What Van Should I Buy?

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What Van Should I Buy?

What van you should buy varies depending upon the usage and each individuals needs, this is why there is such a varied choice the two main things to consider are probably size and weight. When you’re choosing a van, make sure it’s big and strong enough to handle your typical cargo. Check the width, length and height of the van’s cargo hold. Check its maximum payload. And if you tow, check its maximum trailer weight. Then ensure the van meets your cargo needs. below are typical weights and sizes which will help you choose.

Baled hay, straw
130-225kg per cubic metre
Barrel (36 gallons)
275kg
Beer case (24 x 1 pint)
35kg
Beer crate (24 x 10fl oz bottles)
23kg
Books
815-1125kg per cubic metre
Bricks, building
2300-2500kg per 1000
Bricks, engineering
2000kg per 1000
Bricks, house, standard pallet
1000kg
Coal, loose
920kg per cubic metre
Coal, loose
1000kg per 1.1 cubic metre
Copper tubing
3000mm length
Cement, bag
50kg or 25kg
Chipboard, sheet
2440mm x 1220mm
Euro pallet
1200mm x 800mm
Gravel, loose
1635kg per cubic metre
Hardboard, sheet
2440mm x 1220mm
Hardcore
1940kg per cubic metre
Ladders
2000mm, 2500mm, 3000mm, 3500mm
MDF, sheet
2440mm x 1220mm x 25mm weighs 51-62kg
MDF, sheet
2440mm x 1220mm x 15mm weighs 30-37kg
Milk crate, 20 bottles
27kg
Paint tin, 5.0 litres
7kg
Paving slab
600mm x 450mm x 65mm, 40kg
Paving slab
600mm x 600mm x 65mm, 52kg
Plaster, bag
25kg
Plastic guttering
4000mm, 2000mm
Plywood, sheet
2440mm x 1220mm
Potatoes, loose
530kg per cubic metre
Potatoes, bag
50kg
Sand, dry
1330kg per cubic metre
Sand, wet
1600kg per cubic metre
Slate
2800kg per cubic metre
Softwood, lengths
1800mm, 2100m, 2400mm, 2700mm etc
Soil
1200-1490kg per cubic metre
Water, 10 x 1.0-litre bottles
10kg




You also need to consider they type of driving and mileage you will be covering each year. Thankfully manufacturers are able to produce smaller engines with bigger performance, which in turn leads to better economy and that all important emission reduction.
Six speed gearbox options would obviously be an advantage for longer distance driving but may be further down the 'essentials' list for the town driver. We are specialists in this market place and are able to provide with the best advice to supply the right vehicle for your needs, so if you are not sure, drop us an email  or call us direct on 01446 773098 and we will take you through the process one step at a time and answer any questions you may have.

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