radar Reversing Sensor

This was the best option due to the stealthy installation and lack of physical sensors, eliminating the risk of damage to a traditional sensor while loading and unloading the van and from excessive jet washing, keeping the fleet gleaming with pride.  

Reverse Brake Light Camera System

Using a brake light mounted camera gives a more factory fitted appearance and mounts the camera up high, giving the optimal view to the rear of the vehicle which not only protects the rear of the vehicle and objects in the biggest blind spot of a van/commercial vehicle, but also provides the perfect view for reversing into a busy loading bay.

TECh CN70 Charging Cradle

The customer also required a solution for their drivers’ handheld PDA’s – the most important tool of the job, containing all the information for the day ahead. The biggest issue with a portable device is battery life so a dash fitted docking station is the best way to keep the device charged and secure whilst the vehicle is in motion.  The installation of the cradle also reduced unnecessary and unsightly cables and chargers all over the dash and cab whilst also keeping it in reach of the driver. Having it dash mounted also removes the need to have another device stuck to the windscreen, therefore improving the driver’s view and keeping driver and public safety as the first priority.

If this sounds like the type of install your business needs then why not contact Handsfree Group now to discuss your requirements?

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