When looking to start his barbershop, Chris Walter was shocked at the high price of local commercial real estate on the Mornington Peninsula. This meant he had to look for another solution and after a bit of thought it seemed obvious – go where the people need him, when they need him without cutting back on the bricks-and-mortar shop experience. This led him to creating the Man o’ War Barbers van.
In this edition of REDARC's Unbeatable Rigs series, we look at something a little different.
The Man o' War van is instantly recognisable
More than a few necessities…
The van, a 2018 Volkswagen Crafter, was the biggest he could drive on a car license and had to be completely self-contained; power, plumbed water, heating and cooling – the lot. This led him to decking out the van with more than a few accessories.
- Webasto diesel water and cabin heater
- Ibis reverse cycle air-conditioner
- 12v lights
- 12v water pump
- 12v cabin fan
Wanting to give clients the full barbershop experience meant that Chris had a whole list of necessities too; power for clippers, the need to run the air-conditioner, hair dryer and kettle at the same time, power for point-of-sale, a towel warmer and 12v for the hot water and cabin heater.
Chris wanted the van to look and feel like a bricks-and-mortar barber shop.
The power to control
Chris needed to be able to control almost everything without leaving the cutting position behind the chair. For this he chose RedVision. From where he stands and cuts, he can control the master power, lights, cabin comfort (including monitoring temperatures in the cabin and utilities spaces), and hot water system.
RedVision allows him to instantly gauge and control power consumption and state-of-charge, the system also ties in with a Honda generator which controls the kettle, hairdryer, and air conditioner.
RedVision wired up neatly behind the cabin.
When deciding on a system to power the Man o’ War van, Chris over compensated with the solar and battery, and the generator is the largest in its class meaning he has enough redundancy to see him through and is always confident he won’t run out of power.
- Honda inverter generator
RedVision controls the whole van
“It took me ages to design the system architecture. There were many variables and ‘what ifs’ I had to allow for. The technical support team at REDARC gave some awesome guidance that let me refine the system now in-place,” says Chris, “Pre- and post-purchase customer service has been amazing. When I travel between clients, I am only worrying about giving a great haircut and shave – and not worrying about technical failures. It’s great peace of mind”
To learn more about the Man o’ War barber van or to book a shave if you’re in the Mornington Peninsula region visit Chris’s website, or to find out more about RedVision and how you can get REDARC ready click here.