“Man Caves” Propane Van Featured At Home Builder’s Show

Joanna Schroeder

The “Man Caves” liquid propane-autogas powered Ford E350 van is being featured at the National Association of Home Builder’s International Builders Show January 12-15 in Orlando, Florida. The ROUSH CleanTech’s utlity van is featured on the DIY Network television show “Man Caves” and will be used in a least three upcoming episodes of the TV series.

“We’re thrilled that ‘Man Caves’ has added a ROUSH CleanTech propane-autogas van with a Knapheide Utility Vehicle (KUV) body organized with Sortimo solutions,” said Chris Weiss, vice president of engineering at Knapheide. “This van, a virtual workshop on wheels, shows that ‘green’ can be sustainable and productive.”

During the home builders show, a professional speaker will provide commentary for the attendees in Ford’s booth and regale them about the latest features and benefits of this “Man Caves” propane utility van. Some new features include Ford Work Solution’s in-dash computer and the ROUSH CleanTech liquid propane-autogas fuel system.

“This van promises to boost any builder’s bottom line with lower fuel costs and reduced maintenance costs,” said ROUSH CleanTech President Joe Thompson, who will be in the Ford booth to answer any and all questions. “Propane autogas is not only environmentally friendly, but it has a tough side that lives and breathes durability, dependability, and economic feasibility.”

According to ROUSH CleanTech, propane autogas is the most widely used alternative fuel on roads today in the United States, fueling over 270,000 vehicles, and globally, more than 13 million vehicles. In addition, there are nearly 56,000 miles of pipeline that transport propane, more than 6,000 retail dealer locations, and thousands of propane autogas fueling stations across the U.S.

“Propane autogas powered vehicles are the smart choice for businesses aiming to meet air quality standards without taking a hit in the pocket,” said Thompson. “Beyond proven ‘green’ benefits, this fuel makes sense for business by reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil and boosting profits. And historically, propane autogas costs 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline.”

The “Man Caves” utility van features Knapheide’s KUV service body, Sortimo boxes, cases and accessories, adjustable shelves and dividers for easy reconfiguration depending on the project requirements, a cargo compartment with retention poles to hold sheet material and other over-sized parts and pieces, and a bed slide to help load and unload heavy equipment. The in-dash computer system features a computer screen and wireless keyboard, allowing the driver to function as though from an office.