One van does not fit all. We all have different needs, which require different types of van in order to solve those needs, whether it be a large storage space when moving home, or something to carry lots of people lots of seats to transport your team to an event or project. One person’s ideal van could be another person’s nightmare, so we wanted to help you make an informed decision when choosing from the different types of van and get exactly what you need. Here is our guide to different types of van:
The Different Types of Van
The preferred van of postal workers in big towns and cities. The base of these types of van are derived from cars, making them agile and nimble for negotiating tight city lanes and sharp corners.
Popular city vans include the Vauxhall Combo, Renault Kangoo and Mercedes Citan.
Short Wheel Base
Of all the different types of van, these are probably the most common in the UK. Often used by the trades industry, there is a wide range of options available for these types of van. Body shapes, roof height and more. Sometimes referred to as a ‘Panel Van’, you get a moderate amount of storage space but can still get around towns and cities with relative ease.
Popular short wheel base panel vans include the Ford Transit, Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic.
Long Wheel Base
Sometimes described as a ‘Box Van’, these types of van are favoured by large courier companies. The big, box-shaped load area allows for lots of packages and items to be stored securely, with a side door often available for quick access to storage in different parts of the van.
Popular long wheel base box vans include the Mercedes Sprinter, Fiat Ducato and Ford Transit.
You can also get extra-long wheel base vans, also known as ‘Jumbo’ vans, if you need extra space.
These types of van aren’t defined by the size of it, but rather the function it serves. It’s most frequent use is for transporting perishable food items as the load area can be set to remain at a specific temperature. Warm, cold, whatever you need.
Commonly used as a removal van. Out of the different types of van listed here, these box-shaped vans are the only ones that regularly come with a tail lift. This is to help load heavy goods items into the storage space. The maximum load weight in these types of van is very high, making it ideal for when you’re moving home.
Once limited to just the Ford Transit, you can now get these with different types of van manufacturers, including Renault and Volkswagen.
Ideal for transporting your workforce to a project, while still being able to carry their tools. The storage space available in these is generally smaller than that of a due to the extra seats installed. Great for small workforces, travelling groups and bands on tour.
Popular choices include the Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit and Renault Trafic.
A larger version of the crew van, but with much more emphasis on seating than storage space. These are often used by schools and colleges to transport students for field trips or to get them to and from class.
Popular manufacturers for these include Iveco, Ford and Mercedes.
There are quite a few different variants within these types of van. Often used in the building industry, the look of this type of van is comparable to pickup trucks, as the loading bed is exposed. The storage area is supplied in such a way as to meet the owner’s requirements, whether it be the ability to tip or the side panels dropping down.
These are just the most popular different types of van. The list is endless, but we hope this short guide has helped to inform you and help when it comes to making a decision. If you’re still finding yourself stuck, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email by clicking the button below and visiting the contact page.